Monday, February 23, 2015

Elephant's Trunk

Well, we didn't quite get as much snow as some of the other guys did, but the skiing is still excellent. Our total with this storm is 8" with another wave coming in Wednesday and Thursday. Elephant's Trunk opened up and, as the pictures show, it was in fine shape



9 comments:

jeremiah causey said...

Just a curiosity question, but why wasn't Zuma made to go further down the mountain? Its looks like another 1,000 foot of vertical down there.

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Good question. There is some good terrain down below, especially on the Lightning Trees side. We didn't think it would be suitable to run the lift down there for a few reasons, 1) we didn't find a good lift terminal site down there, 2) the narrow V-shaped gully would not be good for skier traffic, and 3) the lower you go, the less the snow. Great question and figuring out where to put the lift was the biggest and toughest design challenge in Zuma.

Anonymous said...

Is that picture above or below the traverse?

Scott said...

Al, would you guys ever consider adding a second lift or maybe T-Bar to serve that terrain in the future??

mtngoat said...

Hike back terrain is a pleasure, very happy where the lift wound up. A light backpack to throw your skins in and you can have it nearly to yourself all day.

Mike Repyak said...

Alan, Elephants Trunk looks great. And if there was a like button on your comment, I'd click it. Sure was fun figuring out where Zuma was meant to land!

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

We did consider a lower lift in the design phase, but dismissed it for the reasons mentioned above plus a couple of others. There is no power down there so it would be a big power line installation or the lift would be diesel powered ( not a great option ). Lastly, a little bit of hiking terrain is fun.

Good to hear from you Mike. Hope the WI winter has been good.

Stephane said...

Elephant trunk was nice yesterday , I was pleasantly surprised that it not so (relatively) deep and untracked - now I know why.
Incidentally when I ran it - I saw a few guys taking pictures - I guess I almost made it to the blog ;-)
I also did the hike up portion for the first time - could not resist when I saw the untracked powder below the rope

Anonymous said...

thank you lord for hike back terrain and the lightnings!