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Everything posted by Machski

  1. Probably more likely a "snowscreen" marketing gimick to try and take some glare off the loving embraced Fast Tracks program they just announced. After they had everyone's season pass $$.
  2. Are you just skiing one day or more? Might look at Maine unliimited 4 day if SL is in your winter plans too. 4 days unrestricted for $369. I'd offer you my buddie passes but if you are skiing NYD, Silver is blacked out that day this year so no go on buddies too.
  3. I didn't dream it up, but this would have been one cool ski area in NH way up. I mean, who wouldn't want a Monorail for a ski lift LOL?! https://www.newenglandskihistory.com/cancelledskiareas/NewHampshire/willardbasin.php
  4. Well, if you do a refurb AND increase the cab size to 100 pax, you could end up 20 years from now with issues similar to what Jay has had to deal with on their tram (IE, anchors not strong enough for the larger size trams after being told they were, etc). Also, Trams have far fewer moving parts needing refurb at around 20 years or so. Most likely a new tram would come with direct drive motors, loosing the need to maintain a transmission. Sure, the carriages would need regular maintenance and likely overhauls at some point, but what else? They don't need grip maintenance like a detach gondola would or maintenance on the cadence system in the terminals.
  5. So this is under consideration: https://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=903 As a resident, I would prefer they go all new. Sure it costs double a refurb, but lifespan expectancy is more than double, offsetting the cost somewhat.
  6. Very true, but Highlands and the TX area do not offer skiing. Granite Peak does and plans to expand their skin ops too. But this lift would be non skiing year round access, that is something different. I do not think Highlands operates in the winter and if the TX tried they probably would have to run on backup generators when they actual get winter weather
  7. While not exactly a log or a Northeast area, Granite Peak in Wisconsin dropped their expansion plans. If they get their full proposal, that would included a dedicated 4 season bike lift (fat biking in the winter)! First I think I have seen that type of proposal anywhere. https://liftblog.com/2021/06/21/granite-peak-expansion-options-unveiled/
  8. Nope, never during a hike. There are a few favorite hikes with nice cold streams near the terminus that are nice to stash a few in to keep cold for the end. But that's about all for me.
  9. Although I do not use it, I do think some paid premium parking is a fair idea on peak days/weekends. I have several friends who have that pass at SR (we don't as we are slopeside most of the season anyway once WC opens) and love it. I'm sure it pisses some folks off, but it doesn't wipe out entire lots to free parking. The Mount Snow plan does, to me it is off the rails. They are trying to bring the Vail experience East IMHO. Sure, the season ski/ride pass is dirt cheap. But the rest of the visit is priced out for many. Honestly, I'm a bit surprised this didn't start up at Stowe, but Snow is the most accessible Vail resort to population centers. I would also think that without big improvements to Toll House (as in Snowmaking and a new lift) that would be much harder to fully implement at Stowe. Will be interesting to see what this does at Snow. We have an Epic local but we skied there a lot the year we lived in CT. Other than the Bluebird lift and increased Snowmaking power, nothing much has changed. And I don't feel a need to go back and play into this experiment.
  10. Yes, that is how I understand the timeline. Wonder what they are eyeing for the Triple when it comes out, South Learners or just string it up to lift serve out of Escape Route parking (and allow RiverWalk to install their planned pulse gondola to and from that lift and trail).
  11. Its now official, next summer Loon will be replacing the Seven Brothers Triple with the former Kanc HSQ. The triple will also be kept and stored for potential future use. About time on another express lift out of the Gondi base.
  12. First North American resort to get an MND detach and it's a big one. Guess they need to compete with Loon's coming Kanc8! https://liftblog.com/2021/04/19/mnd-ropeways-to-build-first-us-detachable-at-waterville-valley/
  13. Definitely have had some warm days at Millington in May/June but I think my warmest day was probably my Birthday (March 22) back the year we had the big meltdown. Skied Sunday River that day, remember heading out first thing in a T-Shirt and already too warm. Literal rivers between the bumps on White Heat that day, you could literally watch the meltdown all day. 2019 we did Squaw and Mammoth end of June and into July 3rd. That summer ski stint actually wasn't too warm, nice with temps probably 50's/low 60's max on hill. We left early morning July 4th from Mammoth to head home, had to scrape the car so does of frost that morning!
