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  • maybe he's still on this site and we don't no it. But what really bothers me is a lift ticket price for $93. at Sunapee, REALLY! Maybe after the expansion but not for what they offer now. Check out their parking lots on a peak weekend.  They could s…
  • I'm pretty sure Whittier was my first NELSAP discovery well before the internet.  I have always had dreams for it to reopen.  This owner seems way too casual to go through with it once he figures out the price-tag and foretasted returns.
  • I don't know all the stuff that went down with Rocket, but I wouldn't be happy if I got kicked out of a site only to have my articles from another site copied and posted verbatim on it.
  • Credit is fun until the bill comes due.    Maybe this will start a course of events that opens the hill to the public.  If they don't make it, maybe someone else gets a discount on a barely used bubble 6-pack.
  • That's rough about Galaxy at Heavenly being down for a couple years now.  Opens up a huge amount of low traffic mostly mild tree skiing.  That lift was outdated and crappy back when I lived there around Y2K so it must have been really at the end of …
  • 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…
  • 29mi to Gateway Hills for me. 2nd place to Granite Gorge at 47mi 3rd place for Arrowhead in Claremont @53mi
  • Pot I can handle as a patroller. When I was doing night patrolling in my youth I had to deal with more than one high schooler or college student who had too much to drink who got themselves in very dangerous situations that could've ended very, very…
  • What they really need is to be viable to be competitive in the day trip and destination market.  It's not clear how possible that would be even with a significant budget.  I don't see any effort being made to that end.  If they manage to get a bare …
  • Much easier when it doesn't have to be an expression.   Got a few: Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy at Ragged again. Big Dipper & Double Dipper at Killington Psyched and Psyched Out at Waterville
  • Jeremy Clark has fringe political views, yes, and yes it does affect his reporting on Cannon and Sunapee.  But he is a very good source otherwise.I had generally defended him in the past, but I don't really know what happened around here, and I gues…
  • What's the latest from Tenney officials?  Are they talking about running both chairs this season?
  • I know it doesn't exactly qualify in the same way as others, but I nominate Sugarbush Lincoln peak.  So fake and such a monstrosity.  Miles better than the one it replaced though! Yeah, I haven't used it much but it seems really nice inside.  Al…
  • I know it doesn't exactly qualify in the same way as others, but I nominate Sugarbush Lincoln peak.  So fake and such a monstrosity. 
  • Grabbed some 98's last spring, only rode 'em a few times but I like so far.  Was on an 88 prior.
  • 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 2017
  • 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 2017
  • 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 2017
  • 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…