High Peaks replacement?

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Milo Maltbie Milo Maltbie
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High Peaks replacement?

I heard a rumor that ORDA has begun dismantling the High Peaks chair, but I can't verify it. Has anyone been up there to actually see that?

If it's true, I'm really surprised. For one thing, I thought there was an RFP back in February to replace it in the summer of 2021. I don't think they would plan to operate a year without it, but ORDA should expect massive budget cuts, and for construction delays related to supplier problems. What if they can't replace it in time to open the season? What if the gondola is restricted, or not usable at all? Is AE2>Twister>BRQ the new social distancing plan?

FWIW if I were running ORDA, I'd be thinking about running quad chairs on the gondola lines for a couple of years.

Where's Snoloco when you need him?

mm
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I heard $300 a chair.
MC2 5678F589 MC2 5678F589
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I sometimes like it when they run the North Chair, but not the Darkside chair because, while it sucks to have to take Wood Out & 3 lift rides to get back to the top, it preserves the snow and reminds me a bit of skiing out west (skiing a thing, then having a journey to get back to where you were). Obviously, I'd still prefer to have the lift, particularly on weekends.

Not running it means you can hire less lifties, which is probably attractive to all the budget sticklers that run ORDA now.

I'm not worried about the Gondola.

My only request is that the new lift go to the top of Rumor like it used to.
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Not happening this year. No major projects at Gore.
Gotta go to know
Milo Maltbie Milo Maltbie
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MC2 5678F589 wrote
I sometimes like it when they run the North Chair, but not the Darkside chair because, while it sucks to have to take Wood Out & 3 lift rides to get back to the top...
The best day I had at Gore this year was the day the gondola didn't run, and we hit High Peaks before the line backed all the way up Wood Out.  We skied Straightbrook with no crowds at all.  When the gondola doesn't run, which is often, HP is the most important lift on the mountain, and it won't take much of a virus outbreak to close the gondola.

Does anyone know of the HP replacement is really happening this year?

mm
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Milo Maltbie wrote
MC2 5678F589 wrote
I sometimes like it when they run the North Chair, but not the Darkside chair because, while it sucks to have to take Wood Out & 3 lift rides to get back to the top...
The best day I had at Gore this year was the day the gondola didn't run, and we hit High Peaks before the line backed all the way up Wood Out.  We skied Straightbrook with no crowds at all.  When the gondola doesn't run, which is often, HP is the most important lift on the mountain, and it won't take much of a virus outbreak to close the gondola.

Does anyone know of the HP replacement is really happening this year?

mm
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MC2 5678F589 wrote
I sometimes like it when they run the North Chair, but not the Darkside chair because, while it sucks to have to take Wood Out & 3 lift rides to get back to the top, it preserves the snow and reminds me a bit of skiing out west (skiing a thing, then having a journey to get back to where you were). Obviously, I'd still prefer to have the lift, particularly on weekends.

Not running it means you can hire less lifties, which is probably attractive to all the budget sticklers that run ORDA now.

I'm not worried about the Gondola.

My only request is that the new lift go to the top of Rumor like it used to.
The plan is to bring HP back to the top again.
MC2 5678F589 MC2 5678F589
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x10003q wrote
The plan is to bring HP back to the top again.
Sweet.
Milo Maltbie Milo Maltbie
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I don't think they should extend HP to the summit. Going to the top leaves you more exposed to the wind. You might also find that the traffic at the top will make the skate across Cloud harder, but you will still need to do it just as often. All it adds is Rumor and Upper Steilhang. No one is gonna skate across to ski Hawkeye or Chatiemac from that lift. You can't lap Rumor from there either. Upper Steilhang should be abandoned so that trails can be added to skiers' left of the Topridge lift without violating the trail limit.

Bottom of the North Quad to the Summit is an even worse idea. It would be worse for novices, and you would need to clearcut Darkside glade and probably regrade it too. Nobody wants that.

mm
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But what if the plan in the future is to cut off the backside?
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