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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    If you ever saw The Canyons before it was The Canyons, you would think that was a stupid venture, too. But, some slick people became rich on the idea.
    You mean Park West? You lost me on this one Benny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    If you ever saw The Canyons before it was The Canyons, you would think that was a stupid venture, too. But, some slick people became rich on the idea.
    I did, I was living out there over 20 years ago. I also skied snowbasin when it was rickety double chairs and a grain silo cut in half lengthwise, flipped on it's side and declared a base lodge (New Magic Mtn take note). Lowest snowfall of tri canyons area? Duh, the Native American's from the area didn't call (what is now known as Park city), hole in the sky for nothing....

    If you want stupid, check out what somebody wants to build around Tupper Lake in the ADK. That idea has been alive for over a dozen years. Where there's hope, there's a hustler.
    There's a hustler on every corner. Nothing new. Buy it or don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawjack View Post
    You mean Park West? You lost me on this one Benny.
    Park west, Wolf mountain, Canyons, whatevs

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawjack View Post
    You mean Park West? You lost me on this one Benny.
    Yes, Park West. Add 150 million dollars, and, you have The Canyons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Yes, Park West. Add 150 million dollars, and, you have The Canyons.
    How much did you have to pay to get local status there?

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    The newspaper was free, fuckface. I was a tourist, like everyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW_SKIER View Post
    How much did you have to pay to get local status there?
    sig worthy

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    Well, I was at Snowbasin pre Olympics. That was an A frame dude. Nice try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Well, I was at Snowbasin pre Olympics. That was an A frame dude. Nice try.
    I was being a bit dramatic. As you know, the place was quite raw. There was one or two other "admin" buildings that resembled silo's laying down, no?

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    Place was fine. Three of the best powder days in my life, after all this time. Chairs worked fine. Lodge was warm, food ok, great view of the mountain. But, most important, I walked up to the lift on the third morning of a storm just letting up, a Thursday, and, I swear, there were seven people standing there. The road was clear, I drove it. It was amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Place was fine. Three of the best powder days in my life, after all this time. Chairs worked fine. Lodge was warm, food ok, great view of the mountain. But, most important, I walked up to the lift on the third morning of a storm just letting up, a Thursday, and, I swear, there were seven people standing there. The road was clear, I drove it. It was amazing.
    Ah yes I too have fond memories of lapping untracked pow up off of far lookers left. All day. Solitude was ridiculously uncrowded on pow days too. Weekend mornings and there would be literally no one waiting for 1st chair some days. Back when skis were long and skinny and pow was reserved for those that could actually ski pow. Fat skis sure did ruin all that. Ah well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    If you ever saw The Canyons before it was The Canyons, you would think that was a stupid venture, too. But, some slick people became rich on the idea.

    If you want stupid, check out what somebody wants to build around Tupper Lake in the ADK. That idea has been alive for over a dozen years. Where there's hope, there's a hustler.

    I was glad when Les bought the bush back in 95. Thinking back to the previous years brings back "fond" memories of long lift lines at South. Veterans will remember when the North Lynx lift was the Sugar Bravo chair, if not , ponder this while crawling your way on this dead slow triple.
    The derrick tower Gate House double was awesome for close to an hour liftline on weekends for a 3-4 ski down. 15% snowmaking at South also made for some thin skiing.
    As to the jobs, sure there are housekeeping and pizza cook openings but also plenty of better paying jobs for those with education and drive.
    This guy started at the bush bottom and worked his way to the top. I have watched a number of others climb the ladder over the years. Have also seen some stagnate and go backwards snapping photos of kids or leaves.

    edit, I know the mouth breathers on AZ love to bitch about Les and deferred maintenance when Win took over. It was nothing compared to the lack of ongoing maintenance that Les came into after the Cleneil era. Most of those clowns had never even skied the bush back then.

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    71` muggy as fuck with a light breeze bob 3/16" of rain yesterday, all we have received the last week+

    Out riding up the mountain yesterday and came across some bizzare, A road hunter searching for bear at the top of Gatehouse. As a fat fuck, he was as surprised to see me as I was to see him.

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    Nice bit of memory lane. Can Les work that magic with Balsams? Hustle or no, he would be the guy for making it start.
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    Went running yesterday down here. 93deg, humid as fuck. Not smart.

    Can't wait for Fall. Fuck this shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vt-Freeheel View Post
    I was glad when Les bought the bush back in 95.

