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    .....wow... first time I've been able to post...

    .....wow... first time I've been able to post here in a-WHILE
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    Stein's would have required some digging... quite...

    Stein's would have required some digging... quite a bit of digging actually. They were grooming it last Friday night, burying the towers and hydrants even more.
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    Indeed, some of the shots posted on the FB page...

    Indeed, some of the shots posted on the FB page were from earlier in the season. But I did get some fresh shots from yesterday, which can be found in my 2016/2017 album here:
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    It varies... anywhere from 1-4 hours to light up,...

    It varies... anywhere from 1-4 hours to light up, depending on what you may encounter. The more guys you have, the faster it goes. I had a crew of 4 with me on Saturday, not including our...
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    It was a pleasure to make snow for everyone. We...

    It was a pleasure to make snow for everyone. We had planned to do more (Pushover, Easy Rider) but other problems were found and could not be rectified in the window that we had. But doing a gun run...
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    I believe Saturday came in over 9k. Base area...

    I believe Saturday came in over 9k. Base area corrals were pretty full. Bravo was running at a reduced speed on Saturday due to the wind but was back up to full speed on Sunday. Sunday was a...
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    I wish I got a shot of the exodus from a full...

    I wish I got a shot of the exodus from a full Valley House and Super Bravo corral yesterday when the word came that Castlerock was open for hiking. I heard the lift line for CR was up around the...
  8. Thread: RFID Tickets

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    Just looking at a pass and verifying it only...

    Just looking at a pass and verifying it only works for the paper tickets. It doesn't tell you if a pass is inactive, hotlisted, etc. For instance, I have a collection of passes. I seem to get a...
  9. Thread: RFID Tickets

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    I have yet to visit a resort with an RFID system....

    I have yet to visit a resort with an RFID system. My last trip off the mountain to ride in the past 2 years has been to Black, Loon, and Mt Snow, and all still employed ticket checkers.

    The...
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    Couple inches... a net gain, better than a slap...

    Couple inches... a net gain, better than a slap in the face. Also some freezing rain and ice which delayed some lifts both yesterday and today. Conditions I thought were better out there today than...
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    Thanks Win! I'd love to sample a groomed OG...

    Thanks Win! I'd love to sample a groomed OG tomorrow, but headin' for the MEllen and hoping for some nice freshies over there. Of course that is the plan right now, subject to change.
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    It was a busy weekend, that's for sure, for us...

    It was a busy weekend, that's for sure, for us snowmakers. Over the course of the weekend, we put down some serious depth on Downspout, OG, Lower OG, SB/Fling, and Stein's. It was a LOT of digging...
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    The emergency # is listed on the back of the...

    The emergency # is listed on the back of the trail map, for those that still use them.
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    We did make snow on Sleeper and Stein's during...

    We did make snow on Sleeper and Stein's during the holiday period. Both trails weren't open when we started making snow. They opened soon after, though. Lower SB and Racer's are relatively easy to...
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    Sorry, had to chime in here.... Just because...

    Sorry, had to chime in here....

    Just because a trail is towers doesn't mean its necessarily easy to just turn on. Next time you're on Downspout, look at the towers. Right now, some of them are...
  16. Thread: Opening Day

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    Saw the work we did on Hot Shot Sunday...

    Saw the work we did on Hot Shot Sunday night/Monday morning today, and all I can say is... WOW, we put down a lot of snow! Saw a few people heading down it today. It's not pushed out or groomed...
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    Guns were blasting today on Domino Chute, Middle...

    Guns were blasting today on Domino Chute, Middle Jester, and Lower Jester down to where it meets Lower Downspout/CR cutoff, plus potentially on part of Lower OG, as well as Easy Rider and First Time....
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    We ran longer at the bottom of Fling since that...

    We ran longer at the bottom of Fling since that is a big area to cover and there are some big waterbars at the bottom of Fling that needed to be covered up. Probably not enough to push towards...
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    If we can get SB->Fling locked in with...

    If we can get SB->Fling locked in with snowmaking, I would guess that VHQ would spin for the weekend, and I wouldn't be surprised if patrol dropped the ropes on Twist, Moonshine, and Lower...
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    I believe VH side is next, including...

    I believe VH side is next, including Snowball->Fling. Then I would guess we head towards Pushover and Easy Rider to get Gate House open. Gate House side doesn't tend to open on "au natural" since...
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    That's not "entirely accurate". When the weather...

    That's not "entirely accurate". When the weather station was upgraded at the summit, all sorts of electronics were added and power was run up there, up OG I believe. It's nice to have light in the...
  22. Thread: 2016 game on

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    Really nice out there today. A good amount of...

    Really nice out there today. A good amount of folks out there as well. The new snow groomed in nice but I found it was pretty sticky higher up. My run from Jester to Snowball via the traverses...
  23. Thread: 2016 game on

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    High winds prevented the lifts from opening at...

    High winds prevented the lifts from opening at their scheduled times. I'm guessing patrol got sled-transpo'd to the summit since hiking was permitted. After HG opened and patrol began doing trail...
  24. Thread: 2016 game on

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    The closing of Gate House/North Lynx areas varies...

    The closing of Gate House/North Lynx areas varies year-to-year. I've ridden those trails into the middle of April before.. same with the Rock. It depends on snow pack and demand. With the warm...
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    Sticky: First time I've ever heard of a restaurant...

    First time I've ever heard of a restaurant closing because they were too busy.

    Here's the VR article:
    http://valleyreporter.com/stories/news/11176-common-man-restaurant-closing-for-summer-and-fall
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