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2014-03-10 04:44:12 PM
Roundtop.  Half the people that ski that mountain fall getting on or off the lift.  that said, luckily it was warm on saturday.  i have always wondered how they evacuate the lift.  probably too high and the slope too hard to make a jump for it.  roundtop doesn't have any dangerous terrain.  just a small beginner mountain primarily.  that would suck though.
 
2014-03-10 04:44:58 PM
Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont
 
2014-03-10 04:45:01 PM
There's always wacky hijinks going on at ski resorts.

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2014-03-10 04:48:14 PM
Well, at least they were dressed for the weather.
 
2014-03-10 04:48:33 PM

vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont


I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.
 
2014-03-10 04:48:56 PM
i.telegraph.co.uk

Could be worse
 
2014-03-10 04:52:00 PM

jst3p: I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.


Yeah, it's sad. All the smoking hot girls from up here move to Colorado and never come back.
Hope you're keeping them warm. We miss them.

And, Yes, I've hiked in the rockies.
 
2014-03-10 04:53:34 PM

jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.


While you wait in line behind 1000 skiers.
 
2014-03-10 04:53:44 PM
Mechanical part wears out, no one hurt, dozens moderately inconvenienced, news at 11.
 
2014-03-10 04:55:23 PM

vudukungfu: jst3p: I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

Yeah, it's sad. All the smoking hot girls from up here move to Colorado and never come back.
Hope you're keeping them warm. We miss them.

And, Yes, I've hiked in the rockies.


I stayed at Smuggs this summer and unintentionally insulted a local when I said, "I like the hill here, it is cute."

OK, maybe it wasn't completely unintentional.

Vermont is beautiful in the summer. Is the gnat the state bird?
 
2014-03-10 04:55:48 PM
Guy1:  "Wow, it feels good to get back out on the slopes."
Guy2:  "Been awhile, huh?  Why?"
Guy1:  "Yeah, I just got out of jail after a 2-year sentence."
Guy2:  "Really?  What for?"
Guy1:  "I pushed a guy off a chairlift."
Guy2:  "HEY!!  I REMEMBER YOU!!!"
 
2014-03-10 04:59:27 PM

jst3p: vudukungfu: jst3p: I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

Yeah, it's sad. All the smoking hot girls from up here move to Colorado and never come back.
Hope you're keeping them warm. We miss them.

And, Yes, I've hiked in the rockies.

I stayed at Smuggs this summer and unintentionally insulted a local when I said, "I like the hill here, it is cute."

OK, maybe it wasn't completely unintentional.

Vermont is beautiful in the summer. Is the gnat the state bird?


Hmm...sensing hostility.  Guessing you're not keeping the hot girls warm?
 
2014-03-10 04:59:30 PM

jst3p: I stayed at Smuggs this summer


You should have stopped at my old Deli in Jeff.
Or maybe you did.

If you have told me you were going, I could have told you all the cool waterfalls nearby to hang out and whcih ones were full of gay  guys and wich ones weren't.
 
2014-03-10 04:59:37 PM
ghosttowntexas.com
 
2014-03-10 05:00:01 PM

SlothB77: jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

While you wait in line behind 1000 skiers.


On the busiest days at the huge resorts that is true. Most days we have had less than 5 minute waits at most lifts and we have done a ton of skiing this year. We have a ton of places to choose from, so that helps. I made the mistake of going to Breck on President's weekend, my brothers came in from out of town and they wanted to go there. The lifts at the bottom are bad, but if you don't go all the way down you are good. And that place is huge, you can ski plenty without going to any of the bases. Loveland is cold but no lines most of the time (except at the base of course). Eldora is good, even Granby was fun (but small), my kids loved it since they are young). Abasin, no lines when we have gone. So you have a point except you are completely wrong.

Add "Colorado skiing" to the list of subjects you know nothing about but feel compelled to speak to!
 
2014-03-10 05:01:30 PM

Abox: jst3p: vudukungfu: jst3p: I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

Yeah, it's sad. All the smoking hot girls from up here move to Colorado and never come back.
Hope you're keeping them warm. We miss them.

And, Yes, I've hiked in the rockies.

I stayed at Smuggs this summer and unintentionally insulted a local when I said, "I like the hill here, it is cute."

OK, maybe it wasn't completely unintentional.