    I want that common lift ticket back. That was awesome for a few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vt-Freeheel View Post
    This guy started at the bush bottom and worked his way to the top. I have watched a number of others climb the ladder over the years. Have also seen some stagnate and go backwards snapping photos of kids or leaves.

    edit, I know the mouth breathers on AZ love to bitch about Les and deferred maintenance when Win took over. It was nothing compared to the lack of ongoing maintenance that Les came into after the Cleneil era. Most of those clowns had never even skied the bush back then.

    The awesome old Poma from yesterday afternoons ride
    Dude, what the American people want, no, NEED is top-paying jobs for people for people with little drive for anything other than pedaling and shralping pow because that is their birthwhite.

    Anyway, Claneil was awesome. Sure the lines for the Gatehouse and Castlerock were an hour but no one bothered to ride the Poma and even fewer people ventured into the woods for days after a storm. The ASC era was interesting looking back. I have more appreciation now for the diesel compressors and faster lifts, plus the fact that he dropped that stuff off like Santa Claus and was then chased out of town as a thank you by the pitchfork wielding villagers. Maybe the slide brook chair was an unnecessary cave-in, black bears seem to have come back just fine all over the northeast and it's not like he put up a egotistic monstrosity at the base of the hill that blocks the view of the mountain.

    The reds are poking out a bit on the canopies and the forecast is looking good on the 14 day if you like sun and upper 60's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny Profane View Post
    Yes, Park West. Add 150 million dollars, and, you have The Canyons.
    I'm not seeing the correlation between Park West and the Balsams...at all.

    Park West was a half hour from a major city with an international airport and right next to major established resort. And it actually snows there...a lot.

    Balsams is in the middle of nowhere with no vertical. As he has been quoted though, he's looking to capitalize on the 3 other seasons. That may in fact work in due time as the EC becomes more and more populated. Then again...maybe not.

    So yeah, Park West was a wise investment...obviously. Look at it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawjack View Post
    Balsams is in the middle of nowhere with no vertical.
    Sounds like Sunday River to me except it does actually snow at the Balsams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawjack View Post
    I'm not seeing the correlation between Park West and the Balsams...at all.

    Park West was a half hour from a major city with an international airport and right next to major established resort. And it actually snows there...a lot.

    Balsams is in the middle of nowhere with no vertical. As he has been quoted though, he's looking to capitalize on the 3 other seasons. That may in fact work in due time as the EC becomes more and more populated. Then again...maybe not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post
    Sounds like Sunday River to me except it does actually snow at the Balsams.
    Astute observations all over the place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steamboat1 View Post
    Sounds like Sunday River to me except it does actually snow at the Balsams.
    ? There's well over 1/2 million people in the greater Portland area and Bethel is not that far away. Then add the whole 95 corridor all the way to Boston....so many have condos at that hill. Maybe Les is banking on good pecentage of Sherbrooke residents heading down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawjack View Post
    ? There's well over 1/2 million people in the greater Portland area and Bethel is not that far away. Then add the whole 95 corridor all the way to Boston....so many have condos at that hill. Maybe Les is banking on good pecentage of Sherbrooke residents heading down.
    Tough sell to Canadians with a shitty exchange rate. Sugarloaf is also a just a few minutes farther away from up north, and Burke would be a few minutes closer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ml242 View Post
    Burke would be a few minutes closer.
    And a MUCH easier drive as it would be virtually all interstate from Sherbrooke. Of course Burke is never going to be able to be built out on a scale proposed for the Balsams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by strawjack View Post
    ? There's well over 1/2 million people in the greater Portland area and Bethel is not that far away. Then add the whole 95 corridor all the way to Boston....so many have condos at that hill. Maybe Les is banking on good pecentage of Sherbrooke residents heading down.

    You have me feeling like I'm living in a metropolis.

    They sure have done a lot of road improvements between Grey and Bethel to make the ride faster. Now there is the Casino to drive by watching the folks spill out of in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by From_the_NEK View Post
    And a MUCH easier drive as it would be virtually all interstate from Sherbrooke. Of course Burke is never going to be able to be built out on a scale proposed for the Balsams.
    It could be a 5 min drive and they still wouldn't ski Burke. Because it's Burke. The Academy is the only real reason that place continues to stay open.

    Balsams does get the snow. The Balsams gets snow that no other resort gets due to the large resort and lodge that runs on steam. The steam causes it's own micro climate up in the notch that delivers a couple/few inches here and there consistently to keep conditions super sweet.
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