My in-laws used to say that at Vail they would groom during the day because people would complain it was so chopped up. I've never skied there so I'm not sure if the daytime grooming was actually a thing they did.
There is something nice about skiing fresh corduroy. Hard snow is more predictable and fun to turn those skis on edge.
They actually do it, because they have so much to groom they can't realistically get it all done in non-skiing hours.
Just in the past month they figured out how to get 20% more grooming done each week, it took Elizabeth and the team 2 years of collecting data to figure it all out. Now they can do 9000 to 11,000 acres per week. They have 5289 acres total, if they get 11,000 done each week at max, they would only be able to groom everything two times a week. While you know they groom certain runs every day, probably slightly more acreage than that never gets groomed. I had dinner with Elizabeth last month, and Vail only grooms the runs that don't get done everyday, nor the ones that never do, on a separate schedule of every 2 days, 3 days, 5 days, or 7 days. They created this new schedule with a lot of input from the Ski School and what they thought based on conditions and feedback from the people they have worked with.
Welch used to groom almost everything starting at around 8pm when the resort started to empty out. Dan's Dive, Look Out, Bak, and a few others used to get groomed on Saturdays and Sundays around 4pm, because it was getting so chopped up (this was back in the 80's and early 90's). I know that Frontenac, Coffee Mill, and Wild Mtn used to all do the same as well. I'm not sure if Afton, Buck, Highland, or Troll ever did, as I only would go to those places if I had a race back then.
Edited by msprace - 1/27/16 at 7:28am