I've been thinking lately about how many shops a mountain can support. Does it vary by the type of guest that is attracted? Or is it simple math based on the number of skier visits generated? What about four season sustainability? Seems like most ski shops I am familiar with switch to be bike shops in the summer.
For this discussion, I'm excluding the stores at the ski resorts themselves.
For example, there are 6 shops I can think of at Killington, and I'm probably forgetting at least one. On the other hand there are only 3 shops in Stowe. Presumably this means that there is more demand for these goods and services at Killington than at Stowe. Is it as simple as that, or is there more to it? Are there that many more skiers at Killington? It seems like Stowe has at least as many restaurant seats as Killington...maybe I'm getting faked out (perhaps it's more restaurants, but fewer tables).
I'm raising these mountains as examples because I'm familiar with both. I'm interested to hear the perspective of others on this topic.