Originally Posted by crgildart
Most East areas have 100% night skiing. I haven't been West lately-this decade, but last time I went only a few runs were lit at night.
Not in Northern New England. Night skiing pretty much only exists close to major population centers. The mole hills of Southern New Hampshire have night skiing because of the large population base in Northern Mass and Southern New Hampshire. I think Bolton Valley still has night skiing because of the proximity to Burlington. Sunday River is diddling with it this winter but I'd be surprised if the experiment lasts long. Killington did it many decades ago and abandonded it.
Don't forget how small the population is in Colorado. You've only got around 3-ish million people in metro-Denver and the close skiing like Eldora and Loveland is still a haul to make it to Wednesday night beer league races from your flatland cubicle dweller job. You just don't have the critical mass to attract the people. ...and Denver is the biggest population center near skiing until you get to the west coast.
...and to go back on-topic, ski resorts are trying to maximize their profits just like any other business. If you set your pass price too low, you jam the mountain with cheap pass people and the high yield day ticket people vanish. That's the experience at the American Skiing Company and their New England portfolio. At Killington, they put the pass price back to somewhat closer to what it used to be before ASC went discount. The result? Killington was empty because ASC had trained all the high yield business to go elsewhere. Okemo had a record year for skier visits. It will take years to unwind the damage caused by the weekend mayhem those cheap passes caused.
From personal experience, I absolutely refuse to ski the Colorado I-70 resorts on weekends. I've run into crowding like I've never seen in the east. Every yahoo was out there with 1980's neon, rear entry boots, and straight skis sporting a dirt cheap season pass. I'm there on an almost full-boat day ticket concluding that I'm never, ever, ever coming back. If I were a regular at the mountain, I probably would have understood the choke points and avoided them. As a moron touron from thousands of miles away, I don't have the local knowledge and I have no interest in spending large dollars to stand in lines and ski on a surface that's been beat up from too much skier traffic.