Park City’s Motherlode Upgrade

Top of the new Motherlode lift.  Obviously it still needs to be painted.
Top of the new Motherlode high speed quad.  Obviously it still needs to be painted.

Park City removed the Motherlode triple early this spring to make way for a new high speed quad in the same alignment.  Instead of a brand new lift, Vail Resorts opted to relocate the King Con lift, originally built in 1993.  Both CTEC terminals have already been moved and all tower footings poured.  Motherlode will get new tower tubes but just about everything else is coming from King Con.  The lift may need some new chairs due to the increased length of Motherlode.  The new tower tubes and haul rope are on site.

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I was surprised to come across a lift maintenance crew from Sun Valley near the summit salvaging parts from the old Motherlode.  Apparently Vail Resorts had no time to carefully remove and sell the entire lift so they opted to rip it out as quickly as possible and leave the parts in piles.  Evidently whatever the Sun Valley guys don’t take will be scrapped.

Sun Valley guys salvaging what they can from the old Motherlode Yan triple.
Sun Valley lift maintenance salvaging what they can from the old Motherlode Yan triple.

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