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  1. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    Yes - I'm sure all the people who bought into The Hermitage are super psyched about having that bubble 6-pack to protect them from the elements. Oh wait...
  2. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    I would suggest you either put on another layer, or stay at your home mountain. Self-selection is a wonderful thing.
  3. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    Hard pass. Just stop. The current uphill capacity is what makes the experience. A triple chair carries 1800 PPH vs. Castlerock which IIRC is at 600 PPH due to the chair spacing. If you don't think that dumping 3x more people into that pod would impact the skiing experience, the very essence...
  4. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    More so than being overkill for a pod like Gate House, a bubble 6-pack just isn't a smart investment in most cases. There is a reason that Hermitage is BK. There's a reason Ascutney is BK (even though that was a HSQ). Smart, independent resorts don't make those commitments. You're looking at...
  5. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    With current usage patterns at North, I can't imagine building an entirely new or dramatically expanded Glen House would pencil out. It's open for 3.5 months a year. Different story if North was used as the early/late season venue (as it should be), but that ship as sailed. My guess is that...
  6. Tin Woodsman

    Mount Sunapee Expansion?

    IIRC, Triple Peaks was precluded from developing residential on their private land at the base in exchange for the right to expand the lease area. That had been the primary concern of locals that this was just a back door effort to build new real estate. But this was years ago so might be a...
  7. Tin Woodsman

    Mount Sunapee Expansion?

    You want to take info on that site with a huge grain of salt, as the publisher has a clear agenda he's been pushing with all of his content. The vast majority of the expansion is on State land, and the approvals required are for an expansion of the Sunapee lease to include those State lands...
  8. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    Just need to look a few posts back where Win laid out the plan and answered your questions.
  9. Tin Woodsman

    Catamount Ski Area News

    Exactly. You can invest in all the high-tech equipment you want. Unless it converts into earnings/EBITDA, it means almost nothing in terms of the value of the business.
  10. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    It's 61 miles as a the crow flies, and at the same latitude. It's a distinction w/o a difference. The big difference is that the OP referred to terrain in the Castelrock, North Lynx and Gate House pods, all of which face South to some degree. With the late March sun angle, that turns to corn...
  11. Tin Woodsman

    Saddleback

    Surprised this hasn't been mentioned in the thread yet. This sale is never happening folks - Majella are the scam artists people thought they were: http://www.newscentermaine.com/article/news/local/now/australian-ceo-on-tape-i-wont-lose-any-sleep-if-saddleback-doesnt-open/97-528149662
  12. Tin Woodsman

    Summer 2017 Resort Upgrades

    Also, the pic makes it look steeper than it is. It's pretty mellow - almost too flat for a good park IMO.
  13. Tin Woodsman

    Aspen / KSL acquired Mammoth Resorts

    Those numbers are true and accurate, but one cannot conclude they are OK just by looking at them alone. If it took $5B in debt to generate that net income and op cash flow (which doesn't include interest payments), then Vail would be in a dire state indeed. That's not the case here - they will...
  14. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    You're probably right. Hard to keep track of all the brooks, including the one at Mountainside. :razz:
  15. Tin Woodsman

    Hunter Mtn Expansion Details

    It's a great idea if topping out at Belt/Wayout cross. Outside of some pre-lunch and end of day traffic, it would actually draw skiers off of those trails and keep them lapping what would be the only solid intermediate pod on the mountain. Also, FTR Hunter owns the land all the way to the...
  16. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    Ah yes - the long-awaited and much-anticipated Building E from the LP Village master plan. That's the one that's supposed to have some sort of retail and/or foodservice on the ground floor and would indeed be the keystone in trying to link the base with SB Village to the North. IIRC, that...
  17. Tin Woodsman

    Trying to identify this northeast ski area

    I think they named it based on the direction the trails faced when going down the mountain vs. the actual geographic proximity to each other.
  18. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    Hard to keep high pressure at SB with all that old, leaky pipe from the ASC days still serving as the backbone of the system.
  19. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    Say what you want, but irrespective of where he topped out or how he got there, he is unarguably the best steward/owner SB has had in many decades, perhaps since its founding. In an era where skiing is no longer a growth sport, and climate/snowfall seem increasingly variable, he has guided SB...
  20. Tin Woodsman

    The "Sugarbush Thread"

    Amazingly, the owners of SB not only have their own capital, they can borrow from banks too. Imagine that! Was that question satire or something? Is the EB-5 program the only way ski areas are able to fund capital investments in your universe? BTW, the Smith on the end of Win's name is the...
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