It finally arrived. I am not talking about my Amazon order, that actually got delayed, no thanks to the snow. While the recent series of storms has lead to some missed flights, canceled cross-state trips and minor accidents on slick roads, it has also allowed the Loup to finally open the hill — albeit without the poma lift. Word from the hill is that the poma should be operational again by this coming weekend, so pray for more snow.
Despite the breakdown of the poma lift, skiers who made it up to the mountain over the weekend rode the newly repaired main chairlift with ease. The repair went without much press coverage, but the Loup invested a pretty penny to get the chair into good working order for this season after a series of major failures last season and a final blowout which sent the bull wheel to Texas for repair.
Riders on the lift may have also noticed new numbers painted on the chairs. It is a common curiosity of young kids to count the chairs. My kids do this all the time, and I often hear little voices behind me often call the numbers as the downhill chairs descend by them.
Special places always have special quirks. One of the special quirks of chairlift numbers has been eliminated by the fresh paint, leaving our little special agents a bit let down. It came as a disappointment that the new paint numbers eliminated the 007 chair. This was always a fun and unexpected quirk of the old numbers. The sequence used to go as follows 102, 007, 103, 114, 1. Now, however, the sequences follows common logic: 102, 103, 104, 105. How exiting was it to be on the James Bond chair? Well for all the little special spy agents out there, it was fun and alluring challenge to try to speed down the mountain and catch the 007. Fans of 114 should also be up in arms over the new logical system of sequential numbers.
Another quirk of the Loup is the “Around the World” run. Never heard of it? That’s because it’s not on any map. But this circuitous route takes adventurous skiers from the north end of the mountain and wraps them around to the south side of the mountain in a clockwise traverse. The challenge is to traverse every run on the hill in one shot.
With snow falling, The Barnyard Cinema in Winthrop has been packed. As of recent, if you don’t buy tickets ahead of time, you are likely to be left out in the cold. But there are other options for cinema around town. The Cascade Bible Church is showing a free movie on Saturday (Jan. 25) at 6 p.m. Entitled “Overcomer.” It’s a family-friendly drama that tells story of a man who finds courage and comfort in Christ to help a young athlete persevere and overcome some extraordinary odds. The movie is free to everyone and popcorn will be provided.