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  1. #51
    Quote Originally Posted by ALLSKIING View Post
    It gets beyond busy at peak times

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    It does get busy with a line there sometimes.... but with essentially 3 trails there, and now swirl becoming a race trail it will be 2 trails sometimes and 3 at others. I'd be concerned that they would be over capacity on the trails... better to have a bit of a line at the bottom than too many people all on header / timberline at once.


  2. #52
    I'd imagine the Snowdon six pack alone will have a positive influence on reducing the crazy lines Ramshead can get. Some people simply don't care for long, slow, FG chairs and those lower level skiers he spend a lot of time on Ramshead will likely ski Snowdon more.

  3. #53
    Ramshead has 4 trails: Easy Street, Header, Timberline, Caper. Plus Squeeze play and a few other segments.

  4. #54
    Although there aren't a lot of trails on Ramshead, they are very wide and could easily handle the extra traffic of a six pack. The only congested spot I've seen is at the unload area at the top, where everyone turns left off the lift for some reason, but that seems fixable.

    But I think they made a good call by trying to fix Snowdon first. That area always seems underutilized when I've been there, with the lifts practically deserted and the trails somehow not being very interesting. Maybe the long lift rides do make it feel dull to ski there.

    They said in their video that they think the six pack and adding the overpasses over Great Northern will change the character of skiing Snowdon for the better. That would be great to pull traffic off Ramshead and the K1, which are the two lifts that seem to get the longest lines.

    I'm curious what these new bridges will look like, but I haven't seen any renderings of them yet. Should be fun to watch the improvements go in over the summer.

  5. #55
    If Ram's Head ever gets a new lift I would really hope they put it back to the top of the mountain. Kind of a shame those short steep trails aren't on the map anymore.
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  6. #56
    Quote Originally Posted by bdfreetuna View Post
    If Ram's Head ever gets a new lift I would really hope they put it back to the top of the mountain. Kind of a shame those short steep trails aren't on the map anymore.
    It has become their primary "harder green / easier blue" type of trails... the first place people go after the advance from snowshed. I can't imagine they bring back the steeper parts at the top.

  7. #57
    Quote Originally Posted by boston_e View Post
    It has become their primary "harder green / easier blue" type of trails... the first place people go after the advance from snowshed. I can't imagine they bring back the steeper parts at the top.
    I thought one of the reasons they lowered the top of the Ramshead lift was due to wind as well (I vaguely recall reading that in the book on Killington's history). But now with it becoming such a key beginner area, I can't see them adding the top back in for that reason either.

  8. #58
    Willing to negotiate down to a rope tow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boston_e View Post
    It has become their primary "harder green / easier blue" type of trails... the first place people go after the advance from snowshed. I can't imagine they bring back the steeper parts at the top.
    I'm sure if they REALLY wanted to, they could widen and re-grade the old "Horn" and have no problem with lower level skiers, and then gain back that upper terrain for everyone else.

  10. #60
    Quote Originally Posted by cdskier View Post
    I thought one of the reasons they lowered the top of the Ramshead lift was due to wind as well (I vaguely recall reading that in the book on Killington's history). But now with it becoming such a key beginner area, I can't see them adding the top back in for that reason either.
    I think I remember reading that in the Killington history book too... or heard it from somewhere.

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