I don't think Whitetail was "covering up" anything; they probably felt they could get the problem resolved right away. Sounds like you discovered the problem early on - did you ask for your money back? If not, did you get $15 worth of use?
I skied there all weekend on new Crosmax 10's with no problems, actually there was not one time that I was worried about hitting bottom.
Bottom line I think that the conditions at the Springs are more consistant and recover faster than at any other resort around.
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Thanks for posting about the lift problems - not all news needs to be good news. At least I'm not as bummed about not being able to go last weekend.
Now keep our fingers crossed that whatever rain we get the next day doesn't erode the snow base too much...
I'd love to get some turns in this weekend.
I seem to recall that Whitetail's brochures during the first year or two of operation (in the early 90's) said that the Whitetail Express took 3 minutes to go from bottom to top. And I remember it really flew. In more recent years, it seems to be running quite a bit slower. (Still very fast, mind you.)
I know the lifts can be run at variable speeds and I wonder if it isn't being run slower than peak to preserve life and reduce wear, etc. This is all conjecture on my part -- I might be imagining the 3 minute lift time, but that sure sticks in my head. If anyone knows more about the mechanics and maintenance of lifts, I'm eager to learn -- I find the evolution of lift technology to be fascinating.
The Whitetail Express definitely runs slower than it used to. I remember in the early/mid-90's looking down at the ground and being amazed at how fast the chair was moving.
The only Whitetail lift I've experience problems with has been the Expert's Choice lift. Nothing as bad as what was described happening to the Express. Since it is not a detachable lift, the Express also suffers slow-downs/stoppages due to inexperienced skiers (for Farside or groomed Exhibition?) loading/unloading.
You are probably right, they thought they could fix it, but it was a problem from opening to 4 pm when the crowds thinned.
Yes, I did get my $5 worth and then some....grin. Whitetail just didn't seem ready for everyone. This happens every year up there.