On Apr 17, 2008, at 11:46 AM, Sharon Lives wrote:

> So, what I'm thinking, is that Henry may be correct in that these  
> used to be
> much narrower, classic New England trails, that truly were much more
> challenging back in the day, hence the "legendary" status.

Everything was more challenging back in the day.  Even the ride up  
the single was 'core.  It was so cold that somedays you had to use 2  
blankets .  The trails were narrower and had more terrain back then  
as well.  There was no snowmaking, and grooming was nonexistent on  
steeper slopes except when the patrol or the ski school would boot  
pack or sidestep down the hill.  Gear was much more primitive, boots  
and skis, so it was much harder to ski.  You can get an idea of what  
things were like if you go to Mad River, as thank god that area has  
not changed.

Back in the day, skiing was much more of an adventure.  It was a real  
alpine experience and when you went to the mountain you never knew  
what you would find.  Nowadays, skiing at a major resort is more like  
managed recreation, like an aerobics class but cold.  This is why  
those of us who like the older experience have gravitated to the  
backcountry for that old alpine experience.

Personally, while I like the improvements in gear, I think the lift,  
snowmaking and grooming technology has turned out to be a bad deal.


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