Vermont is beautiful in the summer. Is the gnat the state bird?

Hmm...sensing hostility.  Guessing you're not keeping the hot girls warm?


Nah, just messing. Smugglers notch and the surrounding area was indeed very beautiful and it was a great family trip. I am not helping keep your girls warm, I imported mine from California (grew up there).
 
2014-03-10 05:05:49 PM

jst3p: SlothB77: jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

While you wait in line behind 1000 skiers.

On the busiest days at the huge resorts that is true. Most days we have had less than 5 minute waits at most lifts and we have done a ton of skiing this year. We have a ton of places to choose from, so that helps. I made the mistake of going to Breck on President's weekend, my brothers came in from out of town and they wanted to go there. The lifts at the bottom are bad, but if you don't go all the way down you are good. And that place is huge, you can ski plenty without going to any of the bases. Loveland is cold but no lines most of the time (except at the base of course). Eldora is good, even Granby was fun (but small), my kids loved it since they are young). Abasin, no lines when we have gone. So you have a point except you are completely wrong.

Add "Colorado skiing" to the list of subjects you know nothing about but feel compelled to speak to!


I forgot Steamboat. The Gondala was a 5 min wait but after that, HUGE place, very little wait.

This has been such a great ski season!
 
2014-03-10 05:06:18 PM

SlothB77: jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

While you wait in line behind 100

jst3p: vudukungfu: jst3p: I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

Yeah, it's sad. All the smoking hot girls from up here move to Colorado and never come back.
Hope you're keeping them warm. We miss them.

And, Yes, I've hiked in the rockies.

I stayed at Smuggs this summer and unintentionally insulted a local when I said, "I like the hill here, it is cute."

OK, maybe it wasn't completely unintentional.

Vermont is beautiful in the summer. Is the gnat the state bird?


I lived in VT and skied at Smuggs, and Stowe mostly. Too cold in the winter too buggy in the Summer

Moved to CO in '93 and it's just better.  Especially the lack of self-righteous VT hippies
 
2014-03-10 05:06:54 PM

SlothB77: jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

While you wait in line behind 1000 skiers.


Funny, I was at Winter Park yesterday and waited no more than 5 minutes in line.
 
2014-03-10 05:09:25 PM
Ah shiat, good old roundtop. Just down the road from my college. Learned to snowboard there. Terribly shiat conditions most of the time, although this winter might have been better.

Just thinking about skiing and snowboarding makes my elbow ache and swell now.... ugh.
 
2014-03-10 05:09:29 PM

orange whip: SlothB77: jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

While you wait in line behind 100jst3p: vudukungfu: jst3p: I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

Yeah, it's sad. All the smoking hot girls from up here move to Colorado and never come back.
Hope you're keeping them warm. We miss them.

And, Yes, I've hiked in the rockies.

I stayed at Smuggs this summer and unintentionally insulted a local when I said, "I like the hill here, it is cute."

OK, maybe it wasn't completely unintentional.

Vermont is beautiful in the summer. Is the gnat the state bird?

I lived in VT and skied at Smuggs, and Stowe mostly. Too cold in the winter too buggy in the Summer

Moved to CO in '93 and it's just better.  Especially the lack of self-righteous VT hippies


I would think they're going to be joining you soon, what with recent changes in MJ laws in CO and all...
 
2014-03-10 05:12:38 PM
I think i saw snow on one of the mountains in SoCal the other day, but it could have just been bird poop.
 
2014-03-10 05:18:50 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: orange whip: SlothB77: jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

While you wait in line behind 100jst3p: vudukungfu: jst3p: I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

Yeah, it's sad. All the smoking hot girls from up here move to Colorado and never come back.
Hope you're keeping them warm. We miss them.

And, Yes, I've hiked in the rockies.

I stayed at Smuggs this summer and unintentionally insulted a local when I said, "I like the hill here, it is cute."

OK, maybe it wasn't completely unintentional.

Vermont is beautiful in the summer. Is the gnat the state bird?

I lived in VT and skied at Smuggs, and Stowe mostly. Too cold in the winter too buggy in the Summer

Moved to CO in '93 and it's just better.  Especially the lack of self-righteous VT hippies

I would think they're going to be joining you soon, what with recent changes in MJ laws in CO and all...


