Have been thinking about why midday grooming is a thing of the past and why ski areas no longer actively groom during the day. Obviously the insurance and liability issues seems like the logical, and perhaps the only driver, as the ski area has been an unfortunate victim of egregious lawsuit activity. But if one can remove the liability issue is there any other reasons for not grooming?
I primarily ski in the mid-Atlantic, where the snow quality and trail conditions can be dubious, CBK I'm looking at you here!!, and it seems as if there are numerous benefits to support active terrain management. In particular it seems as if one of the benefits of midday grooming is it's a preventative method to reduce the probability of injuries developing due to poor terrain. Granted that this is an assumption that is based solely on a hypothesis rather than on empirical data. Additionally after watching scores of intermediate and beginners ski down crowded trails that have been skied off presents a challenging scenario that steepens rather than flattens the learning curve. I see this in my daughter's skiing. Granted that we arrive and ski early but like most intermediates, she's 8 and developing pretty well, but I notice that she reverts to old habits when the conditions get skied off.