News Roundup: Lots of Euros

8 thoughts on “News Roundup: Lots of Euros

  1. Somebody April 5, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    That Zermatt 3S was one of the most badly needed replacements I’ve ever seen at any ski area. On a typical day, the options to get from the Swiss side to the Italian side were to either wait a hour and a half for the tram line, or ride the infamous Gandegg, the longest T-bar on the planet, with a length of 9,700 feet, and ride time of 25 minutes.

    As somebody who has both waited in that Tram line and ridden the Gandegg, the 3s is worth however much they spent on it. They could mark up tickets by 150%, and I’d still be a lot happier than I was trying to get across that glacier.

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    • Donald M. Reif April 6, 2019 / 1:44 pm

      Yeah, I wouldn’t want to ride a T-Bar that’s about as long as the American Flyer lift (American Flyer is 9,900 feet long) and is longer than the Beaver Run SuperChair or Keystone’s Summit Express.

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      • Somebody April 8, 2019 / 6:34 pm

        Oh, and to add insult to injury, for pretty much the entire line, the T-bars are suspended too high to reach for one if you mess up and lose yours. So you can wait in a half hour line, take 15 minutes to make it 7,000 feet through, and be too far to hike to the top, and you just wasted 45 minutes for nothing.

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  2. Ryan Gardner April 5, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    Breathing a small sigh of relief regarding Nordic Valley. I love the idea of them updating and expanding the mountain but not to that degree. The communities of Eden and Liberty are important to me and so is the quiet non-complicated lifestyle they offer.

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    • themav April 5, 2019 / 11:29 pm

      It seemed like such an odd project to begin with, totally out of character for the area. I think MCP has grand ideas of rivaling Snowbasin or even Powder Mountain in the future, but this area needs a lot more than a super long gondola to start with. Additionally, Nordic Valley doesn’t get nearly as much snow as Snowbasin and Powder mountain, so Nordic Valley will need to invest in more snow making.

      Take a look at the proposed trail map (https://nordicvalleyproject.com/). VERY ambitious, and I’m not sure where MCP has the capital to pull it off. Websites are cheap, ski infrastructure is not. Many of MCP’s mountains could use lifts, and I’m not sure how Nordic Valley ranks on the “needs lifts” basis. On the other hand, MCP’s bike park venture in Texas seems to be working out successfully for them. It wouldn’t be the first time that a ski company has siphoned money off a profitable operation in order to fund a sinking ship.

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  3. Jack Rodgers April 6, 2019 / 1:49 am

    Although a smaller project, and I can’t find a link for it, a friend of mine received an email from Summit at Snoqualmie that they will in fact be replacing the Holiday Double this summer with a quad.

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    • Jack Rodgers April 6, 2019 / 1:59 am

      Just saw you already made a seperate post on it, you’re ahead of me. Thanks for all the work you do by the way, I really enjoy reading the blog.

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  4. dsokolovskyy April 6, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    The reply to the last “myth” listed on the Squaw website (https://squawalpine.com/gondola) states that they won’t be constructing any access roadways to build the gondola, yet there are some roads marked on the map. What gives?

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