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Old 04-08-2013, 07:58 AM   #3761 (permalink)
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Same here. I knew how to ride it the second time around. You just give yourself a very slight push into the carpet and that's it. I now prefer the carpet over skating into position. I fall at least 3 times a season while skating into position for the lift. It's so easy to lose footing especially if the lifties are too lazy to maintain the runway which is usually the case.
I guess overall they might help people but from what I saw a lot of people were thrown off by it and they had to slow it down. I couldn't push onto it because my board would go faster than the carpet and have to skate backwards to make sure I was in place for the chair. Maybe I am just old and resistant to change I just prefer pushing once and ride up to the line...I could see more use for those carpets at the top of the lift.

Dave, were those landing areas sticky? They looked darker than the rest of the hill, like the snow was melting more there. Sucks hitting those spots when you are just riding. Sometimes the worst falls are the ones that don't even look that bad.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #3762 (permalink)
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Dave, were those landing areas sticky? They looked darker than the rest of the hill, like the snow was melting more there. Sucks hitting those spots when you are just riding. Sometimes the worst falls are the ones that don't even look that bad.
they weren't bad but they were definitely wet when I fell on that one, soaked my whole back
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:48 AM   #3763 (permalink)
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I was just talking to a guy at my work who is a ski nut and always happens to know everyone and everything going on...I'm sure you know the type. I mentioned the carpet on the loki lift and he told me they decided to not put one on the new buck lift because of complaints, it's too expensive, and too problematic. Checked their press release and they confirm it...."The existing Buck Chairlift, installed in 1978, will be replaced with a new Skytrac Quad Lift, similar to the Loki Quad Lift installed in 2011, but without a loading conveyor."
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Here's a quick vid from Pine Knob on 3/29

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I mentioned the carpet on the loki lift and he told me they decided to not put one on the new buck lift because of complaints, it's too expensive, and too problematic.[/COLOR]
I'm actually not that surprised by this, considering on two separate occasions while I was there this year they had visible problems with the Loki lift. One of the times, my wife and I were on it and they had to shut it down for 10 minutes. After we finally got unloaded, they shut the whole lift down for the rest of the night.

Then when I was there the a week and a half ago (3/19), they shut it down again for almost an hour due to complications.

Now, I don't know if this has anything necessarily to do with the carpet, but it was the only lift that I personally experienced problems on and I'd previously never been stuck on a chairlift for an extended period of time in maybe 20 trips to Crystal the last couple of years.
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Here's a quick vid from Pine Knob on 3/29
Weird seeing all that bare ground around the terrain park. Cool vid though.

Boyne Mountain is claiming that they'll be open this weekend yet, but are closed through the midweek period now. Highlands and Crystal are done.
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Here's a quick vid from Pine Knob on 3/29
Nice vid, my only suggestion would be to try some tail grabs I seem to always do a method for some reason.
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Nice vid, my only suggestion would be to try some tail grabs I seem to always do a method for some reason.
I think the tail grab is the only grab I did in this video (e.g., 1m22s) except for a tindy coming off the yellow rail. Joe in the orange pants was grabbing stalefish all day.

I made about 5 attempts to grab crail and just couldn't effin' reach it. I felt fine & balanced in the air on all the attempts, just couldn't get the grab, by about 6-8" probably. Flexibility usually isn't a problem for me but that's a weird grab and although I can "reach" it if I'm just standing on my board, the combination of moving, jumping, trying to bring the board up and reach over/across to grab crail I just couldn't put it together.
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What a season. Cab pointed out the fact that they've been open for 6 consecutive months, their longest season ever.
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What a season. Cab pointed out the fact that they've been open for 6 consecutive months, their longest season ever.
Yeah it really started out as a turd but finished strong. Good for the resorts, for sure, to be able to make up in March what they didn't get in December.
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