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Mammoth Mountain Gondola Unlinked

Mammoth Mountain has blown it again!

Yesterday Mammoth Mountain posted on their Facebook page this blurb and photo:

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“In light of today’s snow and an anxiously awaited powder day ahead, we want to let you know about a change in Gondola operations. Mammoth has a new policy on pow days: we’re separating the Upper Panorama Gondola from the Bottom Gondola. In… other words, the gondola will be unlinked at McCoy Station, so if you want to get to the top, queue up at McCoy Station. We’ve done this to alleviate “Gondola Roulette.” Ready, set, discuss!”

…well discussion is what they got!!!  In just 17 hours of this post going live there has been 323 comments posted with the great majority of them being very negative.  My personal option:  ABSOLUTELY ABSURD!  Now am I going to get myself all worked up and post some trashy Facebook response, or even go off on a bad mouth tangent here in this blog post?  Of course not; I own a split board and am surrounded by beautiful mountains and peaks where I can go find fresh top to bottom powder turns days (even weeks) after a fresh snow.  But I do have to say I am a little disappointed in Mammoth Mtn’s decision and reasoning on this one.

So when they changed up their policy on opening the backside of Chair 3 prior to have the top gondola and Chair 23 open first…I thought that was fantastic!  I was thinking to myself, now these guys finally get it.  But now I hear this news and think to myself, what’s the deal?  Where do they come up with these ideas?  With this new policy in place it’s going to seem dismal to drop the looker’s right of the face runs and the paranoids on a powder day knowing that you are going to have to unload at midstation and get back in line.  So now what?  Does ever just drop the first half of the face and then do a hard skier’s right traverse back to mid?  Now we’ll have horizontal tracks going in the opposite direction of what eliminating opening the back of 3 accomplished.

And then there is the whole thing about alleviating “Gondie Roulette”.  WHY?  Why should that be a big deal or even a topic of discussion for the mtn;’s management.  Gongie Roulette is harmless and all part of the fun.

All in all….I feel this was a poor decision by Mammoth Mountain.  Come on guys….please rethink this!!!!!

Posted by Eric Leach / 800-921-6520 / leacheric22@gmail.com

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“In light of today’s snow and an anxiously awaited powder day ahead, we want to let you know about a change in Gondola operations. Mammoth has a new policy on pow days: we’re separating the Upper Panorama Gondola from the Bottom Gondola. In… other words, the gondola will be unlinked at McCoy Station, so if you want to get to the top, queue up at McCoy Station. We’ve done this to alleviate “Gondola Roulette.” Ready, set, discuss!”
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