Originally Posted by mdf
The press release claims they will.
I spent awhile staring at the maps (some other news org had the actual plans submitted to the forest service, so better than an artist's conception). I'm trying to remember (or figure out) how the CIrque exits would line up with the bottom of the lift, and what it would take to get there.
And if it would help get to the Hanging Valley from the Fanny Hill side, or if you would still be better taking the Cirque poma lift and going across the top.
Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD
I don't ski Snowmass that much anymore, but there used to be a goat path off of Green Cabin, that would get you to Turkey Trot from KT, with a lot of poling.
With the new lift, you should be able to ski Rock Gulley and the Dikes, all the way down.
Based on the plans I've looked at on the USFS site, the new lift base terminal placement near the intersection of Green Cabin and Turkey Trot (in addition to being the catalyst for glading Radar's) should have some notable impacts, mostly positive IMHO though I'll miss that old Riblet double:
1) Will make access to top of High Alpine much easier from the Cirque run out when coming from the West/Big Burn side - one lift access to the top instead of having to go all the way down to Alpine Springs
2) Will enable you to do laps on the smaller slice of Cirque terrain on the East/High Alpine side in and around Green Cabin
3) The summit terminal is supposed to be about 10-15 vertical feet higher on the hill. That should make for slightly easier access to both Green Cabin/Cirque and the Hanging Valley. For the former, it will eliminate or sharply reduce the poling/skating/walking up top with some help from gravity. For the latter, you'll still need to hoof it, but you get a tiny head start. Not sure if it changes the equation around access from there vs. Cirque poma when it's running.
Overall, I love what this does for the flow of the mtn for an advanced skier b/c it enables you to due Cirque>Headwall on back to back runs with only a short lift ride in between vs. dealing with two lift rides and a likely lift line during peak periods at Alpine Springs. Basically, once you get out of the base, you can yo-yo almost exclusively on upper mtn lifts away from the crowds. Now if only they could string a low capacity lift up from Elk Camp to the top of Cookies or Hanging Valley Glades, then we'd really have something.