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How to Make a Quick(er) Buck

Keirsun Scott - Thursday, July 25, 2013

Following our last update, construction continues on our new Buck Quad chairlift, which will be operational for the 2013/14 winter season.

This week Team Elmer's was busy pouring the concrete for both our lower and upper lift terminals. Here's the team working at the top of the mountain.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction

The majority of Buck slope's re-sculpting has been completed. Looking down the lift line, it's easy to see how much the slope has been widened. Buck is about to become my favorite northern Michigan black diamond run all over again.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction

Team Elmer's used their Pump Truck to deliver concrete to the pre-built, lift terminal forms.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction

The concrete has now set up and the forms have been removed to reveal the foundations for the lift terminals.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction

The Buck Glades have been cut skier's right of the expanded slope. The new gladed run will drop skiers and riders onto Hoot Owl slope, which leads to the base of Buck slope.

Buck Construction
Buck Construction
Buck Construction

Next on our to-do list: pouring concrete for the foundations of our new snow guns that will be placed beneath each lift tower.

Buck Construction
Comments
Anonymous commented on 27-Jul-2013 10:42 AM
Looks Great. Must have been fun getting cement trucks & the pumper truck to the towers & top terminal.
Dave H commented on 15-Aug-2013 09:43 AM
Hmmm. Where to buy my season passes this year?

Wait, what ... new lift on Buck? Skiing the backside for my first time in 30 years at Crystal? I am so excited!
Michael M commented on 04-Sep-2013 05:06 PM
Jim & Chris....just can't stop getting better
Anonymous commented on 08-Dec-2013 11:51 AM
From looking at all of the pictures of the buck lift build...all i can say is wow your lucky no one was killed. Some real sketchy rigging going on during those pretty heavy lifts.
Tom Fullerton commented on 02-Apr-2014 02:46 AM
We started skiing Crystal as a family in 1969. In '64-65 skied Caberfae, then Big M,'66-68. Used to stay at the old Chippewa Hotel in downtown Manistee. Buck was a Poma/disc lift back then and as kids we could get airborne on take-off. Mainstreet was a long, slow, double chair swinging near the towers on a windy day and freezing our tail off. Cheers was a fast rope but only went half way up. Today's Terrain Park was called Ward Creech; two parallel ropes to half way, then a single to the top. Loki/Thor was cleared about 1972 and a double chair installed. (A Patrolman took half my ticket with a warning after tucking it). Near by was a snail-speed Bunny rope which could be beat with a climb. There was an outdoor pool and skating rink below the Vista Bar. We had Racing Camp and Hayrides over the Holiday's. George Petriz's daughters, Dosi and Mimi, were the best women skier's at the place and the best looking. Could not imagine then what Crystal has become today.
Keirsun commented on 03-Apr-2014 01:27 PM
Tom - Thanks for sharing your memories! It is truly amazing how much has changed here at Crystal over the last 10, 20, 30 and 40+ years.

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