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  1. #1081
    Quote Originally Posted by sull1102 View Post
    So I was going to post this over on a trip report from today that talked about how insane crowd levels were and the rumors of a 40-45 minute lift line for the bird today... is there anything Sneaux can do even with make believe money? You've got a 6 pack and a detach quad running full speed to the summit, another detach(Canyon) that serves it's own area and can get you out of the base area and over to North Face. I know the plan is Sunbrook detach quad soon, but the issue starts at the base. One pie in the sky idea, replace Tumbleweed/Sundance with yet another detach that would serve a fair bit of terrain.

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    It's because it's only Nitro, Bluebird, Grand Summit, and Challenger lifts. They should have Canyon running but I doubt they have the staff.

    I believe that Sundance is slated to become a detachable lift, and the lodge over there will be replaced with a new one substantially further down the hill. But both of those are many many years away as I believe the Main Base is going to be where construction focuses next once Carinthia is wrapped up.

    IMO, just having Sunbrook as a detachable will significantly fix traffic flow at the mountain. The lines at the base could be 20+ minutes long on a weekend and Sunbrook will have empty chairs going up. Severe underutilization of that terrain. Sunbrook WILL happen sooner than later...my personal ideas would be to move the current Sunbrook quad to Heavy Metal to replace that and give more capacity to Carinthia. Followed by upgrading a North Face lift to a high-speed quad, then replacing Canyon with a 6pack as that lift will be nearing the end of its life and has many hours on it as being the primary mountain biking lift in the summer.

    Back in reality, long-term I believe the plan is to put in a lift from the base area up 1/4 the way of Roller Coaster and make the lower part of that novice terrain. That would help some traffic but not much out of the base area.



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    Canyon and I believe also Heavy Metal open up at about 11am yesterday as the lines for Bluebird and the GSX got crazy. Once the crowd balanced out, lines were manageable for the rest of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    Mount Snow is like fly paper for NY'ers and those from CT. I am glad it is there to suck up the masses before they get too far North.
    for real. its unbelievable the loyalty some people have for a short drive. its a pancake full of park rats.

  4. #1084
    Quote Originally Posted by KustyTheKlown View Post
    for real. its unbelievable the loyalty some people have for a short drive. is.
    My 45 year loyalty is being tested, Mt Snow. It's not possible to buy the small denomination gift cards offered on the website, only the links to the larger denominations work.
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  5. #1085
    A mountain that can (and does regularly) have 10000 or so folks on the hill a day, that has all 3 of it's base facilities within less than a mile of each other, and most lifts on the Main Face and Carinthia terminating at a base area and no real, current upper mountain pod on the main face or at Carinthia is going to have crowding issues, especially when you add in what anecdotally to my eyes are more people with passes as well as roughly the same volume of day tickets.

    Sunbrook needs the Snowmaking expansion, and upgraded to a high-speed lift, and some type of yurt/mini day lodge back there with restrooms and some food and beverage service to get people to go back there and then stay there lapping it.

    Sundance IMHO should be a high priority to upgrade that lift to a high-speed and then truly create a main face pod where people DON'T have to go back to a base area to get on a lift.

    Carinthia, I'm going to hold my judgement about lift wise what could/should be done until I see first hand how the new lodge will or possibly won't effect crowd dispersion and use as an access point at the beginning of the day. Some lift capacity upgrading is likely needed. Whether that involves making Nitro a six pack or just the conversion of Heavy Metal to a quad, not sure yet. I think the question of if families with young kids will want to make Carinthia and the park crowd stigma a starting/end point, and if some of the current main base area volume will shift over there remains to be seen

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    Quote Originally Posted by KustyTheKlown View Post
    for real. its unbelievable the loyalty some people have for a short drive. its a pancake full of park rats.
    I have never been to Mount Snow. Does it ski as flat as it looks ?

  7. #1087
    Quote Originally Posted by WWF-VT View Post
    I have never been to Mount Snow. Does it ski as flat as it looks ?
    I don't think so. Main face is flat for sure but its really not as boring as people make it out to be. Uncles is one of my favorite trails anywhere. I wish They could expand on north face, more steep trails are definitely needed, but I think they do a great job with what they got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWF-VT View Post
    I have never been to Mount Snow. Does it ski as flat as it looks ?
    The front is very flat and most of sunbrook exept bear trap is flat. The north side is steeper but not steep but can be fun for a day.
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  10. #1090
    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    The front is very flat and most of sunbrook exept bear trap is flat. The north side is steeper but not steep but can be fun for a day.
    Years ago - decades ago - when I was in my 20s, my cousin and I drove up to Vt. No plans, no reservations. Just two days off from work and our skis in the car. According to our paper map, Snow was the first big mountain we could get to, so we went there. Drove right tot he base - ind you this was after working till 5, and leaving from NJ, so I suppose it was about 10-11 PM by the time we got there. Drove to the base hotel and they laughed at us - this was a Saturday night. They said 'you're not gonna find a room tonight for twenty miles around...'

    Sure enough, after checking every hotel we saw, at exactly 21 miles from teh base, we woke up the owners of a little motel and found a room....

    Anyway, long story to say.....snowed like crazy balls all that night and next day we had 10-12 inches....never having been to Snow, and you know, not have the interwebs, we poked around the main face for a bit and were like 'huh....all that snow, and it's just groomed in....' Then we found the north face, and man, what a day! Two days really. I think it snowed again that night.

    Not steep, but those trails, with snow...pretty fun stuff. But that's true for any mountain really.

    We changed hotels sunday night - I forget why exactly...I think we met someone on the mountain who said they had a room closer. And there was a bar, and a hot tub, or something....fun times...

    Anyway - long story just to say, people complain about Snow being flat, but those two days were really great all those years ago....

    Only skied Snow one day since. Total groomer day, but midweek with one of my daughters. Had fun, but conditions were sketch.

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