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Weatherman

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  1. 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. Will let @fcksummer address this. The short answer is that the license issue popped up after I removed my credit card for the premium tapatalk license. The longer answer is there are plans to transition to a new mobile app directly from the forum hosting company.
  3. Wildcat got the lifts running by late morning yesterday. Can confirm that conditions are the bar were quiet, but we gave it our best.
  4. I've been wondering how long it would take one of the big companies to go to the subscription model. Now I know.
  5. Thursday - Crotched ARL Friday - maybe nowhere. maybe Shawnee Peak. Saturday - Attitash for EICSL championship race Sunday - Wildcat for my final day in New England
  6. Next week better be a nice repeat. It'll be my last weekend of skiing in New England before I leave.
  7. I'll be purging my house this weekend in anticipation of the move. May sneak out to Crotched if things go well.
  8. It's time for the official announcement: I need to step down from managing this site. I've accepted a new full-time job with Vail Resorts, and continued operation of this site would be a conflict of interest. I'll be moving to Colorado in a couple weeks, so now is the time to make the transfer. @fcksummer has volunteered to take over. He has my gratitude for ensuring the continued success of this site. Let's all thank him for stepping up. Thank you all for the years of dedicated traffic, and if you're in Colorado, hit me up.
  9. I'm glad to see this is still happening and bummed I'll be gone by then. Have several beers for me!
  10. I just saw an update today saying it's planned for next season. So yeah.
  11. Thursday - Crotched ARL Saturday - Wildcat Sunday - Attitash or Wildcat Monday - Team O'Neil Winter Driving School
  12. I am doing some file migration today. I know there are ongoing disruptions, but things should be slowly coming back online as the migration completes. Sorry for the interruption.
  13. Sorry I missed the post. I was on vacation in France for the last two weeks. Just got back last night and am catching up now.
  14. I was away so I missed this post... Skied Tignes on Friday. Power went out. I had to hike 1.2 miles across a frozen lake to a running lift to get out of town. Drank the rest of the day.
  15. Thursday - Crotched race league Saturday - Attitash race Sunday - ??? open to suggestions in the MWV. Thinking about Bretton Woods
  16. What have you been smoking? And are you willing to share?
  17. How bad were crowds at Cannon this weekend? I drove by yesterday and it looked empty.
  18. But there is no terrain expansion to go with it? So basically they're just attempting to address lift lines and pack more people onto the existing trails? I know this is sorely needed. Should be interesting to see it unfold.
  19. I got to Wildcat at 9:38am, and the lot was long since full. Traffic was backed up 6 past the AMC center. I drove around it and headed straight to C Lot. I ended up parking on a snowbank near the garage. When I saw the GM in the lodge, he immediately asked me "Where did you park?" I told him and his reply was "fair enough". It's every man for himself on a day like this. I know that Stowe also filled all their parking, but that happens regularly there. I can only think of a few times that this has ever happened at Wildcat. And never by 9am. It was unreal. Fortunately the lift capacity is relatively large compared to the parking. There was never more that a couple minutes wait on the Tomcat, and probably 5 minutes on the quad. How was everywhere else? Like beyond the Epic resorts? I am wondering if this is the new normal under the Vail regime.
  20. And the triple is down again. The comedy continues. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  21. It looks like early next week could be a net gain. I am trying to remain optimistic. I brought up the powder skis.
  22. I'm not at work today... so that's a win! But I am working from the ski club. Woke up to a deck covered in glass today. Decided that did not need to be skied.
  23. Do what exactly are the responsibilities as an Ambassador? Are those the people who greet you when you arrive?
  24. Do you think they allow tailgating at the mall? A summer gathering may be in order.

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