Posted: Jun 17, 2012 - 1:57 PM GMT
Edited: Jun 17, 2012 - 1:57 PM GMT
I know its not King Ridge
Was driving north on Route 114 toward New London yesterday and just north of the interstate underpass I caught a glimpse of a newish looking surface lift on the west side of the road.
I should have stopped but I didn't.
Private tow? Colby-Sawyer affiliated? Have we discussed this before here?
It is a private Hall T-Bar built five or six years ago. I believe it came from New York and was about 50 years old at the time. The owner installed it and built the one or two slopes it services for his family. He posts on Skilifts.org as "Ski89", mostly in the Industry section though. The last I heard he was asking for advice for a snowmaking system.
Google Maps shows the area in Spring with piles of snow on the ground, including what looks like a large jump, and ribbons of snow through the woods. I think he started out grooming or preserving the natural snow fall with a snowmobile. I think he's upgraded to something bigger because there is now a garage like building on the property.
If I remember right he asked about making snow and what was involved with the process at some point while he was building the T-Bar. I'm not sure if he ever got it going or not, but I might be able to contact him for a tour of the place one of these weekends.
__________ Fall Linen. Imaginary line following the most direct path down a slope that skiers continuously traverse on a run, often stopping at other invisible slope features along the way like the Tumble Lane, the Stagger Path and the Topple Zone.
Posted: Jun 18, 2012 - 12:53 PM GMT
Edited: Jun 18, 2012 - 12:54 PM GMT
Yes it is privately owned. I've known the brother of the owner for some time as we used to ski at Sunapee together and our kids went through the Race Program together. IIRC the poma lift came from Okemo, and is powered by a diesel engine. Sometimes at night, if there is fresh snow, they will put snow mobiles on the side of the trail for night skiing.
There's no waiting for friends on a powder day.