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  • Have a great trip!
  • For a long time I considered Killington my favorite ski area in the Northeast. Some of that is sentimental. It was the first ski area I ever skied outside the mid-Atlantic. Outer Limits and Great Eastern impressed the heck out of me in their own …
  • Where to ski and snowboard is a great resource for planning trips to the Alps, but yeah it's generally oriented towards Brits to help them plan their ski trips to various places around the world. I think a good analogy is how many Americans do you …
  • I just can't bad-mouth these places because where I come from (VA) we would kill to have any of them within a three hour drive. PS: I've been to every mtn on the list except Burke.
  • Forgot about Cloud Nine at Aspen Highlands. It's too expensive for me to eat inside, but they will let commoners hang out on the patio. I was there New Year's Eve 2013 and it looked something like this:
  • Sorry, another out of bounds comment. The Cliff House at the top of Mt. Norquay's North American lift is the absolute coolest on-mtn lodge/warming hut/restaurant facility I have seen in my North American ski travels. It looks like something from Wo…
  • 1. Starks Nest at MRG. I've eaten my PBJ sandwiches in there on more than one occasion. 2. I have a nice memory of a cold day at Saddleback when my son took some frozen home-made choc chip cookies we had and baked (reheated) them on the wood stove …
  • "To keep the playing field a bit more level I mean gladed runs that are maintained as glades during the off-season, not off-piste runs a la MRG. " Can you guys tell me the difference between glades, tree skiing, and off-piste? I lump them all toge…
  • The Kaatskill Flyer (1,477’ vertical, 5,400’ length) six passenger high speed chair at the main base of Hunter is a crucially placed people-mover for that often busy mountain. I've only skied there once since they installed it. Do they do a good j…
  • I can't recall seeing a winch cat in operation up close, but one time about a dozen years ago I arrived at Kirkwood ski area in California at about 4 AM. It was a really dark night and I was weary from a long trip to get there. All I could see wer…
    in Winch Cats Comment by JimK July 23
  • Revelstoke has two detachable HSQs and one detachable gondola for 100% detach ratio:-) Oops, I'm wrong. They also have a small mid-mtn magic carpet for detach ratio of 75%!
  • I might be misunderstanding the question/criteria, but here a few nominations: Le Massif: HSQ chair with mid-station unloading Sugarbush: Slide Brook connector HSQ chair with no skiing under it Killington: defunct South Ridge Triple chair with…
    in Unique Lifts Comment by JimK July 23
  • Great story. I guess baseball still has "characters" these days, but there is not the same innocence as the old days. A lot of us baby boomers grew up playing little league baseball, collecting baseball cards, and following the local MLB team in t…
  • If any one gets to Utah in the spring and wants to meet for a few turns - let me know. I hope to spend an extended period out there in March and April, mostly skiing Snowbird, but will also have ltd access to Alta, Solitude, Deer Valley and possibl…
  • We have no bar, no night skiing, no housing. We’re just a family-friendly ski area that hosts high-quality racing events and tries to remain affordable to the local community, in the hopes that they can enjoy this life-long sport,” Mackey said. WEL…
  • Oops. Just realized Wheeling doesn't fit the definition of 100k city per OP. The MSA (metro statistical area) of Wheeling is ~150k, but that opens another can of worms about cities.
  • Inside city limits: Did anyone mention Wheeling, WV - Oglebay Park ski area? This is a small (168' vertical), but legit area with a triple chair and snowmaking. Not US, but Calgary, AB - Canada Olympic Park (significant suburban ski area with m…
  • I've skied Park City before and after Vail. It's a fun area. As a tourist I think it was looking pretty shabby before and a lot better after Vail took over (new lifts, lodges). The biggest complaint I heard from locals was they dropped a lot of l…
  • Had trouble getting new password. It said I failed, but then I saw that I was logged in?? PS: just tried signing on from different computer and new PW worked, so all is good. Edit function worked too for this PS.
    in Problems Comment by JimK June 4
  • Thanks.  Meant masochist, but respectfully :-)
  • This guy must be a little bit of a sadist. I wouldn't want to do it, but I am about the same age and physically what he is doing is very impressive. He must be one tough mudder to relentlessly keep racking up the massive miles/hours of ski time an…
  • The State, the condo owners, local businesses, and the coop group need to get together and hammer out a creative solution. Saddleback is a beautiful place with distinctive skiing. I really believe some day it will reopen.
  • Nice to see the group photo.  One thing I observed a long time ago is that when members of an online forum actually start meeting in real life (or are even just open to that possibility) the quality and friendliness of the forum only gets better.  N…
  • I got in 32 ski days.  Also snowshoed 4 or 5 times, most memorably across a frozen Lake Louise in Canada with my wife.  We took a 7000 mile road trip in March driving from VA to UT, up to Banff, and back to VA that lasted 26 days.  I got to eight ex…
    in skier days Comment by JimK April 19
  • Wow, all these Northeastern April trip reports with good snow are blowing my mind.  It's going to be 75-80 the next four days here in Wash DC area.  I am going to play golf today and the question is whether I wear shorts or not? Maybe a topic for …
  • This article may explain more about the Park City skiers subway/elevator operation in its early days around 1964:  http://mountainexpressmagazine.com/skiers-subway/
  • So white for April!!  Thanks for sharing.
  • The back bowls of Vail get all the press, but those high, north facing bowls at Breck are very fun and have good snow preservation.
  • Jaytrem is correct on all three guesses.  That chair at Norquay is really unusual!  Set up in a pulse mode, where four chairs come to loading platform in close succession, then there is a big 200 yard gap until the next four.  The chairs slow down a…
  • #2 Alta Correct.  I rode this chair, Albion center pole double by Yan, in March at Alta.  It has about 950' vertical and took a nearly intolerable 20 mins to get to the top.  They have it set on a really slow speed, which normally I am cool with a…