But when did AIG push stowe into may? Since ive been heading there fairly regularly the past 15 years, they basically always close with 80% or more of the mountain open. It about people not snowThis change was only due to the loss of A-Basin and the early/late skiing it provided. Vail realized that for the Colorado local they had to counter this, and Keystone early with its snowmaking, and Breck late with its elevation was the plan. I would not interpret this as a company-wide, national effort to offer early and/or late skiing. There was certainly no added length to Stowe's season, and they had the snow to do so!
On that note, as someone living outside NYC with two annual family trips to Stowe that basically locked me into the epic the past few years, this gives me even more ways to lower my per day number… but do worry about what this will mean for crowds at all the VT mountains in play. Conversely… nice to Have Hunter for when I can manage a midweek day trip or even a few hours on a weekend. I would normally buy a triple play for those trips so much prefer not having to spend that extra coin.
Stowe hasn’t quite been the Armageddon predicted when bought by vail originally but was way more crowded early (time not season) versus years past IMO. I used to feel like the 7:30 am weekend open allowed you to cheat the system if you got up and got out. But this year (admittedly good snow year) the crowds definitely seemed to be there earlier… even on what wouldn’t really be consider true powder days.