True...already lots of hippies here. The Green Rush is on
 
2014-03-10 05:35:22 PM

jst3p: The lifts at the bottom are bad, but if you don't go all the way down you are good.


That's what people who ski in the east just don't get.

In the east you wait at the bottom of the hill to get on the lift that takes you to the top of the hill.  Maybe there's another small rope or t-bar at the top that takes you to a "peak" but that's it.  Then you ski down and get on that first lift again.

In the west, you get on a gondola that takes you to mid-mountain and then you get on chair(s) or other gondolas (gondolae?  gondolim? gondoli?) to get to the peaks.  You never see the base of the mountain until you're skiing out at the end of the day.

Crowds?  Yeah, sometimes I have to wait five minutes for the Blackcomb gondola.  Once I'm actually up on the mountain it's 8000+ acres of space to play it.  Not crowded at all.

I've never skiied Colorado, but I assume the same is true.  I've skied plenty in the east growing up (Quebec, Upstate NY, Vermont) and yeah, waiting in the lift line for ten minutes or more every run is expected.

(and, yes, it's fascinating that Sloth's lack of knowledge extends beyond politics and into skiing. A true renaissance moron.)
 
2014-03-10 05:37:35 PM
As someone who's been stuck on a broken chair, I often wonder what it'd be like if I had to be evacuated from it.

If the chair was anything like the old Granite chair at Red Mountain in BC.  I think I'd rather just hang around till they get it fixed.
 
2014-03-10 05:38:37 PM

jst3p: This has been such a great ski season!


Tahoe hates you so, so much right now. Winter has been nonexistent here.
 
2014-03-10 05:43:49 PM

jst3p: This has been such a great ski season!


I've only been up once so far, but I have a week planned that starts tomorrow night.  First tracks on Wednesday morning.

Can you imagine how enthusiastic I am about being in the office today and tomorrow? Negative numbers on the 1 to 10 scale.
 
2014-03-10 05:46:16 PM

GaperKiller: jst3p: This has been such a great ski season!

Tahoe hates you so, so much right now. Winter has been nonexistent here.


I feel for you. I grew up skiing Heavenly, Alpine Meadows, and Bear Valley.  You guys got screwed this year.
 
2014-03-10 05:46:24 PM

monoski: [i.telegraph.co.uk image 460x288]

Could be worse


Thought this might have been the subject of TFA.

jst3p:

On the busiest days at the huge resorts that is true. Most days we have had less than 5 minute waits at most lifts and we have done a ton of skiing this year.

The longest wait is usually riding the lift :)
 
2014-03-10 05:49:19 PM
You are suppose to replace parts before they wear out. Great maintenance crew there.
 
2014-03-10 05:56:10 PM

vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont


I was warming up for Vermont this December in the Poconos when the power went out.  I was stuck on the damn lift for nearly an hour.
 
2014-03-10 05:56:23 PM
I'm sure it sucks hard enough being stuck on a ski lift...

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But when you turn the snow maker on them while they're stuck up there, you're just being a dick.
 
2014-03-10 05:59:43 PM
jst3p

Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.


   There is fantastic skiing in other places, just sayin'.......you might be surprised how many excellent skiers come from small ski areas, Lindsey Vonn from Buck Hill, Minnesota would mop up any run in Colorado with your sorry ass, just sayin' again....
 
2014-03-10 06:02:40 PM

New Age Redneck: Lindsey Vonn from Buck Hill, Minnesota would mop up any run in Colorado


That must be why Lindsey moved to Colorado when she was 11.
 
2014-03-10 06:07:17 PM

New Age Redneck: Lindsey Vonn


When Vonn was 11, she and her mother permanently moved to Colorado for the winter to train exclusively at Ski Club Vail.

Tell me more...
 
2014-03-10 06:20:06 PM

SlothB77: jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

While you wait in line behind 1000 skiers.


Bwahahahahaaa!! Typical tourist.

//native, rarely camp in lift lines.
 
2014-03-10 06:26:34 PM

Ow! That was my feelings!: SlothB77: jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

While you wait in line behind 1000 skiers.

Bwahahahahaaa!! Typical tourist.

//native, rarely camp in lift lines.


The only lift lines I saw this year was at Stowe on a Saturday.

Out west?  I can't really ever remember standing in a lift line.  Ever.
 
