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  1. J

    Jay Peak bombshell

    If I remember right, the first year Vail took over Peak, our passes were only good at other areas that were acquired when Vail acquired Peak. Mergers, whether airlines, phone companies or ski areas, are a crap shoot for the customers. While I agree with abubob, history is not on his side.
  2. J

    Killllington 🎿🏂🏂🎿🎿🏂🏂🎿😀

    Two seasons in the 1990s featured Oct. 1 skiing. Given climate change, I don't expect that this year (or anytime soon), but I have expectations for October skiing.
  3. J

    Jay Peak bombshell

    Having been in a Peak Resorts to Vail transfer, I can affirm that in their first year of ownership, Vail made almost no changes and just observed the vibe of the place. Major changes began in their second year. If PGRI is smart, I assume they'll do similar with Jay.
  4. J

    Absolute beginner

    All of the northeast has ice problems. The real issue is: Does management do anything about it? That's a management decision (which varies from season-to-season) that determines the amount of snowmaking and grooming.
  5. J

    Absolute beginner

    Assuming you will be taking a lesson, you are likely to have a smaller class and more attention from the instructor on a weekday.
  6. J

    Jay Peak bombshell

    Has anyone leaked who the other two bidders were? I've heard lots of speculation, but no real info
  7. J

    Jay Peak bombshell

    I found myself at Okemo last season for the first time in 50 years. It was a really cold-windy day. I spent 90% of the day on the Bubble-six. The heated seats and the bubble immensely improved the experience. On a warmer day later in the season, we rode bubble-up. I spend a lot of time at...
  8. J

    VAIL SUCKS

    I agree with everyone that $300 day tickets are ridiculous, but here's the thing. Weekends at Stowe feature long liftlines. Now that we are past COVID restrictions, reservations aren't necessary, and the place is jam-packed with season ticket holders. If you want a VT weekend experience...
  9. J

    VAIL SUCKS

    Since there is no income tax in NH, how can this be relevant?
  10. J

    Grilling in the parking lot

    Interesting revelation. I didn't realize that Gilette Stadium was a ski area! :):p
  11. J

    Grilling in the parking lot

    I don't think that you'll find better or more extensive tailgating than at Killington in May.
  12. J

    VAIL SUCKS

    Look for a PM on SJ.
  13. J

    VAIL SUCKS

    I remember that style of chair from the old Crotched East Double. Https://newenglandskihistory.com shows that it was sold to Sky Tran following the close of the Crotched complex in 1990. Others have suggested that the chairs were from the double that was replaced by the Valley Quad. That lift...
  14. J

    VAIL SUCKS

    Not sure why all the Killington discussion is on this thread, but as long as it is: Isn't that Killington's solar farm on the Northside of Rt. 4 by the Skyeship Base?
  15. J

    Sunapee question

    Make it icy enough and even McIntyre is challenging. No, I'm not talking about short steeps: I'm talking about Ripcord, Mt. Snow; Paradise, MRG; the front 4, Stowe; Castlerock, Sugarbush; the Jet Area, Jay; Lower Ovation, Killington; etc.
  16. J

    Sunapee question

    BodeMiller1 said, "Sunapee is great for snowboarders, families butt if you can ski a lick it's not challenging." The fact is Goosebumps mogulled up and a number of the glades can be a fun challenge. That being said, beyond Tuckerman, Cannon and Wildcat; suggest an NH area that really has...
  17. J

    I love solo chair rides

    Anecdotally: I was at Ragged Mountain last spring on a very empty day. With the 6-person chair and most chairs going up empty, I asked people who were one chair in front of me if they wanted company and was surprised that close to 3/4 of them said they'd prefer to ride alone. On another...
  18. J

    I love solo chair rides

    With long lift lines, riding single is just rude. If you want to ride alone, go to Mad River Glen or ski weekdays. I remember in the days of double chairs and 40-minute lines, the way a skier riding single got pelted with snowballs. If you want to be unsociable, plug in some earbuds and/or...
  19. J

    Sunapee question

    With Crotched Mountain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in the 2021-2 season, I found my way to Sunapee on 23 days. They got off to a rough start with essentially 2-T2Bs until Xmas. By mid-January, they really got their act together. The remainder of the season featured deep machine-made snow...
  20. J

    VAIL SUCKS

    Thanks. It's amazing how much work it takes to keep glades skiable. You would not believe the amount of deadfall I have picked up this summer already. In addition, there are usually a couple of very large trees that block prime lines that come down every year and require extensive work to...
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