Can you imagine 20,000 people in a week coming to ski this
Resorts are going to have to provide alternative atractions, sumer and winter. There was a Nice turn out in summer last year for this - 5000 people iirc last year, and I hear that the place was booked out wel in advance for next w/end's wanderlust.
My hill (10,000 beds) fills every winter bed for 5-7 nights per event with events for different demographic groups, and the cost iis sponsored by a car maker, o/seas ski resorts, ski companies and more.
Meantime I see Vail is going ahead with the zip line thing
Californian resorts rested on their laurels and faded from the minds of the international market. The gfc hit them and Tahoe lost 50,000 Brits. Then a studio and others decided to at least air, internationally, ads with the usual Cal aattractions plus ....snow ... with Errol Kerr at Resort @ Squaw Creek, Rob Lowe at Mammoth, Bahke & Mancuso at Squaw.
This sums things up nicely:
Rob Katz, Chief Executive Officer said, "We have had some very unusual weather so far this season. For the first time in 30 years, a lack of snow has not allowed us to open the back bowls in Vail as of January 6, 2012 and, for the first time since the late 1800s, it did not snow at all in Tahoe in December. Despite these conditions, we were very pleased that season to date our total lift ticket revenue was up 0.6% and ski school revenue increased 0.9% compared to the prior year when record snowfall was reported across our resorts. Our performance in these conditions highlights our strong season pass program, the full experience and comprehensive set of activities and amenities that we provide at our resorts, and the investments we have made across our resorts in constantly improving and broadening the guest experience. This is most apparent in Tahoe, where our investment in snowmaking has allowed us to open up more terrain than all the other resorts in the area combined. At this point, with three quarters of the ski season still remaining, we are not revising the earnings guidance we issued in September 2011. However, we would acknowledge that those targets will be more difficult to achieve given the results over the holidays."
There's just too many reasons why resorts close ...and take local economies down the gurgler too.
(So where is the hotel waste water treatment plant at Squaw that can oump snowmaking water in winter and fire fighting water in wildfires???)