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  • The Peak NH resorts had a lot effort when they were acquired, so emphasis on Vt. & New York for a while won't hurt. Wildcat got a total snowmaking overhaul (pumps, pipes and guns all new) that has resulted in longer seasons the last few years. …
  • "Private Clubs" Count? The patrol shack at the top of Crotched is warm, has deep leather seating, a view of Mount Monadnock, Stratton, Okemo and Pat's Peak back side. Food is variable; the 'Cabana Boy' serves up good breakfasts on Saturday - Sund…
  • "may you live/ski in interesting times/slopes" isn't always a blessing or a good thing. The winter I worked at Killington (1971) we used to ride the Snowshed lifts for the "interesting" entertainment value. The GLM (Graduated Length Method) skis …
  • At Pat's Peak when they replaced the old double with the Mount Ascutney Triple with the new loader the project was started one season (pole footings mostly) and completed the next barely making it for opening day as I remember.
  • Who services & recharges these things? When the lift breaks down because the lift maintenance guys were fixing screens (or removing beer stickers from them) we may end up watching the same stream for an hour or until the batteries wear out. b…
  • Yeah, more ads.... All that nature stuff, kids having fun, the occasional accident, out of control idiots, racers, boarders and ski bikes just don't have the production value of a good car ad or an engrossing psoriasis cure. Replace those one l…
  • The eggs (& chicken)are useful, but "Where's the beef?", bacon and bagels?
  • Too bad it doesn't have a radio harness... then it would be useful for a patroller.
  • More parking with what appears to be reasonable hill access will be very useful/popular. The on-line materials don't say anything about bathrooms, changing areas, ticket sales etc. maybe they come later? They also mentioned in one of the videos th…
  • A little closer to my home... Crotched Mountain had a Hall Double Bubble chairlift years ago. The bubbles were apparently aftermarket items and due to the lightness of the chairs did not fare well in winds.
  • I heard there may be a legal aspect, like required by law (once they catch you)... Wildcat has rather substantial 'I' beams scattered on steeper slopes. Keep in mind you don't need a lot of anchors as the cables are several thousand feet long and ca…
    in Winch Cats Comment by NELSBEER July 23
  • As they showed on the video the cat can groom while going up as well as when going down cutting grooming time by 50%+ . They were also able to blow snow on Velocity, which has good coverage with tower mounted SMI polecats, and push the snow up on t…
    in Winch Cats Comment by NELSBEER July 23
  • "Advanced Training" so to speak.... Back to the winch cat. Few people have seen Crotched's winch cat in action. It came on line late in the season. The local crew spent the winter re-building a Hunter Mountain PB 400 winch which had been replaced.…
    in Winch Cats Comment by NELSBEER July 22
  • More Dante's inferno, WINTER edition. We got iy easy though, the new guy gets to haul the garbage bag down
    in Winch Cats Comment by NELSBEER July 22
  • Interesting... main current area looks pretty much the same; UFO added since & more condo buildings proposed along Super Nova (the land belongs to condos still). The 'new' connector area between the East & West looks interesting, could part …
  • Joshua, has patrol got a treat to share with you! On those grey days when sane folks head home early; patrol hangs out in the top shack watching the empty lift run while freezing rain saturates the snow and sticks to everything. When the sun drop…
    in Winch Cats Comment by NELSBEER July 21
  • Peak is generally pretty attached to the SMI Polecats, especially for trails that need fast early opening. Single pipe makes them an advantage for new installations - see Crotched 100% Polecat Fans. They did go to Air/Water on Wildcat due to the ex…
  • This is like waiting for Snow Journal 2..?
  • Snow quality may be less of a concern than on other parts of the mountain. On the Peak quarterly investor call they mentioned that the whole new pod will be getting the latest in fully automated snowmaking, improving conditions while cutting labor c…
  • SMI has come out with a similar concept for it's Polecats, ceramic lined nozzles. They cost more than conventional nozzles of course.
  • I wouldn't count out Hermitage/Haystack, too much money sunk into it and too much potential in the right hands. A receiver would be expected to review the potential and come up with a plan. In this case he could try to protect the value of the asset…
  • The weight of the cabins & their size/exposure to the wind would accelerate stretching. At Crotched they took 20 feet out of the valley quad a year after replacing the rope a few years back. On the other hand the (1959?) Hall double is still rep…
  • You forgot to mention the gourmet delight of having one of the bugs inhaled into your throat... where's my water bottle?
  • I'll have to get a picture of Joshua dressed for his glade work, he looks like a bee keeper on steroids. Fortunately there are very few kids in the woods this time of year to report  "the wild man of the mountain". The different crews seem to be…
  • Hmmm.    Wonder if Peak might be interested at the right price?  They are in the neighborhood and looking to grow, think of the possibilities, maybe a win-win for the valley, the real estate owners and skiers: * The Hermitage base lodg…
  • Joshua, you omitted the third spring item Yellow Snow, no not that kind.. the pollen. .. but there is that growingly popular spring sport of Black Fly Zapping. There is unending satisfaction in swinging electric tennis rackets at the things and …
  • ..so wear a helmet and pull the safety bar down only on your last run, cuz everyone knows that is when all the accidents happen. ... and Joshua, you need to visit the bar more often the draft taps are virtually all craft & good beers.
  • Being a patroller I do a lot of loads in a year & get lots of practice with the bar.  I've settled on getting my hands on the bar first and slowly lowering it while asking "Everyone Clear?". By maintaining control of the bar I (& everyon…
  • A lot of lights have been fixed and enough snow was laid down last week to open everything that mattered except Comet Drop. Jupiter Storm was finally groomed out TtoB but was suitable for advanced skiers due to the freshness of the snow when it was …
  • Crotched did gat a late start this year but has been making snow pretty regularly since they opened.  Today may be a separate dynamic. With Midnight Madness definitely on tonight and a Block Party they have a lot more hours requiring descent cov…