The season of 2011-12 was a low snow year for our region, yet Northstar put a ton of its resources into making the Shaun White Half Pipe, which was a feature to be seen for sure. The estimated cost by a random source was that it cost nearly 1/2 million dollars to build, which doesn't include the upkeep.
Each year we see bigger and bigger features in our local terrain parks, in the X-Games and with that comes bigger ideas on maneuvers from the pros and the recreational park skiers.
Also, we are seeing some terrain being built into smaller features for the up and coming park skier who isn't quite ready for the big features.
That being said........My mind wonders
How much bigger can they get?
How much more can they do?
Is this endless, or will there be a point where they say, "That's big enough."?
What is the real cost?
Terrain, resources, liability.......
*note: this is not a criticism, just an observation and middle aged pondering.