As I read the posts already I’m thinking perhaps another way to consider ssh’s clock and DST, at least from a Colorado front range skier point of view dealing with I-70 traffic, would be to stagger in a sense, skier types and their particular interests matching “time of day” conditions. Could this also help mitigate the growing peak traffic issues on I-70?
Might it be possible to change the paradigm on how skiers are currently lift served thus serving their interests? Current gig; you rush out of the house, hit the Floyd hill or Tunnel traffic jam, get to the parking lot, put on your boots, the bell sounds, the lift turns and the stampede begins, etc. (Ya gotta get the value out of that lift ticket by golly…). And forget the ½ day ticket gig unless you are lucky enough to find a parking spot.
Rather, is promoting the various kinds of snow conditions and temperature (etc.) a skier could opt for; say a morning lift service (real early risers), a segment for a lunch time skier and/or perhaps even a late afternoon sun and fun and be seen skier, the way to go? “Follow the sun” would be the concept that would perhaps segment skier interest. Of course, for some, if you want it all, you buy it all.
In the abstract I would think as long as a skier finds real value if not altogether an improved experience, a segment or equivalent method could work. Especially in light of their total ski day experience with a less stressful more timely commute. Maybe then a resort could also offer new and unique experiences once you take off the skis to further fill out your day (profile marketing).
Hopefully the resorts would find economic incentive in a balance of smoothing volume, improving customer satisfaction as well as doing their part to improve traffic with that cost of marketing, expanding lift service times and a system of verifying segmented skier lift ticket.
Dunno…not very well thought out I suppose…but I’m sure tired of the hours and hours getting home often on I-70 let alone leaving the mountain at 2:30 PM to do so…man that puts a damper on a great ski day.