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    I understand the unlikelihood of changing...

    I understand the unlikelihood of changing someone's mind in an internet argument, but:



    Me sending a single link to back an argument does not mean that is the only source that validates my...
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    Thank you for this. I didn't mean to spark a...

    Thank you for this. I didn't mean to spark a debate on climate change, as I really can't believe a group of people who rely on snow for the sport(s) they love are denying basic science. I am...
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    Climate change has resulted in less snowfall. For...

    Climate change has resulted in less snowfall. For example, Stratton averages 180" per year because they typically receive between 160-200". However, in recent years that has trended towards 140-180"....
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    Lift ticket prices are up across the board...

    Lift ticket prices are up across the board because costs have simply increased drastically. Making snow instead of relying on natural snow is a significant cost increase in terms of electricity...
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    I would not be surprised to see Alterra invest in...

    I would not be surprised to see Alterra invest in a new lift at Solitude this summer to combat the Ikon effect. It's traffic is way up due to it being the only unlimited resort in the area, although...
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    That is true. However, I think I read that they...

    That is true. However, I think I read that they will be increasing their daily ticket sales cap once the Black 2.0 opens next year, so maybe not as big of an impact as it would otherwise be. Still,...
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    I love Magic and have skied there before when...

    I love Magic and have skied there before when they have reached their lift ticket cap... it can be worse than any other mountain! Last year I skied Magic when only Red was operating (as Black was...
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    Ikon just wants to start selling the passes at...

    Ikon just wants to start selling the passes at the beginning of March and did a rough check with all of the partners to make sure the existing deals were working out well. Like last year, they will...
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    That was taken at opening this morning when all...

    That was taken at opening this morning when all lifts were delayed due to avalanche control, so everyone was just standing around waiting. I therefore wouldn't call that an accurate depiction of the...
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    Ikon will probably change their pass structure...

    Ikon will probably change their pass structure next year, meaning adding passes with more restrictions, to solve some of these problems. The non-Alterra mountains may like to remain independent, but...
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    https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/town_county/ar...

    https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/town_county/article_74e0e79c-ed83-5a4f-b5b6-408b365126b0.html

    Jackson Hole with some hard data regarding Ikon effect.
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    Ikon and Epic have both had similar crowding...

    Ikon and Epic have both had similar crowding effects even though Epic sold almost four times as many passes. It honestly depends on the existing market and the previous offerings. I think A-Basin...
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    That is correct, Vail does not own much of the...

    That is correct, Vail does not own much of the land. The group that owns the land in this particular area is the same group that owns The Colony real estate project, who already lease Vail a lot of...
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    I think Vail buying Smuggs would really solidify...

    I think Vail buying Smuggs would really solidify itself in the Boston market. Stowe is extremely popular for Bostonians and making it the largest resort east of the Rockies would be excellent...
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    Mt. Rose will be the least crowded/cheapest at...

    Mt. Rose will be the least crowded/cheapest at Tahoe, but Squaw has the best runs (although they all have excellent runs). They all have plenty of snow right now as well. Mammoth is farther out but...
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    Alterra has plenty of capital as the owners have...

    Alterra has plenty of capital as the owners have deep pockets. Vail had a bad financial report about one month ago and I think they would prefer to spend their dollars integrating Stevens/Triple Peak...
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    Something that the picture Stratton posted...

    Something that the picture Stratton posted doesn't show is the amount of grading work that needs to be done at the base of the lift. I skied by the bottom terminal this past weekend and the area...
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    So the originally target weekend was this one...

    So the originally target weekend was this one (December 15). They are attributing 2-3 weeks of delays as a result of underestimating the time needed to build while avoiding whatever bird’s nesting...
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    I was talking with some people at Stratton and...

    I was talking with some people at Stratton and the new target opening date is the week/weekend before MLK. The lift itself should be finished around Christmas but they need two weeks or so for tests...
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