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  1. Sandwich

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    ...is legit.

    Headed up Sunday to ride it for the first time. Fantastic jump trail and some decent DH flow as well. Too easy is one of the hardest trails I've ridden, while the schist adds in a little more flow. Best trails is back of the shack to jake's to thunder cliffs to the gronk. Good mix of dirt and jumps.

    That's all!
     
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    agreed 100%

    went there about a month ago and the gronk was half finished and the 2nd jump trail was still being built and the dh trail was slicker than snot

    so
    fun!!!
     
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    Shit. I was there all day with a big crew. How the hell did we miss you? Back of the shack to thunder cliffs to Gronk is rad. Same start to Billy Badger is awesome too. The two new trails are burning in good too. Wine Tree is loamy and long. Good trail for a trenduro bike, but really fun on a DH sled too. Too Easy is steep and straight down the mountain to the left of the lift as you're going up. Spits you out at the bottom of the Schist. Which is also really fun. It's going to make for a carnage filled race in September I'd have to say. Steep and loose. They're adding more trails this year, and more next year.
    I rode Windham Friday, and their jump trail is bananas. Longer and more jumps than Gronk. A touch more lip on all of the jumps, no pedaling, loooong and so fun. The ESC course is pretty gnarly, loose and fast. Not very steep, so it doesn't have to switch back and forth across the hill like a lot of the trails at Thunder. The other blue trail was meh. If they add some more trails there, I'd go back in a heartbeat. Oh, and their lift is detachable. Thunders is painfully slow unfortunately.
     
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    lmao Too Easy GoPro footage will never be showed. slide out like 10 times ( i blame it on the fresh trail and rain the night before lol :banana: )



    theres alot of us monkeys around... we should meet up at a certain mountain and shred it all day before the seasons over
     
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    You were not with a bunch of guys on knollys, were you?
     
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    thunder's lift is the biggest setback. It runs slow and it's not detachable. I hope they crank it up, but I think they need to sort out bike unloading issues first. Seems to be more difficult to load bikes at thunder than bromont/highland/elsewhere.

    I was hoping I would run into you guys but our timing must have just been off. I was there 1030-3.

    I really liked the jump line, it's perfect to ride without brakes, and it's the first jump line where i was instantly comfortable in the air. The only thing I look forward to is more blue square and single black DH trails. I love the quality and the variety, but that's my shit.
     
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    No. A bunch of guys on NS Fuzz's. And a couple Demos and Enduros. Saw those guys though.
     
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    Yeah, we mentioned that to the lifties. More bike holders and load before the lift makes a 180. Kind of a bitch the way it is.
     
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    I attribute it to the teething process. They're probably used to doing it that way for ski lifts. I think it will become a legitimate problem as the place gets busier, but right now it's not too bad, just really packs up when people start going.
     
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    Yeah, I saw you at the lodge before the lift opened, the bright yellow/black handlebars were hard to miss. ;)
     
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    Haha. Yeah, 3 of my buddies have those. mine was the black/blue fuzz with maroon bars. A little more toned down. Those knuckleheads showed up at 8 thinking it opened then.
     
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    Next time any of yous guyz are at Thunder come find me down in the bikeshop in the bowels of the lodge for RUNS and/or shimz adjustment. Also give me a shout if you have friends that might need to rent, as I only have 40 rental bikes, and they've been selling out before mid day.

    We've been averaging a hundred+ riders on weekend days so far... has me pretty dang busy fixing broken crap, but I still manage to get out for a half dozen runs or so every day.

    Yeah, our lift IS slow, it's also running at the max summer speed as allowed by MA state law at the moment. We just installed that lift last summer, it was a few million dollars cheaper than a detachable quad(money better spent paying the Gravity Logic guys to stick around full time for two more years, right?), and to put stuff in perspective, our lift ride is only 3 minutes longer than Highland.

    -mickey
     
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    valuable perspective/insight.
     
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    And the GL guys did a great job! Now, what's up with that potato chip at the bottom? It feels like someone changed his mind in the middle of construction. ;)
     
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    Mickey, got any 24" FS bikes in the rental fleet? Want to bring the kid out there!
     
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    Good to know.
    Gravity logic for 2 years>faster lift.
     
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    were you working the lift on sunday, mickey? there was a liftie at the top that I recognized, but couldn't put my finger on it.
     
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    which is supposedly the race trail? schist? I can't imagine racers going down too easy....that's...challenging.
     
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    I was told it was the Schist, yes. I agree, it's going to be a doozy, especially for beginners. Throw in some rain and it'll be nuts.
     
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    We have a couple of 24" Specialized Status Groms that are good for the bigger little kids. Hopefully we'll get some 20" bikes for next year, we have a couple of shredders on 20" already.
    As far as the ESC race:
    I've pitched the idea for Pro/Cat1 and some Cat 2 classes on Schist on Sunday and then a Pro/AM race on Gronk Saturday that might cater to a slightly different crowd.

    We'll be hosting a collegiate race in October, will likely end up being some sort of perverted enduro.
     
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    awesome to know dude! you guys are gunu friggen blow up ( in a good way lol ) first couple weekends were so much fun.
    def will be snagging a rental or two some weekend... we got one of our buddies hooked as fuk after being trackside at windham:headbang:
     
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    What size Demos do you have?
    26" or 27.5"?
     
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    Have to say, Thunder is a lot of fun. That Gronk trail is very Whistler esque. Job well done by GL.
    Can't wait to see what they have planned.
    Billy Badger is also great.
    Keep up the good work Thunder. Looking forward to getting back there.

    Oh yeah, that wooden "potato chip" at the bottom is cool but very un-eventful.
     
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    Oh no, I meant "too easy". That's the trail under the lift. It's really, really challenging and was more of a creep than a go fast trail. The schist is going to be awesome. That trail is challenging but it's well put together. The off camber bits are going to be a nightmare in the rain though. I could see billy badger working well too, and then cat 2 going down gronk instead....not that BB is that challenging though.
     
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    Ah yes. Too Easy would be a bit much. Though, it was much more fun than the first weekend they opened it. It's more burned in now.
     
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    anybody around friday to go ride here?
     
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    I wish I could.
     
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    ...but?
     
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    New job. :( I'll have vested 1st day of vacation on November 1st. :banghead:
     
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    ah, but what about that cough you just got?
     
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    ah shit went there with a group on saturday.. probably cant make it anywhere this weekend cause im moving into a new apartment

    the shist is broken in very nicely, quite steep and very fun! we brought our noob friend and he loved it. was blown away by the bike itself; and we trained the gronk so much...the trail is addicting
     
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    Back of the bong shed -> blue powder -> gronk. :drool:
     
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    I'm down for a few runs!
     
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    awesome, can I just pop in and say hi?
     
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    yeah, of course!
    I always get to steal a few laps every day. A little Schist and Too Easy is a good way to loosen up the back after spending the morning giving directions to the bongshed
     
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    I can't make it Friday, but plan on being there Sunday.
     
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    The lift was out the last 2 days due to a lightening strike and some fried sensors, but we're back on track for 12-7pm tomorrow.
    braaaap
     
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    Going Sunday. First dh this year