It seems that Bachelor, starting tomorrow, is going to be opening at 9:00 instead of 8:30, 7 days a week: http://www2.mtbachelor.com/winter/services/snow_report/conditions.html
"Starting on Monday, March 9th Mt Bachelor will open at 9am to offer enough daylight prior to opening. NWX last chair will be moved back to 3:45pm"
I checked the sunrise tomorrow, and it is at 7:26am. Oddly enough, December 9th through January 26th featured a sunrise at 7:26am or earlier, yet the mountain (once open mid-December) was open every day at 8:30. Yet, now there is "not enough daylight to operate". In years past, weekends/holidays always saw 3 lifts at 8:00, even Christmas.
Ok, so operating revenues are down and they want to cut staffing hours. Like most passholders, I don't agree, but if they want to save a few $ by limiting the ski day, at least come out and say so. Don't lie by coming up with an excuse that doesn't hold up to scrutiny. What is next: announcing the closing day by saying " we have decided to close mid-April. There is too much sun in the sky and too much snow coverage: skiers are getting snow-blindness, therefore next Sunday will be our last operational day. Sorry to all those who purchased passes upon assumption that we would be operating until our normal mid-May end of season"?