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  1. #51
    I looked at it all the way up the lift, and I heard the folks skiing down it, Rogue as well. I was tempted... Of the four of us there, I think I could have talked one person into joining me, but none of us had dressed warm enough for that area. In retrospect, we could have gotten warmer skiing them!

    lovin life,

    Bob

  2. #52
    I just want to say that if you need some better than average skiing, this is the year! The River is opening terrain and it is just nice!

    I didn't ski too much today as I left a ski behind in a snowgun pile and twisted my other leg coming out of it. (Okay, I'll admit it, I wiped out twice yesterday and it was at Bretton Woods! LOL!) I felt it inside the joint last night and was a little nervous I had really done it now. But this morning and it's only the tendons on the outside of my leg that are sore. It is healing up nice and I can traverse the stairs tonight no problem. I skied just enough to work out the leg and not let it get stiff. A lot of open terrain I want to try out!

    Tomorrow is a new day!
    lovin life,

    Bob

  3. #53
    Quote Originally Posted by uphillklimber View Post
    I just want to say that if you need some better than average skiing, this is the year! The River is opening terrain and it is just nice!

    I didn't ski too much today as I left a ski behind in a snowgun pile and twisted my other leg coming out of it. (Okay, I'll admit it, I wiped out twice yesterday and it was at Bretton Woods! LOL!) I felt it inside the joint last night and was a little nervous I had really done it now. But this morning and it's only the tendons on the outside of my leg that are sore. It is healing up nice and I can traverse the stairs tonight no problem. I skied just enough to work out the leg and not let it get stiff. A lot of open terrain I want to try out!

    Tomorrow is a new day!
    Seriously considering Wed next week. Love reading your reports! Thank you!

  4. #54
    I gotta say that I am nothing but pleased with what Sunday River is doing this year. I skied around from Barker to Jordan. They are continuing to blow snow to open up more trails, but they are also blowing maintenance snow onto heavily used areas. Punch, Risky Business, Broadway, Sundance, Grand rapids, and others are getting more snow!

    Just an FYI, they replaced the water line from the pond to the pump house this summer, doubling water capacity, though they only added on pump so they can't yet take full advantage of that capacity. But, they can count on having water to work with for the snowblowers, a great improvement over last year. Additionally, I saw two groups of snowmakers one day, about 8 workers each, last year, I only ever saw a single group of 3 or 6 snowmakers. Increasing their pay to $20.00 an hour seems to be paying off!

    Grooming continues as it always has. As they get more and more trails blown, they add them to the grooming list. All natural is not getting groomed.

    They have 62 trails and 9 lifts open and this is only December 13th! Most all of the open trails are in mid season form, plenty of snow depth and just looking great. Only the occasional brown spot or ice flow, and you have to look for them!

    If you are waiting for good conditions, wait no longer, it is awesome out there! The lines are short first thing in the morning and nonexistent during the day (weekdays, can't speak for weekends).
    lovin life,

    Bob

  5. #55
    Amazing. Getting back up there for the first time since the rain. Was worried I'd be sorely let down, but sounds like gromers are in great shape. Natty trails closed everywhere but Jordan is kind of a bummer still, but nothing the resort can do about that.

    Seriously considered dropping my pass there this year, but glad I didn't with the effort and improvements.

  6. #56
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    Quote Originally Posted by uphillklimber View Post
    I gotta say that I am nothing but pleased with what Sunday River is doing this year. I skied around from Barker to Jordan. They are continuing to blow snow to open up more trails, but they are also blowing maintenance snow onto heavily used areas. Punch, Risky Business, Broadway, Sundance, Grand rapids, and others are getting more snow!

    Just an FYI, they replaced the water line from the pond to the pump house this summer, doubling water capacity, though they only added on pump so they can't yet take full advantage of that capacity. But, they can count on having water to work with for the snowblowers, a great improvement over last year. Additionally, I saw two groups of snowmakers one day, about 8 workers each, last year, I only ever saw a single group of 3 or 6 snowmakers. Increasing their pay to $20.00 an hour seems to be paying off!

    Grooming continues as it always has. As they get more and more trails blown, they add them to the grooming list. All natural is not getting groomed.

    They have 62 trails and 9 lifts open and this is only December 13th! Most all of the open trails are in mid season form, plenty of snow depth and just looking great. Only the occasional brown spot or ice flow, and you have to look for them!

