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    New Quad at Cannon?

    Not quite that bad, but close. Current tram schedule is Friday through Monday. Friday through Monday seems fine with me. It's an expensive lift to run I bet, and Cannon just isn't that crowded midweek. In high winds the Tram will be usually be down before Cannonball, so it's not like not having the Tram prevents someone from getting to the top.
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    Planning to not open

    Honestly, they probably knew that most lifts wouldn't run on Saturday, but didn't want to dissuade people from coming. Especially for Jay, a lot of people are doing weekend trips, not day trips, so they don't want people to not come at all when they could enjoy the water park on Sat and ski on Sun. I wish they would be more forthcoming about conditions. All they need to say is something like: "High winds are forecast for tomorrow. We will do our best to get the lower mountain lifts spinning, but there is the real possibility that they won't run in the morning." Honesty wins out in the long run. Or at least it should!
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    Magic Saturday 2/9

    I am shocked to see how much base they lost, but glad you had fun. It looks like this week will be a good refresh for them.
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    February - General Weather Thread

    Is @Weatherman still on vacation? Where is he when we need him 😅! Hopefully we will have a better picture of what the storm looks like tomorrow.
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    New Quad at Cannon?

    Good point. I sometimes forget about the summer traffic that the tram gets. Absolutely true. Hopefully we can make this one last a lot longer. I am a huge fan of the tram. I will mention though that every lift has an operational lifespan. Though very much not apples-to-apples, many of the early high speed quads built in the mid-to-late 1980s are being replaced.
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    New Quad at Cannon?

    That sounds cool. Could we get the brewhouse without the lift 😂? Other than a few select days, Cannon doesn't really need any more uphill capacity for the amount of terrain available. If the problem is people parking at the tram when it isn't running, what about a rope tow to the bottom of Zoomer? It would require a bit of earth moving, but it would require a fraction of the resources of a new lift. My bigger worry is that Cannon can't afford to replace the tram when it needs to be taken offline. There were roughly 40 years in between Tram 1.0 and Tram 2.0. We're getting close to the 40 year mark for Tram 2.0. They will extend its life as long as possible, but at some point they will have to replace it with another tram, with another lift, or with nothing. For context, it's worth reading this post: https://liftblog.com/2016/08/22/will-north-america-build-a-new-tram-ever-again/ The cost of building tramways in North America has gone way up. Jackson Hole paid $30 million for their replacement 10 years ago, but they have owners with deep pockets who wanted to keep their iconic Big Red. Cannon doesn't have that kind of money, though the Cannon tram is shorter so it might cost less. I'm almost worried that this lift is preparing for a future where Cannon can't afford to replace the tram.
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    New Quad at Cannon?

    I like the idea of investment in making Cannon a better place to ski. That said, I'm skeptical of this lift. I love doing tram laps. The two best parts about tram laps are the runs off of the top, so Vista Way, Tram Way, and Upper Cannon, and the bottom runs in the Zoomer pod, so Avalanche, Polly's, Banshee. Bypass and Extension, which I take all of the time to connect the two, are some of my least favorite trails at Cannon because of how scraped off they already get. It looks like this chairlift basically let's you lap Bypass/Extension and Zoomer, but doesn't get you the great trails up top like Vista Way. Plus, Bypass/Extension will get even more scraped off! Yes, I know that you don't need to take Bypass/Extension when doing tram laps, and you won't have to with this new lift, but if you want to ski the upper portion of Avalanche and traverse over to Banshee/Jasper, Bypass/Extension are the easiest way to do it. So for that reason alone, I am skeptical. Although I love high speed lifts, I actually think this should be a fixed grip. The slope is fairly steep here, so even a fixed grip will give you a decent amount of vertical for the ride time. A high speed will lead to Bypass/Extension getting skied out even faster than a fixed grip would. Unless Cannon dramatically expands Kinsman Glade, which I would love, I would hope that you couldn't lap Kinsman Glade with the new lift because then Kinsman would get tracked out even faster than it already does! The one thing that I would really appreciate about the new lift would be the trail directly under the lift, which would have a similar pitch to DJ's and be really fun (not sure if it goes directly over the cliffs or not though). If they do create this new lift, I would love it if they could build new trails (preferably glades) that go off of Extension and meet up with Banshee. That would help spread traffic out. Expanding Kinsman Glade would be huge too. It's a great trail, but it isn't very wide and gets skied out fairly quickly. @fcksummer thank you for sharing this.
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    NELSAP Skiing

