Perfect day at Cannon....Almost. 3-18
Conditions today at Cannon could not have been any better today. Blue bird, zero wind and primo snow. Crowds were out but it never seemed too crowded as the longest line we waited in was probably 5 minutes at Peabody around 10:30. Pretty much everything was in play as we worked the mountain from the Tram to Mittersill and back. Firm in the morning and softened nicely in the afternoon. Perfect day... Almost.
Around 2:00 we hopped on Peabody for what was to be our last run of the day when about 3/4 of the way up the lift abruptly stopped. A couple minutes, 5, 10 , 20 30, 40 mins. Word spread down the line that there was a major power outage in the region. Ski patrol skied under each chair letting us know that the generators would turn on but could only run each lift at a time on auxiliary power. After about 5 more minutes the chair started back up but at an unreal speed- Alarmingly fast. No sooner when we unloaded it stopped again, I believe to allow another lift to run. Once we made it down to the tram base (where we started the day) staff was on hand offering 1/2 off vouchers for our next visit good through 2017-18. I certainly didn't expect that at all! Great customer service in what really wasn't an awful ordeal (for us). Sitting on a lift on what was to be our last run after an amazing day of family skiing, in brilliant sunshine? Could have been worse. In my 40+ years of skiing I've never been involved in a massive power outage while on a lift. I guess I can now check that off the list.
Anyone else up in the region today? I heard that Bretton Woods lost power as well.