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Ragged gets a new GM

Abubob

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Ragged was a ghost town today. I feel sorry for all the folks that wore themselves out and soaked their clothes yesterday. The surface today was buttah! I think aside from school kids that get there around 12:30 I was the last morning skier to arrive and since I only had a couple hours to spare the first to leave. There was some fog that started near the base and slowly rose to the top by lunchtime. Good day to take it slow and finish my turns.

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Ragged was a ghost town today. I feel sorry for all the folks that wore themselves out and soaked their clothes yesterday. The surface today was buttah! I think aside from school kids that get there around 12:30 I was the last morning skier to arrive and since I only had a couple hours to spare the first to leave. There was some fog that started near the base and slowly rose to the top by lunchtime. Good day to take it slow and finish my turns.

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I was surprised they haven't opened Showboat up it would be money with this spring snow. My guess is snow retention.
 

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Forgot to mention they were running the chairs at a crawl. Probably to save power as there were hardly any skiers. According to my Slopes app I spent over an hour on the chair and about a half hour actually skiing. Usually it’s about even.
 

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Want to start a campaign for a Jay/ ragged pass for next year. Would be a great pass for me!

No campaign needed, it already exists.

Jay Peak Season Passholders* will have unlimited access to Ragged Mountain, Wisp Resort, Wintergreen Resort, and Powderhorn Mountain Resort.

Edit - appears to be blackouts:

BLACK OUT DATES​

All reciprocal days and discounts are valid any day across the 22+23 ski/ride season except:

  • December 26-31, 2022
  • January 14-15, 2023
  • February 18-20, 2023
 
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I got a less than truthful response from their communications department on an inquiry on the Spear quad speed. I said normally I am onboard with cost saving measures but passholders float the mountain in the off season and purchase passes with the expectations of a similar level of service as previously, or in this case, a high speed lift running at high speed. I was told it's running well beyond that after which I said I timed it at 650 FPM out of a rated 1000 FPM this past week on two seperate days, so invalid response. If I continue to receive pushback I will go to my contacts in management, probably should have anyway. I was expecting a little more straight forward admission.
 

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Hill looks much better dressed in white. Should ski decent tomorrow with several inches of heavy wet mixed in.

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I got a less than truthful response from their communications department on an inquiry on the Spear quad speed. I said normally I am onboard with cost saving measures but passholders float the mountain in the off season and purchase passes with the expectations of a similar level of service as previously, or in this case, a high speed lift running at high speed. I was told it's running well beyond that after which I said I timed it at 650 FPM out of a rated 1000 FPM this past week on two seperate days, so invalid response. If I continue to receive pushback I will go to my contacts in management, probably should have anyway. I was expecting a little more straight forward admission.
Spear definitely running slow, didn't time it but would guess around half speed. Will be busy tomorrow with king pine race canceled and ski east race. Guess we will find out if the issue is mechanical or economical.
 

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Spear back to running full speed. Showboat a nice add, some cookies but still good.20230107_093231.jpg
 

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Good to hear. Kinda supports the mid-week cost saving notion.

Great view in the picture!

Wife was thinking about going but I saw the B Netting being set up and said let's do our normal Sunday lol. Even then I may wait for Cardigan. Should start tonight on it? Not sure what's get thr nod first that or Lower Ridge? The Ragged side is getting rough tapering off to the two runs at the bottom. I personally would change things up and do Exhibition or Birches first to get some people off the Patch and Upper Ridge.
 
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Good to hear. Kinda supports the mid-week cost saving notion.

Great view in the picture!

Wife was thinking about going but I saw the B Netting being set up and said let's do our normal Sunday lol. Even then I may wait for Cardigan. Should start tonight on it? Not sure what's get thr nod first that or Lower Ridge? The Ragged side is getting rough tapering off to the two runs at the bottom. I personally would change things up and do Exhibition or Birches first to get some people off the Patch and Upper Ridge.
Was told by patrol, plan is to start cardigan tonight.
 

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Appears they went back to showboat after the initial pushout. Probably want to be done with spear for the year when forced to shutdown tomorrow. Last year they moved to lower ridge when done with spear, hoping for birches first.
 

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Because the Upper Cardigan line was shortened (the bottom became the return for the Barnyard that goes up Home Run then down Lower Cardigan) there is additional water capacity while they are on Cardigan so it makes sense to widen Showboat (which is currently narrower than usual) because the water is already in that pipe (it's the upline). They'll be done with Spear after they shutdown. Still a lot of work to do on Ragged proper. The way this winter is going I suspect it will take them until the end of the month to get it all covered.
 

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They made a running switch to the Ragged side last night which will give them two days to get Cardigan and Home Run pushed for the weekend. Those Impulses buried it.

Lower Ridge is getting the love and possibly Upper Ex > Town Meeting or Birches can't tell. They'll have to shutdown in not too long.
 

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Probably the best the place has skied over the last two seasons. Had the six and ten year old with me, on a personal level it will be memorable as the first time the three of us enjoyed a full day of trees/natural. Good news is this old guy was the last one standing, always let them get ahead so I can enjoy the run without slowing down, found them both near comatose at the bottom of Sweepstakes end of the day.

Bunch of random pictures. Cabin fever was good, moose alley, Sweepstakes, all the woods off cardigan. Triple trouble may have been the only open non-groomer we missed.
 

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Son was there yesterday during the storm. Said snow was up to his thighs in places. Did do this on an open trail though…
 

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Son was there yesterday during the storm. Said snow was up to his thighs in places. Did do this on an open trail though…
That is a badge of honor. What trail?

Got a basement full of those but all on the edge. Never been able to get the p tex to stick on the edge.
 
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