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  • Years ago a small end of article snippet in Yankee Magazine gave roughly the following instructions: Leaving town drive along the river a bit until you come to a bridge with a bunch of trucks and cars parked on the shoulder and people carrying coole…
  • Largely oral history, check Kelly's Blogs on the Mount Snow web site for some pictures and stories. ..or check this web history site  which includes a photo of a race in progress with little if any snow in the background.I have heard tales of rope t…
  • No mention yet of the grand daddy of summer skiing. Mount Snow's Fountain Mountain from the 1960's & 70's. Two 600 hp. pumps shot water up in the air from Snow Lake all winter and when everything else had melted a hill big enough to ski & ra…
  • Joshua, I didn't think that wine and cheese would attract you so much as amuse you. I know you would go to another lift with a shorter line to avoid the wine & cheese (& beer) crowd. Maybe one with eclairs?
  • Perhaps the T-bar is an interim solution that mitigates the effect of the old High Country chair's problems (de-roped 3 times in a month is not cool) at not too great a cost & with a tow that can be moved and reused. This would make sense if WV…
  • Today the crew was out replacing the railing around the deck on the ATC (Alpine Training Center), new one looks nice. Maybe they will get a Beer/Wine license for that area next year, it would be a great umbrella bar. Don't get excited yet, but a li…
  • There is a little bonus at Crotched with the Peak Passes, the Black Out days on the less expensive passes (Ranger & Traveler) do not apply at Crotched. Why? many Crotched regulars go to bigger resorts (Mt. Snow, Attitash, Wildcat & Hunter) f…
  • Having a HSQ with little or no line most of the time reduces the noticeable effect of vertical height. When the Rocket was added typical runs per hour went from 6 to 10 as lift ride time went from 7 to 4 minutes. With 6 out of 7days per week being 1…
  • From what I have heard nothing too fancy is happening at Crotched this summer. Peak does have more $$$ available with the Mt. Snow EB-5 situation straightened out; Crotched will be getting a share for needed maintenance & possibly some rearrange…
  • May be as simple as they blow more snow on top due to people scraping it off, wind scouring, unload ramp demands, expected melting and beginners. I know at Crotched our patrol shack porch goes from 4 feet in the air to flush or even below trail leve…
  • Once I confirmed I had won the lottery, the only condition that would allow me to buy a ski area. I would hire the best possible General/Mountain Manger available. Someone familiar with the mechanics of running an area, the political aspects, human …
  • For retired seniors there are a few short cuts.to economical skiing....assuming you prefer little amenities like up front parking, no lift lines, first tracks all morning, free seats for dining and a 'crowd' small enough to make friends. Cannon for …
  • As I remember the old lift had a lot more chairs than demand. There were seldom more than a few people in line to use the Blue/Black trails it mostly serves. There were connectivity aspects as well, spreading out demand. Greater spacing will leave a…
  • There are sections of moguls all over the hill some totally white, others more thread the needle spring type. They were all hard in the am the days I was there but loosened up under the sun... check before you dive into them. Through the day there …
  • Skied Wildcat Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 13,14 & 15th). After some rain on Wednesday the mountain actually got better each day as colder overnight weather & grooming efforts aimed at the weekend firmed up surfaces & bare spots …
  • I got the impression that Peak's closure policy this year consisted of don't close until the customers stop coming and the snow is going too fast to fix. The 'real skiers', the ones that come out this time of year have apparently moved over to Wildc…
  • Things were darn good considering this was the fourth planned closing date, all the others were snowed out. Starting at 8:30 (that red coat is good for somethings) I got 20 nice runs in before noon. Initially everything was firm, as the groomed stu…
  • Tomorrow (Sunday 9th) should be the best skiing of any closing day of the season (they keep getting pushed back). Today the temps never broke 35 degrees on the upper slopes and the wind sucked moisture out of the snow on most of the hill, only the b…
  • Link all these to the Peak Passes and we'll really have something!  EPR also has its fingers in Ragged and a number of other mountains.
  • Part of the master plan for the tremendous West Lake project at Mount Snow was the filling of East Pond on the Cold Brook created by an illegal gravel pit operation about 20 years ago, with a goal of re-establishing something akin to the original st…
  • Like I said, best practices are a frequent subject of discussion... Alyeska applies the AED on the hill & uses a special sled with a lot of people; a lot of things to bring together. Alter the weather and terrain could be a challenge. Could we, …
  • Ops, got my dates crossed, guess I was pushing for a Crotched $10.99 tax day special lift ticket and an Easter Parade.(not going to happen)..I think it still about our latest closing.
  • There is always a lot of discussion about alternatives. Size of the mountain, time to next level of care and other factors all enter in to decisions. If you look at the film carefully you will notice that the toboggan bring used looks like a regular…
  • ...& the ever popular Heavy wet powder, aka concrete.
  • Saturday and Sunday will be the make up days for the Spring Skiing we haven't seen yet this year. There is still a fair amount of snow on the hill as of today, more than there was 1 1/2 weeks ago... it is virtually all white natural stuff so far, ho…
  • Sunday was pure delight. The Rocket was up at 9 am sharp and ran with a 1 - 2 minute max lift line all day. Sunglasses were in order due to bright sun, temps topped at 50 on top for a while. The groomed trails were seemingly bottomless packed powde…
  • Mother nature definitely gave some and took some away today. The late opening of the Rocket was largely due to the amount of ice, wet, cold etc. dumped on the hill. The blessing was everyone was forced onto the lower mountain for the morning open…
  • The mechanical problem is nothing spectacular. A simple breakdown in the building's water supply made it necessary to shut down & drain the system to make a repair. This affected kitchen & restroom causing the shutdown. The good news is that…
  • Too busy skiing of late at the Crotch to comment much. Basically I am getting as much vertical daily as my legs can handle...  20,000, 30,000, 40,000+ feet vertical daily while taking time out for turns in the top shack for my patrol duties. Joshua …
  • Ahhhh...  for the good old days when we carried wine botas in lieu of cans. Worst case there was a big red stain in the snow and on you. Best case you got it into your mouth +/-75% of the time. Wonder if anyone ever got hung by their bota string????