    Great topic. I would love to ski Ascutney and Saddleback (which probably isn't part of NELSAP yet but may be soon) some day.
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    Cannon 1/30

    Does anybody know how much rain Cannon got last night and this morning? I'm hoping not too much. Snow-Forecast says they will get another 0.4" of rain on Thursday night, and that's it. The 0.4" is similar to most resorts in NH/ME/North VT, though South VT is supposed to get close to 1.0" of rain.
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    Cannon 1/30

    Wow that looks fun. What a day! How was Gunsight? I have never skied it but talked to someone who had earlier in the season and it sounds fun. My only worry is being able to find it OK (I think I know how, just not 100% sure) and whether the trees get really tight near the bottom.
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    Cannon 1/19-22

    That's awesome, I didn't realize that this feature was on. Love it. Thank you Cannonballer
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    Cannon 1/19-22

    Lovely photo! Do you mind sharing which glade this is of? Totally understand if you don't want to share here publicly.
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    Guy gets lifetime ban from all Vail Resorts

    Just hearing this, it doesn't sound justified. But wait, there's more: So he comes close to physical violence, and is known as an "irritant", perhaps for a history of being verbally abusive or snowboarding out of control? It sounds like this guy got what he deserved, and we don't even have Vail's whole side of the story.
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    MLK weekend snow?

    Wow, it looks like Wildcat is the place to be. 6-10" overnight on Saturday and 14-20" during the day on Sunday. It looks like the winds will pick up as the day goes on, so Sunday morning should be OK, but Sunday evening/Monday morning may be breezy. -35 with wind chill on Monday, so bundle up!
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    January - General Weather Thread

    Amen
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    Roll Call XMas/New Yrs Week

    It looks like that will be my plan as well. Hopefully there will be some lifts spinning between the two of them. Open Snow has the winds going from South during the night to West by 8-9am and then finally to NW by the afternoon at Cannon. Wind speeds of 40-50mph with gusts up to 70mph. The increase in wind speeds seems to bode poorly for Cannon, though perhaps wind from the West would let the Zoomer lift run?
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    Roll Call XMas/New Yrs Week

    Do you think that Loon would have lifts spinning even if Cannon didn't? I don't want to make the drive for nothing, I can drive to Cannon and if they aren't running lifts just head over to Loon. I'm skeptical that Wildcat will be able to spin lifts given that they are facing even higher winds.
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    Roll Call XMas/New Yrs Week

    I am seeing forecasts of 60mph wind gusts tonight at Cannon, 65mph at Wildcat, and then 45mph wind gusts at Cannon tomorrow morning, 60mph for Wildcat. Do people think there will even be any lifts running at either Cannon or Wildcat? Cannon was closed on Friday due to winds that were around 45mph.
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    Loon

    Fantastic news. I am glad that Loon is opening early. This season is shaping up great so far. I wonder which trails will be open?
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    Cannon Lover's Thread

    @Jully@BumpOut As much as I wish it were not true, I believe it is correct that Jay Peak gets a lot more snow than Cannon, something on the order of 160" more on average. My favorite site for snow statistics, bestsnow.net, confirms this, with Jay Peak getting 323" on average and Cannon getting 160" on average. The marking folks at Jay probably exaggerate things a little bit when posting pictures after a storm, but they really do get a lot more snow, which almost seems strange considering how close Cannon is to the tallest mountains in New England. Tony from bestsnow.net gives a good explanation about why Jay Peak is in essentially the best geographic spot in the Northeast in terms of snowfall here. That said, Cannon is a cold mountain with a lot of north facing terrain. It probably retains snow better than many resorts in New England.

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