YoungDaphthat is too damn cool. Bummer it got torn down
It's actually a good thing. It wasn't THAT sketchy, but the triple they're also replacing you seriously thanked 8 different gods everytime you made it to the top. It wasn't an if you're going to die but when. That shit was a death trap. Also chairs had fallen off the lifts before. Shit was too legit.
This was the one thing they needed to spend money on for the last 20 years. Thankfully after going bankrupt and being bought out, this was one of the first goals they had, and maybe 3 seasons after being back in business, both lifts are getting replaced by a triple from a larger mountain that they're splitting.
So they'll come out with 2 new lifts. Also I was a tiny bit full of shit on that article but it makes it sound a tad more interesting.
I learned at a ski area that was all Tbars originally so I have a soft spot in my heart for those.
Oak had 3 tbars, no other lifts. Indian lake ski area had 1 tbar, no other lifts. Went to gore occasionally(they had a jbar and a unch of other lifts) but couldnt afford it really.
When I worked at oak again for a couple seasons the park I had was on a tbar lappable trail. Was cool riding a tbar all day again. Nostalgia'd out a bit.
I def agree with this thread though. New lifts are awesome, they're more efficient, less likely to break down, parts are easier to acquire, they fit more people, but sometimes there's a magic to some of these old lifts that you just can't get anywhere else.
I guess it's a long the same lines with the base area and anything else at a mountain. The lodge might be old, and outdated, they might not have a big hotel with a pool, but sometimes that's what makes these places special. It's not always about being a 5 star resort, and sometimes that magical vibe of these mom and pop places is lost on the road to achieving that.
It's a tough one in my opinion. Places are struggling out there. Some of the places we grew up with are teetering on the edge or even gone for good already. It's hard to argue with an area wanting to modernize and bring in more capital, but in your heart there can be a selfish wish for things to stay the same. Maybe that's just life in general.
Idk. I love going to some of these places that have great skiing but till have that old school charm.
/deep thoughts while I eat my potatoes.