Originally Posted by Posaune
It's interesting that in your survey you seem to make the assumption that night skiing can be more dangerous than daytime skiing. That is exactly opposite of my experience. Visibility at night is often better than daytime. There is no flat light even on a foggy night and the crowds tend to be small. While I don't night ski any more because of logistical concerns, I always felt that it was superior to day skiing in nearly every way (snow, visibility, crowds), as long as I stuck to the lighted areas.
Originally Posted by CarrollCo
That's what our survey is targeting, a safer way to ski during the night regardless of whether or not the mountain you ski or snowboard at offers that service. We are attempting to find a solution to that problem for the sake of the resort being capable of supporting longer hours, and you being able to enjoy more time on the slopes. We appreciate the comment though!
Agree with Posaune. I raced on a hill for 5 years on Wednesday nights. The traffic went down compared to the day, so collisions with other skiers went down. They had traffic patrol out at all the "slow" signs, with blinking red lights on their helmets, to warn fast skiers to slow down. Those guys would pull passes on skiers skiing out of control and too fast. The mountain did not do this during the day, so out of control skiers were rampant sometimes before night came on. The big lights went on at 6:00, so the bumps and lumps in the snow showed up better than during the day, even when it was snowing out. So no vision issues, compared to flat light issues sometimes during the days. Night skiing was not less safe. If that's where you are starting, that safety needs to be stronger to attract skiers to night skiing, you're dead in the water from the start.
If the ski areas could warm up the air at night out there, now that would be nice.
My ski area made the racers happy at night by having raffles whose winners were announced in the restaurant at the main lodge. People retired to the restaurant after skiing, ordered a late dinner with beer ($$), and awaited the very late night announcements (9:30-10:00pm) of who won in the races and in the raffle. It was a great social time together. So the races and the restaurant brought in people. That ski area is pulling lots of money for that very reason.