I saw this pic today on Ski the Easts IG post and was flooded with memories of mid way loads and spring time Chute laps smashing slushy bumps all afternoon. That would be about 26 years ago now and maybe I’m imagining mid station loads but I think that was a thing.
Can anyone clarify? Do they still allow that or is it always too crowded?
The MRG mid-station can be loaded as long as empty chairs are available. I have done this in the past but rarely. When a mid-station load would be ideal (e.g. bashing mid-afternoon spring bumps down Chute on repeat), the Single is usually at capacity with no empty chairs. Probably a great option mid-week when there are no lines and Chute is prime.
I can't think of any other mid-stations that load during normal operations. Smuggs allows for an unload only on M1. Sunday River only loads their mid-station for early season before they have top to bottom.
Collins at Alta loads at mid-station and gets used during April a fair amount when daytime temps are over 40 on the lower mountain. After 11:00am, the lifties at the bottom leave an empty chair on purpose for mid-station every 10. There is an automatic gate with 4 slots that only opens when an empty chair is coming.
Not many travelers who are skiing Alta in April these days think of the current Collins quad as "new." For first timers, it can take a while before they notice the signs with big letters that say there is no unloading at mid-station. :-)
This thread is drifting away from MRG, but, what the hell. I stayed in Belle Plagne in the French Alps this last season, which is an entire small village built around the mid station of an aging gondola that originates in Plagne Bellocote down below. There's a great bakery (hey, France), a charcuterie, a few bars, and even a four lane bowling alley, I swear. You walk out your front door, click in, and ski down to five lifts, or just grab an empty car at the mid station. I wanna go back.