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  • Sunday River has Heat's On / Heat's Off. Not an expression but they go together. 
  • While it is an amazing ski area and is a decent lodge as far as the skier is concerned, the main lodge at Abram is probably the least creative and most basic in the Northeast at a major ski area from an architectural standpoint. Their old lodge woul…
  • Awww, I like the Cannon lodges. They have an old school aesthetic.  I didn't know Wildcat got a new lodge, their old lodge is normally a topper on this type of list. I never minded it though. Crotched takes the cake for functional but doesn't look l…
  • As a Smuggs lover, I am a bit disappointed by the top billing. I think we all want to see our favorite areas respected. But I don't think any of us want to see our favorite areas topping the publicity charts... X_X
  • A demo day is the way to go for sure. Narrow down your focus before you go by deciding what segment of ski you are interested in (general purpose groomer only, "cheater" faster hard pack ski, jack of all trades on piste, off piste and natural snow f…
  • That suggests to me that they could have priced things even higher. I am AOK with K making some money on this or at least limited their loses.  I'll plan on the free viewing, but getting there much earlier to avoid the horrendously long wait for the…
  • "An Eastern area with a 800 foot total vertical....It also means that you will not enjoy much variety during your visit. " Huge and incorrect assumption imho. Agreed; look at Whaleback, Dartmouth, & Big Rock for examples of mountains in that v…
  • I agree RFID is better than scanners. Scanners suck.  Jay had a rocky start with RFID but they got their RFID sensors fixed up and I can't recall the last time I've seen line issues caused by RFID. Chairs are always fully loaded in all of my visits …
  • Smuggs' is going RFID.  Yes, I just read that. I remember going there for years and being checked only a handful of times. Good for them! You must have been there on an off day. They are one of the most aggressive ticket checkers for ski areas with…
  • Last Fall I e-mailed Cannon asking if they were going to open early with all that new snowmaking power. The answer was that they were too busy getting all that snowmaking on the mountain to do it last season but they will revisit the possibility for…
  • Killington lost a lot of money last year (marketing dollars of course, so it was an investment) so I am 100% behind them pricing to demand and trying to reduce their loses. They will still sell out super fast even at $100 a pop for the top five rows…
  • Prices seem reasonable to me for the experience you get. I think the tickets last year were very under priced because they didn't know what the demand was going to be. The side of the trail viewing experience was fun but $35 to get into the stands i…
  • The wording of that announcement is quite good, it seems like they genuinely are reaching out and have a vision of keeping the stuff that was great with some enhancement. But I am a bit concerned about this wording: "Our hope is to create a premiere…
    in Saddleback Comment by riverc0il June 28
  • I'd say that's very similar to Cannon. When the tram isn't running (i.e. 3 days a week) you can still ski Kinsman, Tramline, Banshee Glade, Etc. But it requires a short walk or skate back to the Zoomer. But the Cannonball is still running so it is …
  • I wasn't suggesting it be added, only suggesting that it was applicable given the criteria. The difference between Jay and the areas you suggested is in scope. Top of Bonnie to Weddle can be done skating with skis on, maybe just a little side steppi…
  • The uppermost portions of Jay's face require taking the stairs.  On the trail map? Face Chutes and Tuckerman Chutes are on map but also do not require a hike, maybe a small bit of side stepping. The entire ridge can be skied via the stairs but they…
  • Rat at MRG is off snail, it connects to the top of the practice slope and the upper lot and house along the road. It isn't on the map but it is a signed trail. Most folks that ski MRG don't know about it but it isn't a secret, it has a trail sign an…
  • Rat at MRG is off snail, it connects to the top of the practice slope and the upper lot and house along the road. It isn't on the map but it is a signed trail. Most folks that ski MRG don't know about it but it isn't a secret, it has a trail sign an…
  • How much of a "hike" are you talking about? For example, Paradise at MRG qualifies but not Upper Antelope which also involves a small bit of side stepping? If you include that, then you might also include Heaven's Gate at the Bush to get to Organgri…
  • They closed last year with a LOT less coverage, bummer they won't go for the weekend. Last year, I think there were at least 6 portages if you didn't want to ski grass. Two of those portages involved down hiking the final pitch which is quite steep.…
  • Sad to see it groomed! Kinda like seeing lots of hard work go to waste. It took a while to build up some solid bumps yesterday. But by 1-2pm it was starting to get pretty good!  It looked like they still had enough snow at the very top to push a bit…
  • Going Sunday the 28th, but the latest photo appears close to showing a break (or at least a very narrow spot) at the "ess-curve".  If they do make June 1,  there will likely be some major bare spots to negotiate. I've skied the mud breaks mid-May be…
  • The only reason Superstar lasted so long this year was because the World Cup race was held there on Thanksgiving weekend and they blew a ton of snow on it and injected it. I'll echo those saying that is not the case. They opened Memorial Day weekend…
  • Nice! Joshua, I think you are doing spring bumps wrong if you showed up at 8am for first chair! Give those bumps some time to soften up and you'll get your 20!  :)] I was planning on K this past weekend but the Auto Road opened so I couldn't pass u…
  • The S-shape is starting to form http://www.killington.com/site/mountain/webcam/superstar.html Wow, after two 90*F days, that is amazing for lower SS coverage! Hopefully I'll be back for Sunday this weekend.
  • Over 45" for May so far. Not sure that is a record..yet. 24 hr & single storm yes. MWO's FB page mentioned the single storm and 24 hour records but not the monthly record, so I assume that will take a bit more snow. This season delivers yet aga…
  • Sup can take one or two days of heat no problem. I am much more concerned about a repeat blow torch next week, that would make June out of the question. Even with Weds/Thurs this week, I think they have Memorial Day no prob.
  • Saturday was fabulous. Top to bottom almost edge to edge all the way. Even the last pitch was almost edge to edge (to the snow guns on skier's left). All bumps with considerable base and lots of tall depth for the cats to push out. Easily going to o…
  • The weather pattern seems to be conspiring against sunny weekends - even rain free weekends - this month :-(  The forecast for the weekend of May 12-14, 2017 isn't looking promising. Might go on Saturday regardless. Been waiting for a perfect sunny …
  • Non-existent parking at Stowe seems to be par for the course since they decided real estate and lodging was more valuable than parking. If you build it, they will come. But they better get there early...