A Message From Our GM, Mike Maughan
Why not use Gazex or other remote technologies?
• There are currently 23 shot locations on Baldy that would require Gasex or other remote technologies. Many of the locations the devices would be placed are ski terrain. Installing gas lines to these locations would require significant blasting and terrain disturbance in order to protect the gas lines from avalanches and skiers.
• The visual and environmental impact of exclusively using Gazex devices or other remote technologies would significantly detract from the beauty of this iconic peak in our ski area. Why did we select this location for the Baldy Tram?
• We have three alternatives for installing a tram to the top of Mount Baldy. Two of the alternatives are completely on private land. However, both of these alternatives would require the installation of lift towers and would be highly visible on the ridgeline. Both of these alternatives are more subject to wind issues.
• The desired alternative is located on public and private land and will have significantly less visual and environmental impact than the other two alternatives. The top terminal will be located on private land on the Northeast face of the peak in a pocket which shelters if from the prevailing wind direction. This location is located 340 vertical feet lower than the top of Mt. Baldy. This alternative will provide more opportunities to do avalanche mitigation work during the day when the ski area is open, as well as, facilitate avalanche mitigation work to open the ski area.
• The top terminal is designed to be constructed into the face of the Northeast side of the peak so that little if any of the building will break the skyline outside of the ski area.
• No towers will be used minimizing the impact on the environment and view.