- Jun 4, 2004
- NEK by Birth
Weird about Collins. It is older than one would think (2005 or so I think?)Asked around but I didn't hear anything. Collins was down all day a week ago as well. Collins was spinning (empty) on my way out at 4pm. As a bonus they kept Wildcat and Sugarloaf both open til 4:30. Not sure if they're not releasing the full amount of parking reservations but both today and Saturday were dead. Saturday I know was "sold out" based on the reservation site, didn't check for today. I started down the canyon at about 4:20 and the average speed down was the typical dry-road 35-40mph.
I'm hearing rumors about Snowbird being critically understaffed. Could very well be true based on their job openings. Snowbird is requiring employees to be vaxxed, Alta is vax or test weekly.
We had a parking reservation today. With all the hassle in getting it, I must say that it turned out to work for us (so far). The only lift that was crowded was Sunnyside due to Collins being down. I did not call it crowded--busy but not crowded. It felt like pre-IKON days.
Yes, Snowbird is hurting. At first I thought it was due to the warmth and its impact on snowmaking. But it is becoming more painfully evident that they have burned too many people and just don't have enough staff for snowmaking and running the lifts. John Cumming is reaping what he sown.
It is also evident that they are hurting financially. They've already started doing stupid shit like repricing services and items at higher prices than even a few days before and reneging on promotions. Examples: valet parking was $30 last week; now it is $40. My season pass discount on Snowbird logo gear "mysteriously" expired despite the fact that the website clearly states that we have said discount all season. They did the same thing to employees in 2018 when Christmas sucked due to low snow--they cut pass benefits and lost a ton of longtimers. It is stuff like this that saves pennies now but costs many dollars later.
Now before John Cumming's time Snowbird was a notoriously terrible employer. Dick Bass was a weird dude and though he owned it he did not like spending a lot of money on operating it. It got better when Ian Cumming stepped in. Then he died and it was one low snow season and back to being a terrible employer. Now John is really losing $$$. I hope he moves on to other projects. I recently got a survey from them and I was shocked that the final two questions were SPECIFICALLY about my impressions of POWDR. I answered truthfully.