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  1. #71
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    Quote Originally Posted by uphillklimber View Post
    Wow!!!! The river is opening up terrain. We basically had no natural snow until mid December, not even winter, and trail count advanced slowly. Not so slow now!!! 82 of 135 trails open. Almost legit one end to the other skiing. ( You need to take the double traverse lift out of Jordan as Kansas is not open quite yet. And the little white cap chair is not open yet, so getting back to the Summit involves some walking).

    Years back, I wouldn't plan on starting skiing until christmas, and look at this. 82 trails!

    We went today for a few hours. What a crowd! I am spoiled with mid week skiing, this was just like a weekend. Anyways, if anyone has been waiting for decent trail count, it is there now! Have fun!!!
    Yes, great mother nature is delivering. But without ma nature coming to the rescue, count would have been much lower. Still amazes me we have Aurora open with just Northern Lights. This is a first for Christmas week. Normally have Vortex and Airglow by now. So thanks nature for delivering good presents this year!

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    Hmmmm.... my perspective is a bit different. Last season, I only had 4 days skiing in November, this year, I had 13. Clearly this November is head and shoulders above last year. And for December I have 18 days verses 13 last year. Which is just a little better. But I do agree with you, it seems like Airglow would be open by now.

    It seems they are having a ton of guns going every almost every day. Today, the report shows White Heat, Rocking Chair and 3D getting the guns.

    I see Lollopalooza and Rogue Angel are open in Jordan. It seems to me that by Christmas, they have actual ski out, ski in to the Jordan. Sometimes earlier, sometimes later. Even little White Cap is running today. Seems they are a little late this year. Mother nature to the rescue, indeed.
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    Little White Cap has not run yet this year (for guests anyway, may have run for tests/snow making crews) and that is late. Rogue Angel is open on natural only making just Lolla and Kansas the only groomers opened in Jordan for the holiday week. Most of the naturals are open in Jordan and Oz now, along with LP/TW on natural only as well. Had an absolute blast today out there. But all this natural is not the vast majority of skiers cups of tea. Only having Lolla and Northern Lights for cruisers on the west side of the resort diminishes the use of those pods. Lines haven't been bad this week (Cold and wind likely) but Barker has been busy at times.

    All this said, it did look like hose is set on Excalibur (cat track up the Snowmaking line side of trail too). My guess is as 3D and Bear Paw wrap up, Excalibur is the next up. Would like to see Vortex and Paradigm up soon too.

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    Thanx for the update, I won't be getting there until Monday (bronze pass).
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    Quote Originally Posted by uphillklimber View Post
    Thanx for the update, I won't be getting there until Monday (bronze pass).
    By then they may have Bear Paw open. Hope they don't loose a cat into the trees, whales are just about as tall as them in there!!

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  6. #76
    Had a good day of skiing today. They had power issues, looks like they lost one phase somewhere down the line, so some of the mountain was open, Aurora, Spruce and Jordan were not. Chondie was running on diesel backup, a little slow. I read that they got the power issue taken care of (CMP issue, not Sunday River issue). Props to the River doing what they can.

    Snow was puking all day, but not sticking to the goggles. Visibility sometimes was limited and it could be hard at times to make out the contours, but real nice conditions, if a little crowded for a weekday due to half the place being inaccessible. I was watching the glades and bump runs, they may well be covered up enough to my liking that I'll try my hand at them tomorrow, wind holds allowing. (mid to high 20 MPH winds coming).

    I have taken a few runs on Bear Paw, the new trail. It is all "S" turns, with some pretty quick drop offs. About a groomer and a half wide at the top, a groomer wide nearer the bottom, or rather the first exit out to Cascades. I like such a trail, fun!!! And they are calling this a beginner trail. I'd warn any beginners before taking them down this one.
    lovin life,

    Bob

  7. #77
    Did you see this on their website?

    Rolling with the punches is what we do around here but Grayson seems to be packing a little extra punch than our average winter storm. During our normal daily lift inspection routine on Saturday morning, our team discovered wind and temperature related issues on several lifts and trails across the resort, such as downed trees. We've since identified the complications caused by Friday night's weather and developed a plan to get the resort back to its normal scheduled operations as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. Thankfully the forecast is calling for significantly warmer and calmer days ahead, which will provide our team the opportunity to get the majority of operations back within the next day or two, and the remaining well before the holiday weekend ahead.



