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  • I never ski top to bottom intentionally lapping the tram though, it is a useful lift but not something I cycle. Oh, never played the game of trying to beat your tram car to the bottom and ride up it again? Only works on uncrowded days, of course.
  • And do something about the summit loading zone please. It’s a CF on crowded days. It needs to leveled out or something and add a better bypass when coming from the Taft side. Hah, you should have seen it when the T-bars were there. The right-hand …
  • Cannon will never get rid of the tram, it's central to their identity (and to Franconia Notch State Park's summer operations). That said, from a skiing perspective it's almost completely unnecessary. Agreed on Cannonball however. Wonder if they coul…
  • I can't imagine the pain of being on M1 at Smugglers' on a zero degree day (and other similar lifts at other areas) . Having done precisely that a few years ago (well below zero and windy; easily the coldest day I've ever skied), it's not any fun …
  • When I was going to UMass, I sometimes drove there down Pelham Rd from Rte 202 and would see these weird lights in the distance. Took me a while to figure out it was the night skiing lights at Mt. Tom; there's a stretch of that road that's line-of-s…
  • On the subject of fog, a few years ago I was at Sugarloaf, another place I grew up skiing at but it had been a decade or so. Top was completely socked in, I got off Timberline Quad and headed around past the old summit lodge, and soon found myself t…
  • I cut short a 3-day trip to Smuggs a few years ago because it was brutally, horribly cold and windy. I grew up skiing at Cannon and this was definitely the coldest I've ever skied in, and it was no fun at all, particularly riding their old, slow lif…
  • Wasn't the original T-bar, where DRC is, #1 and Skidway #2? #4 was Whiffletree and #5 was King Pine, and yes, Misery Whip is its old track. (Its base station was actually a little below the top of the current Whiffletree quad.) When did they get nam…
  • Piling on about Killington and Waterville. K skis like five Wachusetts next to each other, only even more crowded (and charges you frickin' $119 for the experience). I'll add Sunday River for the same reason. I like long, uninterrupted runs and both…
  • I particularly appreciated the Cannon summit lodge weekend before last when I hiked up with my son (his first real hike). Only 4000-footer where you can get a beer on tap at the top. (Though it officially didn't count as a 4000-footer because we rod…
  • That sounds exactly like the old Skidway and Whiffletree T-bars at Sugarloaf. The Ts look pretty much the same, but the towers don't.
  • The original Sunapee double was converted to a gondola in the summer, IIRC.
    in Unique Lifts Comment by ceo August 1
  • I do not recall any changes made recently to any cutbacks or the Tuckerbrook area. Raven Ridge trail was added a few years ago which goes from the top of the Quad to the top of the rope tow. But that doesn't really change much and is only accessible…
  • It is nice, except for the people cutting across to & from Mittersill. And then there's those of us that miss the cut over and add unnecessarily to the crush at the Tuckerbrook chair. On the way back it's a little better segregated. I noticed…
  • Jay Peak has the best glades of anywhere I've skied in the East. Another place with excellent glades is, perhaps surprisingly, Bretton Woods.
  • > @lotsoskiing said: > Burke's now-removed Poma had a turn in it as well. It did?? I rode that multiple times but I cannot recall that part. I guess it wasn’t unique to me...back then. It was about a 10-degree turn, about halfway up. One …
    in Unique Lifts Comment by ceo July 30
  • So is this the first grade separation between ski trails in the US? Will there be on- and off-ramps?
  • Portland Aerial Tramway. If you go further afield, several South American cities have urban gondola networks; the one in La Paz, Bolivia is particularly extensive.
  • Did they include the downhill line? That's my favorite pet peeve of depictions of ski lifts in popular culture.
  • Oh, and Onset (what later became Bobcat, then Crotched West, then just Crotched) had at least one bubble chair, maybe two; they had the bubbles removed at some point. Now Mt. Snow has one. Is there a difference between a bubble chair and a skis-on g…
    in Unique Lifts Comment by ceo July 24
  • I'd forgotten Upper Scotts existed; been a while since I was there. :-) And yes, it's less drastic if they didn't actually close Bowling Alley.
  • Only one detachable Poma still exists in New England, the Upper Snowdon Poma at Killington. The one at Burke was replaced last year and North Lynx at Sugarbush used to be one. Wasn't there one at Pico or Okemo? [EDIT: I see you listed Pomas with a t…
    in Unique Lifts Comment by ceo July 24
  • Wildcat's gondola was 2-passenger.
    in Unique Lifts Comment by ceo July 24
  • That's a pretty serious rearrangement of Crotched East too; I almost didn't recognize it. Looks like this extends Blitz and whatever the one next to it was (just east of the chairlift) up to the top and closes the traverse between them. That's a new…
  • My understanding is that it's pretty typical to have to shorten the haul rope a year or so after it's installed. Eventually they have too many broken wires and have to be replaced.
  • I've seen that sign on the Slide Brook Express too. Somewhere I read that that because Doppelmayr grips stay in the open position in the terminal, they have to do the grip force check after the chair attaches to the rope, and if it fails they have t…
  • Off the top of my head: Doppelmayr: everything Poma: everything  Leitner: everything, acquired by Poma CTEC: fixed-grip and detachable chairlifts, successor to Thiokol, merged with Garaventa Thiokol: fixed-grip chairlifts (I think), sold that b…
    in Lift Brands Comment by ceo March 21
  • The short side of Double Runner at Sugarloaf frequently has areas of the trail below closed off with poles where it dips a little too low between towers. Almost never on the long side though, in my experience. 
  • I've definitely never seen a lift that's a quad on the uphill side and a double on the downhill side before.
  • If we're moving away from trail names that perpetuate ethnic stereotypes, Nashoba needs to change all of theirs.