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  1. #1431
    Quote Originally Posted by slatham View Post
    That would be a great and very steep trail. Would really make the combo of that trail with Talisman or Sorcerer an unbelievable expert run. I am sure it would lessen the traffic on Wizard (when open) but I don't think that alone would eliminate the issue on the Chute.
    Might even have a line in there that requires mandatory air. Don't ask me how I know.


  2. #1432
    Quote Originally Posted by slatham View Post
    That would be a great and very steep trail. Would really make the combo of that trail with Talisman or Sorcerer an unbelievable expert run. I am sure it would lessen the traffic on Wizard (when open) but I don't think that alone would eliminate the issue on the Chute.
    There are also a few ways to cut it such that it wouldn’t be all that steep. It’s a trail that I have thought about for a while and that I bet ultimately gets built.

  3. #1433
    Quote Originally Posted by slatham View Post
    Talisman is typically groomed once they put a base down (last year it was "down the middle", previous years skiers left).

    I would expect once the new Black Quad is in Wizard would be a focus of snowmaking and grooming in order to spread out the crowd. In that scenario the Chute becomes a serious issue without a bit of (but not too much!) widening, IMO. JM and DW are well aware if this issue, and indicated that there is a "chance" that the crew working on Trick will get over to Chute this off season.


    Yes, Tali is a groomer and we hope to use it as a racing venue far more often. Last year was absolutely brutal weather and equipment wise, so every time we blew it in it melted out completely. Only when those huge dumps blew in were we able to keep it open, and even then it wasn't enough to groom- that's why it was all bumped up. Normally that would not be the case.

    As for The Chute, yes I'd love to clean it up but as far as widening it that's almost impossible without dozens of truckloads of fill. It's in an area that's nearly all ledge, and the original trail was blasted out with dynamite in the 60s which means that whole area is basically all trap stone. It's a tough choke point because it is bad at managing water, and it is a huge choke point for almost all traffic going West. It's the first part to go in a melt and what's underneath is not friendly to skis so we try to blow it in mega deep knowing that. The uphill side below the crux is also all ledge with very little soil. That said, we will do our best at making it the best it can be, and will continue to try to find ways to improve its ability to get people to Tali, Sorc, etc.

    I'd also love to connect upper Wiz to the top of Tali, but again that will take more time than we have right now. As it is you will all be wowed bigtime when you see the projects we've taken on this summer. LOTS of cleanup, particularly on our most heavily traveled areas and beginner trails. We feel it's utterly necessary to do projects that are tangible to skiers and not just satisfy ourselves with (obviously very important) hidden components and buried infrastructure nobody will ever see. Sunshine Corner got a huge cleanup, several key tree areas got a lot of love and basically every area below the green chair is being cleaned up as best we can.

    It's very important to keep the encroachment brush pushed back for snowmaking and grooming. It also gives us a great opportunity to make the sides of the trails way more fun- usually we will push it back to reveal a nice shoulder, open up the trees and give people some fun routes to sneak into, hop off a mini ledge and get back out onto the trail super easy. That kind of thing really helps kids and beginners get comfortable with turning around a tree without the pressure of being "in the trees". Trick has a lot more room to mach, and a few SWEET shoulder booters now as well.

    Basically we are seeing our first real glimpse of us letting our skier sides shine and create more opportunities for fun. One day we will be able to do a lot more of that but right now in our business plan it's almost all infrastructure work and fixing component issues. Everything we do we consider all aspects of usage, and we NEVEr forget that we don't want to turn this place into Stratton- but we've got a ton of catch up to do in terms of water bars, encroachment growth and stony, eroded areas that don't hold snow well enough. The place has been left to the weather for a looooong time and good ground management leads to good snow and runoff management- it will only help us offer a more reliable product in the long run.

    I hope everybody is getting excited, I cannot wait to hit all these new areas and see how they look with a white blanket!

  4. #1434
    Quote Originally Posted by Do Work View Post
    We feel it's utterly necessary to do projects that are tangible to skiers and not just satisfy ourselves with (obviously very important) hidden components and buried infrastructure nobody will ever see.
    I think your mountain is super sweet, and really admire all that you have put into it. I know the setbacks must be disheartening (and expensive) but my family will continue to make the drive from NY at least a couple of times a year.

  5. #1435

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    It's one of the few places in the East I haven't skied but I'm really looking forward to stopping in this year.

  6. #1436
    It's one of two NE places I've skied more than once. I keep coming back because it just feels right.

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  7. #1437
    Pass holder for the first time this winter, perfect place to teach my son.......

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  8. #1438
    Quote Originally Posted by WoodCore View Post
    Pass holder for the first time this winter, perfect place to teach my son.......

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  9. #1439

    The NEW Magic Mountain

    Solo glade clearing expedition today. Do Work was kind enough to give me a ride up to the entry point of my mission. Great stuff going on. Wizard and lower Talisman had seen some side clearing. DW says the crew was up on MC Through The Woods, Wizard Chute and Slide of Hans doing some grading and side clearing. And of course we’ve seen pics of Trick and Sunshine Corner.

    Yellow Cat is out waiting for tracks.


    Green’s lower bull wheel ready to go in.



    Cable strung and splicing scheduled for this week.



    Black Line Tavern looks great; looked like some carpentry work going on in the rental area; people were playing doc golf. And it felt like fall!


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  10. #1440
    Quote Originally Posted by WoodCore View Post
    Pass holder for the first time this winter, perfect place to teach my son.......
    No doubt about that; places like Magic, Plattekill, Smuggler's Notch, etc..... cant be beat for teaching kids to ski.
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