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My guess is, they must have liked what they saw on RC to then run them on QL. Its one thing to test a new gun(s) on a terrain park trail where you just need to make a ton of snow and not be super concerned with quality as it is going to get push, stacked, packed then groomed. But to use on a trail like QL that they do not often groom, they had to feel pretty good about them. Still might be a bit hard to tell about them though, the wind was like a constant jet engine blasting straight up QL all weekend during production.I gotta say that I was impressed with these when I saw them running, and really appreciated their small size, making them more mobile.
True, that was a crazy question. The Roadrunner pipe is a big deal, far too many blowouts over the last hand full of years. I will miss seeing the bubbling "springs" along the Barker road stream. The backside pipe not so much a big deal. That line is such a narrow gauge pipe and the trail is more nordic than alpine anyway. Polaris is ok, always thought the very top of Quantum off North Peak summit should be renamed Polaris and dropped to green, Quantum should start at the backside/Polaris split. It's funny, Stuart said it but I wouldn't trust the life expectancy of any materials used in the LBO era. They all should be suspect.He also should have been more transparent and agreed that yes, some pipe needs to be replaced asap. Roadrunner is better at irrigation than water distribution to the rest of White Cap. That pipe is toast. Then there is the Backside/Polaris loop which was inoperative this season.
He likely was just turned off by the insinuation that patches add to the overall reduction in pressure due to friction loss. That person evidently read one too many white papers and has never operated a snowmaking system.
I know they've changed out a lot of the critical valve stations the last several years, but haven't seen much new pipe run to replace old pipe anyway on hill (obviously, new pipe has been run for new or relocated lines). Barker and Jordan lifts should be upgraded, but the rest are ok IMHO and would rather see those $$$ not be spent in the 2030 plan there but in on hill snowmaking plumbing upgrades/overhauls. If they can't keep the system up, shinny new lifts will just be that, shinny lifts doing nothing.Yep, the pipe they put in in that era was junk, ask Sugarbush. A lot of cheap valve stations too. Some of the stuff I've seen at the River made me cringe.