Where is Old National? That pic looks familiar but I can't place where it is located on Stowe. Near the top of Starr?
No, it's near the top of Goat. Both begin from Upper Lord, the main route that 95% of the skiers take from the top of the quad. Goat is on the skier's left side of the quad lift and Old National is on the right. ON basically adds 4-500 vertical feet of steep skiing and ends on the Hay Chute where present day National begins. Today you take Upper Lord, turn left on the Hay chute to access National and Liftline. Before they bulldozed that traverse, National and Liftline began at the Octagon.
I had to think about that but I believe I've got it right. You have to understand the drill. Wes is the leader. He waits at the quad unloading spot until all are gathered, then takes off. There are no or few words. Wes is a laconic fellow and he would rather ski than talk. After following him for a while like frenzied salmon swimming upstream, we'll see him stop but only so the stragglers can catch up. We all know that at any second he may take off again, usually under a rope or on a steep dropoff into the woods. There is minimum opportunity to look around and wonder; "We're the Fagowee?". Do that and you will lose the group. I have asked Wes whether this is a carefully calculated technique and he just grins.