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Rumor has it that there was a water pipe breakage on upper Clair's. They blew snow on lower last week or just before the Xmas break, but the upper part is bare yet. Rumor also has it that the water pipe break was fixed, so now they are waiting on weather to make snow.
My lord the winds today were something else. They were running a shuttle from the lodge to north side. All front lifts closed besides b lift and hunter East.
But checkout westway. Hasn’t been mowed in who knows how long. The brush and trees growing are at least five feet tall. Maybe it will be abandoned? West side needs more trails as it’s over served by a high speed lift and it seems only clairs and way out are ever open.
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I never understood why that side of the mountain gets no love. IMO Westway is one of the best trails on the mountain. It doesn't look like they intend to open it anytime soon. Waiting for a dumping to cover it?
,The area right under the lift is pretty nasty even when its covered..lots of rocks and the tower supports. I've seen many people get into some trouble when they take a dive in there..All they have to do is create a run on the fence side..
But they don't get record setting crowding because they ignore those trails. They get record setting crowds because they have a ton of NYC based people access to the mountain this year. If they indeed are seeing more visits, it would behoove Vail provide more options to spread people out.
It is ugly and includes some strange pipe flanges sticking out of the ground. However when there's enough snow (rarely) the liftline side is great. I'd like to see two trails there.