VTbound wrote: Dr. NO wrote:
VTbound wrote:what they really need to do is open the snowshed crossover so you can get out of bear and back to the north side. Maybe a tunnel at the trail crossing?
Great for getting to Needles, Superstar or Snowshed, but you still have to hike to K1 and beyond. They need that lift high to access the Canyon, K1, Snowdon and the Glades (North Ridge). Tourons don't want to hike between lifts and lodges while on vacation.
Opening up the crossover gets you to needles, which gets you to GE, which gets you down to the skyship. That would ease a lot of traffic at bear. You used to be able to easily take juggernaught down to the skyship also, which is now difficult and hard to find for most.
That's really not the benefit of the crossover. The benefit of the crossover is to let low-level skiers get out of Bear/Needles and over to Snowshed, Superstar and beyond, as well as provide the rest of us with more options for doing so.
At the moment, there is no way for anyone who isn't a strong intermediate to get out without having to take the Northbrook Quad out of Needles and take the long hike across Highlander and around, which is awful. Since this is awful, no one does it, and instead everyone takes Lower Bittersweet to escape, which is one of the most difficult intermediate trails on the mountain with it's usual conditions.
While Juggernaut is now difficult to find and use, it has never been used by more than a handful of people a day, and it's never really been all that easy to find. That also wouldn't help anything, as it's very, very flat in the section going from Bear to GE, too flat for most skiers to go down without walking much of the way.