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  • I get this all the time when skiing VT. People can't believe I would drive 2-2.5 hours each way for a day trip. Used to have to drive 3-4 hours to get to NoVT when I lived in MA for a day trip! Heck, used to not be able to day trip a place like Jay.…
  • $189 is not Bolton's regular pass price. That may be part of their pass network with other smaller ski areas, nights only, or perhaps a college pass price.  Bolton has quite a few good cliffs and hucks. I am familiar with the one pictured above and …
  • Temps are colder than I thought that they were going to be this weekend and not much new snow to speak of. I thought there was talk of a slight bit of relenting of cold and maybe some new snow this weekend. Doesn't look like temps will get above sin…
  • This needs to be looked at relative to past seasons. For the first time in who knows how many years, we did not have a Christmas week thaw and many mountains are nearing 100% open. While revenue for Thursday and Friday will likely be significantly d…
  • That FB post is good to hear. Strong December snow here in central NH. I suspect if we get snow this coming weekend, they'll be able to open most of the mountain without even making any snow. Though if they want to groom, they'll probably want to bl…
  •    Actually, I usually start this thread in Feb. after we've had a chance to evaluate the Christmas Week and MLK weekend.  But every year Riverc0il suggests that the order that I finally assign is not quite the same as his order.  I tend to summari…
  • Folks are taking this joke far too serious with actual evaluations of the early season.  Guess I should have known better... 8-|   ;))
  • Aren't you the one that always protests the prematurity of this thread? :D
  • I like the zip line idea. A mountain bike center is a good idea two... maybe a mini Kingdom Trails for NH? Not sure how much area he owns or if it is viable terrain for that sort of thing. If any ski trails are still viable, they could get cleared o…
  • No record for natural snow, there have been bigger early season slam dunks. I've skied 3' in October at Jay before and I've seen areas like MRG open in December at 100%. But this has been a great stretch for man made snow and natural snow base build…
  • Climate change isn't about single extreme outlier events. It is about the big picture and overall global average temperature increases. Snow and cold in Alabama, Texas, and Mexico during a single weather event no more disproves climate change scienc…
  • I know Jay is really in their own micro climate, but I will mention they have seen just under 2 FEET in the past 7 days. Don't forget over half of that fell before the rain/thaw/freeze. Less than a foot of fresh since temps went above freezing. Stil…
  • I'm surprised it needs replacing.  I doubt they use it  more than 10 to 20 days per season! I believe it runs every weekend Christmas through February holiday (conditions permitting) plus during all holiday periods. Definitely more than 20 days per …
  • Vista Way at Cannon due to it's high elevation. It may open today for opening day. Also, Upper Ridge run at Killington for the same reason Only skier's left side about 8' wide, though.  ;)) It isn't just because of elevation or else all of Cannon's…
  • Huge props to Killington for resolving the bus situation from 2017. Last year, I waited over an hour both coming and going from Skye Ship. This year, I walked right onto a bus both coming and going (granted, I didn't stay for the podium after Shiffr…
  • Decided on going Sunday. I saw the GS last year so it will be nice to catch the SL this year. Plus I am itching to ski tomorrow. Looking forward to it and I am glad K is doing it again!
  • Squam might as well compare McIntrye to the likes of Cannon, Waterville, and Loon. The fact is Tenney isn't aiming to reopen as a major destination resort. It should more appropriately be compared to Big Squaw, Whaleback, and Ascutney which are prev…
  • Areas going to RFID cards are doing so b/c they not only don't want to pay additional people to check tix, they also can't find them RFID still needs crew standing by to address pass issues (legit or not). You need someone doing line control whether…
  • It certainly doesn't look very good from an operations perspective. But does the owner even care? Wasn't the original intent of the owner purchasing Tenney not to reopen the area?  Squam, what is your deal in this? I seem to remember from last year …
  • I like the idea of using Skyeship to avoid busing, it doesn't look like a very long walk from the top of the Northbrook chair. But I am not sure enough spectators would prefer hiking from Northbrook over the buses. Perhaps enough to make the buses n…
  • 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…