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  1. The tram project is a shameless money grab. ...

    The tram project is a shameless money grab.

    Two years ago, Cannon's general manager stated on a podcast, "from an engineering perspective, the tram itself was essentially rated for an 80-year...
  2. Cannon already receives 100% of the Sunapee-Vail...

    Cannon already receives 100% of the Sunapee-Vail lease revenue, plus additional money from the state general fund. I doubt they can prop up the ski area on parking fees, but state park revenue is...
  3. Cannon's plan does not provide those details. I...

    Cannon's plan does not provide those details. I don't know where the "Franconia Ridge" hiker lot is.



    They're spending $90K a year on the hiker shuttle now. Perhaps there's a better solution....
  4. Looks like they want to charge $10 per vehicle...

    Looks like they want to charge $10 per vehicle for Lafayette Place AND Kinsman Ridge Trail parking.
  5. State Proposing Parking Fees in Franconia Notch State Park

    I can't find the actual proposal on any state web sites, but from WMUR:
    https://www.wmur.com/article/ski-areas-higher-costs-new-hampshire/41604357

    Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch are...
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    Pretty scant on details. Did they end up at that...

    Pretty scant on details. Did they end up at that ledge/waterfall between the hiking trail and the tramline?
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    My understanding is the "routine annual audit"...

    My understanding is the "routine annual audit" was paused because an audit committee was formed to oversee one instead. Management resigned hours after receiving the information request for that...
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    Tell that to the front line staff who felt like...

    Tell that to the front line staff who felt like pawns in a political fight. Both sides made some decisions that may have negative long-term ramifications.
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    I don't know Sylvia either, but calling him a...

    I don't know Sylvia either, but calling him a despot is a bit much. The commissioner in question was appointed by Sylvia and his fellow reps, and as far as I've read, actual cause for removal was...
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    I don't believe the county commissioners have any...

    I don't believe the county commissioners have any oversight in this matter.

    The Gunstock Area Commission is appointed by the county delegation. Ironically, the Gunstock Area Commission...
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    The Laconia Daily Sun coverage has been extremely...

    The Laconia Daily Sun coverage has been extremely one-sided on this issue (which isn't surprising, considering the conduct of their reporter at the meeting last week).

    One of the members of the...
  12. Keeping the lights on and preventing people from...

    Keeping the lights on and preventing people from freezing to death. Because...
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    Unfortunate to see out-of-state folks engaging in...

    Unfortunate to see out-of-state folks engaging in internet name calling on this matter.

    Gunstock management (both the pre-2020 team and one that replaced it) have been very cooperative and...
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    This is why you should always bring snowshoes...

    This is why you should always bring snowshoes when hiking the high peaks this time of year - even if there's little to no snow above treeline, the snow in the woods is still deep and will require...
  15. You'd be surprised how easily and quietly things...

    You'd be surprised how easily and quietly things can get done. Did you hear about any permitting or issues with the new building Cannon constructed above 4,000 feet a few years ago?
  16. With the relatively small size of Lafayette...

    With the relatively small size of Lafayette Place, and the longer parking duration (whether it be hiking a 9 mile/4,300' loop or staying overnight at a campground/hut), I don't think the revenue...
  17. I disagree with the parking fees, and I suspect...

    I disagree with the parking fees, and I suspect that many days the cost to collect the fees may exceed the actual revenue.

    I think the Lafayette Place parking lot should be expanded and illegal...
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    A lot of this work can be done without big tools....

    A lot of this work can be done without big tools.

    One of the most talented individual volunteers in the WMNF was chased out by red tape awhile ago. Truly high-quality work done without...
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    I don't think this is a good use of taxpayer...

    I don't think this is a good use of taxpayer dollars.

    I am also concerned that a significant portion of the funding will be absorbed by administrative/environmental surveying/etc. costs.

    One of...
  20. Apart from the uphill route, I don't believe the...

    Apart from the uphill route, I don't believe the owners have cut any new trails.
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    I stopped using the Lighting Ascents in part due...

    I stopped using the Lighting Ascents in part due to the weak crampons (went to Tubbs Flex Alps and haven't looked back), but I was able to use the crampons from the corresponding MSR plastic...
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    Lowes was plowed and hikers were parking there...

    Lowes was plowed and hikers were parking there when I drove by Friday morning.
  23. What are they using for the baseline data? The...

    What are they using for the baseline data? The write up cites data going back to 1932, but the chart shows 1935. New England had some really weird winters in the 1930s.
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    Best of luck with your recovery!

    Best of luck with your recovery!
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    The new partner is the same group said to be...

    The new partner is the same group said to be financing the Big Squaw/Moosehead Resort development in Maine: https://www.newenglandskiindustry.com/viewstory.php?storyid=934
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