Indeed, the list is long and surprising; approximately 33% of the chairs on each lift must be dismantled and inspected. Hydraulic systems, boarding mats, emergency motors must also be inspected, in addition to the lubrication and maintenance of a large number of parts!
Despite all the work to be done, the atmosphere is relaxed. After the excitement and effervescence of winter, we catch our breath, the adrenaline goes down, the weather warms up, the mountain is quiet and we have more time to work together.
During the month of June the whole team was brought together to splice the Hybrid's cable, a regular maintenance operation needed to adjust the length of the cable. "We're not going to lie to each other, the splice job is long and a bit repetitive so we need to make it fun. The jokes come fast and furious on the mechanics team, sometimes at record breaking pace per minute!
Synergy within the team is important, especially when different generations and different skill sets come together. This is never more true than during the winter when a lift stoppage problem occurs. We have to stay calm and work as a team.