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  • I've skied in July before so it never counts as the beginning of next season for me. I think October-September is a the most valid North America month markers for season.
  • Also of note the season pass has gone up to $269. which is still a bargain! The relative value of the season pass all depends how many days they open and how much terrain they have available on those days of operation.
  • joshua_segal said: NewEnglandSkier13 said: joshua_segal said: I see that Mont Saint Saveur, QC will be open tomorrow (May 27). Anyone want to bet that Killington will spin the lift one more time so as not to be outdone? …
  • joshua_segal said: May 25, 2018 - Fri. Saw and skied a bit with marcski. I kept looking for someone who met riverc0il's description, but I missed him. I looked for you as well, but I suspect we skied at different parts of the day…
  • NewEnglandSkier13 said: It's interesting that they're still growing the entire trail. Don't they usually leave it ungroomed by this time of year? They groom it most days they are open in May from what I've seen over the past few years.…
  • Planning to be there on Fri. the 25th. I will be there as well. Give me a shout out if you see me... black pants, black/red t-shirt, sunglasses, skiing on a junk pair of Legend 8000s. Would be nice to meet you in person. The headwall strip loo…
  • Agreed that the recent posts suggesting Superstar headwall is really thin were exaggerated or not from experienced late season K skiers. I was there this past Sunday and some rocks did start showing at the top of the headwall. But they have SO MUCH …
  • The Black Chair can be torn down and rot. Fixed it for you.  ] Love Magic. Despise the Black Chair.
  • What I am privy too is there was original concern that Stratton and/or Alterra would not want to sell to - and help - a nearby "competitor". That obviously was not the case, and based on the article, its because Bill Nupp made it happen.  A str…
  • K often mows down the bumps. Keep an eye on their trail report and if they groom, you can get there first thing and ski until the bumps start to form. In a normal corn cycle, the snow is usually rock hard in the morning through 11am or so. If it is …
  • Never at a major area. Vouchers, deals, discounts, prepaid tickets, packs, early/late season, pass holder, whatever. I am not sure there is much that could convince me to pay regular price just on general principle.  For smaller areas, I have and …
  • So, if you don't put the bar down while riding alone, what is your reasoning for not doing so? I know a couple have mentioned that footrests are uncomfortable, but what about the rest of you? You presume there needs to be a reason. There doesn't n…
  • With such an amazing March/April, I'd move it up at least one place. I'd say April was lackluster. Cold and below average number of good corn snow spring skiing days. It has been great for base depths and snow preservation, though. But only the us…
  • In the history of skiing I'm positive that more people have been injured by early-bar-pullers than by falling off of lifts. Granted the falls were probably more severe injuries than the concussions and scalp cuts. But still there has to be a happy m…
  • If you had told me at the end of February that we'd still be skiing Castlerock on April 22nd without walking, I'd have said you were nuts. It was fun, but sadly an outlier.  I think the places that can guarantee the late-season skiing (Killington)…
  • Marketing is likely not going to have a drastic effect on late March revenue for areas with less established spring skiing venues. There is only so many skiers and riders left to go around. This year is certainly more of an exception with the terrib…
  • Sugarbush sure must have been profitable on Sunday, wow. The lots were packed and some chairs had lines. I waited about 10-15 for Castlerock. By the time I got on a chair, the line was just about double. Never road Heaven's Gate but there was a dece…
  • riverc0il says, "I would contend that this spring has not been great, it has been abysmal." I found the six weeked between Mar. 6 and mid-April to have been the best skiing of the season - although it sure hasn't been spring conditions. I didn'…
  • As great as this spring has been, are there any places that are open or extended their season that are getting crowds adequate to be profitable? I haven't seen them. (Exclude from your comments places such as Killington, Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Wildcat…
  • Also, since they run it at reduced speeds and reduced capacity these days, does it even still count at 'high speed'? I haven't been on the tram recently. Why are they running at lower speeds and capacity?
  • Tram at Cannon. It does not operate early or late season (only runs about three months Christmas through mid-March) and only operates four days a week (it does not run Tues-Thurs). Edit: Whoops, that would be the correct answer for a "high speed" …
  • Sad to have last weekend coming up with coverage as solid and wall to wall as it is. 
  • Last weekend (3/31 & 4/1) had some good spring conditions at Burke and some GREAT spring conditions at Loon. Today (4/7) flirted with spring at Cannon. It was so on the edge that every cloud made a difference. A shot of sun would instantly soft…
  • riverc0il noticed correctly, that I give a significant nod to the economics of a ski season and he is right.  I admit that it is a bias of mine. Additionally, it should be noted in your defense, you have offered (if I remember correctly) that som…
  • Very nice Sam, that Hall double looks long! And all that length for not much vertical or pitch. Definitely a chair very high on my list of chairs I'll probably never ride again at a ski area I still will visit again.
  • I'm sure a big part of the decision making process to allow snowboarders asks the question "How would it benefit the area?" "How much of a revenue stream will it bring in and how much would we lose by doing it?" How it would hurt financially is a…
  • I agree. State-supported ski areas in NH and NY are highly accessible, established areas in tourist locales (North Creek is a stretch, but still close to highway as well). Jay Peak, also built on the back of EB-5 money (and we know that tale) succee…
  • This is why you can't issue grades until its over.   :-bd  \:D/
  • I'm sure there have been better March in the past for total snowfall and overall conditions. I agree with Cannonball that the turnaround saved the season and makes it feel that much better than it would have been during an above average season. As g…
  • Though I agree surface lifts are terrific in windy weather. it is tough to run a surface lift if little natural snow, which Magic faces much of the time. Aerial allows operation if only manmade trails on line. Plus, riding a relatively steep t-bar f…