Sommet Saint-Sauveur : Sommet Express Breakdown Details - March 2022

The Sommet Express lift is the heart of Sommet Saint-Sauveur. Everything revolves around it. It is also the first chair to welcome skiers in the morning and the one that "turns" the most during the season; from November to May, 7 days a week, days and evenings, without a break. Unfortunately, on Friday, March 11, a major mechanical failure occurred at the end of the day. The lift's engine broke down entirely for the second time in 3 months. Yes, the same problem that occurred last January. Enough to irritate the most zen of us.

So, for the second time this season, on Sunday, March 13th, we had to remove the engine from its anchors. Again, a long and extensive operation in order to transport the heart of the mountain to a specialized external repair firm located in Montreal to perform emergency work. The firm in question even agreed to open its workshop on a Sunday to accelerate the repair time. We thank them once again.

Today is Wednesday, and the repair work is going well. The delay of a few days was to be expected and normal considering the extent and complexity of the repairs. In the meantime, we have to wait for the work of third parties and have no other alternative. We hope that in the next 2-3 days, the engine can be brought back to the mountain so that our team of mechanics can reinstall it.

This situation is unfortunate, unacceptable and incomprehensible. The Sommet Express has only been in operation since 2019. And the type of repair required for such mechanical failures requires bringing the heart of the lift to the intensive care unit in Montreal. Please know that we are doing everything in our power to get the lift back up and running as quickly as possible, although the time frame for repairs is unfortunately beyond our control.

Thank you for your understanding.

-David Dufour & Simon Pagé


Lift affected: Sommet Express
Start of breakage: March 11, 2022
Location: Sommet Saint-Sauveur
Alternative: L'Étoile Atomic lift
Cause: Major mechanical failure
Status: Broken piece in repair

Service restoration expected: Undetermined

Source : Sommet Saint-Sauveur