Lightning Strike Destroys Ski Area's Chairlift Control Shack

Lightning Strike Destroys Ski Area's Chairlift Control Shack

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Lightning Strike Destroys Ski Area's Chairlift Control Shack

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After a quick burst of lightning on Tuesday, Plattekill Mountain had a fire on the mountain. The Storm Skiing Journal & Podcast reports that a lightning strike hit the mountain on Tuesday afternoon, and actually hit the bottom lift shack of the Northface Double. Thanks to a neighbor reporting the fire, along with a swift response from the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department, the base terminal was saved. For summer operations, their weddings will now be moved to the Sunshine triple chairlift.

According to Ski Area Management, the New York ski resort is now in need of spare Hall lift parts, new lift mechanic tools, along with a 200hp DC Drive. The challenge with finding a control drive is there’s a severe supply chain shortage which is affecting the automotive and manufacturing industries.

Luckily, Plattekill will have some time to find a proper replacement before the ski season starts. A local lumber company has already supplied wood to help them rebuild the base control shack, so they’re off to a good start.

If you are a ski resort or manufacturer and have spare parts for a Hall lift, please reach out to the Plattekill Mountain marketing team.

Image Credits: Plattekill Mountain, Storm Skiing Journal & Podcast

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