    If you are waiting for good conditions, wait no longer, it is awesome out there! The lines are short first thing in the morning and nonexistent during the day (weekdays, can't speak for weekends).
    Ok, first off the doubling of water capacity has not yet happened. It only will if the western water line from the river gets installed as has been on the board for almost a decade now. They boosted water by 15% this year with the new primary line and feed pump.
    Second, a lot of what we see is because that new line is solid and has not cut off the system. Additionally, mother nature has been super beneficial with terrific natural snow for this time of year and good, long cold. Very difficult to compare to the last several seasons given the change in weather.
    Finally, if Sunday River was way ahead of the competition I would give there investments cuddos. The reality is they are basically on par with the rest of the Northeast. And some areas (Aurora) are still not getting the type of love they should. To me, they are about where I would expect, nothing to get excited about (other than mother nature's early giving that is).

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  7. #57
    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    Ok, first off the doubling of water capacity has not yet happened. It only will if the western water line from the river gets installed as has been on the board for almost a decade now. They boosted water by 15% this year with the new primary line and feed pump.
    Second, a lot of what we see is because that new line is solid and has not cut off the system. Additionally, mother nature has been super beneficial with terrific natural snow for this time of year and good, long cold. Very difficult to compare to the last several seasons given the change in weather.
    Finally, if Sunday River was way ahead of the competition I would give there investments cuddos. The reality is they are basically on par with the rest of the Northeast. And some areas (Aurora) are still not getting the type of love they should. To me, they are about where I would expect, nothing to get excited about (other than mother nature's early giving that is).

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    "Just an FYI, they replaced the water line from the pond to the pump house this summer, doubling water capacity, though they only added one pump so they can't yet take full advantage of that capacity."

    Maybe you missed this statement from me, so I'll re-post it.

    It is only December 13th, and look what we have. Granted mother nature is the largest part of it. But look at what they are doing snow making wise. It is so much more than they did last year. I am plenty happy with what they are doing. I was at Bretton Woods Tuesday. They only had half of their trails open and maybe half of those were groomed. Basically 1/4 and that's being generous. The river has 55 out of 135 groomed. About 40%. Just my perspective. (I admit it, I am cheer leading for the River!)
    lovin life,

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by uphillklimber View Post
    "Just an FYI, they replaced the water line from the pond to the pump house this summer, doubling water capacity, though they only added one pump so they can't yet take full advantage of that capacity."

    Maybe you missed this statement from me, so I'll re-post it.

    It is only December 13th, and look what we have. Granted mother nature is the largest part of it. But look at what they are doing snow making wise. It is so much more than they did last year. I am plenty happy with what they are doing. I was at Bretton Woods Tuesday. They only had half of their trails open and maybe half of those were groomed. Basically 1/4 and that's being generous. The river has 55 out of 135 groomed. About 40%. Just my perspective. (I admit it, I am cheer leading for the River!)
    Again, very hard to compare year over year. We would not be this far along without the generous help from mother nature. They have benefitted for sure by being able to run full throttle every day this season, which they weren't able to last year due to water feed line breaks. With all that said, I still don't think it is much off their usual aggressiveness. We have the weather for sure and they are taking advantage of it. Plenty of terrain to cover yet by snowmaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    Again, very hard to compare year over year. We would not be this far along without the generous help from mother nature. They have benefitted for sure by being able to run full throttle every day this season, which they weren't able to last year due to water feed line breaks. With all that said, I still don't think it is much off their usual aggressiveness. We have the weather for sure and they are taking advantage of it. Plenty of terrain to cover yet by snowmaking.

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    One year doesn't make a trend, but the ingredients of full staff+seemingly reliable infrastructure (though on mountain pipes weren't changed at all to my knowledge) are now there. Leaves mountain philosophy to really begin to shine and that is where I trust Sunday River management.

    Not quite an industry trailblazer right now, but everything points to a big step forward this year even beyond the sheer results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    Again, very hard to compare year over year. We would not be this far along without the generous help from mother nature. They have benefitted for sure by being able to run full throttle every day this season, which they weren't able to last year due to water feed line breaks. With all that said, I still don't think it is much off their usual aggressiveness. We have the weather for sure and they are taking advantage of it. Plenty of terrain to cover yet by snowmaking.

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    I'll say this, the snowmaking is nothing like when Les Owned the place. They would have guns going 24/7 8 trails at a time and they would have extra compressors in the barker parking lot. Things went much faster. That is the issue with your new corporate owner Boyne. Budgets Budgets.

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