Saturday, June 23, 2018

More Norway Stuff

The crew continues to be busy working on Norway. Only Towers 7 and 10 and the top and bottom terminals remain standing. I do understand that some people struggle with the Norway removal. I enjoyed riding it also. There comes a time when any lift needs to be removed. Now is Norway's time.

With The Beavers project we are adding a chairlift with 150% of the capacity of Norway and we are adding several hundred acres. As we saw with the upgrade of Lenawee in 2001 and the addition of Montezuma Bowl in 2007, the demand for Norway Lift goes down and down. By adding this significant expansion, we think there will be a strong migration of skiers away from Norway just as there was on other big projects. Also, keep in mind we will not be adding parking. With parking lots already full on busy weekends we won't really be much busier. We'll just have a whole more terrain and uphill lift capacity to take care of the same number of people.

Now, when the skiing is good in Lenawee Parks and on the East Wall, there will always be a demand for Lenawee Mountain Lift. Your question to me shouldn't be "Why aren't you replacing Norway?" The question should be "When are you going to upgrade Lenawee?"




15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Al, When are you going to upgrade Lenawee?

Anonymous said...

So.. When are you going to upgrade Lenawee?

Steve Davimos said...

I was always scared riding lifts with no safety bars. I loved the name Norway lift but no safety bar chairs, good riddance get rid of all of them or put safety bars on them.

Anonymous said...

So....when are you going to upgrade Lenawee?

Anonymous said...

Al, when are you going to upgrade the Lenawee lift?

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for next season. So... when are you going to upgrade Lenawee?

Anonymous said...

Well, when are you going to upgrade Lenawee? The bottom terminal is badly designed and the chairs sometimes hit your knees, and I feel that on peak days, Lenawee will be overcrowded, given the only way to get to Beavers is via Pali chair and a steep glade run or a long traverse. In my opinion, there ought to be a fixed 4 chair in there.

Luke Durkin said...

Thanks for point this out, I feel like I keep having to explain this to people.

Now, this Lenawee upgrade you speak of...this is the first I'm hearing of this. Is that the hypothetical plan after the completion of the current master plan? After the Pali and MH replacements that is?

Or is this an alteration/addition to the master plan? Perhaps a result of the tax cuts freeing up more capital for ski area improvements? It seems like there have been a lot of upgrades at other ski areas that haven't been in the master plan.

Anonymous said...

OK, so when are you going to upgrade Lenawee? Any chance of putting the midstation back and trying to stay open longer again?

Rock Seshwell said...

Well, I'll ask: When do we get one of those 6-pack detachable lifts with the moving carpet loading, like they have at Breck, to replace the current Lenawee lift.

Wind bubble? Heated seats? Beer tap? Anyone?

Not that I mind, I like my A Basin just the way it has been. Almost got teary-eyed riding Norway for the last time this last season. Glad my kids got to ride it.

Anonymous said...

When are you going to upgrade Lenawee?

Brian Miller said...

The current Lenawee lift would look Good in Pallavicinni's line as its replacement and a 6 pack would look Good in Lenawee's line. Maybe a 6 would be more wind resistant.

Unknown said...

Ahhhh...I think I know where this is going. Moving Lenawee to the Beavers as the FGQ in the plan there and then replacing Lenawee with a HSQ?

Anonymous said...

I think a 6-chair would probably be too much capacity for the terrain acreage. I think I recall seeing that the two main factors driving Zuma and Beavers to by fixed grip rather than high-speed were cost and the Sierra Club though I could be confusing that with another ski area. I assume those two factors will dominate a Lenawee upgrade. But if the parking lot isn't expanded and the ski area boundary isn't expanded it's hard to see the Sierra Club putting up a good fight like they did/are at Eldora and Wolf Creek. I'm tempted to draw comparisons the Eldora but they are owned by am much larger company (I think, I'm not sure about A-Basin's ownership) and they replaced 2 chairs with 1 HS6.

RaflW said...

The Lenawee triple could be repurposed to be a second lift in Montezuma. A side lift with a bottom terminal beside Larkspur to take skiers up to Zuma Cornice (between Schaullfer and Durance?) to give folks a route to lift out from Zuma Bowl to the Beavers without having to go back to the frontside, and for EX skiers/riders access to the steeps back into Zuma Bowl.
Probably not gonna happen, but interesting to ponder...