James and I have perhaps different standards about what constitutes good conditions. We had this discussion at Serre Chevalier and concluded that James is not an "eastern skier," as only a modest proportion of his skiing is done there.Not sure I can explain it.
It was close to freezing, but really no sun to speak of. The small amount of snow on top of the very firm and ice was extremely grippy. You could ski steep stuff. Best I can do.
I have Mammoth skier visits through 2019 (Alterra won't release them since) and have analyzed this subject quite a bit.Historically the numbers, in the US at least, track far closer to good/bad snowfall than good/bad economics.
There is probably some economic influence, but it is not large.
2021-22 revised US numbers actually set a new record of 60.7 million, which rates to be broken again with a much better snow season than last year. If visits drop in 2023-24 it will be likely due to less snow than this season.Would you suggest that economic conditions might affect skier visitation? I would guess that tighter household budgets may be a factor next winter.
There's a perception that easterners enjoy (and are somehow naturally talented at) skiing snowmaking boilerplate. I assured him that was not necessarily the case, at least in my case. He and Liz heard my grumbling when we skied the unpleasant last 1,000 verts down to the base at the end of the day. They were much more tolerant of it!James is not an "eastern skier," as only a modest proportion of his skiing is done there.
It's more a matter if that's what you have to ski much of the time, your skills at it will improve. There's still a disconnect in my brain seeing Liz' relative comfort in those conditions when she is still uncomfortable on exposed steeps when the snow is much better.There's a perception that easterners enjoy (and are somehow naturally talented at) skiing snowmaking boilerplate.
Looks like NYS is finally getting proper conditions. Wasn't there a recent season that was like this -- really bad until early March and then a big recovery?
Honestly I feel the same way.Always amazing how little snow is required for 'off piste' in the east (that was true even when I grew up back there).
Not sure what you're saying here.