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I would agree with you if they could open just up top. But they need to make snow at 2,000', same base elevation as Mt Snow. And they need to cover 2,000' of vertical vs 1,500'. And if I recall, Wildcat cannot make snow simultaneously top-to-bottom.
And this ignores the theoretical situation where Mt Snow opens only Canyon (even less vertical) or the North Face (less vertical, higher base elevation).
Mt Snow wins based on output.
Just look at the stats. Mt Snow has NEVER opened before Wildcat.
And we'll be skiing Top to Bottom while you're all downloading IF lucky.
Wager is Burger w/ Beer
Well I was curious so I did just look at the stats. In 2016 Mt Snow opened on November 23rd while Wildcat opened on November 24th. So much for "never".
In 2017 and 2018 they both opened the same days each year (November 11th in 2017 and October 27th in 2018 ). Also, fwiw, last year on opening day Mt Snow had the most open skiable terrain in the entire east.
I looked it up too, so maybe not Never, but certainly MOST years for the 35+ years I've worked in the industry Wildcat opened before Mt Snow.
Those stats are actually not 100% correct as we skied 2 days before they were open according to your 2016 stats. 11/22 was a "soft opening" and 11/23/16 was Game On
Bet is still on: Put your $$ where your mouth is.....
They also only upgraded their snowmaking system a few years ago (2016 might have been the first year to show it off). So anything before that definitely goes to Wildcat with the geographical advantage. That snowmaking upgrade negated that Wildcat advantage though and leveled the playing field between the two.
The real question though is what Vail will choose to do once they begin making decisions. This year will be business as usual and I'd expect both to open roughly the same date. Next year will be much more telling. Personally I don't care one way or the other as I don't ski at either resort. Still will be interesting to see what kind of decisions Vail makes once they're calling the shots.
With that said lynx top to bottom destroys any other early season offering.
True That !!! No one else can offer Top to Bottom on Day #1
Very interested to see see if Vail lets Wildcat do what they've always done OR if they only go w/ one place early...
Yes. as usual Temps will be the key !!