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post #31 of 48
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My resort built a spa. Not much of a positive impact on me, but my baby sister, who happens to be a spa tech, may be looking into employment there so she can be closer to home.
Drove into Crystal today, while on our way back from MTB riding.

It looks like they tore down the Hamlet, which was the oldest of motel rooms, as well as the patrol shack, and are in the midst of building some more slope side bungalos. The Spa won't be very intrusive, but the the bungalos are going to sprawl out and likely effect parking.

I'm not impressed with the changes, overall.
post #32 of 48
Moving there this season but I see that Jackson Hole has rebuilt the Tram. Pretty stoked.

-nerd
post #33 of 48
New for the 08/09 season at my home hill, season passes can be purchased online. Nothing really changing as far as I know.
post #34 of 48
Belleayre has a new maintenance garage.
post #35 of 48
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Belleayre has a new maintenance garage.
Sha-weet!

BTW, was in New Paltz this weekend and was thinking about you guys.
post #36 of 48
Saddleback is installing the new Kennebago Quad.

You don't know how sweet that lift will be!!

Saddleback......keep your eye on it.
post #37 of 48
Keystone is replacing their 20yr old River Run gondola with a taller, larger gondola with what looks like a mid-load/unload option(not sure, please see their website for details). I would expect travel times to decrease along with an extra 2 pass. increase per cabin = less time spent waiting to get to the top on Saturday mornings.

http://keystone.snow.com/info/mtninf...rungondola.asp

Perhaps I just might start using the new gondola if the chair right next to it doesn't beat it up the hill by 2mins. like it did in the past..
post #38 of 48
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Saddleback is installing the new Kennebago Quad.
Sweet. I remember when they put in the T-bar it replaces, which was a huge step towards making more difficult terrain accessible.
post #39 of 48
Kirkwood is putting in two new ground lifts. They have a post about it on their web site:

http://www.kirkwood.com/winter/emigrantbasin.php

Here are some of my own pictures taken on a recent hike:



post #40 of 48
Weirded, now I understand your username
post #41 of 48
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Weirded, now I understand your username
And the guy in the picture isn't even me
post #42 of 48
Alpine Meadows is probably raising ticket prices by 10%

I guess they have to pay for that new website.

Greg
post #43 of 48
^^ buy a pass before Sept 1st.

Gives you an excuse to ski more.

(have to take advantage of the pass. )
post #44 of 48
I've had a pass at Alpine for the last 10 years, but I'm skiing at Squaw more and more and I think I barely broke even on it last year. I was thinking about getting corporate tickets, but they are raising the price of those too, so I will probably get the pass if for no other reason than not to wait in line on powder days.

Greg
post #45 of 48
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I guess they have to pay for that new website.
I suspect that the new site may be funded partially by barter. I wouldn't paint it as the culprit.
post #46 of 48
Related but different:

BIG SKY is taking down the old Gondola. It jumped the track at the end of the season and was probably past it's useful life anyway. No big loss, it only ran on the busiest of days anyway.
The real negative is they had announced the addition of a lift on Liberty Bowl but the time, money and effort spent removing the gondola pushes off the Liberty chair addition for at least a year.
post #47 of 48
Keystone took down the old Gondola from River Run base, started the new one mid village and added a mid mountain unloading/loading area. You can see the mid loading station in this pic from Saturday.

post #48 of 48
New "Crescent" high speed quad at PCMR

This may well ruin one of the great local knowledge powder stashes at PC. These front runs are mostly overlooked anyway- tourists don't know how to get there, nobody wants to ride the old slow double, Ski Team, and everybody's rushing to the back bowls so they can spend an hour waiting for the rope drop.

I've spent many a happy morning farming tracks down Crescent, Silver Skis and Shaft, pretty much alone. The best part is to hike to the ridgetop, take a whiz in full view of the Payday lift a half mile away, and cut fresh tracks on the top section pretty much all day. It's one of those "how the hell did those tracks get there" places, when seen from the lift. Looks like the new quad lets off right on the top there, or close to it. Oh well.

The good news, I guess, is that they'll probably take better care of the front runs. They're fairly steep, very long, and when well groomed you can go like a rocket down them. Even better, when they're groomed, and then it snows a foot later that night, they're heaven. They went from never grooming them, to grooming them once a month, to grooming two of them once a week. Six more giant bump fields a mile long we never really needed.
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