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Highest "lift access point" in Vermont

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Posted: Mar 10, 2006 - 8:27 PM GMT

heard a radio ad yesterday where a resort claimed to have this? which resort and lift ?


again this is exactly how it was "worded": Highest "lift access point" in Vermont

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Posted: Mar 10, 2006 - 9:06 PM GMT

Sugarbush? Summit Quad on Mt Ellen.

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Posted: Mar 10, 2006 - 9:20 PM GMT

it was a Sugarbush ad- has to be that lift right? Yeah!!- Ive ridden the lift with the highest access point in VT!!

How about all of New England? Same lift.... I dont know, do you?

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Posted: Mar 10, 2006 - 9:59 PM GMT

I think Killington will call them out on that one - The Glades triple (they call it something else now?) starts at at least 3400' while Mt. Ellen's summit lift looks like 3040'. But you've skied that too, haven't you Atomic68?
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Posted: Mar 10, 2006 - 9:59 PM GMT

The Loaf?
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Posted: Mar 10, 2006 - 10:03 PM GMT

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... - The Glades triple (they call it something else now?) ...


They call it the "North Ridge" since the 2004-5 season. There weren't any glades in the "glades" when I started skiing there in the 66-7 season. But after 35+ years, you'd think they'd leave well-enough alone. Isn't there any value to tradition and history?


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Posted: Mar 10, 2006 - 10:08 PM GMT

yes-yes I have- im a hero in my own mind thats for sure

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Posted: Mar 10, 2006 - 10:23 PM GMT

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The Loaf?

wrong state. i thought kmart had the highest lift access point with the k1 gondi?

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Posted: Mar 11, 2006 - 12:35 AM GMT

Depends on what they mean by "highest access point..." when you get off or on? If it is off, then Sugarbush's Summit Quad is the literal winnter I believe because the K-Gondola DOES NOT unload at the summit of Killington...short of the summit in fact. But the question is what the elevation of the summit station is in comparison to the SB quad (which unloads at 4083 or so I believe).
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Posted: Mar 11, 2006 - 1:25 AM GMT
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the sugurbush ads angle- and i love it- is "where you get on it" ,,,,is the access point-although now under debate whether the title holder is k or s-bush---- but im certain thats what they meant----- the other end would be killingtons claim to fame- highest lift served terrain ( the "exit point" of the k1- )

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Posted: Mar 11, 2006 - 2:56 AM GMT

snowdon poma?
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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 5:30 PM GMT

Highest lift in VT is definitely either the SBN Summit Quad or the K-1. Judging by the topo, it looks like the K-1 tops out at just a hair below 4200' whereas Mt. Ellen gets you to 4135' or so. Not sure how SB can make that claim. Summit lift has neither the highest base (Glades triple trumps it) nor the highest off-loading point.

For all of New England, the title surely goes to the Timberline Quad at the Loaf. For all of the East, it's either Sugar Mtn or Snowshoe I think.
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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 7:14 PM GMT

In the spring, highest loading point can be important because it's apt to be useable after loading points farther down the mountain have gone bare. I haven't been at Killington in ages, but I remember that in late season, the bottom loading point on the chair (and I say the chair because Killington had only one chair and three poma surface lifts during the time I'm talking about) had no snow. You skied from the top of Cascades to a mid-loading point. So you skied just the top part of Cascades because that's where the snow was. Trying to make 215cm Head Vectors turn in the humongous late-season bumps on that trail was a workout. You loaded at the half-way point to go to the base at the end of the day. I suppose that so much has changed at Killington over the years that only a few old-timers will know what I'm talking about.
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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 7:19 PM GMT

I don't know, but maybe SB means highest "chairlift" vs. highest "gondola." Just a thought.
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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 8:10 PM GMT

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I suppose that so much has changed at Killington over the years that only a few old-timers will know what I'm talking about.


OMG I'm an "old-timer"!!! When the hell did that happen???

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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 8:18 PM GMT

jaytrem, it sneaks up on you when you're not looking. Look at it this way. You're mature and should get respect for your wisdom and experience. Let me know when that happens. It hasn't happened to me yet.
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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 9:24 PM GMT

Heck I'm only 24 and I remember taking the Peak chair up and skiing down upper Cascade and loading at the midstation. They only loaded every other chair at the bottom to facilitate this. Then they tried skiing the Canyon area and riding in trucks to the bottom. Today's early skiing on the K1/Glades is the best version I think... but just opinion.
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Posted: Mar 14, 2006 - 10:53 PM GMT

I've been confused by this thread but I think I've finally figured it out (or if I haven't, perhaps a new thread should be opened for this question.)

I think what is being asked is, "What is the highest elevation at which you can board a lift to go up a mountain?"

I don't know the answer but I think the viable candidates are as follows:
North Ridge (Glades Triple) at Killington.
The quad that goes up Binderhof at Sugarloaf
The lift on the North of Sugarbush south that goes up "Morning Star"

If you count mid-stations at which one can load, the single at MRG is pretty high on the hill and the old mid-station on the Killington chair that probably started around 3600 feet.

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Posted: Mar 15, 2006 - 3:07 PM GMT

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The quad that goes up Binderhof at Sugarloaf
The lift on the North of Sugarbush south that goes up "Morning Star"

I get that the Timberline quad at Sugarloaf goes from 3200 up to 4180 and the North Lynx triple at Sugarbush goes from only 2450 up to 3300. I think the Heaven's Gate triple at Sugarbush goes from about 2600 to 3980.

Never rode any of those.
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Posted: Mar 15, 2006 - 4:02 PM GMT

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I get that the Timberline quad at Sugarloaf goes from 3200 up to 4180 and the North Lynx triple at Sugarbush goes from only 2450 up to 3300. I think the Heaven's Gate triple at Sugarbush goes from about 2600 to 3980.


With mapnut's input:

The new viable candidates are:
North Ridge (Glades Triple) at Killington.

or the mid-stations at which one can load.
The single at MRG
The old mid-station on the now-defunct-Killington chair

You got the data on these?


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