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We have been experimenting with different corral designs to try to keep line from blocking Downspout. Tried a different one today.
Just saying. Anyone regular there on Saturday who can give me a sense of how the lines compare to other Saturdays this season would be appreciated.
Over the years I tried a few different configurations at the HG corral. Its a tough spot, with Downspout seeing as much traffic as it does, and on the busiest days, the line almost stretches over to the booster pump house. There never appears to be a big enough flat area there to do the corral before it drops off, and its going to spill into Downspout.
One solution possibly is to close off access from Lower Ripcord to the lift and utilize more space to the west. Anyone coming down Ripcord would have to use the cutoff to Downspout (Bailout extension) up by Tower 4 if they want to get to Heaven's Gate, and keep everything below that access to the base only, utilizing Lower Lower Ripcord. Perhaps put up some big orange fencing to close it off on the busy periods, and reopen it for midweek. Or maybe just make the flat area larger by filling in more further down Lower Downspout.
Good ideas. But, Please god no more traffic on deathspout . I like the regrading idea so it can extend straight back.
PS. The Grift was awesome last night. That guy on the keyboard was going crazy. [emoji1787]
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Been avoiding downspout the past couple weeks by doing domino then doing that little woods cut thru (wood lot?) off domino down to bottom of downspout to get to HG lift. So much more civilized than downspout!
Technically it is not wrong, however that also is not the current GMX. The 1990 GMX was moved to North Ridge in 1995. The current GMX was installed in 2002. From 1995 to 2001 you had the slow fixed grip Green Mountain quad.
It was nice. I have to say though, not a fan of the HG corral setup especially on busy days.
That is funny you should say that. We all thought is was great. All the newbies were lining up and going up the hill on the downspout side. We skied down the Ripchord side and got right into line on the right side. No one knew to just go and fill all he lines in the corral. Perfect for us regulars. Even when the corral filled up we got into the singles line. I never waited for more than 5 minutes all day both days.
The idea behind this was to make North Ridge the main lift that people would lap. Skiers would only ride the GMQ to get out of the base area and nothing else. It essentially created a second base area with skiers coming in on Slide Brook, people coming up from the base area, and skiers going up on North Ridge to ski the mountain’s terrain. It was an interesting system that had its advantages and disadvantages. If a large mid-mountain lodge had been built at the top of the GMQ, the system would’ve made more sense.