This article will explain why Mintek’s Transcendent makes a good Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) choice for winter lodges and ski resorts.

Winter Lodge Maintenance Checklist

Lodging Asset Inspections and Preventive Maintenance

Wintertime is the busy season for ski resorts and lodges. The snow attracts customers who expect the ski slopes to be in great condition and the lodge’s warm. It makes sense then that lodge maintenance management spend the time planning inspections and preventive maintenance on assets with a CMMS.

By performing inspections and addressing subsequent maintenance needs, lodge and ski resort owners will reduce critical downtime of key assets, lower energy bills and reduce liability cause stemming from neglected asset care.

Inspections for Top Lodge and Ski Resort Assets

Lodge and ski resort assets can be categorized into 3 major areas. The following list is just a sample of the assets in each category that can be set for inspections with a CMMS.

  1. Ski slope assets: Non-working ski lifts means lost revenue.
    • Ski lifts – ski lifts are exposed to constant freezing, thawing and corrosion. Inspections can identify cracked supports, brittle cable, malfunctioning gates, lubrication needs as well as be used for the basis of any repair work orders.
    • Ski/snowboarding runs – Ski runs should be cleared of all debris such as falling branches or trees. Inspections will identify debris and identify dry or icy patches that need additional snow
    • Snow making equipment – Snow comes and goes. During periods of light snow, having working snow machines keeps customers on the slopes. Snow making machines should be inspected so there are no
      surprises when they are called upon.
  2. Lodging assets: The heart of any winter resort is the ambiance of the lodge. Even if they are seasonal, guest expect a quality hotel type stay.
    • Guest rooms – should be clean, secure, free of odors, have working and be free of lingering wetness from snow tracked in to avoid mildew and pests.
      Inspections should be performed after each guest checks out.
    • Plumbing – Harsh winter condition put plumbing exposed to the elements at risk of freezing or having pipes burst. Inspections will identify exposed pipes and fitting.
    • Boilers – hot water is crucial to resort guests. It is also very energy intensive. Expensive boilers should be cleaned annually to remove soot buildup. Preventive maintenance will also help identify faulty or failing valves as well lower energy costs.
    • Furnaces/fireplaces/stoves – Inspections and preventive maintenance should be performed on all fuel lines, chimneys and exhaust vents. Preventive maintenance will lower the risk of fire and CO2 buildup.
    • Kitchen equipment – Kitchens are the highest energy drains of lodges. Broilers, stoves, grills etc. should be inspected for grease blockage, fuel line obstructions and leaks.
  3. Emergency equipment: Whether a blizzard strikes or there is an accident on the mountain, ski resorts and lodges must have proper snow removal and safety equipment.
    • Snow plows – All snow removal assets should be inspected to make sure they are working properly. Inspections will identify their working condition and signs of trouble.
    • Snowmobiles – Snowmobiles have a variety of uses but none is more important than rescue operations.
    • De-icing equipment – This includes equipment used to remove excessive snow from roofs. Heavy snow can cause roofs to collapse. Ice dams can cause the lodge to suffer water damage.