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Old Geezer

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  1. Blue Knob, Tussey Mt, Elk and Montage seem like the man men standing. The other players -- Sawmill, Spring Mt, Eagle Rock, Shawnee, Nemacolin/Mystic* -- seem too small to matter. *If I missed any it was not intentional.
  2. Is this video from Blue's opening day, did one of you make it, and who's who in the vid? Fess up! https://www.instagram.com/p/CV0wonbgH3p/
  3. Yee Hah, get your ski legs on! I always find my ski legs work much better at the bar afterwards than on the WROD the first day out. Kinda like a fish story. A fisherman catches a four inch minnow at his secret fishin' hole. The fisherman is packing it in for the day and he sees a fellow fisherman and tells his story but the four inch minnow is now an eight inch trout. By the time the fisherman is at the bar he caught a state record fish! My opening day ski story -- how was your first day out this season? -- has worked like that ... for the last 40 years.
  4. Old Geezer

    Guns are On..

    Windham and Hunter opening 26-Nov, Bellayre 27-Nov.
  5. Old Geezer

    Guns are On..

    To put Elk's snowmaking in some geographic perspective: North and East: Bellayre says snowmaking has begun, Plattekill no mention of snowmaking - they rely more on natural snow than other resorts, Wyndham webcams show snow making has started, and making nice progress. Hunter webcams show a nice start in progress, could easily open by the weekend. Northwest: Greek Peak: Webcams show snowmaking has begun. South: Montage shows snow making has started. East: Holiday Mt, NY (Not to to be confused with Holiday Valley NY) - no news on their website. Mt. Peter, NY - Webcam offline, says "closed for the season. We are grateful to our staff, ... and we can’t wait to see you all next season" They didn't get the memo it is next season! - These two NY resorts (hills) are more weekend/family focused and so will not be early starters in making snow. Summary: Montage to the south of Elk seems to have one or two days head start in making snow. Competing mountains to the North are about four or five days ahead. It's fascinating to watch how the start of a winter ski season moves north to south like it is right now. Could not do this 15 years ago because not every report had webcams.
  6. Old Geezer

    Guns are On..

    Webcams cleared now. That must have been the (traditional early season maintenance) effort to fire up the air compressors and blow the squirrels out of the snow guns! I glanced at the webcam pics other day and saw a nice blanket of snow. Mostly gone now.
  7. Old Geezer

    Guns are On..

    Do you think it's a coincidence or not the guns are turned on and the webcams become iced over so you (or Elk's competitors) can't see the snow making progress?
  8. Old Geezer

    Something New

    According to a source in the area the "dirt work" reported above is regrading and re-contouring the three steep and narrow trails on the SE side (skier's right). He says no word on condos or any habitable structures.
  9. Old Geezer

