One of the scariest lines in the story: “Some experts fear that failures will become more common as the country’s ski infrastructure continues to age.” One of the most reassuring lines is a quote from David Byrd, director of risk management for the National Ski Areas Association: “The analogy we like to use is that they are like an old car: if they are maintained, and you have parts that are replaced, they can run for decades.” A BLOG ABOUT CHAIRLIFTS: One detail within the Outdoors story is that there’s a blog dedicated to chairlifts called LiftBlog, and it’s pretty impressive
- I really like small ski areas. They are so essential, whether for convenience, development of the sport, or just as places for a quick getaway. So it really irks me when big-mountain snobs scoff at the idea of spending time at small hills.
- THE ART OF SKIING: Really enjoyed this short video profile on artist Rachel Pohl by Montana TV and shared on Teton Gravity Research’s website. Pohl’s paintings are inspired by her skiing adventures, especially in Montana.
- There are so many places I’ve skied countless times for one reason or another, such as (Sunapee and Wachusett), good driving distance for a day trip (Berkshire East and Waterville), value (Butternut, Ragged, and Pat’s), or even knowing someone with a home near a certain mountain (Loon, Pico, Okemo).
“I’ve been trying to hit someplace new every year with the goal of visiting every New England ski area with at least 1,000 feet of vertical drop.”