Come get a good look at all of Vermont (and a little bit of Canada) from the top of Jay Peak via the 60-passenger Aerial Tram. (Jay Peak)
Jay Peak recently completed a three-day inspection of its aerial tram. The resort, in cooperation with the state, flew in an aerial tramway specialist and worked with state inspectors to examine the tram and its operating systems. The tram carries up to 60 people from the Tramside base to the 3,968-foot summit.
“Jay Peak had been in discussions with Dopplymayr/Garaventa when the resort went under receivership in April,” Jay Peak’s JJ Toland told SnoCountry.com. “Two weeks ago, Jay Peak signed a $5 million contract with Dopplmayr for the work on the tram.”
Inspectors conducted a successful load test designed to ensure that all of the conveyance’s electrical, hauling and braking systems can function normally under strenuous conditions. After passing the load test, resort personnel successfully completed and passed an evacuation drill. The team also inspected the tram’s towers and its bolting structures. All were found to be operating normally.
Inspectors did find on the last day of the inspection a hairline crack to one of the components of one of the tram carriages. That part will be removed and replaced next week. After that work is complete, state officials will return for a final review, allowing the resort to run the tram for the upcoming summer and winter.
The Doppelmayr/Garaventa custom parts and design will take about 12 months to complete and Toland expects the installation work to be completed spring of 2017, in between the ski and summer seasons.
“Michael Goldberg, court-appointed receiver for the resort, fully understands the resort’s operations and the importance of the tram as an iconic piece of Jay Peak,” Toland told us. “From day one Michael Goldberg has said it’s going to be business as usual, and that has been the case.” Business levels currently on the books for summer are at record numbers with 100 weddings and events and five nights of nationally-known bands on the calendar.
Jay Peak and Burke Mountain Resort were placed into receivership by a federal judge on April 13 as part of an ongoing civil investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into the resorts’ owners’ use of EB-5 investment funds.