In Search Of Eastern Skiing: If I owned Stowe
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In response to my public
Grump, grump, grump. Now, if *I* owned Stowe....
Reggie Cooper of Stowe Mountain Resort replied:
Everything's for sale Wes. Make an offer.
I can come up with maybe three grand, although that wouldn't leave
me much to cover the taxes
But, if I owned Stowe....
- Leave Mansfield alone. Maybe clear out some brush in some
of the more obvious woods. Definitely NO new chair between Nosedive
and Perry Merrill.
- I give in to the new lodge, if it's tastefully designed (lots
of wood, no Snowbirdesque concrete). Food, tables, bigger ski
shop OK, no need for boutique shops, plenty of those in town.
- Keep old lodge as a lodge, not a museum. Good location, historical
significance, best fireplace on the mountain. Expand the bar,
reposition the stage, find a new act (I'm so tired of Agony and
Smith, or whoever those guys are). Upgrade sound system.
- Underground funicular, a la French Alps, from new lodge to
top of Big Spruce. Visit Tignes for prime example.
This would make that $4,000,000 storage pond look like pocket
change, and blow the paint off the Killington SkyeShip, Sugarloaf
SuperQuad, Stratton whateverthatis, and Jay Tram. Cut a new narrow
switchback trail with glade options back down to 108, through
a tunnel under the road, and across a bridge over the brook back
- Barring that, I could live with a dark brown or green detachable
transfer lift across 108. Detach chairs/cabins in summer to preserve
Route 108 scenery.
- Buy out Smuggs, replace Madonna I lift with windproof high-speed
detachable triple, expand trail network between Spruce/Madonna/Sterling.
Have to check a map, see if this can be done without fooling with
the Long Trail or exposing resort to liability if some trouthead
falls through the ice trying to cross Sterling Pond.
Wesley Moneybags Wright
Wesley Alan Wright
Last modified August 31 1995 11:12 AM