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  1. Announcing my 2020 ski trip... Val d’Isere and Paris, France Jan. 31 - Feb. 11, 2020 $2,820 double occupancy, $3,435 single occupancy Inclusions: 7-nights ski-in, ski-out at Hotel Altitude in Val d'Isere 3-nights at Hotel Belloy Saint-Germain, Paris Airfare from Boston - Geneva (GVA) and Paris (CDG) - Boston Deluxe motor coach ground transfers Transfer to Paris via TGV high speed train Five evening dinners in Val d'Isere Welcome reception in Val d'Isere Full European breakfasts daily 2-3 hour walking tour of Paris Porterage in and out of hotels Full details and registration are online.
  2. Bretton Woods was better yesterday after than morning. It was firm and fast, but ungroomed was survivable though not compelling.
  3. Wildcat’s bar was excellent yesterday. I started off with a breakfast margarita followed by another and then three mugs of Switchback. Conditions were survivable but not fun. Ungroomed was an inch or two blown into shiny bumps. Bretton Woods today is fast and firm. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  4. Try doing it from the web interface rather than the app. It is much more fully featured.
  5. Shrug. Have not seen it. Is it possible you an old password store in a browser or app that is trying to refresh?
  6. My boot / glove dryer that I keep at home died last week. Fortunately I have a spares, including three that I keep at the ski club and one in my duffel bag. But before next season I'd like to replace it. Buying boot dryers at the ski shop is unreasonably expensive. They often retail for $70+. In the past I've done well buying dryers at Costco, Harbor Freight, and Ocean State Job Lot for about $30. Of those the job lot dryer was my least favorite, but all were functional. What do you use for boot dryers? Anyone built one at home? Have a lead on a place to buy the 4-post type dryers for the $30 range?
  7. Pull the trigger at $36 for sure. When I looked at group tickets last year, we weren't where we needed to be for minimum volume. I've got a meeting scheduled with someone with the power to make discount tickets happen, but it'll be a minute thing if it becomes a reality.
  8. Considering they haven't even identified the problem, you have to wonder. But honestly I don't think they'll give up on the lift for the season if they can at all help it. Closing without that lift running again would be too harmful to spring pass sales. They want to prove that lift is functional again to stop the constant bad publicity and partially mute the cries for a new lift.
  9. Middlebury yesterday and Suicide Six today exceeded expectations. We will return. $5/ticket well spent! Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  10. Money. Peak Resorts will pinch a nickel until it shits. Even when they buy something new, it is on interest-only payments on subprime terms. They are a pyramid of toxic debt. Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  11. Maybe nothing? I can really justify the commuter car with gas at $2-something. It's a tough argument, at least in my current job where working from home a few days per week is okay. I can think of so many other things to do with the money. Like paying off my wife's student loans. Or travel. Or paying taxes. Yeah, I just filed my taxes and ending up owing a lot, whereas last year I got a refund.
  12. That's big for them. Are they building out more coverage? Or just maintaining what they have?
  13. Yes sir, we're looking at another week before reassembly can start. And they still don't know what the problem is. Fun.
  14. Sewer problems continue at Attitash. The main lodge is closed today due to a real shitty situation.
  15. Wednesday - The Crotch Thursday - The Crotch. Go team! Friday - maybe Whaleback if my wife gets moving in time Saturday - Middlebury Sunday - Suicide Six
  16. They don't own the land over there. The current ski area is pushed up against their boundaries on all sides. Further expansion involves some lease or purchase agreements.
  17. I was going to mention this in the triple thread, but it belongs here. Saturday was a disaster at Attitash. Triple was down so lift lines were long (for their standards). And worse yet, sewage had flooded the first floor. Apparently the bathrooms overflowed resulting in sewage spilling out and into other halls / rooms. It smelled accordingly. If you had a sewage flood at home, you would probably rip up all of the flooring, baseboard, and drywall. Did they? Of course not. They cleaned the carpet.
  18. A week and a half in. They still don't know what is wrong and continue to disassemble the lift.
  19. I think the price is being pegged high because of Bretton Woods.
  20. The Conway Daily Sun has a fairly lengthy article on the Triple. John Lowell basically says "don't blame me, it's a Peak Resorts decision." Short answer is there almost certainy won't be a new lift next year. And Peak Resorts considers this type of investment to be something that must be planned several years in advance. There is not much hope.
  21. UPDATED 2/28/19 Afternoon update: Another day of progress here on The Summit Triple, as our crews were able to fully drop the bottom plate to expose the entirety of the planetary gear system. Our guys started up first thing this morning with the laborious process of lowering the bottom plate on the planetary gear system. Since this plate weighs hundreds of pounds, it was critical we take our time and accomplish this safely. Once the bottom plate was removed, we finally had our first clear look into the planetary system, and we saw…nothing. While this sounds anticlimactic, it allows up to rule out the planetary system as the cause of the problem. So, you may be asking, what’s next? Well, since we were able to rule out the planetary system, we now know that the issue is closer to the very inner workings of the bullwheel. Now that we know the planetary is not the issue, we will begin preparations to drop the bullwheel, where we believe we will find the root of the problem in the main bearing of the bullwheel. These preparations are going to take time, but thanks to some specialized rigging we got from the lift maintenance team at Mount Snow, this will go a lot easier. First up, we need to rig the lift cable to be removed from the bullwheel. This is a process that will take at least a full day of rigging, planning and prep. Once the cable is removed, we will continue rigging the bullwheel in preparation for lowering it. This involves another full day of work, including removing the emergency breaking system on the lift. Right now, we anticipate being able to drop the bullwheel this weekend if all goes to plan. While we’re making progress, we are still a ways out from a fix for The Summit Triple. As you can probably infer, we won’t have the lift for this coming weekend, and while we don’t currently have a timeline for when this might reopen, we want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to get this lift back up and running. We thank you for your patience.

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