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    When it's said that there is now a trail on Spruce Cliffs, does that mean it will be reopening as a ski trail? How come they shut it down years ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razor View Post
    When it's said that there is now a trail on Spruce Cliffs, does that mean it will be reopening as a ski trail? How come they shut it down years ago?
    Hiking trail which apparently will be used as part of a half marathon course next month. I'd be very surprised if it's ever an on-map ski trail again. It requires too much snow and would get scraped off too quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shwilly View Post
    Hiking trail which apparently will be used as part of a half marathon course next month. I'd be very surprised if it's ever an on-map ski trail again. It requires too much snow and would get scraped off too quickly.
    This. No chance it becomes a ski trail again. If you aren't making fresh tracks on it on a 12" powder day, you're virtually guaranteed to hit a wall of rocks covered with blue ice. It is still there for the rare years/during the rare storm it is skiable though!


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    My memories are by the second trip down you're on rocks already. Accident waiting to happen with it marked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razor View Post
    When it's said that there is now a trail on Spruce Cliffs, does that mean it will be reopening as a ski trail? How come they shut it down years ago?
    Spruce Cliffs was removed as an official trail because it was very rarely open. Maybe 2-3 days/year max.
    The main reason was because we could never say we were 100% OPEN.
    Mgmnt hated that fact and figured after 4-5 years it just wasn't worth it and the trail officially came off the map.

    2nd reason - YES a lot of people ended up way in over their heads, and many needed a sled ride down, hurt or not...

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    If you look at the trail maps, you'll still see the Spruce Cliffs trail on the map, though it is not named or colored. Just an interesting tidbit.

    You can clearly see the trail next to the "8" indicating lift 8, to the left of Risky Business.
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    New T-Bar towers are set and base operator shack is being welded into base today. The Locke Triple and T-Bar will in fact share a tower but not one of the current triple towers. A new tower for the Triple is in place and much higher than the existing towers in the area. My guess is the tower immediately before this new one will come out with that cross arm and gear reused on the new tower. They also regraded skiers right of the Triple base on MM including new drainage culverts under the regraded trail. I have to assume this will be the primary exit off MM from now on, no more going to skier's left of the Triple to get to Barker Quad.

    Nothing happening on Sundance as of yet, the old carpet has yet to be taken apart.

    The Glades looks like it is getting phase 4 as lots are signed on the uphill side of Upper Road and a new trail behind those lots is taking shape. I need to hike up Aurora Road, I have heard this trail will come off of there somewhere I. The neighborhood of the higher exit of Yetiville. Whether a new trail is cut from Sensation down to this trail or they open Aurora Road to official skiing from Aurora base I have no idea currently. But I can't imagine an elite housing ski trail to be accessed only through a Glade.

    With all of this, I really wish we were discussing a new Barker Six Pack. As we are not, lift ops was working on Barker this morning as the lift was turning. Seemed like all the chairs off for summer grip maintenance were back online. Hope we get a good season out of frankenlift.

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    Here's a few pictures. And I stand corrected on the Triple, looks like two more new towers to go in and at least three new cross arm sets, one being a hold down sheave set (likely for the tower immediately before the new tall combo one).7383.jpgIMG_20190821_095641.jpgIMG_20190821_095655.jpgIMG_20190821_095355.jpg

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    Those are absolutely massive T-Bar towers, wow. Not only in height, but there is a lot of steel there.

    If you want the nerd terminology, hold down is a depression tower. There is also a compression tower which has sheaves on top and bottom.

    They still gotta grade the lift line up top? Looks pretty sketchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newpylong View Post
    Those are absolutely massive T-Bar towers, wow. Not only in height, but there is a lot of steel there.

    If you want the nerd terminology, hold down is a depression tower. There is also a compression tower which has sheaves on top and bottom.

    They still gotta grade the lift line up top? Looks pretty sketchy.
    I would think. We have heard the cross skiers will be able to unload Midway onto overeasy to access the cross course on Rocking Chair. So I would think some grading will get done. Unless they plan to "grade the line" with snowmaking. The thought is the T-Bar went where it did to be right next to MM's snowmaking lines.

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