AZ Challenge 2009: Win Smith, Sugarbush Resort

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    Exclamation AZ Challenge 2009: Win Smith, Sugarbush Resort

    Win Smith, President, of Sugarbush Resort has agreed to participate in the 2009 AlpineZone Ski area Challenge! This is your opportunity to ask questions, offer suggestions, or say some praise to the men and women who are in charge of the Northeast's ski areas. Please post some suggested questions in this thread and we'll select ten to present for official response.



    Also please don't be offended if we edit/change your question for grammar, tone, or some other minor thing. In order to get in all of the questions we MAY merge some questions but we'll do our best to keep the substance of your question. If we don't get your question in, feel free to post a follow up after we get the results...we are encouraging the representatives follow the feedback threads.

    As always, please be respectful of Win and keep it civil. Also, please refrain from asking specifics about skier visit numbers, financials, demographic information, etc. Win needs to be discrete about certain information.

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    Is Sugarbush planning on installing any new lifts in the future?

    Any word on a possible combined Sugarbush/Stowe multi-day pass?

    Any new glades or trails being cut?

    Any snowmaking improvements?

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    What do you see the base area of Mt. Ellen looking like ten years from now?

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    We have friends in Stowe and have skied there quite a bit but we've hit Sugarbush the last two years and really enjoy it. We'll be back. We rode the Slidebrook Express for the first time last year. It was a bluebird day and it was a great ride. Easily the most interesting and entertaining chair lift I've ever been on. That said, I couldn't help but think it was a real boondoggle. I believe it was installed by ASC prior to your arrival. I'd be interested to hear any thoughts you would be willing to share regarding practicality of the lift both economically and in terms of mountain operations. Again, I think your doing a great job with Sugarbush and I look forward to returning. Thanks.

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    The past two years I have hit up Sugarbush during late April. I have really enjoyed myself, and applaud you for keeping the mountain open so late. These were the first times skiing there, and the only reason I decided to head up the first year is because you were still open. I now plan on heading up there sometime this winter for a few days because I want to try out the rest of the mountain. Do you feel that keeping the mountain open late is working as a way to promote SB skiers like me? Do you plan on continuing this trend of staying open as late in the season as possible?

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    Will Mount Ellen receive consideration next season for being the spring skiing operations center? Without getting into specifics, do you feel that having these operations at Lincoln the past few seasons has had a significant financial benefit compared with Mt. Ellen?

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    I already know of some in the works, but do you have any plans to offer reciprocal benefits to pass holders from other mountains? Any details yet?
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    Could you comment generally as to how cat skiing operations went this season? And any thoughts as to lowering the price or making it easier for a couple or individual to enjoy spring cat skiing at Mount Ellen? I only know of one cat skiing trip at Mount Ellen this spring, and while I can appreciate the overhead, adjusting the price downwards might entice more people to do it.

    And a perennial question: how are the reliability problems with North Ridge Express going? Last season it did not seem to be down as often.

    If early season skiing is to stay at Lincoln Peak for the time being, any thoughts about blowing snow on Heaven's Gate Traverse so as to have two routes from Superbravo to Heaven's Gate? Only having Downspout makes for very crowded and dangerous skiing at times.

    And during early season skiing, there was a college or high school team that set up gates on Organgrinder. This made for a dangerous situation with such limited terrain open. In general the racing scene keeps to their areas, but I must say that having Spring Fling closed so often for races really restricts where folks can go. Any thoughts at to how to better share the terrain with racers?

    When can we expect Mount Ellen's winch cat to be repaired?

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    Thanks for taking the challenge, and thanks for taking such great care of one of my favorite ski areas.

    I was just wondering if there's ever been any thought of adding a mid-station to the Slidebrook chair? If so, do you think there would be much opposition from the USFS or various environmental groups? I always thought adding a mid-station near the brook would be an inexpensive way to make that chair a lot more useful. It would definitely change the slack-country experience, not sure for the better or worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaytrem View Post
    Thanks for taking the challenge, and thanks for taking such great care of one of my favorite ski areas.

    I was just wondering if there's ever been any thought of adding a mid-station to the Slidebrook chair? If so, do you think there would be much opposition from the USFS or various environmental groups? I always thought adding a mid-station near the brook would be an inexpensive way to make that chair a lot more useful. It would definitely change the slack-country experience, not sure for the better or worse.
    The naturalists would be against this, but I think this is a WAY cool idea.

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