Thanks for everyones opinion, it is unfourtuate that your expetations have not been meet. I too had much higher hopes for the product on Spruce, belive me, it was never my or anyones intention to build a "sketchy" park. Most of the opinions that you expressed are things I have said even before we built anything, yes the pitch is wicked steep twice that of the N Slope park which, you know makes for a very difficult design/build on that terrain. It also takes much more time and requires the winch cat because the Park cat can not work let alone just climb up the landings or go down with out sliding. Another factor that you never thought about is Tyro was only 8 acres, Main st is 30 acres, so our resopnsibility has increased 3 times, park or not still takes added time to groom the extra terrain. I have asked for more resourses (that would be another cat and operator) but a $250,000 cat request needs to pass through the front office, I don't think I need to tell you how that goes over, at least for this season.
I can tell you what happens here every day for park maintenance, Park cerw starts the day opening the parks and moves on to hand work, that is when the Vol staff show up, for as many guys say they want to work, few actually follow through (hint, hint) my day starts at noon, hit the parks help the guys detail and make a list of features to work on. Trails close at 4pm, Patrol sweeps untill 5 ish and the clock starts 15 hours and counting, I'll cut the pipe takes 5 hrs, Sm Park takes 2-3 hrs that will get me to midnight and 2nd shift goes to work on N Slope Park 5-6 hrs and Main St we have about 2-3 hrs to groom, 1 cat 2 shifts, yes we are pushing the cat vs. park terrain ratio. I personally put in about 12 -14 hrs a day and 70-80 hrs a week, so no one is slacking just walking a fine line and yes this job is my life, if you don't enjoy the park, I don't sleep well, i'm serious! So go ahead and cut this message or me down, I know that me and the crew are doing everything we can with what we have.