March/April Tram Diaries - Record Winter, Spring Construction
Well, the end of an epic season has come and gone and now the real work begins.|
But first, let’s backtrack.
The end of March and beginning of April were mostly devoted to locals and visitors skiing spring powder rather than corn. For those who had to work, the bottom terminal hosted the fun.
In their efforts to “complete the box of the building,” crews poured the west wall where the tram cabin will dock.
Tim Mason reports that the crew from Gunderson and Stanley Concrete based in Las Vegas has been working many long nights to get it all done!
“The rebar tying is massive,” Mason says.
While crews tied rebar and poured concrete to ready the building for the new red box, tools, equipment and materials have been showing up in Jackson Hole from all over the world.
Garaventa representatives arrived in Jackson on March 25 to help facilitate package receiving and sorting. Consequently, the ranch lot is filling up.
“We have numerous containers arriving,” Mason says. “Within those are bottom terminal components like tools, generators and things like that. Also, all of Tower 1 is here.”
Mason also said four bullwheels arrived and more tower pieces are coming the first and second weeks of April.
“A 90 ton crane is here from California,” Mason says. Crews walked the crane up the mountain early morning on April 7, the day after the resort closed.
The day after festivities, crews also started plowing a small road between the old Tower 1 and the new Tower 1.
“They mobilized first thing in the morning [on April 7],” Mason says. “These guys don’t waste time.
Next thing: getting the snow off the mountain.
“We started on the road the afternoon on the first day after closing,” Mason says. “They want a decent snow pack for the Cat to move up and down, so it’s a process. They push a little away each day.”
By the end of April, a path should be cleared across Rendezvous Bowl and across the Laramie traverse.
Mason says six men are working four ten-hour shifts, which adds up to coverage seven days a week.
“Now, when we get close, we’ll get an excavator to come in an break the ice up off the road,” Mason says. “That process takes a week to 10 days. Once they get the snow off, it’s down to the ice.”
On the day after the season ended, Mason mostly just reflected on the 600 inches Jackson Hole received this year.
“You can argue that it might be the best snow season we ever had,” he says. “At least in the top 5.”
Last day celebrations were fun with lots of costumes and people “for the most part” were well behaved, he says. “Everybody hates to see it come to an end.”