The Drop, Easy Does it, Fire Road, and Upper Silver Streak.
They're making terrain features on Lower Dew Drop, so right now it's closed.
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I'd imagine that a similar new, high-speed, detachable at T-line would cost less than $5.45 mill because of the smaller vertical--hence fewer towers, cables, and chairs. Still, it would be a costly upgrade.
I wonder what the vertical is on the new Solitude lift? It occurred to me that more vertical requires more horsepower--hence a bigger, presumably more expensive engine.
Doppelmayer manufactures lifts in Slovakia, so there's no export duties involved. $5.45 million must be the going rate for a 2400 foot vertical, high-speed, detachable.
The old chair, built in 1930, was very interesting. It swept you up in a sideward position, looking away from the towers. I've never before taken such a lift. I road it in May of 2000 and there was still some snow on top of Mount Chleb. There was also one, lonely ski alpinist getting his last turns in for the season on the 300 meter snow slab.
The Vratna ski area, btw, was featured in the movie, BEHIND ENEMY LINES. The movie was horrible but the footage of Vratna was pretty cool.
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Behind Enemy Lines wasn't terrible if you watched it at the right time! I saw it in Seattle shortly after 9/11 and the theater erupted in applause. Seattlers aren't the most patriotic people I've ever met so BEL has a soft spot in my heart, even if that wasn't the main reason the crowd was cheering.
But I did love the part where the pair is strolling through the woods and one steps on the landmine, the other says, "Goodbye" and walks away. 5 seconds later you hear a distant explosion.
I, for one, think a very similar lift (although it would be nice to have a safety bar - I was very surprised they didn't include one on the Solitude lift) is exactly what TL needs. But I also think you could do a similar project for a good deal less because a) you wouldn't need to cut a new path, and b) Ground equipment could easily for used for pouring the footing, moving in the towers, etc.... Some of this savings would be offset, of course, by the need to dismantle an old lift, and the need for probably 2 more towers.
So, if you had 2M to spend, you could do the lift for 1.2, put 600K into snowmaking equipment, and still have 200K left over to put a poma in for the new terrain park and expand and pave the parking lots! You'd need to do that to handle the additional revenue producing crowds.
SBA loans, economic development funds...there is normally money available for this type of project, but I guess if there are multiple bankruptcy cases in the past, all normal bets are off.
(I wish I had a few million to give it a go....)
Not sure 600K would get you very far with snowmaking. Most of the upgrades you see around here run in the millions of dollars. Though 800K would give you a very, very nice terrain park (new trail cut, lift, a little glade area in it to jig around) or perhaps a decent beginners area-- something else T-line doesn't really have that should be on their priority list.
Ski at your own risk.
You seemed to appreciate those safety bars when you needed them.
I was out on Mt. Hood several years ago. There are 2 lifts on that mountain that still are basically T-Bars with a seat. No side rails, no safety bar, tiny seats, just one bar in the middle. The wind on Hood gets pretty bad... and to date they've had no accidents.
Rode one of the top lifts at A-Basin a few years back; no safety bar on the lift. It was pretty calm at the bottom of the lift but we hit 80 mph winds on the way up. (The wind speed was quoted by ski patrol.) The wind caught my skis like a catamaran sail and nearly flipped me forward off the lift. Thank God I was hanging on to the side of the lift for dear life. The lift was barely moving; I think the lift ops were debating whether it was riskier for the lift to keep moving and possibly hit a pole or for the riders to get frostbite.
Maybe a seat belt is needed for that lift.
His 12 year old son had this to say about yesterday's skiing:
"It was the best day of my life."
That's not just his skiing life but his life in general. This is why skiing trumps school any day of the week.