Did anyone else notice this little juxtaposition of fancy wording? Kinda shady that in the “Squaw Renaissance” piece written by Andy Wirth he says:
“These new lifts, slated to open for the 2012-13 winter season, will have an uphill capacity of 7,200 skiers per hour, allowing skiers and riders to spend less time on the lifts and more time on the mountain.” – Andy Wirth
Making it sound like we are all winning out with the new 7,200 skier per hour capacity; where actually the current capacity for skiers is in those same areas is 8,400 skier per hour as outlined in Squaw Valley’s 2012 Capital Improvement Projects:
“The aggregate design total capacity of the 5 aerial lifts proposed for removal is 8,400 skiers per hour; the aggregate design total capacity of the proposed Granite Chief, High Camp, and Links chairs is 7,200 skiers per hour.” – Squaw Valley 2012 Capital Projects (PCPA20110139) 2nd submittal
Is this gonna hurt us on busy days? Yeah, probably. Squaw is losing 1,200 skiers per hour on the upper mountain with this. With their new beginner focus, this could be a mess.
Especially now that we’re pretty sure that Squaw will have sold a record amount of season passes this year after the Epic Season of 2011/12. We say epic because we remember it being pretty good.
If you’ve made it this far into the post, you get a little stoked from The Fingers on March 3rd, 2011: