Originally Posted by roundturns
Originally Posted by KevinF
I have no inside information on how Seven Springs is run... But I imagine it requires bringing in a fair number of people even to operate on a "skeleton staff" basis. Between lift operators, mechanics, groomer drivers, snowmakers, ski patrollers, lodge help, kitchen help, parking lot asisstants, etc... -- you're talking bringing in quite a few people on pretty short notice.
They might have wanted to open but were unable to find enough employees willing or able to start work a week or two early.
All good points that I concede making a quick decision difficult. But if management would have been motivated to make it happen I believe it would have gotten done.
It's always going to be a money driven decision at the Springs now. I know the retired guys that ski during the week are upset that in the early season they don't run the lifts after the weekend until typically Friday.
Nothing stays the same and I think this will be my 34th year skiing there. It was better before it was sold IMHO.
Was the sale a business decision because 7Springs was losing money or because the former owners were ready to move on?
Always interesting to watch the contrast in NC between Sugar and Beech, which are 20 min apart. Beech is at a slightly higher elevation. But Sugar is the ski area that likes to be first to open in NC. Usually they are competing with Cataloochee, which has only 25 acres to cover so they can get open after just a few cold days.
In VA, Massanutten and Wintergreen often open around the same time. They are about an hour apart and mostly pull people from DC and northern VA. Mnut opened for snow tubing this weekend but is waiting until after Thanksgiving to open the ski slopes. I assume not opening the slopes is a staffing issue more than due to lack of snow. Plus they probably want to be able to open to the top on Opening Day.
I hear you on weekdays early season. I'll be in Albany before Thanksgiving. Although there are quite a few places in the Catskills and Adirondacks open this weekend, nothing is open Mon-Tue, Nov. 24-25.