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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Granted, I don't ski at that many areas but unlike Waterville, Magic and Bretton Woods, Cannon has the bathrooms on the main floor so I don't have to walk up and down stairs in ski boots so it's the winner.
    The one advantage of the Ramshead lodge at K.

  2. #22
    The boot-up and storage room at Sugarbush Gate House Lodge is just brilliant. I now don't understand why that hasn't been a standard feature of base lodges since the beginning. Valley House is charmingly old-fashioned and Mt Ellen lodge even more so; place clearly hasn't changed since the 60s (and neither has the food).

    Peabody Lodge at Cannon is still too small, but vastly improved since they built the additions for the pub and rental shop and put in the brown-bag room downstairs.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by JimG. View Post
    The one advantage of the Ramshead lodge at K.
    Skyeship as well, but it has other advantages too.

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    Holiday Valley has wonderful lodges.


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    Quote Originally Posted by skiur View Post
    Skyeship as well, but it has other advantages too.
    Coming in from the west I never seem to park over there.

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by JimG. View Post
    Coming in from the west I never seem to park over there.
    It's still quicker than going up the access road to get to K proper.

    Skyeship is great but I've learned not to park down there if temps are supposed to get more than a few degrees above freezing. Lower GN is a pretty good run with adequate enough pitch to do mostly "skiing" on the way down rather than just straightlining unless the snow is slow. Then it becomes a pretty brutal slog.
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  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by ss20 View Post
    It's still quicker than going up the access road to get to K proper.
    I wish Skyeship would open to the public like 10 minutes earlier than the rest of the lifts. It always seems like even though I am the first gondola up at opening, by the time I reach the mid-station there are already people who have skied down.

    This is only a problem on powder days of course.
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    For he swore that he would never take a spill.
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    To carry all the pieces down the hill."
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  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    Aesthetically it's one of the absolute worst, but in terms of functionality, Crotched is about as good as it gets in terms of handling crowds. Even on the busiest days, I can find a table in the lodge, a cubby for my gear, reasonable wait at the bar etc.

    In terms of lodges that both look very nice and function well, I'd put Bretton Woods base lodge near the top of the list.

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    I have to 2nd this... They were actually on to something when they decided with what I assume was the biggest and cheapest lodge option when they reopened. I have NEVER had an issue finding a table, getting a quick bite to eat, using the restroom etc..

    If only more mountains could get away with what is pretty much a commercial warehouse for a base lodge.

  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by GregoryIsaacs View Post
    If only more mountains could get away with what is pretty much a commercial warehouse for a base lodge.
    While I've never seen the Crotched lodge, this description triggered memories of the "lodge" Mountain Creek had for a while years ago. I'm assuming they no longer have it, but about 20 years ago their lodge burned down and they replaced it with essentially a giant bubble tent for at least a few years. Ugly doesn't begin to describe it.

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