But wait...to park rats everywhere...Bode looks like a Gaper. He wears one of those funny looking speed suits.
Grooming -- maybe.
High insurance rates -- due to gapers? Or the park rats and the guys hucking off cliffs in the back country?
High speed lifts -- I've never known a skier, regardless of ability, who didn't prefer getting up the mountain faster.
So, let's say a third to a half of all lift tickets are purchased by gapers. Eliminate that revenue flow, and ticket prices will come down? Hmmm.... this sounds like Palinomics.
High Insurance Rates - Is it always the park rats and guys hucking off cliffs? Or could it be the racer that spirals out of control off the race course into a tree because he was going to fast for his own ability. Or just plain didn't care to use his/her own peripheral vision to scan outside a 5 Degree area directly in front of them and blasted into another customer? (Case in point...Mt. Hood last week. Where the main run funnels into the parking lot. Two racers speed in, only one makes it out. The other was left to fend for themselves in the rocks, on her face. True story. SkierGirl777 can back me up on this)
High Speed Lifts - My Dad at 60 years old, and 280 lbs., enjoys a nice break on the lifts. It gives his legs time to recover before the next run.
If you stopped grooming for the Gapers then the crowds would go down, which would reduce insurance rates and eliminate the need for multi-million dollar high speed lifts, which would reduce lift ticket prices. When the crowds increase at an area do the prices go down, no, they go up, because they need more parking, lifts, employees, etc.
The cheapest (and IMO best) skiing is found at small areas that have old fixed grip lifts and minimal grooming. When an area forces you to ski the "mountain' as opposed to nothing but groomed runs, the Gapers stay away, and the ticket prices stay low.
On the flipside here, we had that earlier claim that to Bode, everyone is a Gaper. Bode likes groomed runs. So one of these two statements doesn't jive. If grooming is for Gapers, then Bode is a Gaper. If everyone is a Gaper to Bode, then runs are not groomed for Gapers, but for elite skiers that are the epitome of cool.
Regarding ticket prices and amenities, I look back at my 5 home resorts around Spokane, in order from Cheapest to Most Expensive.
Lookout Pass = 3 Fixed Grip Doubles, no condos, least terrain
Mt. Spokane = 5 Fixed Grip Doubles, does have old Condos, not slopeside
49 Degrees North = 4 Doubles, 1 Fixed Grip Quad(New, opened awesome terrain)
Silver Mountain = 2 Doubles, 2 Triples, 1 Short Quad, 1 Parking Lot to Mountain People Mover (Gondola not for skiing), and lots of new Condos at the base of Gondola. Weak grooming.
Schweitzer = Not sure on the latest lift count, but the only one with high speed lifts. Also the most condos, slopeside and Terrain and a mini village at base.
So ticket price IS directly related to number of amenities.