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  1. The broken guides were not Tapatalk's fault. But I still can't turn off their App without crashing the site. But everything should be working again.
  2. I've been meaning to update this thread. Save the date: Saturday, April 13. Rain date: Saturday, April 27. And there still will be some merriment on the 13th at the ski club if Sunday looks good.
  3. Front page is back up. That problem was related to disabling the mobile app support by turning off the Tapatalk extension. Not good. I'm not sure if the mobile app will keep working. No promises. I have tickets open with both the platform vendor and Tapatalk.
  4. Testing that the app still works... I followed the instructions given in my support ticket. It really broke things. Front page is down. Son of a bitch! Sent from my iPhone using Northeast Mountain Sports
  5. 2/25/19 Monday Afternoon Update: Work is still progressing to access the trouble area that led to the Summit Triple closing on Saturday. We’re making progress, but the area that we need to get to is at the very heart of the gearing that moves the bullwheel. On Sunday, our lift mechanics fully drained the oil from the gear box above the bullwheel and the planetary gear below the bullwheel. Samples of this oil are now being tested to see if we can better diagnose the problem. What sounds like a relatively fast and straightforward process, actually took 7 hours yesterday, due the cold turning the lube oil to a similar viscosity of molasses or honey. Imagine having to pour 60 gallons of honey through a space the size of a dime, and you’ll have a good idea of what we were up against on Sunday. Watching paint dry might have actually been more exciting. Now that we have the lube oil drained out of these gearboxes, we can begin get a proper look inside to see what the issue might be. This initial look is accomplished using an endoscope camera that we can snake inside of the gear box. Most of today will be spent looking into these gear boxes in the hope of being able to figure out if we are looking at a problem with the gears or with the bearings within the assembly. OK, you ask. What is a planetary gear? Let’s start from the beginning. The lift is powered by an electric motor which spins at 1750 RPM when at full speed. The motor is managed by the drive system, which serves as the brains of the machine, telling the motor how fast to spin and how much power it needs. The drive is what we replaced in December after the power short caused by that pesky squirrel. The motor spins a shaft that enters the top gear box at a horizontal angle. The gear box then gears down the speed to create the power and torque needed to make the lift move. The gear box also changes the angle from horizontal to vertical, transferring the power down past the bullwheel and into the planetary gear assembly, which is a series of gears that drive the bullwheel. A vertical shaft leads from the upper gear box and drives the sun gear in the planetary assembly (see diagram below). The sun gear in turn drives the planetary gears, which transfer the energy to the outside of the assembly, known as the ring gear. The bullwheel is attached directly to the ring gear on the exterior of the planetary assembly and ultimately drives the wire rope, which then takes the chairs uphill. The planetary assembly and the bullwheel are supported by bearings which hold the assembly in place. We understand that you were all hoping we’d have better news today, but unfortunately these things take time. We assure you that we are working as hard as possible to diagnose and fix this issue, and we’ll be sure to keep you all informed as we make progress.
  6. Noted. I've changed the styling to the basic default theme until the issue is resolved. Just trying to isolate variables even though it didn't help. I'll restore the styling when the issue is resolved. Thanks for catching this so quickly!
  7. Installed an update today. Please let me know if you notice any issues.
  8. Weekend update: it was great! Saturday was bluebird with packed powder and excellent coverage. Some of the typically rocky places were tracked out, but overall excellent. Lower Catapult was the pick of the day. Soft groomer that you could lay it out on. Sunday was a powder day. About 3" of dense sugar snow that covered everything. Snowed all day. By the end of the day you could rip down anything. That dense snow really held an edge and the breeze pushed it into the troughs creating a smooth surface. Copy Cat and Tomcat Schuss were exceptional. Saturday was again a busy day, but they've gotten into the habit of running the Tomcat Triple every weekend day now, so you could avoid the line. Sunday was much quieter and a refreshing return to the Wildcat that I know and love.
  9. Sorry that I missed the thread. Ended up at Wildcat both days. Was a most excellent choice.
  10. I'd agree with that sweet spot range. I ski the Enforcer 93 as my eastern USA daily driver. The Enforcer 100 as my Alps and spring ski, plus light powder or sloppy seconds days. That covers most of the season. I've got a couple narrower skis for the days of groomers only, which have been rare this year.
  11. Perhaps this is one factor as to why Wildcat has been super busy all season.
  12. I finally gave up the ghost and sold my 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe. Loved that car and it was super reliable right up until the electrical problems started a couple months ago. I'd buy another again in a heartbeat. It was great as a ski vehicle. Now I've started toying with the idea of buying a used car as a commuter vehicle. I can't quite justify it though.
  13. Wednesday looks like flurries to a coating anywhere that it counts.
  14. Yeah, that would definitely be interesting. I hope it comes with additional snowmaking water capacity. Because that pond is stretched thin already since the last expansion.
  15. Yeah, so Jeep offers three different 4x4 systems. It depends how that specific vehicle was optioned. An open question. For example, my Silverado has a transfer case system that can also operate in automatic mode. So I have 2-High, Auto, 4-High, 4-Low. And the rear differential is automatic locking too, not just limited slip. But that auto locking rear diff is not standard either. Really depends on how much you are willing to spend.
  16. For on-pavement use? The details are not important. Sure the locking diff is important off the pavement, but you're not going to notice driving on highways.
  17. I'm still holding out for JetBlue service to Europe. They are the one domestic airline I'd considering taking overseas.
  18. This is a really important point. You don't want to scare away first-timers with a bad experience. I'm not sure it's part of their thought process, but it should be.
  19. This is a great topic. I just never have the energy to get myself up the hill.
  20. If you're staying on pavement there is not much difference in the drivelines. Ground clearance on both is respectable. The suspension makes a much more pleasant ride on the Crosstrek. Both are slow and loud inside so equal demerits. Slow and loud really are the best adjectives for the Crosstrek.
  21. Looks like nice trees! I agree that I love under the radar spots to ski on busy days. I love to explore new glades.
  22. Just opened up my ski bag after my trips. Noticed scratches on the bases from where sand somehow get in there. Need to be more careful securing the skis with straps. This was my first time flying Swiss Air on a trip. They were very lenient on the baggage policy. If you objected to the charge, they gave up. Hauled all sorts of crap with me.
  23. I just got back last night. I'm still working through my backlog. I know I owe a trip report. This weekend looks like nice weather. I'll be heading up on Friday, probably as soon as I am caught up with everything.

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