Originally Posted by skiNEwhere
Their strategy of opening 3 trails may have been a case of "high risk, high reward". If they moved all the guns from one trail to the base, I bet they would've been able to cover the last 200 yards before the weather turned tropical.
Your "3 trails" comment is misleading. Loveland opens with exactly ONE PATH down the mountain. Catwalk-Mambo-Homerun. Three labeled trails, but they all feed into one another. You want to ski opening day at Loveland, you follow that one path down the mountain.
The problem with Loveland's strategy is they put guns on Beginner terrain with first. It is a triple whammy:
1. They have more vert to blow snow.
2. Choosing beginner terrain makes for a much longer run that they have to blow snow on, especially the meander on Catwalk and the flats on Homerun.
3. Catwalk has a West aspect, Mambo has a bit of NW, quite a bit less optimal than the N and NE aspect that is High Noon at A-Basin.
Loveland sees an advantage in kicking off the WROD with beginner terrain, probably to differentiate their offering from A-Basin. If they opened Waterfall-Nix Nox first, they would have to blow snow on much less terrain and get a much better aspect to do it, but that is their choice.
Choosing to open a much longer swath of beginner terrain is the key reason they are at a disadvantage in the opening game.