Catamount, MA/NY

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16 thoughts on “Catamount, MA/NY

  1. ne_skier April 20, 2020 / 4:56 pm

    Mountain View was a Roebling, not a Hopkins

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  2. RT March 11, 2021 / 11:09 am

    I thought Heavenly was the only bi-state ski resort in the US. Learn something new everyday!

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  3. Jon March 30, 2021 / 9:08 pm

    I learned to ski at Catamount in the 60’s. In those days, NY had an 18 year old drinking age and Mass was 21. Mass bars were “Blue Law” as well. None on Sunday. Catamount’s bar was, of course, on the NY side of the border, which ran through the lodge.

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  4. carletongebhardt April 10, 2021 / 4:58 pm

    The area needs a way to ski from the Promenade/Meadows lift back to the main quad. Usually I end up taking the Catamount short double to avoid the walk. But it adds an extra lift to get back to the main quad. It will be interesting to see where the new lift goes…..

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  5. carletongebhardt June 7, 2021 / 7:51 pm

    In Catamount’s original notification about the new lifts, they mentioned that the 2nd new lift may service new terrain. It now appears they are replacing the Catamount Double. Unless they are changing the alignment and extending it, I can’t see it servicing new terrain.

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    • ne_skier June 8, 2021 / 7:15 am

      Catamount says the proposed expansion to the northwest is being postponed in favor of the Catamount replacement. I wonder why they are pursuing this replacement, particularly with a quad, was this lift unreliable? Were there lines here?

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      • carletongebhardt June 8, 2021 / 10:31 am

        I was only there three times this year, and only one of those days did it have a line, but that was because the quad to the top had a monstrous line – which shouldn’t be a problem next season with the new Glade lift. The Catamount Chair does service their Race Slope and other easier terrain, so maybe they felt they needed the greater capacity and/or reliability for that.

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        • ne_skier June 8, 2021 / 10:43 am

          Do they use it for ski school? Numerous resorts are swapping out doubles for quads in areas with easier terrain not particularly for capacity but to allow ski instructors to take more people up the lift at once.

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    • julestheshiba June 8, 2021 / 12:05 pm

      has anyone else noticed that so many of these classic SLI lifts are getting replaced rapidly these past years. This could be due to age but there are numerous other lifts of similar age still in operation. Either way with the Bryce lift there will be no more center pole SLIs left on earth.

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      • Vintage Chairlifts June 8, 2021 / 2:03 pm

        Parts are extremely scarce for SLIs, from what I hear.

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      • Ben Eminger June 10, 2021 / 6:48 pm

        Being someone who grew up on and now works on three SLI’s regularly, I can safely say they are a royal pain to source parts for. Ours definitely has withstood the test of time but they are almost 50 years old and it’s not like sourcing parts for Riblets or Halls of similar vintage as there are 100’s of those out there, while SLI’s are few & far between. Last time we needed an extensive amount of parts, I had to drive to Heavenly CA & back with a trailer (skied Squaw Valley in July & hiked around Iron Mountain where go figure there’s two abandoned SLI’s rotting away. Those two stops were a bonus) which was a 2,000 mile round trip drive. Not only that, the sheaves on most SLI’s are grief sheaves (how appropriately named…….) which essentially bolts two plates together around the liner with an aluminum hub in the middle to create the sheave (VERY similar to Heron-Poma sheaves). There are also the rare SLI/Riblet merger era lifts, like Shadow Mountain at Aspen or Chair 1/Bonanza at 49 Degrees North, use sheaves that are essentially Riblet sheaves without the taller inside edge to fit inside the SLI assembly, these are ever harder to find. As these lifts have aged, the plates on the grief sheaves have become prone to cracking, and are nearly impossible to find replacement plates for, I’ve made entire trips to Heavenly (their two retired/removed SLI’s are just about completely used up in our three) or met them halfway to get loads of sheaves, either 30 at a time or however many I can fit in the bed of my truck at a time. Overall they’re very nostalgic & classic lifts, but they’re just becoming less & less viable, we’re replacing Chair 1/Bonanza with a high speed quad currently (at 6,640ft it was one of the longest SLI’s ever built) and it will be demolished next summer & we will have enough parts on hand to keep our other two running, but most ski areas operating these do not have that ability (like Teton Pass or Blacktail Mtn in MT). Hopefully that can provide some insight.

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        • Vintage Chairlifts June 10, 2021 / 8:32 pm

          Also, it should be noted that even if you can’t track down used Riblet or Borvig parts, new ones are still being made by Superior Tramway and Partek respectively. Not sure if Doppelmayr does the same for Hall.

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        • Utah Powder Skier June 10, 2021 / 9:44 pm

          For the amount of Halls that have been scrapped in the Midwest, finding Hall parts shouldn’t be a problem.

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        • ne_skier June 11, 2021 / 6:10 am

          I don’t think new parts are being made for Halls, but just the sheer number of them should make parts relatively easy to come by. Hall installed more lifts in New England than any other brand (If I’m correct, don’t quote me on the stats). Does Superior Tramway also manufacture Heron parts or do they just re-sell used ones?

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