    Seems the River is being reactionary about things. Don't actually maintain it, fix it or replace parts until they finally fail, right in mid season. I'm a big homer for the River, but their modus operandi of wearing everything completely out before taking care of it is a little tiresome. They probably don't even have the replacement parts on the shelf for the upcoming repairs, which just keeps things down even longer...

    Really, temperature related issues on several lifts???? They didn't they might need to run these lifts when it got cold outside?
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    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by uphillklimber View Post
    Did you see this on their website?

    Rolling with the punches is what we do around here but Grayson seems to be packing a little extra punch than our average winter storm. During our normal daily lift inspection routine on Saturday morning, our team discovered wind and temperature related issues on several lifts and trails across the resort, such as downed trees. We've since identified the complications caused by Friday night's weather and developed a plan to get the resort back to its normal scheduled operations as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. Thankfully the forecast is calling for significantly warmer and calmer days ahead, which will provide our team the opportunity to get the majority of operations back within the next day or two, and the remaining well before the holiday weekend ahead.



    Seems the River is being reactionary about things. Don't actually maintain it, fix it or replace parts until they finally fail, right in mid season. I'm a big homer for the River, but their modus operandi of wearing everything completely out before taking care of it is a little tiresome. They probably don't even have the replacement parts on the shelf for the upcoming repairs, which just keeps things down even longer...

    Really, temperature related issues on several lifts???? They didn't they might need to run these lifts when it got cold outside?
    You complain about crowds on weekdays. I don't think you will ever be happy at SR. Go find a place that suits you pickiness. Give them a break....it's freaking miserable outside - if people's trucks won't start in this weather maybe they have similar problems. Our car battery decided this cold was just waaay too much for it. So we had to replace last weekend. If it was never -15 we would not have known and would still be using old battery. Maybe I don't maintain stuff as should - but shit like this happens to me, so it's not out of the question that others have to deal with affect of cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uphillklimber View Post
    Did you see this on their website?

    Rolling with the punches is what we do around here but Grayson seems to be packing a little extra punch than our average winter storm. During our normal daily lift inspection routine on Saturday morning, our team discovered wind and temperature related issues on several lifts and trails across the resort, such as downed trees. We've since identified the complications caused by Friday night's weather and developed a plan to get the resort back to its normal scheduled operations as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible. Thankfully the forecast is calling for significantly warmer and calmer days ahead, which will provide our team the opportunity to get the majority of operations back within the next day or two, and the remaining well before the holiday weekend ahead.



    Seems the River is being reactionary about things. Don't actually maintain it, fix it or replace parts until they finally fail, right in mid season. I'm a big homer for the River, but their modus operandi of wearing everything completely out before taking care of it is a little tiresome. They probably don't even have the replacement parts on the shelf for the upcoming repairs, which just keeps things down even longer...

    Really, temperature related issues on several lifts???? They didn't they might need to run these lifts when it got cold outside?
    This is independent of SR but You can't stock every spare part especially when you have 20 lifts. Also, machines typically don't care what people want, they're going to work or not work when they want to. The temperatures have been abnormally low for sustained periods of time. Stuff happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiFanE View Post
    You complain about crowds on weekdays. I don't think you will ever be happy at SR. Go find a place that suits you pickiness. Give them a break....it's freaking miserable outside - if people's trucks won't start in this weather maybe they have similar problems. Our car battery decided this cold was just waaay too much for it. So we had to replace last weekend. If it was never -15 we would not have known and would still be using old battery. Maybe I don't maintain stuff as should - but shit like this happens to me, so it's not out of the question that others have to deal with affect of cold.

    Ski fan, you need to learn what sarcasm is when I say I don't want to ski in the weekend crowds. I have the option, being retired. If I was still working, I'd have no other choice and would ski weekends and holidays. I'm sure there are many who appreciate weekday skiers staying home on the weekends.

    As far as stuff breaking down, yeah, I get that, my G/F's generator doesn't want to fire up in this cold weather. She has the option of coming over here (works for me). But having worked at the River, I DO know their philosophy and micromanagement on repairs and timely maintenance. It was maddening to me.
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    Bob

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