2014-03-10 06:27:54 PM
When they close Smuggs, we hike up th notch steps to Serling pond, then ski down till we run out of snow.
That's a cardio.
 
2014-03-10 06:37:10 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Ow! That was my feelings!: SlothB77: jst3p: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

While you wait in line behind 1000 skiers.

Bwahahahahaaa!! Typical tourist.

//native, rarely camp in lift lines.

The only lift lines I saw this year was at Stowe on a Saturday.

Out west?  I can't really ever remember standing in a lift line.  Ever.


Oh, they happen. Any tourist resort or front range cheapo pass resort base area on a weekend, guaranteed. They are 'usually' pretty easy to avoid.  The traffic...well...
 
2014-03-10 07:20:40 PM

oa330_man: As someone who's been stuck on a broken chair, I often wonder what it'd be like if I had to be evacuated from it.

If the chair was anything like the old Granite chair at Red Mountain in BC.  I think I'd rather just hang around till they get it fixed.


You were stuck on a chair? Were your balls ok?
 
2014-03-10 07:41:37 PM

Marcus Aurelius: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I was warming up for Vermont this December in the Poconos when the power went out.  I was stuck on the damn lift for nearly an hour.


Where at? Camel back or Shawnee?
 
2014-03-10 08:32:51 PM
jst3p

Tell me more...

     Her formative skiing years were in Minnesota. You can learn and hone your skills on any slope with snow no matter where it is. Generally kids who grow up skiing on what amounts to sh*tty, icy conditions can go anywhere and ski. Not surprised when she showed promise as a racer they moved to Colorado.

   I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

People who makes comments such as this are usually the sh*ttiest skiers, having to belittle where others recreate is...well...pathetic. Consider yourself fortunate that your parents f*cked in a place that allowed you to frivolously waste time sliding down a slope, some are not so lucky, at least they are grateful.

/learned to ski in Saskatchewan, moved to the Kootenays, have made a living in the ski biz for 25 years, very fortunate
 
2014-03-10 08:32:56 PM

oa330_man: As someone who's been stuck on a broken chair, I often wonder what it'd be like if I had to be evacuated from it.

If the chair was anything like the old Granite chair at Red Mountain in BC.  I think I'd rather just hang around till they get it fixed.


About ten years back I was in the process of doing a lift evac at night and I couldn't see that the rope saver was not positioned correctly and the rope ended up sliding under the duck bill of the chair when the guy was about 5' below the chair seat. Rope got stuck and it took us an hour plus to find a way to get him out of there. We ended up sending up another rope and him clip the evac seat to it.
Sucked sitting on belay for that long. Sucked even more for him sitting on that damn little seat that long.
Bumped in to him this season and he was really nice about it. Apparently he got a couple season's worth of passes out of it so he thought it was the best night ever.
Tomorrow makes day #76 on the snow for me this season and no evac yet. I'm ok with it.
/ If you think the mountans in New England are small, you should see what passes for one down here south of the Mason Dixon line.
//I love getting paid to ski and not having to stand in lift lines.
 
2014-03-10 08:41:18 PM
oa330_man

If the chair was anything like the old Granite chair at Red Mountain in BC.  I think I'd rather just hang around till they get it fixed.

   I miss that lift! I started patrolling at Red the year after they shut it down. So glad I never had to even train for an evac on that one....did 3 lift evac's on Red and 2 on Paradise....in 5 years of work....yes that is a lot of breakdowns....the new chair on Grey has already been evac'd once....why yes our lifts suck ass that is why I ski tour.....
 
2014-03-10 08:44:17 PM

New Age Redneck: jst3p

Tell me more...

     Her formative skiing years were in Minnesota. You can learn and hone your skills on any slope with snow no matter where it is. Generally kids who grow up skiing on what amounts to sh*tty, icy conditions can go anywhere and ski. Not surprised when she showed promise as a racer they moved to Colorado.

   I live in Colorado and laugh at your ski hills.

People who makes comments such as this are usually the sh*ttiest skiers, having to belittle where others recreate is...well...pathetic. Consider yourself fortunate that your parents f*cked in a place that allowed you to frivolously waste time sliding down a slope, some are not so lucky, at least they are grateful.

/learned to ski in Saskatchewan, moved to the Kootenays, have made a living in the ski biz for 25 years, very fortunate


I get your point, but it's fark...
i1.ytimg.com

//I would tell my Bode story, but I fear I will summon Him.
 
