Belleayre Gondola Discussion Thread

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WF locals lap the Gondi - a lot.  It's the only High speed lift that serves black terrain.  If it's not windy and full speed it's a 8 min ride for 2500 Vert which is more than whole ski areas in the rest of the East.

Midweek of course there is no choice.  Weekends if it's busy I'll use LWF other wise go to the Gondi.  In the spring then LWF and avoiding the bottom is the right call.

A Gondi for Belleryre makes no sense due to the layout and lack of vertical

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I don't typically lap the WF gondola if LWF is open.  Sometimes I will lap it if it's super windy and there's no line, but usually on weekends there is.  I also dislike the section of the run below mid since it's always crowded and icy.  I strongly prefer the upper mountain terrain and have always felt like I was wasting my time going to the bottom.  Looking back on this past season, there were multiple times that I stayed above mid or Freeway the entire day.  These were all when Lookout wasn't open because you have to go to the bottom when skiing Wilmington.

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raisingarizona
There are plenty of gondolas that are fun to lap. Where did you ever get this idea about gondolas Sno?

Maybe I didn't realize how difficult it was to take your skis off and click them back on but it's never been a big deal to me.

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snoloco
Referring to Whiteface specifically, if I want to ski the expert terrain, I want to ski the expert terrain and not the blue runout to the base.  I use the LWF mid station for Mountain Run and go to the top for everything Wilderness and above.  I don't feel I'm getting much out of skiing Valley below mid, so why bother?Back to Belleayre, this gondola is clearly not meant to be lapped and is just for access.  Tomahawk will still be the primary lift on that side.

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raisingarizona
snoloco wrote
Back to Belleayre, this gondola is clearly not meant to be lapped and is just for access.  Tomahawk will still be the primary lift on that side.
Maybe beginner skiers will enjoy doing laps on it if they create some sort of fluid connectivity from the upper mountain down to the lower loading station but for the most part I'd agree. But you did say a few posts ago that gondolas are strictly for access and not doing hot laps, that is an inaccurate statement. The Thunderhead Gondola in steamboat being one of the top of my head that is plenty of fun for lapping as well as Stowe's, Tellurides, Jacksons, etc.

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snoloco
It looks like this will make a pretty good run combining Deer Run with the new trail being added the bottom.  However it will most definitely increase crowding on Deer Run making it more like Belt Parkway at Hunter.You are correct that there are plenty of gondolas sited at lapping lifts, but it's pretty clear in some of those applications that a bubble chair would be better suited for that location.  Stowe comes to mind here.

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snoloco wrote
... a bubble chair would be better...
Ok. That was six days since his return before Sno mentioned a bubble lift. I had two days and junior said less then a day. Who had six days in the pool? Do we have a winner?

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raisingarizona
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Why would a bubble chair be better than the Stowe gondola?

If I remember correctly there used to be a restaurant up top there that was open after the ski area closes for dinners. I'd think a gondola is a better option for that experience. Also, some people enjoy the social aspect of being face to face with others that you can't get from a chairlift ride.

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raisingarizona wrote
Why would a bubble chair be better than the Stowe gondola?

If I remember correctly there used to be a restaurant up top there that was open after the ski area closes for dinners. I'd think a gondola is a better option for that experience. Also, some people enjoy the social aspect of being face to face with others that you can't get from a chairlift ride.
Because you don't have to take your skis off every ride.

I find it odd that all of you guys criticized the bubble chairs being installed at Okemo and Mount Snow, while saying that gondolas are better than chairs for terrain that is lapped.  

Personally, I don't really care about the social aspect at all.  I usually ski alone and plan out my days to get maximum time skiing.

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