guys, I'm not fishing, not suing, not being obtuse, not dis-ing a ski area. I'm trying to load up on potential energy, wind up some gravity, and get up on top.
the one thing we want from a lift is for it to move up the hill, and if a skier skis on a pass, that skier can't go somewhere else unless she has dough to burn.
don't you think that if the main slope at a huge ski area slid, that the information regarding snow safety that day would be out there? skiers are capable of listening and discerning facts.
Marc, the slope slid right after the slope opened. I said that. The only lucky thing was that no one was under the debris field, though a lot of equiptment was lost. the ski patrol know way more than I do. I said that. that's why they had the slope good to go at 8:30, and that's why they could not suggest that the slope sit there for three hours and wind load. I said that too. I'm going step by step here. are you with me?
If snow safety is done at 8:30 and the lift doesn't open, and skiers are not stabilizing the face by cutting and packing it, and it's blowing hard, that initial snow safety is negated by wind load, a phenom that can happen really fast. If you are going to open at 11:30, you will have to cut and blast again, and the patrol are pushed hard as it is.
Laying off the patrol and subsequently being short on running the mountain properly is poor behavior, greed? or prudent financial management, and prudent for whom?
related to above point: passholders are not provided a financial statement for the ski area they have put their buck and their trust on, so when an area doesn't accomplish lift openings as some would hope, and snow safety or lift mechanicals are not the reason (by sound objective info), one has to guess whether financial hardship is the reason, or is it payments on a yacht or new mercedes, can the ownership absorb the hardship along with the skiers, or do they get the new mercedes regardless of the the conditions present during a season? (I am in total ignorance of what the financial base line is for the owners/operators, so this is wanton speculation).
this slide offers a chance to learn something. If there is a point to this thread, that may be it. Intelligence is required. Expending assets may be required when that is not financially advantageous. And if the postings on this thread encourage mountain operations management to run a lift when the main elements are in place: snow safety, lift mechanicals, money in the vault, lifties to grab from somewhere then I have done my job (increasing access to epic powder without hurting anyone or anything, or ruffling any feathers out there).
Of course this is all BS, as I am not in a position to demand anything from Resort ownership, but I keep hoping they have their ear to the ground (snow). One day I rode the chair with one of the highest mountain managers and he and I had a long, earnest talk. I said that the single most important thing to me at a ski area was that it open as many of the main lifts as possible. I believe that our talk had some positive effect. And though I do not claim to speak for anyone, I doubt that the points I bring up come out of a void either.
And this is a forum, right, talk it up, take a few chances, hang your opinion out there, get bombed.