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    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    They have the load station as well as the entire lift up for sale on 2 different listings. Sounds like the owners didn't want to put more $ into an aging lift and are now saying they won;t open unless they can raise enough $ to buy a new lift.
    Have to believe something will get done---they have invested too much into the place over the last 10-15 yrs to just close it now.......
    Will be interesting, regardless if there is an old-Killington/Stowe/Sugarbush style ski resort at the mountain or not...there is always good skiing as long as there is good snow....and maps Lifts are an option...whose function hasn't really been exploited to the max, imho, by Big-resort wannabee owners...

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    feels like a big game of chicken. Who is going to blink first.

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    SB has been strange the last few years. I have a feeling the lodge and two new quads were put in first to try and grow skier visits as the Rangley double was a serviceable chair already at the time. However, this was a calculated move if so and looks to not have succeeded. As for the resort being for sale, that is true of the ski area alone. The Berry's are not selling the adjacent real estate property which if you know anything of current resort economics, would make anyone of interest stay away without the real estate tracts attached.

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    can I ask a stupid question, its the end of July, is it physically possible to install a new lift before winter???? especially if said lift hasnt been purchased to date?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowieT2 View Post
    can I ask a stupid question, its the end of July, is it physically possible to install a new lift before winter???? especially if said lift hasnt been purchased to date?????
    + 1. Another reason why this ploy does not make sense....
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    I'm curious if there will be any backlash from this. I can see individuals who know about this little scheme maybe not visiting even if they know about it. For one, it is just a bs stunt. Second, it could make potential visitors who have never been avoid the area due to the comments and possible concerns about the lift itself (seeing as though there is no way to get a new lift in there for ski season and it's a LOOOOONG drive to ride that thing).



    They should have waited until Jan/Feb to pull this stunt. It could really come back to bite them this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowieT2 View Post
    can I ask a stupid question, its the end of July, is it physically possible to install a new lift before winter???? especially if said lift hasnt been purchased to date?????
    Yes and no. They would have to sell the old lift, get that removed, secure funds for a new lift ($300,000 is pocket change for a new lift), and do this all before mid Agust for them to have a *chance* at having a new fixed-grip lift for a Christmas opening. If they're going for a high-speed quad or six pack that ship sailed away looooong ago.
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  8. #48
    Saddleback has always said the goal is a fixed grip quad. They have no intention in a HSQ. I will be up there on the lake over Labor Day wknd so will try and ask around to see what is going on.

    To early to speculate but if they really don't want to put more $ into maintaining the Rangeley I wonder if a reduced operating schedule could work while they find the funds for lift replacement?
    I was a passholder for 2 seasons and have skied there about 75 days lifetime. I can tell you the mtn is still very much worth going to without the double and I think on a reduced operation running the T and Kennebago they could offer full mtn access without as much of the costs. We shall see
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    Quote Originally Posted by xwhaler View Post
    Saddleback has always said the goal is a fixed grip quad. They have no intention in a HSQ. I will be up there on the lake over Labor Day wknd so will try and ask around to see what is going on.

    To early to speculate but if they really don't want to put more $ into maintaining the Rangeley I wonder if a reduced operating schedule could work while they find the funds for lift replacement?
    I was a passholder for 2 seasons and have skied there about 75 days lifetime. I can tell you the mtn is still very much worth going to without the double and I think on a reduced operation running the T and Kennebago they could offer full mtn access without as much of the costs. We shall see
    I was looking at their trail map and noticed as wrll that the T bar offers access across to Kennebago.
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    Yes, riding the T and doing some laps on the fun terrain over there before heading up top was SOP for many of my 'back days. Lot of good terrain off the T and a good portion of the best mid mtn stuff can be accessed from the Kennebago anyways. Only reason usually to go down was to get lunch or head in for apres
    2016-17
    Bretton Woods 11/23, 4/17
    Cannon 12/3, 4/8
    Ragged Mtn 12/9, 12/16, 12/17, 12/23, 12/24, 12/30, 12/31, 1/2, 1/7, 1/15, 1/21, 1/29, 2/11, 2/18, 3/4, 3/5, 3/19, 3/26, 4/1
    Crotched Mtn 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/12, 2/15, 2/22, 3/9, 3/25, 4/2
    Gunstock 12/28
    Wildcat 1/22, 2/10, 4/15, 4/16
    Magic Mtn 1/26, 1/27
    Whaleback 2/19
    Okemo 11/26, 2/25
    Pats Peak 3/1
    Smugglers Notch 3/10
    Stowe 3/11
    Jay Peak 3/12
    Sugarbush (Mt Ellen) 3/13

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