Ascutney Feb 17th 2017

MrMagicMrMagic advanced
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I'll let the pictures do the talking but I will say this I had been skiing at Ascutney at least 3 times twice before the high speed quad and one after I recall the lack of natural snow, Okemo would get 10 inches Sunapee 8 and Ascutney would only get 3. It always seemed like they were out of the snow band. While there today it still seemed true that the mountain had far less snow then points north and south. The rope tow is great, fantastic grooming tons of powder. I'll post pictures below.

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  • MrMagicMrMagic advanced
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    Ascutney
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    Not sure why the thumbnails are sideways but if you click them they seem to be right side up

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  • MrMagicMrMagic advanced
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    I heard the double chair is unusable any more info on that ? If I recall the drive was bent ?
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  • MrMagicMrMagic advanced
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    The remains of the high speed. It is really to bad they couldn't sell off that lift and use the money to stay open with the tripple chair so sad to see all those Condos at the base of the ski area looking out on overgrown slopes a broken chair lift and a burnt out base lodge
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    Top of the Sunnyside chair
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  • riverc0ilriverc0il advanced
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    MrMagic said:

    The remains of the high speed. It is really to bad they couldn't sell off that lift and use the money to stay open with the tripple chair so sad to see all those Condos at the base of the ski area looking out on overgrown slopes a broken chair lift and a burnt out base lodge

    Nice report. Not sure if it is so bad... Crotched got a sweet upgrade and Ascutney is doing something that is pretty cool as a local community area for all sorts of outdoor recreationalists including skiers and riders that enjoy hiking for turns. I've always wondered if a decent mid-sized area could make something like that work. Too bad for those that only ride lifts I guess but Ascutney is a pretty cool project. Shame they don't get more snow, though. I still want to hit that place for a skin and ski at some point.
  • ski_itski_it expert
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    Thanks for the update. Wow that rope is bigger than I thought. I need to go back.
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  • SP5SP5 novice
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    Skied there on Sunday, was a really fun time and the weather was great. Lower mountain is well covered with the trails easily see able from the base area. Lodge is coming down, once it's down they will be building a new one. I expect that we will see lift service back in the next five years, probably either the double or another lift.
  • riverc0ilriverc0il advanced
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    SP5 said:

    Skied there on Sunday, was a really fun time and the weather was great. Lower mountain is well covered with the trails easily see able from the base area. Lodge is coming down, once it's down they will be building a new one. I expect that we will see lift service back in the next five years, probably either the double or another lift.

    Why would you expect to ever see lift service back at Ascutney? It is run by a local non-profit organization catering to all non-motorized use of the mountain. Everything I have seen from the organization running the place suggests that they are very happy not having anything more than a rope tow for learning. The lodge is coming down because it is an eye sore and a blemish on the area, not to make room for another lodge...
  • MrMagicMrMagic advanced
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    I belive they had suggest and looked into installing some kind of surface lift to or just below the old triple midstation. I could be wrong on this but I seem to recall that being discussed as well as the old Sunnyside double being unusable.
  • NELSAPNELSAP advanced
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    I talked with the director there last year - and yes, they do hope someday to get another lift in to the midstation, possibly a surface one. They can only go so far up, but want to provide a more complete experience someday than just a rope tow.
  • AzSkiAzSki intermediate
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    Nice pics Mr Magic.   I liked Ascutney when I lived in NH and MA and hope they continue to keep it open for skiing.
  • bubblecufferbubblecuffer advanced
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    NELSAP said:

    I talked with the director there last year - and yes, they do hope someday to get another lift in to the midstation, possibly a surface one. They can only go so far up, but want to provide a more complete experience someday than just a rope tow.

    Why can they only go so far up?
  • obienickobienick expert
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    The top was bought by a nonprofit for conservation land IIRC.
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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    obienick said:

    The top was bought by a nonprofit for conservation land IIRC.

    Interesting.  I thought the top was leased forest service land. 
  • obienickobienick expert
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    I don't think the summit of the HSQ quite reached the State Park land.  Which is why it was a half-a***d addition as it only added about 250 ft with still quite a bit of mountain remaining (about another 150 ft to the top of north end of the ridge and about another 700 to the top top of the mountain).  A lot of the upper mountain (above the mid-station IIRC) was purchased as town conservation land and will never see lift-served skiing again.
  • MrMagicMrMagic advanced
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    obienick said:

    I don't think the summit of the HSQ quite reached the State Park land.  Which is why it was a half-a***d addition as it only added about 250 ft with still quite a bit of mountain remaining (about another 150 ft to the top of north end of the ridge and about another 700 to the top top of the mountain).  A lot of the upper mountain (above the mid-station IIRC) was purchased as town conservation land and will never see lift-served skiing again.

    Just as well in my opinion I seem to recall a lot of complaints about snow and trail conditions at the top of the quad
  • bubblecufferbubblecuffer advanced
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    MrMagic said:

    obienick said:

    Just as well in my opinion I seem to recall a lot of complaints about snow and trail conditions at the top of the quad

    Yup.  The top of the former "summit" triple is all that is needed.  I wish there at least existed a slight chance this mountain could operate fully again, sounds like that will never happen.
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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    obienick said:

    I don't think the summit of the HSQ quite reached the State Park land.  Which is why it was a half-a***d addition as it only added about 250 ft with still quite a bit of mountain remaining (about another 150 ft to the top of north end of the ridge and about another 700 to the top top of the mountain).  A lot of the upper mountain (above the mid-station IIRC) was purchased as town conservation land and will never see lift-served skiing again.

    There were lots of mistakes.  IMO the biggest was not budgeting for the infrastructure (i.e. snowmaking) needed at the unloading station as well as planning a few additional ways off from the unloading area so that it didn't bottleneck.
  • SP5SP5 novice
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    It's public information on their webpage and their Facebook page. The lodge is demolished and they will be using part of the foundation to build the new one on, four season lodge open year round for anyone using the mountain.

    Their master plan has them putting a double in two years, not sure if they will use the one already their or not, tubing is planned on the lower slope in the next year, like over at arrowhead in clarmount.
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