Reunited & It Feels So Good
By Andrew, on Wed, Aug 21, 2013
Looking back on the past, we often feel sentimental. Sights, sounds and other senses send us back to another time and place without a second's notice. As we grow, we bring certain aspects of our history with us and carry them through our present. The lesson is less about getting stuck on the past, but realizing the important things we can learn and take from it. Some of those things just happen to be bigger than others...
Picking Up The Pieces
Amidst the clamor of construction in our future endeavors, we find solace in the pieces of our past. Some as memories untouched by time. Others in the places and things we give meaning through our experiences. Across the resort you may see remnants of old without realizing it. In the Tower Bar and all the components of the old chair incorporated in its design or at the entryway of our Tram Haus Lodge and the large bullwheel that greets our guests. We salute those who have put their lives into this place to get us where we are today. You can find them in our trail names and the names of our guest facilities. But more recently, two very iconic items of our past were reunited, items that served many of us for most of our lives on snow at Jay. The red tram cars.
Words With Bill
We sat down with the boss man, Bill Stenger to get the story.
About twelve years ago, when we switched to our current tram cars, Mont Saint Sauveur in Canada held partial ownership of Jay Peak and was in the process of developing a new waterpark. They asked if we would loan the old cars for use as elements inside the park.
"We liked the idea that St. Sauveur waterpark visitors would see a Jay Peak feature. It would remind them about skiing at Jay Peak and that we had a tram. Since we didn't have any real exciting use for them at the time, we loaned them to St. Sauveur."
Seven years ago, Mt. St. Sauveur was sold and no longer a part of the Jay Peak ownership group. We realized the cars were still in Canada and asked to get them back. One car was returned shortly after and has since found a home in the courtyard of the new Hotel Jay. When the Stateside project became "front burner," we wanted to get the other car back and called up to our friends at St. Sauveur. They were very amiable, saying the car was not in use and we could pick it up at any time.
"The next day we got a truck and headed towards Canada, rescued the car and brought it home."
The additional tram car will enjoy a familiar view of its formerly suspended self just outside of the new Stateside Lodge.
"It will be somewhere near the skier circulation area on the back deck of the Stateside Hotel, facing the mountain. A really nice location and very visible."
Pay It Backward
To blend our beginnings with the chapters yet written, we see a sincere effort of moving forward in our future by honoring what once was inclusively with what will be. Although this is one instance of successful restoration and reuse at Jay Peak, we have several similar projects still to come. And while you're visiting, look around a little closer for those not-so-hidden homages to our heritage.