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  1. 4 points
    I'm hanging in. To say that life is turned upside down would be understating dramatically. I stepped off my flight in Colorado a few weeks ago just as everything was going to shit. In the airport I was collecting my luggage on Saturday evening when I read the new that Vail was shutting down operations, including its HQ where I was supposed to start on Monday. I was lost. Sunday evening at 10pm I received news that I would not be starting that week as planned, but to sight tight and they would pay me in the interim. Wednesday of the next week they finally onboarded me remotely. The next morning I grabbed a laptop from the office, and that day flew back to New England where I have been working remotely for the last week. Yesterday I received the email to employees that you have all heard about. I've been in meetings all morning with senior leadership at Vail. I've gone through a rollercoaster of emotions. At first I was upset and thought that if they led with this reduced salary, I never would haven taken the job. That much is true. But I'm not convinced that the grass would be much greener where I came from. The whole world is in the shit now. I've been very impressed with the workplace culture at Vail Resorts. You can learn a lot about the fabric of an organization by how it responds to periods of stress. I've seen more honest, heartfelt communication from Vail than any of my previous employers. The employees here are more personal, and seem to deeply care about each other. They are a great group of people that I am happy to work with. At the leadership level, I have seen senior management shed tears today over the difficulty of these decisions and impacts to employees and their families. When I look at how the cuts are being made, they look well thought out. Seasonal employees were let go with only a few weeks remaining in the season and were paid for at least a week of that. The hourly employees year round employees had been paid until this point, and are at least getting full health care benefits fully paid by the company for the duration of the furlough. The salary reductions are progressive to impact the most senior level the most. I'm trying to keep a positive outlook. I don't know how will come next. If the summer season is cancelled, it is likely there will need to be further cuts made. But all of us are in it together.
  2. 3 points
    Let me know if you can't see photos. Thanks. 2 APR 20, My son the veteran took me the rookie for a bit of skinning action today in Little Cottonwood Canyon at Alta, UT.I've done downhill skiing for over 50 years and dabbled in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing for almost as long. But this was my first day of skinning in alpine touring equipment. I used my own downhill boots and an extra pair of downhill skis (Volkl Ones, 186cms length, 116mm width) with AT bindings that my son loaned me. He set me up with a pretty heavy rig, but we only did two climbs at Alta; 1) to the top of the Albion Double Chair liftline, and 2) a shorter, but steeper climb from the Wildcat Base to Lower Rustler. It was a beautiful day on the mountain with blue skies and about 4-5" of new snow. There might have been a hundred cars in the Albion lot, but people were very dispersed and trail traffic was light. For our climb up the Albion liftline I saw about three skiers, two snowshoers, one hiker, and two tobogganers.The veteran and the rookie. This is what it's all about! And good motivation during our first climb. The veteran displays his climbing technique. Devil's Castle is still there. What a beautiful day! Albion liftline skiing. View from Wildcat Base. We climbed up the intermediate run to right a short way and then caught lower Rustler to left. This photo gives a sense of the number of cars in the parking lot beside the Goldminer's Daughter Lodge at about 1PM. Traversing over to Lower Rustler. Mission accomplished. It was sad driving by a very lonely looking Snowbird resort. My conclusion about skinning is that it's a whole lot of shuffling for relatively little schussing. But skiing is skiing and it felt good to get out there 20 days after my last lift served day Bonus shot my son took of me:
  3. 2 points
    $340 non stop Bey Bey from Logan
  4. 2 points
    Here's a new one. Waterville doing hot meals for employees
  5. 1 point
    Thanks for the heads-up Ben. Hopefully you can see them now. And far more importantly, hope that Corona situation in your household is under control!
