And so it begins...on a Wednesday.
Squaw Opening Day 11/16/2012
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Posted several weeks ago. Alpine is scheduled for December 7 -- a day that shall live in infamy.
Yeah, they could open earlier if they get dumped on. But the target dates are as much an HR and budgeting matter as anything.
I don't know how much advance weather forecasting goes into it, but it seems consistent with previous opening days. For a place as big and well-known as Squaw, I think they need to have a clear target. Not only is there all the human resources stuff, but there's all that new snowmaking equipment to fire up, bookings to take for lodging and lessons, etc.
Two years ago, they got a well-timed big dump and opening day was a powder day, before Thanksgiving. I'm not holding out for that this year.
Yeah, I know... it would just make a little more sense at this point to give a date range. Opening day will be November 14 - 21 depending on conditions, so if it does snow early they're prepared. Anyway, I know that doesn't fit the profit at all costs model.