Thanks but I already have the information for the closing from K website, I found some days at home and I have now the opening and closing from Killington from 1966-67 to 2005-06.
|This will be their latest opening in a long, long time...
That's what I wanted to see, how long if ever?
This year is will be latest year (latest ever?) from Kmart in the numbers I have so far.
The previous latest opening in the period I have numbers is:
November 18 1970
Last season May 1st closing was the earliest since:
April 30 1974
Last season 166 days was also the smallest numbers of Ski Days in a season (K's number) since the 154 days in 1967-68.
So I'm now only missing the first 8 seasons for Killington.
|Part of the later opening and earlier closing is due to the fact that ASC has been in financial dire straits for the past decade. Aiming for the early opening ended up costing the whole corporation a lot of money for very little return, and staying open late often resulted in employment issues.
We've had this discussion many times on FTO (firsttracksonline). A few bad moves were also made in my opinion.
1) Moving the Spring skiing to Superstar in the late 80s.
2) Getting ride of the K Peak double (with midstation) for the K1 gondola somewhere in the late 90s(?).
Getting skiing early was easier off the K Peak than only required one lift running and not all the cost and energy required to built the Superstar glacier.
By changing the way they do things now, K has lost their terrain advantage and there's season is still amount the longest, but not by many days if at all.
And yes, there's the financial aspects...but that isn't all of it, this quote points to mother nature issue.
|However, this year will be one of the latest openings in recent years for quite a few New England resorts, as it's been a very temperate November. We'll see what happens, but the ground hasn't been cold enough for even a three or four day freeze spell to build up a good base.
While K has been having shorter seasons, I can say that I don't think I ever seen no one opening this late in the November across the Nordeast and Quebec. I've been skiing for close to 40 years now.
Tremblant and especially Ste-Anne which I also advantaged by topographic, weather and market have been on fixed days for opening and closing for a number of years (and never the earliest), I don't recall Ste-Anne having to postponned their opening before. These two areas were scheduled to open this weekend, now the opening is set for the november 24 and 25 respectively.
Last year was the first year for as long as I can recall that no Quebec ski area were open in May. Some people will say that the hills closes early because of lack of skiers, this is the case for most, but not all.