Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pali

A couple of days ago I skied the Cornice Run to The West Wall saddle and climbed up to the top of Pallavicini Lift. The area looks pretty good.  The West Wall, Powderkeg and Grizzly Road have quite a bit of snow. Much of Grizzly Road is groomed. Slalom Slope could still use a bit. We do not have a fixed opening date for the lift. We will watch and manage the snow from each storm.  I suspect it might not be too long until we get her open.


14 comments:

Dave said...

Far out, Al. Rumblings of Pali opening have me officially stoked for the season!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Al, I know that Norway is due to come down sooner or later, but would there ever be a possibility of extending BMX, taking it to essentially the same place as the top of Norway, and making its current top station a midway unloading point? I'm assuming this would be a huge undertaking, but wouldn't it appeal to your consumers to be able to make top to bottom laps off of one high-speed lift?

Dave said...

anon, I have wondered this exact thing since they put in BMX. Seems like a no-brainer, but undoubtedly lots of cash.

Anonymous said...

I think I heard that because wind conditions at the summit could force the closure of a detachable lift, they didn't make it go all the way?

Anonymous said...

Al, are there plans to upgrade any of the fixed grip chairlifts to high-speed lifts?

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Half moon and the glades were open yesterday after 2 pm. It was fun but didn't last much. It was rutted in a flash

Anonymous said...

I would love Norway to stay.

I prefer that side of the top of the mountain, and hate the traverse down to Lenewee.

When the Beavers opens, there will be a lot of usage on Lenewee if that is the only life from the mid-mountain.

Anonymous said...

i agree with previous comment -- i love Norway lift and hope it can stay around for awhile. The flat traverse to lenawee is a waste of time. Norway can also be warmer and less wind than Lenawee. And there's just something nostalgic about an old, slow, double chair that can't be replicated with any modern lift. Keep Norway around as long as possible!

Anonymous said...

That's what pali is for

Anonymous said...

Hey Al,
My birthday is coming up on dec 1 if you want to open up Pali, or the bar.
Just sayin.
BWY

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

I love the lift comments. Working on lift plans and designs is one of the favorite parts of my job. Our proposed 10 Year lift plans right now include adding the Beavers Lift, removing Norway, adding a short surface lift to Zuma Bowl, and replacing Molly Hogan and Pali with lifts in a similar alignment and capacity. The Norway issue is a tricky one. I know that several people really love that lift. It is 35 years old now. Eventually it will have to go. The tough question is "do we replace it?" When we built the new Lenawee Lift, Norway usage went way down. When we added Zuma, Norway usage went down even further. If we build the Beavers Lift, we think usage will drop even further to the point that Upper Mountain lift capacity needs can be handled by Lenawee. Also Norway serves about half the terrain that Lenawee does. So...not an easy question. When old Norway goes, do we spend a couple million bucks for a lift that isn't really needed for capacity and terrain management? I do love riding Norway, particularly on a sunny spring day. Pali is an old fixed grip double chair. When its replacement time comes, our plan is to replace it with a new fixed grip double chair.

Anonymous said...

Al is so wise

Chris W. said...

I personally would like to see Pali replaced with a fixed-grip triple. My uneducated guess is that it wouldn't be too terribly much more expensive than a double, yet it would be really nice to have a singles line going on busy days.

I think a high-speed quad in that spot would be going a bit too far, but it serves a wide enough area of terrain that a modest increase in capacity wouldn't overwhelm it.

Anonymous said...

I disagree. I would like to keep pali a double. It's a really cool old school lift that as it stands is one of the best lifts in America