News Roundup: Turning to ‘22

13 thoughts on “News Roundup: Turning to ‘22

  1. Myles Svec August 20, 2021 / 12:57 pm

    The link for the priest creek chair sale won’t open. Where can I buy one?


    • Peter Landsman August 20, 2021 / 1:03 pm

      Try it now? The actual auction doesn’t start until the 24th.


  2. Charlie August 20, 2021 / 1:13 pm

    Nice, I suggested the name Snow King. I’m sure that a lot of people did though.


  3. Myles Svec August 20, 2021 / 1:22 pm

    The wording on the Steamboat Pilot article is confusing. Will the gondola go to the top of Sunshine Peak or not?


  4. Mike B August 20, 2021 / 2:25 pm

    Interesting that Steamboat is moving full speed ahead with the Pioneer Ridge area improvements. That access into Fish Creek drainage with the egress trail taking you back to the new lift will dramatically transform the terrain offering at the Boat. Aside from some very quick hits up at the top of Mt Werner, Fish Creek will represent the first true expert terrain at the hill. It will be fascinating to see if the trail enhancements to the current Pioneer pod (grading/widening/snowmaking) plus the new chair and associated terrain have the effect of drawing a higher % of skiers over to that side of the mountain. Feels like 90% of the traffic on the upper mountain is to the south of Storm Peak lift, so this could have some interesting (and positive) impacts on skier flow/traffic patterns.


    • Myles Svec August 20, 2021 / 3:52 pm

      Fish creek will be a great improvement but I will miss the back country area currently there. Keep in mind all the trails on fish creek will be gladed double blacks. It’s basically the terrain of the run no names but more than 4 times as long.


  5. Somebody August 20, 2021 / 5:20 pm

    Ugh, I hate those Squaw Creek names.

    Eagle eye- Pretty cool name actually, but doesn’t remind me of this area of the resort at all. It’s the access lift for the 5 star hotel. It’s lower mountain. This name would be great for something gnarly closer to the top but just does not fit very well here in my opinion.

    Highline- Lowest base lift at Squaw.. Doesn’t get above treeline.. The name is counter-intuitive and confusing.

    Resort chair- Really? The amount of laziness this embodies is… quite something. Also bound to cause confusion, terrible name on that regard too.

    Snow King- Nobody really uses this moniker, and Squaw Creek is really the secondary access point to here, with Red Dog being far more popular (will be even more true after Red Dog HSS goes in)

    Storm Rider- Usually KT is the de-facto lift you go to during storms, if that chair’s closed, this one probably is too. It’s more of a “line-avoider” but that name probably wouldn’t go over too well.

    Valley View- Excellent actually, thank you. I really hope it gets named this.


    • nvskier August 20, 2021 / 10:28 pm

      A ton of people have called it Resort chair for as long as I’ve skied Squaw so that’s easily my favorite of the bunch. It seems like a lazy name if you’re new to the area but it’s the only one that really has any local recognition.

      Snow King also makes sense since people know that’s the name of that mountain but as you said, Red Dog is the main access to it.

      Valley View is pretty good if they’re just coming up with a completely new name.

      All the other names are terrible and tied for 6th. I’m almost shocked that Creek Chair wasn’t a finalist though.


    • Myles Svec August 20, 2021 / 6:03 pm

      They could be trying to approve the second section so they could install it with the first. I’ve seen multiple news articles and all are worded differently. Also it wouldn’t make sense to have only one stage because thunderhead would be overcrowded. But if you build both you will have better skier distribution. So it is quite a conundrum to think about.


  6. ne_skier August 20, 2021 / 6:28 pm

    Not surprised about Denton. I’ve heard it’s a fun 600 vert hill, but it’s in the middle of nowhere in northern PA. The nearest cities of Scranton, Rochester, and Pittsburgh all have resorts closer to them that are bigger and more well-known than Denton. Aside from this I’m sure they could clean the place up a bit, but the question is, who would show up?


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