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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Middlebury yesterday and Suicide Six today exceeded expectations. We will return. $5/ticket well spent! Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. That's big for them. Are they building out more coverage? Or just maintaining what they have?
  8. Yes sir, we're looking at another week before reassembly can start. And they still don't know what the problem is. Fun.
  9. Sewer problems continue at Attitash. The main lodge is closed today due to a real shitty situation.
  10. Wednesday - The Crotch Thursday - The Crotch. Go team! Friday - maybe Whaleback if my wife gets moving in time Saturday - Middlebury Sunday - Suicide Six
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. A week and a half in. They still don't know what is wrong and continue to disassemble the lift.
  14. I think the price is being pegged high because of Bretton Woods.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Wednesday Afternoon Update: Today was all about prepping and removing the outer layers that house the planetary gear set of the Summit Triple. First up, we removed a smaller plate that gave us access for the first time to the center of the planetary get set. With this removed, we are able to peer right into the very center of the gear set and get a clearer look at an area that has so far been out of reach to us. As we removed the smaller plate – smaller being a relative term, as the plate weighs 75+ pounds – we noticed a number of metal filings that are certainly not supposed to be there if everything was functioning correctly. [the small plate can be seen in the photo below where Brian is using a screw gun to remove the hex nuts holding it in place] While it’s too early to determine directly where these came from, our hunch is that they came from the bullwheel bearing. The presence of these filings means that we need to continue to remove layers from the planetary gear set to get access to where the bearings are located. Once this was determined, we set to work preparing the next layer for removal. This next layer is a massive bowl-shaped piece of half-inch steel, weighing roughly 300+ pounds, that makes up the protective covering of the planetary gears. In the picture below, you will see we’ve inserted four threaded rods into the area above the plate. These will be used to slowly lower the plate and finally expose the full workings of the planetary gears. From there, we’re hoping to have a clearer look at the problem, or at the very least confirmation that we need to dive deeper into the workings. We’ll start lowering this larger plate first thing in the morning and will be sure to report back with our findings here on the blog.
  18. What a dream! Wildcat management is very honest that they will never open without the quad skiable.
  19. Wednesday: Crotched for ARL Friday: night skiing at King Pine? If time allows. Saturday: Attitash for EICSL Championship race Sunday: TBD
  20. Using the mobile app? It doesn't like the social media embeddings because it a generic app built to work with several forum software stacks. The form software we use, IPS Community, is more fully featured which is why I pay a premium for it.

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