Northern Rockies/Alberta Big Sky 2018-19

Discussion in 'General Resort Discussion' started by skidrew, May 10, 2018.

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  1. Black Dog

    Black Dog Its all downhill from here.. Skier

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    BTW how is the new lift running? Been reading about all the woes with the Copper lifts and wondering if things are better with Ramcharger.
     
  2. Talisman

    Talisman Getting off the lift Team Gathermeister

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    Ramcharger stops a lot, IMHO. Not sure if the cause is slier/boarder user error or mechanical issues. The lift mechanics reduced the chair loading to 50 chairs from 64 to see if that would help. More pedestrians are using the new lift during the day to access Everett's which also slows/stops the lift.
     
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    skidrew Putting on skis Skier

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    Sled is still there! Tree is growing so a bit better hidden perhaps.
     
  4. Talisman

    Talisman Getting off the lift Team Gathermeister

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    Glad the memento of the old avalanche is still there. With the faster ride on Sheddy, I need to stop studying Vuarnet Cliffs, Dictator Chutes and Lenin and pay attention to the trees.
     
  5. milkman

    milkman Putting on skis Skier

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    I’m sure there is some learning curve for both the staff and the guests with Ramchrger 8. I have not experienced any mechanical issues in the past three days. I think Boyne mgt is right that this will be the industry standard in 5 years. It’s almost as different from the typical high speed quad as a high speed quad was from a good fixed grip chair 30-40 years ago. On and off is sooo easy. Beginners love it. I don’t know where a gondola fits into the mix when this style lift is so user friendly
     


  6. dbostedo

    dbostedo Asst. Gathermeister-- Jackson Hole 2020 Moderator Team Gathermeister

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    Is it any easier on and off than any other conveyor chair? Maybe because the seats are more widely spaced/individual?
     
  7. BS Slarver

    BS Slarver Formally known as Catskill Carver Skier

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    New seats are definitely individual, same as powder seeker. If you straddle the divider it can be an interesting ride to say the least :eek:

    My two rides today both had stops so either user errors or perhaps a bug or two to work out.
    Snow quality today was great, left side of the mountain offered soft untracked
     
  8. milkman

    milkman Putting on skis Skier

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    I have limited experience with conveyor loading and no experience with conveyor unloading. Maybe all detachables with conveyors are equally friendly. I hope they are.
     
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    There isn't conveyor unloading... just the usual stand up and slide away. Hopefully not followed by a pile of 8 people tangled up on the ground.
     
  10. Black Dog

    Black Dog Its all downhill from here.. Skier

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    I am heading there this weekend. I have heard not so great conditions?
     
  11. Talisman

    Talisman Getting off the lift Team Gathermeister

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    We need snow after the holiday crowds worked over most of the mountain. The last few systems didn't bring much more than a dusting. If hard bumps with grass and stumps in some troughs or fast groomers with gravel spots are your preference, conditions are awesome. Some of the lines requiring a long traverse or uphill travel are holding a few soft turns.
     
  12. Black Dog

    Black Dog Its all downhill from here.. Skier

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    Thanks. Same story at Bridger also?
     
  13. Talisman

    Talisman Getting off the lift Team Gathermeister

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    I don't have recent first hand knowledge regarding Bridger conditions. There aren't many people around BS, so when you do find a fluffy line it can be repeated without much sharing.
     
  14. SnowbirdDevotee

    SnowbirdDevotee Booting up Skier

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    Is it "bad" out there? I've never been to BS and am traveling/skiing alone Sat/Sun. I thought I had to go this weekend to make it fit but plans have changed. I could change flights to two weeks or even Feb 9/10th. I don't need premo conditions to explore the mtn but would not appreciate rock hard moguls and possible melt/freeze conditions this weekend. I know it's better to wait, but like I said, I'd be fine with ok conditions with most of the mtn open.
     
  15. Talisman

    Talisman Getting off the lift Team Gathermeister

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    Conditions aren't "primo", but Sat & Sun are supposed to be sunny and warm (for MT). You should get soft "spring bumps" on south facing runs off of Sheddy and Dakota. The high Alpine may not soften, but if something high does Liberty Bowl is fun with sun softened bumps once you get through the rocks on the traverse. Don't bring your best skis and you will have fun.
     
  16. Black Dog

    Black Dog Its all downhill from here.. Skier

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    Any recommendations for overnight tuning in Bozeman or BS?
     
  17. BS Slarver

    BS Slarver Formally known as Catskill Carver Skier

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    Hand tune - lone mtn sports. Independent and our favorite shop

    Automated - The brand new wintersteger at the mtn shop, base of the mountain village.
    You might want to wait till your done skiing as the low tide is taking its toll on PTex
    Even in good snow years it’s a rocky place - it’s the price of battle here at BS
     
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    skidrew Putting on skis Skier

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    What's up with Six Shooter? I just got an alert on my phone that it's closed indefinitely (app must think I'm still at BS).
     
  19. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Working on my technique all the time Skier

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    So are the current BS conditions typical for early January, below-average or "where's the @!%&[email protected]$# snow?!
     
  20. Talisman

    Talisman Getting off the lift Team Gathermeister

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    Six shooter was down for a few days last week due to "electrical issues", not sure about the reason it is down today. When the weather gets warm the six seems to have issues.
     
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