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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by thebigo View Post
    I believe they have historically rented diesel air compressors to get SS open for the wc. No wc revenue = no diesel compressors.

    If I ran killington I would start with SS pod, but there are many good reasons that I do not run killington.
    They always rent compressors early season, during the last few years with the WC they rented a few more so they could blow SS and the glades at the same time.


  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by skiur View Post
    Why would it have to push back opening several weeks? K always opened TTB often in October before the stairway. Stairway has only been there for 7 or 8 years now.
    I am just going off of the past several years where NR was open well before TTB. And TTB was usually not in October but it’s not impossible. The fact is the number of hours of snowmaking temps at 3,300’ and higher in Oct/Nov is way higher than at 2,500’.
    2019/20 = 23 Cut Short!
    2018/19 = 36
    2017/18 = 37
    2016/17 = 31
    2015/16 = Depressing
    2014/15 = 28
    2013/14 = 27

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Zand View Post
    I don't think operating the Gondola would be a big deal in the early season since you only use it once up and once down. Limit each car to one party each. Might cause a bit of a line first thing in the morning but other than that it would work fine.
    That's exactly what they'll tell you so they can run the gondola.

    In truth, based on known, current scientific data regarding aerosolized COVID19 particulate married with prior nanometer viral dynamics knowledge, we have absolutely no idea, other than to say the virus can remain alive in the air about 3 hours.

    That would mean it's only safe to run the gondy at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm, so 3 runs per day. In truth, while the virus has proven to be alive "floating" 3 hours after someone coughs or sneezes, the reality is the viral loading to catch COVID19 would likely be much less, meaning perhaps it's only "dangerous" to be in the gondy for an hour after a sick person was in there, and maybe they could run the gondy at 9am, 10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 2, and 3:15.

    My point is, planet earth's best scientists have no idea, so Vail Resorts, Alterra, or your local Bubba Gump ski bump certainly has no flipping clue.
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  4. #14
    Vail running their gondola's forces the rest of the ski industry to run theirs. I can see one-way up the stairs, skiing down GN to the NRQ and lapping Rime/Reason like a traditional season...just have to blow the Great Northern "horn" into North Ridge which generally opens up 5-10 days after Rime/Reason anyhow.

    I want to make October turns this year. I'm sure many of you do too after our season was cut short. Covid or no covid resorts are going to follow the money...if there's a lot of pent up demand to ski this fall you can bet we may see some non-traditional early season players. And ski resorts are going to have to be aggressive. In years past the "goal" may be to get every base lodge and lift open for Christmas break...this year that's not going to be a "goal"...it's going to be necessary with lodge/lift capacity constraints. Get ahead and start blowing a week early.

    Also of note diesel prices are about 50 cents less than last year and are expected to keep dropping.
    2019-2020 59 days and holding...
    Thunder Ridge: 12/7, 12/8, 12/21, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/31, 1/4, 1/5, 1/11, 1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/26, 2/1, 2/2, 2/8, 2/9, 2/15, 2/16, 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23, 3/7, 3/8
    Killington: 11/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/23, 1/3, 1/30, 1/31, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12
    Mount Snow: 11/27, 12/2, 12/24 Sunday River: 1/8, 1/9, 1/10 Greek Peak: 1/13, 1/14 Jiminy Peak: 12/6 Catamount: 12/13, 3/5 Pico: 12/19, 2/28 Mohawk: 12/27 Burke: 1/1 Ragged: 1/2 Wildcat: 1/6 Cannon: 1/7 Jay Peak: 1/23 Mad River Glen: 1/24 Magic: 2/14
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  5. #15
    Well there goes early season at Killington. Nov 14th. See other thread on Covid response.
    2019/20 = 23 Cut Short!
    2018/19 = 36
    2017/18 = 37
    2016/17 = 31
    2015/16 = Depressing
    2014/15 = 28
    2013/14 = 27

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    Quote Originally Posted by slatham View Post
    Well there goes early season at Killington. Nov 14th. See other thread on Covid response.
    Yeah just got that email.

    Not opening until top to bottom and at multiple base areas.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by JimG. View Post
    Yeah just got that email.

    Not opening until top to bottom and at multiple base areas.
    Also seems to be a motivation to not be the ONLY area open. Vail set that date for several areas IIRC.
    2019/20 = 23 Cut Short!
    2018/19 = 36
    2017/18 = 37
    2016/17 = 31
    2015/16 = Depressing
    2014/15 = 28
    2013/14 = 27

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    Quote Originally Posted by slatham View Post
    Also seems to be a motivation to not be the ONLY area open. Vail set that date for several areas IIRC.
    Yes, and Wildcat is two days earlier than Killington IIRC.

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  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    Yes, and Wildcat is two days earlier than Killington IIRC.

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    And mount snow Nov 14th also.
    2019/20 = 23 Cut Short!
    2018/19 = 36
    2017/18 = 37
    2016/17 = 31
    2015/16 = Depressing
    2014/15 = 28
    2013/14 = 27

  10. #20
    If there ever was a year to open a bit later this would be it. Its silly to even set a date IMO. Just open when you have enough terrain to spread people out. Maybe we can get it back in the spring?

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