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Thread Starter 

Sugar Bowl ski resort just announced the beginning of construction for their new lift on Crow's Nest Peak http://www.sugarbowl.com/home

It appears that at long last they'll be removing the old, defunct crows nest chair which really just got in the way of the Disney chair; wonder if they're just  moving the old one??  I'm guessing not, since I believe the old one was a fixed-double, and the new one is described as a fixed-triple. Since I'm not interested in hiking much anymore, I'm pleased, but I'm sure many people who appreciated the isolation of strawberry fields and the glades aren't too happy .....

post #2 of 13

With all the expansion and investment happening in the area (KSL, Vail), did Sugar Bowl have any other choice?

post #3 of 13

From the picture on their website it is difficult to tell if the bottom of the lift will be below the current resort boundary.   If not, it really doesn't add too much since you could get to all but the top couple turns of that from Disney.

post #4 of 13
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It is frustrating not being able to see the entire new lift lay-out, but it seems like it should help reduce the pressure on Disney, unless you can't get to the new lift without initially going up the Disney lift.

post #5 of 13

All kinds of maps and information here:

 

http://www.placer.ca.gov/~/media/cdr/ECS/NegDec/SugarBowlCrowsPeak.ashx

 

Actually, it's clearer to look at the 2004 filing:

 

http://edocs.placer.ca.gov/viewftr.aspx?cabinet=CDRA_Planning&docid=1344823


Edited by Xela - 6/20/13 at 10:17am
post #6 of 13
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Thanks, Xela!  Looks like it will pretty much require riding Disney chair first then hopping over to the new lift. 

post #7 of 13

Thanks Xela for that link.  It indicates that the bottom station of the chair is going to be at 6920 feet.  That is basically the same elevation as the base of the resort.  This makes me think that there will be more fall line skiing on that side of the resort.

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Originally Posted by bullhorn View Post

Thanks Xela for that link.  It indicates that the bottom station of the chair is going to be at 6920 feet.  That is basically the same elevation as the base of the resort.  This makes me think that there will be more fall line skiing on that side of the resort.


Sugar Bowl is promoting the new lift as creating more fall line skiing and saying it will have 1,000 feet of vertical, which would require the lift to start below the current boundary line. I'm really happy about the new lift because I have skied over in that area a few times and loved everything about it except for the very long traverse over and long traverse back. SB is also promoting the lift as being more protected on storm days, implying that it may be able to run in higher wind conditions than Disney or Lincoln. I think this lift is a much better resort improvement than the Summit lift that was added a few years ago. The combination of this new lift and lowered season pass prices really makes SB more attractive next season. Although I am still bummed that they dropped the General Admission program that provided free lessons on weekdays.

post #9 of 13

Sugar Bowl just published the 13/14 season map with the full view of the new lift location. You can see it here: http://www.sugarbowl.com/trailmaps

Administrators: please delete my earlier posts -- I was trying to post a JPG that perhaps was too big and I tried to post it a few times before I realized that it wasn't working but was publishing a blank post.

post #10 of 13

Exciting, good for Sugarbowl. 

post #11 of 13

If I'm not mistaken, believe new lift will be on the ridge to the right here angling off behind Disney Nose.  BTW, expert terrain to left is Palisades, big steep groomer in center is East Face.

Crow's Nest Peak was open and considered "hike-to" when I was there last winter, but we never got over there during our one day visit.frown.gif

http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_article.php?article_id=1381&mode=headlines

post #12 of 13

Nice hike to terrain on Crows Nest peak. I try to  get there every time I visit.

 

If I recall, there is very little hiking -just do a very long traverse along the top of the ridge

when getting off Disney lift.  You have to miss some of the good gladed terrain at the bottom

since you have to traverse out early to get on a very long flat traverse back to the base area.

Maybe the new lift will help getting people off this traverse.
 

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Originally Posted by Mdskier View Post
You have to miss some of the good gladed terrain at the bottom

since you have to traverse out early to get on a very long flat traverse back to the base area.

Maybe the new lift will help getting people off this traverse.

 

This is exactly the plan and what SB is promoting -- more fall line skiing in this terrain since you won't have to traverse back to Disney. I've traversed out there from Disney, made about six wonderful turns in untouched powder but then had to stop skiing down the fall line and start my traverse back so I didn't get stuck skating back on the nordic skiing trail. This new lift is definitely going to increase access to some very good gladed terrain.

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