There were plenty of existing good reasons to have the terminus end somewhere else. Precluding a good layout for the West Bowl expansion 20 yrs later was just a lousy, unintended consequence.Planning the location of the flyer on future dreams would have been nuts.
And it still would have been if terminating near tower 2The flyer, as it was built was to be the people mover out of the tram base area. At the time they really needed the cache of having a fast 1500+ vert lift out of Tramside besides the low capacity Tram.
The current base of the lift is a little uphill from everything, so unless they were to move the base up the hill somehow, I'm not sure this would have been an issue.If the base of the lift had been located anywhere besides right near the lodge everyone would be screaming about walking to get to the lift.
I would argue that it wasn't Beaver Pond (and Beyond) that made Jay more marketable by themselves. It was the whole glading campaign across the entire mountain that caught people's attention. Let's be clear here - the people who buy all that housing at the base aren't spending most of their time in the glades. That's an intermediate/family skier who is much more likely to be found elsewhere.When the Flyer went in and Beaver Pond (and Beyond) were put on the map, there was a huge marketing push that I think really paid off for Jay. The Flyer made that entire ridgeline accessable for far more people on a far more consistent basis.
My understanding is that trying to do that, while sounding seductively simple, is actually difficult and expensive. You essentially need to add a separate drive motor, so you have one for the top section and one for the bottom section. That means a few million dollars. I'd be pretty surprised if they ever ponied up that level of coin.Here's food for thought. Is it possible to retrofit the HSQ with a "mid-station" unload at the same spot as the old Green Mtn Double that could be utilized on typical wind hold days? This would still provide access to a large upper mtn trail pod on windy days (especially those days where the new Powerline 6 is shut down for wind), as well as providing access to the West Bowl area via a revised Northwest Passage that Rivercoil described.