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  1. I bet he wants a Mount Snow style expansion/upgrade at resorts further north, especially snowmaking upgrades and lift improvements. $75 mil buys a lot of HKDs and a small handful of new lifts. Sent from my Life Max using Tapatalk
  2. That adds a whole 'nother dimension to the Peaks pass for anyone in that stretch of DC/PA looking to take one big trip this year. Sent from my Life Max using Tapatalk
  3. I'm in a very similar situation to you, wanting to learn the fun stuff. Most of the Green lift trails, when ungroomed but covered, are good to practice in, as are the glades right off Red's unload and White Kitten. My advice is get a lesson, you'll progress much faster. Also, Green laps should lead to a faster progression as there won't be any carpet ride or run-out to get to the fun intermediate stuff! Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk
  4. Run a few trails that have not traditionally seen snowmaking, not run more trails simultaneously. Second, they should have more than 450 GPM, which is Stage 2 on their portable HKD fleet - bringing that up to near their maximum flow means even at 15+ WB they can use all their water, which would be most important to open Green early. Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk
  5. After adding an extra 1/3 + to their air plant, they have to be considering using it - and the current portable fleet of Vipers won't use 5000 CFM. If they didn't redo the base piping to handle the planned water capacity in the big rebuild, I'd be surprised. Likewise, most or all of Green pipe repairs were probably done last year, when Green was hoped to run last year. Their big pipe projects are probably redoing the summit and pond-> pumphouse plumbing. I figure the past two years of snow making system upgrades have them in a good spot, able to support the extra water and run a few more trails this year. The main focus almost has to be on lifts and ponds rather than pipe upgrades this summer, and given another good season the snowmaking buildup can continue next year. A few new sleds -big air and HKD - to take advantage of the greater capacity don't seem unreasonable if the budget can stretch that far. Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk
  6. My guess for snowmaking is most of the upgrades this year are portable or pump related - there's the pond expansion in the works, and I'd expect more portable guns to be used on Green Lift trails (especially the first year, when there's been so little snowmaking over there previously). Apart from redoing the summit to handle a new lift, plus patching any leaks that sprung last winter, there shouldn't need to be any major pipework. Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk
  7. Based on a Google search, the average replacement interval is between 60k and 100k miles recommended across brands. Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk
  8. That's the scheduled replacement mileage, and I believe is standard for most makes. Some motors, Subaru 6 cylinder among them,have timing chains instead. Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk
  9. I've put 40k miles of the 100k miles on my Outback. Likewise, no oil burn. You're about equally likely to get a Toyota with a mechanical issue as a Subaru. Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk
  10. That's within spec - barely - for most brands (but obviously not ideal) and isn't an issue unique to Subaru. My Outback doesn't burn a noticable amount and has the same motor. Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk
  11. The obvious choice is an Outback or Forester. Subarus are awesome in the winter and tick every box you mentioned - my 2010 is averaging just under 30 mountain and 31+ mpg highway. Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk
  12. I would like to hear more about snowmaking bottlenecks, plans to upgrade, and which manufacturer's snowguns are preferred and why. Sent from my R1 HD using Tapatalk

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