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  1. #5111
    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    I would think the only thing possible would be the North expansion above Inverness. The Slidebrook stuff as Win said is totally off the table



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    Yes, that area above Inverness is a possibility for trails or glades.

  2. #5112
    Quote Originally Posted by WinS View Post
    We were going to do Lower Exterminator but did not get to it due to the wind and working elsewhere. We would not groom Upper Exterminator since we do not make snow up there.
    That makes much more sense. Someone must've just checked off the wrong trail on the report then.
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    Out of curiosity, why is no snow made on Upper Exterminator even though pipes are still there? Although in all honesty I like it completely natural and also find skiing around the hydrants sort of fun too in a weird way so I'm quite happy no snow is made on it.

  3. #5113
    And the potential for the Most Famous Bar in NE ski country? Mushroom???

    The press would be amazing - as would the views. ( Just transfer Wunderbar license? or expand it)

    Either way, Happy 60th anniversary SB. Been a great ride for many of us for years.

    Its a lot of fun speculating how we'd all spend OPM. ROI is the question.

    Both monetary and experiential.

  4. #5114
    I’ve been skiing at sugarbush basically my entire life (since I was 2 and am now 36) and I love it the way it is. Glad it never turned into a killington type mountain.


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  5. #5115
    If that's the criteria, why is Lower Domino on this evening's grooming plan (according to this afternoon's snow report update)? In addition, Moonshine and Lower Moonshine, which I've known to be groomed on rare occasions, are on the plan, too
    . Of course, I look forward to the Spring's annual consideration of a Middle Earth groom, which is a treat if you catch it right!
    Quote Originally Posted by WinS View Post
    We were going to do Lower Exterminator but did not get to it due to the wind and working elsewhere. We would not groom Upper Exterminator since we do not make snow up there.

  6. #5116
    Quote Originally Posted by pinnoke View Post
    If that's the criteria, why is Lower Domino on this evening's grooming plan (according to this afternoon's snow report update)? In addition, Moonshine and Lower Moonshine, which I've known to be groomed on rare occasions, are on the plan, too
    . Of course, I look forward to the Spring's annual consideration of a Middle Earth groom, which is a treat if you catch it right!
    I guess I was not clear. We do occasionally groom trails without snowmaking if snow pack is deep enough and it will improve the conditions. Upper Exterminator has a lot of rock and steep so would not want to take a $350K groomer down it. The trails we will do once or twice a year include Middle Earth, Cotilllion, Twist, Moonshine, Lower Domino, Paradise Extension, Walt’s, Semi Tough. We have done Upper Domino but that is very tricky and really needs good depth as well as Castlerock Run. It is ideal to do these ahead of fresh snow. Someone once asked if we ever groomed Rumble. Maybe the old orange Tucker could be brought out of retirement.�� nice to see everyone watching the snow reports.

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    I suppose grooming Rumble would be slightly easier than Liftline
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdskier View Post
    That makes much more sense. Someone must've just checked off the wrong trail on the report then.
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    Out of curiosity, why is no snow made on Upper Exterminator even though pipes are still there? Although in all honesty I like it completely natural and also find skiing around the hydrants sort of fun too in a weird way so I'm quite happy no snow is made on it.
    I imagine the issue is money. Back in the day they used to make snow on it and once in a great while winch it. Hell, they have even winched FIS before.

    I was quite surprised to see in the recent post that they have cut back on grooming Walt's and Semi-Tough. The former was groomed regularly when I last skied there and is a great trail. I guess if I were still in Vermont I would be even more disappointed with Sugarbush than I was my last season there. Oh well.....
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  9. #5119

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    I imagine the issue is money. Back in the day they used to make snow on it and once in a great while winch it. Hell, they have even winched FIS before.

    I was quite surprised to see in the recent post that they have cut back on grooming Walt's and Semi-Tough. The former was groomed regularly when I last skied there and is a great trail. I guess if I were still in Vermont I would be even more disappointed with Sugarbush than I was my last season there. Oh well.....
    ( a little self-interest here - we are ok with some being disappointed here - can't please everyone and certainy can't handle everyone in one ski hill.)

    Speaking of dissapointed. . . . . whats up with the small buses on North/South routes? Those larger buses could handle the crowds, no so with the half pints.

    Along with everyone becoming a tree skier, its a circus down at the bottom weekends.

    Thought we have Mad Bus, as well as Bush buses, last two times there only had the smaller ones.

    Did I miss a thread?

    Jay closed today -60 wind chill.

  10. #5120
    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    I imagine the issue is money. Back in the day they used to make snow on it and once in a great while winch it. Hell, they have even winched FIS before.

    I was quite surprised to see in the recent post that they have cut back on grooming Walt's and Semi-Tough. The former was groomed regularly when I last skied there and is a great trail. I guess if I were still in Vermont I would be even more disappointed with Sugarbush than I was my last season there. Oh well.....
    FIS used to be groomed pretty regularly back when I first started skiing at SB. I'm perfectly ok with it not being groomed though. A groomed FIS only needs about a dozen or so turns to ski down and takes no time at all since the trail is rather short. Ungroomed is more challenging and more interesting.

    As for Walt's and Semi-Tough, I think the current grooming strategy on them only when needed is perfect. Those trails are so much fun when left alone and only flattened once in a while to "reset" them or break up some firm conditions. There's no need to groom lower elevation natural trails like that too often. They can also act as a great introduction to natural terrain skiing for lower level skiers. Why ruin that by over-grooming them?

    I don't get why you think these things would be "disappointing". As a passholder I see very little to be disappointed about most of the time. I think the investments and improvements over the past several years have been very prudent and well spent. We're not wasting money on flashy unnecessary items like some other resorts do. While I certainly don't agree with every single decision made, I think the vast majority of time Win and his team make the right calls overall.

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