A lift shack at family-owned Plattekill Mountain, NY, was destroyed by fire yesterday following a lightning strike.
The fire began in the bottom shack of the Northface double chair lift before spreading to the motor room, according to a Reddit poster. It’s unknown if the shack suffered a direct lightning strike or if it occurred further up the chair and traveled down.
Thankfully the Roxbury Fire Department arrived in time to extinguish the fire before it could spread and cause more irreparable damage.
With current supply chain issues in the industry, it is unknown if the chair will be repaired and operable in time for winter. The chair goes from the mountain base to the summit and serves mostly intermediate (blue) to extreme (double-black) terrain.
During the summer, the chair is used for weddings at the summit. The resort is currently building a new venue at the top of its Sunshine Triple Chair so ceremonies can continue, according to an Instagram post by StormSkiJournal.
Locals online have started tagging other local resorts asking if they have ‘spare’ parts for the Hall lift to help out the ski area and expedite its repair.
Plattekill Mountain has four chairlifts serving 38 trails and 1,100 feet of vertical. The resort averages 175″ of fresh snow every year.