BOYNE FALLS, Mich. - During the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 22, prior to the slopes opening at Boyne Mountain Resort, a six inch snowmaking water pipe with approximately 350 pounds of pressure, failed causing significant erosion and the collapse of one tower on the Superbowl chairlift. As the failure occurred prior to the slopes opening, no one was on the Superbowl trail or on the chairlift at the time of the incident.
Superbowl is located on the southernmost side of the slopes, and no other area of terrain has been affected by this occurrence. Superbowl accounts for approximately 40 skiable acres of the resort's 415 total acres. Boyne Mountain is working with engineers and the state of Michigan to repair the chairlift and reopen the lift and terrain as soon as possible. A timeline for reopening is not yet available. Updates on the status of the Superbowl lift and terrain will be posted to BOYNE.com as they become available.
Update: 01.25.13, 9:40 a.m.
Since the time of the incident, the resort's mountain operations team has been refilling the hole. Boyne Mountain engineers along with an inspector for the state of Michigan have thoroughly reviewed the condition of the lift and based on those findings, have established a plan to have the lift running again very soon. During the examination, the chairlift was deemed operable without the missing tower by reducing the line load and overall lift capacity. A final inspection by the state of Michigan to ensure lift safety will take place prior to reopening, which could be as early this Saturday, January 26.
Superbowl Reopens: 01.25.13, 2:15 p.m.
Superbowl is reopening on Saturday, January 26. The resort's mountain operations team and engineers have worked tirelessly to repair the damage caused by a pipe failure early Tuesday morning. The Superbowl lift has passed a final safety inspection from the state of Michigan and will resume operations at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.