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  • The percentage of drunk or at least buzzed skiers seems to go up astronomically towards the later part of midnight madness.  Not a fan.  Nothing against drinking overall, but I hate it combined with skiing (and/or driving).
  • Back in the day some friends used to go to Killington without a ticket.  I had the ASC pass, so I didn't need to. If they could make it on one of the lower mtn. lifts then they could ride Canyon or other upper mtn lift all day since they only checke…
  • Gunstock is going with an RFID system too.  Article below lists some other improvements that aren't itt also. http://www.unionleader.com/business/nh-ski-areas-implementing-new-features-improvements--20170827
  • The green and blue trails are crowded at Pat's when it's busy regardless of their lift config.  Most of the time they don't even fully load one triple chair though.  I can't think of any popular and easily accessible area that is much better in that…
  • I have mixed feelings about WV's summit lift.  In past years, they've used the High Country chair for early season skiing and assuring a usable T-Bar track dilutes the effectiveness of the snowmaking on the rest of the High Country pod.  What's mor…
  • Rangley double is what, ~4500 feet? A FGQ moving at a good clip will cover that in a manageable amount of time. It will be cheaper to install, maintain, and operate than a HSQ and be able to run more. Uphill capacity very similar. Seems like a no …
    in Saddleback Comment by bobbutts June 29
  • It sounds about as good as possible given the last two years.  So does the SMF close down or somehow support?   Meanwhile, for myself, I do not consider a high speed lift to necessary for my vacations.  Not sure if I am odd or not.  I can't remember…
    in Saddleback Comment by bobbutts June 28
  • I haven't been around as much so maybe I missed it, but I'd say Stratton is not talked about much around here.
  • Good to hear, but sounds like an uphill battle on several fronts.  I know they try to justify a new surface lift and FG quad, but it seems unrealistic to hope to compete as a destination resort with 0 high speed lifts.  I think in NE Smuggler's Notc…
    in Saddleback Comment by bobbutts June 28
  • WV is in a bad state of deferred maintenance.  They could easily spend $7.5M just doing basic maintenance. If you don't count the relocated old lift (a 1985 installation) now on Green Peak, their newest lift is the 20-year-old Quadzilla.Little Quadz…
  •   I never skied there back when it was open, but remember checking it out from 93S on the way back from Ski 93 areas many times. Well now, there's why these areas don't reopen and closed in the first place. Not that there's anything wrong with doi…
  • That chair is a nice ride for the lazy hiker too.
  • I'd like to see the Highlands re-open for skiing.  I always thought it was a really nice hill and with the operating chairlift (for mountain biking) it would probably be one of the easiest ones to re-open (if there was a will to do so.) Me too!  At …
  • I like Whaleback in feeder category like NewEnglandSkier13 has it but it exceeds 500' in vertical (700').  Even the poster area for this category, Granite Gorge, exceeds the limit (525' vert).  I think the easiest solution is to up the cap on feeder…
  • At least Cannon is figuring out how to make snow.  I don't care who runs it much, more concerned about the quality of the "product" there.
  • Nice report, really like that place.  Some sneakily good terrain and no high speed lifts and out of the way means not crowded on the trails ever as long as they're mostly open.
  • Wow that sucks.  Like it isn't hard enough to revive a ski area.
  • It seems so strange that it would run normally for some time and then just one chair swung so extremely to collide with the tower.  Did other chairs on this lift exhibit this behavior to a lesser degree too before the catastrophe?
  • Stowe had a pretty extreme microburst a couple years back.  Made a mess of lower goat area.
  • Heh, all I can think of when verticaldrop said he recognized chris is
  • It's a nice perk if your home resort offers it and the price isn't too high.  I almost pulled the trigger on Peak Pass but the Ragged $250 full pass was too tempting.  The biggest factor for me was that outside CM (40 min) the other places are a hau…
  • my best Guess......man with terminal illness jumped off lift at end of day? Any really high points on the summit hsdq ?   Ive only been there two or three times cant recall.....What an awful thing :( None of the lifts at Sunapee are very high off th…
  • Estimated from Google Earth: Base Elevation: 1500' Summit Elevation: 2925' Vertical Rise: 1425' Length: 5900' Ride Time: 12 min (500fpm) Roughly the same numbers as Sunapee Express except nearly 2x the ride time.
  • wow that's dumb, 2000 users online at once in april right now and they are letting it die because of some problem with one hosting provider.
  • Yep, I was thinking about the Tram/Cannonball combo when I was there last time.  Peabody melting out and tons of snow at elevation for my last visit on the 14th of this month.  My only complaint is that Cannonball chair sucks, super slow and kept st…
  • Wow, nice challenge.  I should have seen the red flags before wrongly confirming northeast slopes.
  • I think you guys are right, the tow and the contours of the slope match up here with the google street view.
  • Trail sign for "Perimeter" confirms BW
  • Thanks Bob but any chance of getting a Poma or T-bar ShotI can't do Waterville, but I thought of your post today at Cannon and got these pics.
  • Pats Peak was built and still owned by the Patenaude Family. (Hopefully I spelled it correctly) Yep, I was about to post the same before I saw your post.  Definitely should be on the list.