  6. 1 point
    3/30/20Bonneville Shoreline Trail near Holladay, UT: Pretty trail, involves a ~400 vertical foot climb, then the trails follows the contour of the front range of the Wasatch and is relatively level and easy hiking with great views of the Salt Lake Valley. 3/31/20 Golden Spike National Historical Park, UT:Promontory Summit where the first transcontinental railroad connection was made (and golden spike driven) is a somewhat desolate high ground near the north shore of the Great Salt Lake. The beautiful Chinese Arch named after railroad workers. One of numerous rail bed cuts dating back to 1869. The Big Fill was an extremely laborious engineering project necessary to build the rail bed over a ravine not far east from the Golden Spike site. FYI, we made no stops driving to and from Golden Spike National Historical Park and our only time outside our car was for quiet hikes along the abandoned rail line. Our smart phones allowed us to get a nice audio tour while visiting the park.
  7. 1 point
    What Virus? Old Saddleback Chair is down.
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  9. 1 point
    Cutler River Drainage closed. " Pinkham Notch parking lot will be closed to the public, with both the closure orders enforced with fines and even possible jail time. Please do your part and stay near home, hike in the woods, run a new route, or take up that project you’ve been putting off. The mountains have been around for a long time and will be here when life returns to normal. Thanks again for your cooperation as we navigate these rough waters." https://mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/end-of-the-season-and-closures/
  10. 1 point
    Thanks for the clarity and absolutely no need to apologize!!! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. 1 point
    I ride a section of power lines near house. It is a mile or two long. There are a sections that are muddy but can be avoided easily. It is does have a decent rock drop though not super technical.
  12. 1 point
    I do that occasionally when running. It ends exactly the same way- "why the hell am I here?"
  13. 1 point
    Other end of spectrum. Sometimes these CEO's really do have heads up their asses https://unofficialnetworks.com/2020/03/30/disgruntled-vail-resorts-employee-places-sign-in-front-of-beaver-creek-webcam/
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    Neighborhood stroll today around Cottonwood Heights. The abandoned Old Mill. A paper mill was first built here in 1883 and partially rebuilt in 1927. Nearby Old Mill Park. The entrance to Big Cottonwood Canyon is in the left-center background. View of same area from near the mouth of BCC. The old mill is the orange building to right. Downtown SLC is in far background.
  16. 1 point
    From my "look back at this day" reminders on my phone. 3 years ago today. Kicking Horse
  17. 1 point
    Figured this was imminent. Saw a post that there was 400+ people there the other day. Many with out of state plates too.
  18. 1 point
    My wife and I thought about Loveland Pass because two days prior to that Video it snowed 10+ inches in the mountains. Then we thought about it for a second - knowing everybody and their brother were going to be there. The distance some had to walk is nuts. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports mobile app
  19. 1 point
    This was posted on the same site
  20. 1 point
    Storm King Mountain in Jackson Wyoming is grooming the mountain for skinners.
  21. 1 point
    SR and SL did the same. Absolutely true on the amount of food they had, Sunday River even donated some to the local school district for it's low income meals program. While we're talking nice gestures, Boyne announced Earl on the Flash Sale pass pricing (usually just 5 days long) would continue through April 30th.
  22. 1 point
    Loon did this also. Not to detract from their generousity, but it would be pretty obnoxious if they didn't. These resorts had a ton of food stock on hand for the planned rest of the season. Giving it out to thier employees was a pretty easy way to do the right thing. Sent from my moto z4 using Tapatalk
  23. 1 point
    So much has happened since I last posted in this thread! In early March 2020 I got in some good skiing at Snowbird, UT: I also met some friends at Brighton one day: My last day of lift served skiing was Friday the 13th with friends at Solitude, UT. I am still holding out hope that Snowbird will reopen perhaps sometime in April? I went snowshoeing in BCC with my wife on St. Paddy's Day: A few days later I hiked to a waterfall in Heughs Canyon near Holladay, UT: Upbeat article about Utah hiking during the virus crisis: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/03/21/i-feel-like-hiking-is/ On March 22, 2020 I took a scenic drive with my wife and we ended up walking along the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Good place to practice social distancing: Will stay in Utah for another month or two and see how it goes. Wishing all of you are safe and well in these unsettled times!



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