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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    That is a good point. It does seem odd.
    I think it is a business decision. They would have to run Panorama which is way more expensive to operate. The amount of night skiing business they get is very low. It is possible that business would be better if Panorama was open too for T2B night skiing but that will never happen - they are conservative. We ski there often on Two fer Tuesday Nights. I do not mind their night offering, We often ski off Tiger Triple for some decent runs or Pistol Triple to do some of the park features - their park is pretty good too which is available at night.
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  2. #12
    I don't think they'd get the ROI by installing the lights and running the Pan.

    What I'd love to see them do is put a conveyor in to speed up the Tiger. IMO the best skiing on the mountain is off that lift, but it's a pretty painful ride for only 700 vert or so.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    I don't think they'd get the ROI by installing the lights and running the Pan.

    What I'd love to see them do is put a conveyor in to speed up the Tiger. IMO the best skiing on the mountain is off that lift, but it's a pretty painful ride for only 700 vert or so.
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    Again Gunstock cites staffing and operational costs - However, with a good slug of snow coming - plus the beginning of the season, it would seem a no brainer for a ROI. It just aggravates me that Wachusett, further south, is able to get open before Gunstock. As for the Tiger runs, they are the best (aside from hotshot), but they don't seem to want to invest in the skiing product as much as their zip lines, and other off season stuff. After this season, I may rethink my season pass options for next year - especially when they raised passes by 10% - but no concrete capital improvements to skiing and snowmaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bostonian View Post
    Again Gunstock cites staffing and operational costs - However, with a good slug of snow coming - plus the beginning of the season, it would seem a no brainer for a ROI. It just aggravates me that Wachusett, further south, is able to get open before Gunstock. As for the Tiger runs, they are the best (aside from hotshot), but they don't seem to want to invest in the skiing product as much as their zip lines, and other off season stuff. After this season, I may rethink my season pass options for next year - especially when they raised passes by 10% - but no concrete capital improvements to skiing and snowmaking.
    ROI to open this weekend on limited terrain? Hmm, who do you propose skis, pass holders or day ticket buyers. I would lean to pass holders which means it adds nothing to their bottom line directly (could make pass holders happy and more likely to reup next year but no direct ROI now). As for day tickets, maybe a few would be sold but then at what price to even break even? Here's a quick rundown of trails and prices at open resorts.
    K 32trails for $77
    Stowe 23 trails for $77
    Okemo 28 trails for $60
    SR 29 trails for $49

    Its a tough business, I can't fault a smaller area for sticking to a planned opening date that they have a good shot of hitting and not guessing. Can be tough to get people to come in weeks earlier than planned to work or sit idle for weeks waiting.

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    I think it might be a "fail" if they somehow gave you the expectation that they were going to open and didn't. It sounds like they just have a set open date and have to stick to it. Some years it works, some years it doesn't (like this one).
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  7. #17
    We do not really mind the hard open so much as the hard close..sad to see the lifts shut down with %100 terrain and weeks worth of corn last year. Enough with the other season capital improvements lets have a skeleton crew able to spin the Panorama for some spring goodness.
    Last edited by Morwax; Dec 17, 2014 at 9:02 AM.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Morwax View Post
    We do not really mind the hard open so much as the hard close..sad to see the lifts shut down with %100 terrain and weeks worth of corn last year. Enough with the other season capital improvements lets have a skeleton crew able to spin the Panorama for some spring goodness. Us local taxpayers have supported Gunstock through thick and thin, now we have been forgotten.
    I agree with your comment about the hard close, even mentioning it in an earlier post. We skied there during the last week or so and were thinking how sad it was that they do that. I spoke to them at the ski show and they said it was due to staff leaving for warmer season jobs and their prepping for summer activities.

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