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  1. Interestingly, the snow report from 90 mins ago...

    Interestingly, the snow report from 90 mins ago says Spring Fling snowmaking comes online tonight, but the web cams show them blasting it as we speak.

    Can anyone drop the local knowledge on...
  2. Since when is Snowball rated expert?

    Since when is Snowball rated expert?
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    From the looks of it, if saving the character of...

    From the looks of it, if saving the character of the classic trails on Castlerock, Twist/Moonshine, Jester, GMX and either side of Inverness was the price to pay for not expanding into Slide Brook,...
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    I guess I'm kind of surprised that the early...

    I guess I'm kind of surprised that the early season route T2B hasn't been entirely covered by towers. That's probably not possible on many of the narrower areas of Jester, but I'd think it should be...
  5. I'd actually take last season avg snowfall but...

    I'd actually take last season avg snowfall but well above avg snow retention any time as compared to an above avg. snow year with variable temps/snow retention as you might expect in an El Nino year....
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    I guess it depends if you think the new lift is...

    I guess it depends if you think the new lift is going to be a/the catalyst for any such change. If yes, then it would seem to be an inefficient way to open the mountain insofar as you then need...
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    while I don't anticipate that they'll deviate...

    while I don't anticipate that they'll deviate from the standard Downspout/Lower Jester/Gondolier run, it's worth noting that it would be a lot easier and quicker (and cheaper) to just cover Snow...
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    I think Win has mentioned in the past that wind...

    I think Win has mentioned in the past that wind was a consideration for going with a fixed grip. With the VH alignment, it is susceptible to cross winds coming out of the NW and over the ridge above...
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    The current VH double runs at quite a bit slower...

    The current VH double runs at quite a bit slower rate than the current state of the art for a fixed grip lift. Win has previously stated that ride time would be cut with the new lift by something...
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    Woo hoo!

    Woo hoo!
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    This is probably the right way to think about it....

    This is probably the right way to think about it. While I remain convinced that ME could offer a materially longer season, the better question is whether that's even the right goal (I think we all...
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    I think I understood what you're saying - I just...

    I think I understood what you're saying - I just disagree. As you pointed out, aspect is pretty much the same. Given the same amount of snowmaking time (assuming they blow equal...
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    This is a good point. If the goal is always to...

    This is a good point. If the goal is always to be "top to bottom" and avoid downloading on Bravo, then maybe VH lift becomes a better option in that light.
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    I think we'll need to agree to disagree on this. ...

    I think we'll need to agree to disagree on this. Superstar base/KBL is at 2500' - a lot closer to the elevation of Glen House (3000') than the base of LP (1600'). Coffee Run usually runs into...
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    Not sure you've accounted in your mind for the...

    Not sure you've accounted in your mind for the space created by the removal of the mtn ops buildings, though you curiously reference it below. Between that extra space plus some inventive...
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    Other than the Spring skiing venue piece (I'll...

    Other than the Spring skiing venue piece (I'll see your point re: length of Stein's vs. FIS and raise you 1) Lower Rim Run > Coffee Run 2) One more month of skiing possible at ME due to elevation),...
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    As long as you're talking about small coverage...

    As long as you're talking about small coverage expansions, any thought to running spur from Lower Downspout down to CR lift and up over the bridge for a few dozen yards? It always seems that the CR...
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    Thanks Win for the information and your ongoing...

    Thanks Win for the information and your ongoing engagement with this group of passionate SB skiers/riders. One suggestion perhaps for an enhancement to the SB app would be to add a GPS-enabled...
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    Smart smart smart. Howie nails it. Lift...

    Smart smart smart. Howie nails it. Lift installs are expensive and happen only once every 20-30 years for a given lift line, so better to get it right the first time.
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    Great! For the 10% (if that) of the population...

    Great! For the 10% (if that) of the population who have an iPhone 6.
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    Awesome. The more tasty options available to...

    Awesome. The more tasty options available to people around the mountains, the fewer people who will be crowding into the main base lodges during the lunch crunch.
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    Agree. Arguably the 2nd best across the two mtns...

    Agree. Arguably the 2nd best across the two mtns behind only CR for me. Get to access the best of what Ellen has to offer in one, short, digestible lift ride.
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    Key text here is "when temperatures allow". ...

    Key text here is "when temperatures allow". While it would be great to get more terrain variety early season, the simple fact is that early season temps generally don't lend themselves well to...
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    Win's explanation should suffice. While SB can...

    Win's explanation should suffice. While SB can and probably is working to improve things as a stakeholder in the SB Village, it's not a charity and can't be expected to fund or dictate what the...
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    This pretty much nails it. 6K GPM would get them...

    This pretty much nails it. 6K GPM would get them into, if not the big leagues, then at least a reasonable facsimile of same. The problem is that the 6k figure is pretty much mythical in that it is...
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