    Something New

    Building a 200 unit condo complex doing is not something that will fly under the radar of the local (municipal) and county planning and permitting processes. There's water, sewer, power, runoff specifications that have to be addressed. You get the permitting and legal things in order before you move any dirt or cut any trees down. On the other hand this is Susquehanna County and associated small municipalities with part time officals which likely do not have complicated permitting and approval processes like Scranton, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, etc. More that a few people will know if an actual 200 unit construction project is in the works, architects, builders, firms that do the permitting, the county office staff. If dirt and trees have already been moved then someone knows what's up, we just need to find out who, get them to 'fess up, and someone report back here!
  10. There are choices you can proactively make, - put the bar down or not. Old part-time ski patroller (and full time ER doc) I knew used to say the bar on a chairlift is like a seat belt in a car. - adjust your gear while on the chair or not. - Swing your legs so the chair bounces and sways. - Stick your poles out side the 'zone' so said poles catch on something, trees, etc, get caught on the tree and pull you out of the chair. Many choices.
  11. NWS says Lenoxville (about 4 miles away opposite direction from Union Dale) recorded 21 ins. Check out this NWS link while it's still good (until next weather event), some locations in the NWS forecast territory (Binghampton, NY) clocked in at 41, 42 and 43 ins. You don't see snow totals like this very often: https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=BGM&issuedby=BGM&product=PNS&format=TXT&version=1&glossary=0
  12. I'm hearing this latest "Limited-Time Mitigation Order" will force PA ski areas to stay closed until 04 Jan 2021. I hope not, but good advice is plan accordingly.
  13. The downside is weekend weather forecast shows temps in the mid to upper 40s with > 50 % chance of rain.
  14. The quarantining is supposed to work in both directions, if you travel to VT you are supposed to meet VT requirements for travel from another state. And when you travel back to PA from another state you are supposed to meet new requirements that start 20Nov: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx
  15. A head's up, there is officially a quarantine up here for anyone into the state: https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/travel-quarantine/visitors-vermont
  16. From a VT newspaper: When are Vermont's ski areas opening in 2020? A mountain-by-mountain roundup.
  17. Very nice, copy added for the record.
  18. Someone pointed out the message on Elk's website has changed slightly, no more mention of the governor, presentation and response. As if the Governor was sitting at his desk, reads through Elk's plan and said yes, this is ok open the lodge and spin those lifts! 20Sep2020:
  19. A very interesting insight posted on Elk's website in the last day or two, until they get a go ahead from state authorities -- on a reopening plan -- they do not know how skiing will work this season. I'm paraphrasing but the full posting is attached. I find this very interesting in comparison to other Eastern PA ski hills, JF/BB, Blue, etc, all of which would have us believe reopening is full steam ahead, in that they have make public no such insights on state-level approvals of reopening plans or other restrictions. Are we all assuming too much, normal reopenings are a given for 2020/2021 maybe with some social distancing in the mix?
  20. Old Geezer

    Elk Sold

    Elk has evidently decided it necessary to deny the rumor on a message on their main webpage.
  21. Old Geezer

    Elk Sold

    After rereading through this my intent was not to slam Rummy himself with the bs label. The rumor however .... This does sound like something that keeps the conversation and the drinks flowing at the local ski bar.
  22. Old Geezer

    Elk Sold

    Perhaps once in the past 15 years. So no not really.
  23. Old Geezer

    Elk Sold

    It's been almost two weeks and no mention of this anywhere other than here. If if were true we should at least expect to hear some of the parties to the transaction crowing about it, press releases to local news media, etc. In a small community like Susquehanna County property transactions like this simply will not stay secret. Back in the military days this was called an unsubstantiated rumor, or the more commonly used acronym BS.
  24. Old Geezer

    Elk Sold

    A detail on the bolded point, at one time, 10+ years ago, I knew Elk did not own some of land on which the eastern most trails sit, the natural snow trail is one (I forget the name). They leased that land, and I suspect still do today. There was some minor back and forth with the owning entity about leasing for gas drilling and Elk could have lost out on the deal (for the land woner gas leasing could have generated more income that leasing to Elk). That never came about and the gas well went in on two hilltops south of Elk's summit. A disclaimer, all this could have changed over the years, my memory is hazy and this was during the time when Marcellus gas drilling was at a peak.
  25. Old Geezer

    Elk Sold

    It does sound far fetched. Selling now for owners of a ski resort would be selling at the bottom of the market. For buyers, buying at the bottom sounds good at first thought but there's a huge unknown for the next one, two or three seasons as to how may skiers per day will be allowed. On the other hand, there is some untapped potential in the surrounding 'base area' (if you can even call it that) and maybe some investment entity sees potential. Adjacent to Elk's property on the north is a fairly large condominium complex which is in the unique situation of having all the property values driven way, way, way down. Did I mention a huge decrease in value? On top of the decrease in values I heard they were going to have a very large assessment per unit for something. Elk has been mostly successful in the courts over the years to make life hard for owners in that complex, and therefore has driven down property values. By a lot. That seemed to the the intended outcome all along. Local's believe it to be a case of orneriness and vindictiveness, mosty on Elk's part but also on the condo owners part. I heard some of the die hards on the condo/HOA board sold their properties in the recent past and the eagerness to engage in a fight has subsided on the condo assoc's part. And I also heard talk, this was two seasons ago and was third hand, of one of the farm fields adjacent to Elk's parking lot being sold for development. In a rural community like Susquehanna County where everyone knows everybody else's business a sale of Elk would be impossible to keep under wraps for a long time.
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