2014-03-10 09:53:43 PM

duffblue: Marcus Aurelius: vudukungfu: Good thing it didn't happen on an actual mountain.

yes, I ski Vermont

I was warming up for Vermont this December in the Poconos when the power went out.  I was stuck on the damn lift for nearly an hour.

Where at? Camel back or Shawnee?


Bear Creek aka the old Doe Mountain.  My brother retired last year from a real job (teamster pension, the SOB) and got an instructor gig there, so I have free access to a marginal slope, but it's less than an hour's scream from my house
 
2014-03-10 10:28:44 PM

spunkymunky: oa330_man: As someone who's been stuck on a broken chair, I often wonder what it'd be like if I had to be evacuated from it.

If the chair was anything like the old Granite chair at Red Mountain in BC.  I think I'd rather just hang around till they get it fixed.

About ten years back I was in the process of doing a lift evac at night and I couldn't see that the rope saver was not positioned correctly and the rope ended up sliding under the duck bill of the chair when the guy was about 5' below the chair seat. Rope got stuck and it took us an hour plus to find a way to get him out of there. We ended up sending up another rope and him clip the evac seat to it.
Sucked sitting on belay for that long. Sucked even more for him sitting on that damn little seat that long.
Bumped in to him this season and he was really nice about it. Apparently he got a couple season's worth of passes out of it so he thought it was the best night ever.
Tomorrow makes day #76 on the snow for me this season and no evac yet. I'm ok with it.
/ If you think the mountans in New England are small, you should see what passes for one down here south of the Mason Dixon line.
//I love getting paid to ski and not having to stand in lift lines.


That kind of answers the question about how they get them down, lower them by rope. I was thinking ladders for some reason.
 
2014-03-10 10:43:40 PM

morg: That kind of answers the question about how they get them down


In the event of power failure, most lifts have a generator that a qualified operator can use to get you down.

Mechanical failures are the province of the marginal operator.
 
2014-03-10 10:53:21 PM

New Age Redneck: Saska


I grew up in Northern Idaho, some good resorts near by but was surprised at what a black diamond was once we crossed the border to BC.  The blacks we were used to felt like double blacks.
Great snow up there.

I miss Red Mountain.
 
2014-03-10 10:55:01 PM

morg: spunkymunky: oa330_man: As someone who's been stuck on a broken chair, I often wonder what it'd be like if I had to be evacuated from it.

If the chair was anything like the old Granite chair at Red Mountain in BC.  I think I'd rather just hang around till they get it fixed.

About ten years back I was in the process of doing a lift evac at night and I couldn't see that the rope saver was not positioned correctly and the rope ended up sliding under the duck bill of the chair when the guy was about 5' below the chair seat. Rope got stuck and it took us an hour plus to find a way to get him out of there. We ended up sending up another rope and him clip the evac seat to it.
Sucked sitting on belay for that long. Sucked even more for him sitting on that damn little seat that long.
Bumped in to him this season and he was really nice about it. Apparently he got a couple season's worth of passes out of it so he thought it was the best night ever.
Tomorrow makes day #76 on the snow for me this season and no evac yet. I'm ok with it.
/ If you think the mountans in New England are small, you should see what passes for one down here south of the Mason Dixon line.
//I love getting paid to ski and not having to stand in lift lines.

That kind of answers the question about how they get them down, lower them by rope. I was thinking ladders for some reason.


Yep, just a rope with a fancy seat and lowered to the ground.
Place I'll hopefully be at doing mtb work has a couple of cool zip rescue trolleys so we don't have to toss a line up.

Where I'm at now, we have back up generators on all the lifts but they don't always work and two of our Dopplemeyers have conveyer belts that cause hella problems and occasionally require the use of the actual ropes and seat.
Thankfully it's been 7 years since I've been working while we've done an evac other than training.
I worked 2-3 days a week the past 4 years with 5 a week this year and the couple before I had a real job till I couldn't handle being inside that long.
The back up generator for our oldest lift is a POS that I'm pretty sure maintenece wants to give the office space treatment to the damn thing.
/I did succesfully get a rookie to respond to the J bar this season for an evac.
//made my season right there.
///everyone take two steps to the right. Ok, we're done with the evac.
////I'm drunk and loving slashies!
 
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