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Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by Electric_City, Dec 5, 2018.
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They should forget the snow “business” and reforest the meadows like Highland.
Seriously though... hard times ahead for snow sports in many of the traditional areas in the USA. Anywhere south of Vermont/Maine frankly. Grew up 1/4 mile from the local ski hill, and recall the number of ski days (and sled-riding days) they had each year. It declined through the 90s to practically zero in the 2000s, and now they've taken the tow ropes down... this is Pennsylvania, higher elevation. You can only pump so much crap into the atmosphere before you start to see the effects... pretty telling on a direct/personal level.
One way or another, most of us are noticing those effects in our local environment, unfortunately.
What hill? What part of PA?
This is western PA, the IUP ski hill just outside of town.
yea that's not far from where i grew up.
Yep we almost never have any accumulated snow here in Pittsburgh. I grew up here and it was very different when I was a kid...It's creepy. That said, more bike parks.
This. Highland has the coolest vibe being it is growing back in, such a great place.
mtn creek still does a lot of business in the winter despite the snowmaking challenges, given its proximity to NYC.
wasn't highland shut down completely before opening as a bike park?
i would snowboard 7springs in the winter (had season passes once i could drive). but that was back around 2000-2002. they used to get natural snow fairly consistently. i'd get super excited when they open the glades.
i grew out near mckeeport (that's the school district i went to). i was in a small town between white oak and irwin
Yes, for many years.
yea, even action park didn't shut mt creek down.
I wasn't really being serious about shutting the snow side down, I'm sure they do just fine w/ that proximity to NYC.
Some of the other guys were mentioning 7 springs, they have had some horrible snow years as of late. I'm shocked they have not put more behind the bike park.
It's everywhere. Our primary resort starts just above sea level and in the last few years, it's rained on the bottom and the best terrain has not been good for years. Skied the North Face a few seasons ago on the one day it was actually open and after about 1/2 down, it was just crazy dangerous boilerplate. It blows my mind that we keep getting rain this far north.
Here's the bottom right now:
Yes. The hill below the lift needed clearing to make room for NE style.
Nice. Used to chase this girl who lived in McKeesport Norwin (Irwin) was in our highschool athletic association. Used to kick their asses!
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