  14. It's odd no mention of the two 6 packs put on hold out at Mammoth last year or the new stuff up at Tremblant. Vail basically went forward with all of their postponed plans from last season. Sugar USB is too early for Alterra to go all in. I would expect them to take there time there, Snowmaking could use a boost to pump capacity but like anything in VT, you have to navigate Act250. Alpine-Olympic (god forbid we call it Squaw for much longer) Gondola is cool, sure the drive CAN be faster when both roads are clear of snow and/or traffic. But it is the Sierra, getting vehicles off the road is seen as a very good thing. New gondi is suppose to cross over the top of KT22 lift from what I have read. Have to imagine it may have some wind issues. There is a reason they put in the Funnitel at high cost vs a standard gondola.
  15. I'd probably go 5/10, mostly because 2nd half of January through early March skied overall great, even if not deep. Great getting back to Cannon for first time in decades (lack of VT allowed that), had a great time every day there and even got some mini powder. Love the Mittersill side! Most of my days were at SR, started on a rainy Monday late November for their opening day which is odd. Got some Loon in, totally not impressed there this season. Snowmaking seemed weak and very disappointed with midweek Gondi lines and lack of consistent 7 Bros running. Overall, sitting at 46 days. Will get one more at SR next week, and quick hit trip out to Bachelor the following week and probably K on May 1st now that VT has finally gone away from mandated Quarantine. That will likely close out my season at 51 days as I don't think I will go much beyond Mother's Day weekend.
  16. Maybe. They so are not offering the traditional ski maynia day of free skiing the last day. Probably don't want a big crowd to close this year out.
  17. Close, Friday the 23rd is the date. Still unsure why the final day is a Saturday and not a Sunday for full last weekend.
  18. I like some of the discussions on here and everyone seems civilized. That said, seems like it's home to Cannon fans and not much wider reach. Not sure how to push it further, AZ seems to be Message Board central now that their platform has been upgraded and not constantly crashing or down.
  19. Sunday River is holding in there pretty well. They will make April 24th, though whether they can maintain beyond Barker will be weather dependant. Some terrain still surprisingly well covered, Shockwave and Lost Princess were two of the best yesterday.
  20. Kanc Quad at Loon takes its final spins this Sunday so they can start the take down and prep for the new Kanc 8. Not sure South will survive beyond this weekend as well.
  21. Loon Today (Wednesday) Sunday River Thurs/Sat/Sun
  22. Sunday River saw mostly sleet Tuesday and heard Wednesday it was locked up hard on the ungroomed. Not sure what happened, but everything is skiing well now, even the nats and woods. Dropped into an extended tree line not touched and although they didn't report any snowfall, seemed to be a couple inches on top and the rest below wasn't bad. Need more snow as the lack of it is bringing back very boney conditions on heavily trafficked naturals.
  23. Adjusted due to the miss tonight/tomorrow to Sunday River Saturday through last weekend of Feb. May take a side day to Black or Abram depending on conditions or just stay on pass at SR.
  24. Not what I have heard on other forums, heard Jay is locked up now too.
  25. I cannot speak to Vermont since I cannot meet their travel requirements, but the other areas I ski besides Cannon this year haven't been all that much better. Loon, well they haven't had their best woods open yet and won't now for some time. Haven't even been impressed with their groomed runs this year, they kept snowmaking at a minimum it seems. Sunday River has done much better in the snowmaking and grooming department, and the natural was building. Seemed the Aurora west naturals and woods were finally getting to an almost beyond boney state prior to this sleet storm. East of Aurora, stuff was thin and even when SR claimed 100% open, that was BS as the upper gates to Chutzpah and Hard Ball never opened (their lower entraces opened, but the upper halves are the toughest woods on map at SR). They are still claiming everything still open, but I have heard the woods and nats are "challenging" to say the least. Regardless, Sunday River is far from the best in years. Hell, even last year was better than this year to date at SR (Upper HB and Chutzpah were iin play and not bad).
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