Investing in Pure Mountain Fun!
We are so proud to be a part of the Skyline Investment family and thrilled that Skyline is committed to making Bear Valley a great destination. For the 17/18 winter season, we are excited to welcome our newest state of the art addition to our friendly and relaxing High Sierra escape.
High Speed Six-Pack Lift – Construction Underway!
It’s time for another update as the crew has made more progress on the Mokelumne Express! Comm lines are now installed and are in the process of being tensioned. The haul rope is scheduled to be pulled and spliced in the next few weeks. The top terminal is nearing completion with the electrical work complete and testing on motor room components happening next. The lower terminal is getting its windows and the crew is hard at work finishing the bottom operator house. There’s still a lot to do but we are still on schedule for Dec 19/20 load test dates!
It’s time for the home stretch! Terminals are in? Check! Towers are in? Check! With much of the heavy lifting done it’s time to take care of the small details which is very important. If you look closely in one of the photo’s below, you can see the crew taking the time to measure and make sure all of the towers are lined up correctly. Also, in case you missed it.. the new lift is called Mokelumne Express (The Moke Express). For all the details on the name CLICK HERE.
Everything is moving smoothly and the team appears to be on schedule! Keep following for more updates!
11/18/17 Update – Towers are in!
What an incredible bluebird day for flying. Work began at 7am today with temps hovering around 19-22 degrees. Started with a safety & planning briefing then the crews headed out to their positions. The speed at which these multi-thousand pound structures are being flown and then received by crews on the ground is an impressive feat. The story today is the crew. From the pilots to the team on the ground receiving the towers and crossbars – the adrenaline is pumping on a day like today. So proud of our BV teams in collaboration with Alpine Cable and Construction (Lift Install contract team) to successfully maneuver in some very icy conditions and complete the placement of the towers. We will have some video coming soon. On we go!
11/9/17 – 11/12/17 Update
Three lift towers are now installed and in place – a good amount of work Saturday and Sunday (pics added below)….
All concrete foundation work is complete and great progress is being made above ground. The team’s focus now is on the top drive terminal and the bottom return terminal, along with dirt work transformation and the operator house buildings. Light snow/weather activity off and on over the last few weeks adds a bit of a challenge, but the construction crew is experienced and determined and making significant strides daily toward the goal of load testing for the new lift on December 10th. More parts and components are arriving daily – check out the chair in the gallery below! —– NEW PHOTO FROM 11/10/17, LIFT TOWERS HAVE ARRIVED!
The line concrete is done thanks to a helicopter and the crew! The foundation for the drive terminal at the top of the mountain has also been completed. Right now the crew is hard at work building the foundation for the return terminal.
One of our first helicopter drops came this week! Rebar cages for towers 7 & 8 were flown in. Progress is being made and we can’t wait till this new lift is finished! Who’s going to be the first to ride it this winter?
As of today, concrete foundations have been poured for unload top terminal, Towers 11, 10, 9, 6, 5 and 4. Blasting continuing today on Towers 7 & 8 (on steeps) and should be poured in the next week by flying in concrete/mud. Towers 3, 2, and 1 then follow. (Side note – Bear Chair had 18 towers, THE NEW LIFT HAS 11!) In the next few weeks work begins on lower terminal grading and construction preparation. The helicopter schedule for flying the steel towers into place is targeted for Mid-October. The New Lift “naming contest” underway, over 1000 submissions so far, excitement growing.
We have been busy this summer deconstructing bear chair to make way for a new high-speed six-pack chair lift. Check out the images below and we will keep adding as we progress. Winter is on the way!!
The new lift will transport six passengers at a time from the mid-mountain ski lodge to the top of the mountain, at 8500’ elevation, nearly three times faster than the current lift. This exciting lift replacement will replace the Bear chairlift, increasing guest uphill capacity of the mountain’s main artery- we can’t wait to get you up for a ride.
In the meantime, this new chair needs a name and we are looking for your help. Join our contest.
It’s going to be an EPIC 17/18 Season.