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Is Pre-Season Skiing Shark Fin Soup?

post #1 of 7
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"Pre-season" means blowing snow in October to open for skiing knowing it is very likely warmer weather will melt most of the snow shortly thereafter.

post #2 of 7

Not in Colorado.  All that snow they blow in Oct will serve us dutifully until April or May.   No melting here for quite some time.  

 

The coverage and surface conditions are actually quite nice in Colorado early season, as long as you are happy with just intermediate runs.   It's just the number of skiers/acre on the few open runs that are a problem, enough that I don't usually bother.  This year is starting out really good, though....

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Even if it melts, a good amount of the melt should just flow back into the snowmaking reservoir-if your resort is designed that way.  Snowmaking water is just last year's snow recycled.  So it is just the consumption of power to make the snow.  So, pre-season snowmaking doesn't really use up snowmaking resources that you might have to ration for later in the season.

 

 

So my take on this is it is not quite a solid analogy to shark fins.

 

If you're saying people who ski pre-season are doing so just for the sake of a status symbol and showing off; that maybe a more apt analogy.

 

Compared to other controversial foods, if you've done the research on sharkfin soup, this falls mainly into the category for status and showing off; as compared to foods that are eaten because they are extremely delicious or have folk medicine health reasons.


Edited by raytseng - 11/1/13 at 11:39am
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The dead shark is the consumption of power for snow-making and transportation to the mountain. The fin is the single,short trail open for only 2 days which relatively speaking would rate as poor skiing.  The reason to ski it is for the novelty factor rather than showing off. 

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Well if the analogy is for novelty factor, then I would propose a metaphor of a coke+mentos display.
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"Pre-season" means blowing snow in October to open for skiing knowing it is very likely warmer weather will melt most of the snow shortly thereafter.

 

Is this even true in the East? You can't just create snow without compliant weather conditions (freezing temps). If places can get cold enough in October to actually make snow, I doubt that "most" of that snow is going to melt out.

 

Also, as a point of information, my area opened in Mid-October with almost 100% natural snow. Its just how we roll. By this time two years ago, my resort was 100% open with around a 40" base on Halloween, and it wasn't blown snow.

 

In good years, Colorado can get enough snowfall to have significant amounts of terrain open that have no snow making infrastructure.

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The dead shark is the consumption of power for snow-making and transportation to the mountain. The fin is the single,short trail open for only 2 days which relatively speaking would rate as poor skiing.  The reason to ski it is for the novelty factor rather than showing off.

 

I don't think the consumption of power is even remotely analogous to the cruelty depicted in your pic which I wish I hadn't looked at.  I think you have a screw loose for posting it.

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