This is how many explosives it takes to install a ski resort chairlift

Who knew installing a chairlift looks like something out of a Michael Bay movie?

Ski resorts across the world are constantly installing new lifts and clearing new trails to entice more skiers and snowboarders to visit their slopes, so the fact that Sunday River in Maine is in the process of replacing its old Spruce Peak Triple lift may not seem like breaking news.

However, what you might not realize is what — exactly — goes into installing a new chairlift. As seen by a video recently posted by Sunday River, the answer to that is a whole bunch of explosives.

The video — which seems to be paying cheeky homage to the famous closing scene in “Caddyshack” — may look extreme, but according to the ski resort all of the explosions seen in it are done with purpose and precision.

“This blasting took place on several sections of the old Spruce Peak Triple line,” the resort wrote on its blog. “The ledge up at the top looks quite a bit different now and will make for a great new pad for the top terminal of the new Spruce Peak Triple ... This work makes way for our ability to start flying in concrete for the new Spruce Peak Triple’s lift towers and top terminal, which we expect to happen in the coming weeks.”

Per a previous post on Sunday River’s blog, the resort expects the new Spruce Peak Triple to be ready for the opening of the 2017-18 season.

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