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The "Sugarbush Thread"

nhskier1969

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The two Alterra owned resorts are the only two major resorts that are not open or making snow in VT. Wondering if their other resorts are closed in other states.
I was wondering myself. As of a day or so ago the only Alterra resort open is Crystal mtn and that is on natural snow. None of their resorts were pushing to open up early. I wonder if Alterra have a whole bunch of actuaries sitting in a room to figure out how to squeeze as much money out of the year as possible.
 
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I was wondering myself. As of a day or so ago the only Alterra resort open is Crystal mtn and that is on natural snow. None of their resorts were pushing to open up early. I wonder if Alterra have a whole bunch of actuaries sitting in a room to figure out how to squeeze as much money out of the year as possible.
Mammoth, Squaw, and Big Bear are open (and have been for a little while). I genuinely don't blame them (yet) for not rushing to open in VT -- what's the point?
 

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Also it's really sad that friggin' Big Bear (and also a ski hill in *North Carolina*) opened before someplace like Sugarbush.

What's so special about Big Bear that you think it is sad they opened before Sugarbush? They regularly open around mid to late November. As for the area in North Carolina that opened...they need to cover something like 700' of vertical while Sugarbush is trying to cover 2400' of vertical. In a normal year, Sugarbush would have been opened already with skiing off of Heaven's Gate. But this year they don't want to open until they have multiple routes/lifts available. Can't say I blame them one bit for that strategy.

There's plenty of other major resorts that haven't opened yet in the Northeast (look at NH).

For all the people that think SB should be open by now...what would you have done differently if you were in charge? It isn't like they haven't been making snow. Back in early November they even had piles on Pushover that were visible from the golf course cam (all completely melted out now...which shows the weather challenges they're dealing with). As far as I can tell, they've been running guns on the same number of trails simultaneously that they would have any other year, so I can't say they're cutting back and blowing less snow to save money (if they do that, it will be something seen later on with not blowing them as deep or skipping some trails or something along those lines).
 

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pretty grim snow scene at the moment, but single chair weather blog latest post talks about incoming series of storms thru mid December and looking much better in 2 weeks, which is when i show up in the valley. so that's cool i guess.

i got a new avatar. it felt on brand.
 

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I was wondering myself. As of a day or so ago the only Alterra resort open is Crystal mtn and that is on natural snow. None of their resorts were pushing to open up early. I wonder if Alterra have a whole bunch of actuaries sitting in a room to figure out how to squeeze as much money out of the year as possible.
They've been dragging with Solitude. As was said in another thread, they had a malfunction of their snowmaking system and they were not too fast in getting it fixed.

As to SB, it is not at all a normal year. COVID means that things are much different. Now under the ownership of a larger national company also means that they need to work through that. And SB, for a while now, has not been in the "first to open" market anyways.
 
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