Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:04 am
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:16 am
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:43 pm
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:57 pm
Tony Crocker wrote:But it's somewhat ironic that Loveland and A-Basin and even Copper are among the slowest western areas to reach full operation. During dry years they have still opened in mid-October but are only in the range of 20% open at Christmas.
No one in Colorado has made the investment that several areas in the Alps have to build comprehensive snowmaking coverage. The Christmases of 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2017-18 might have led to consideration of expanded snowmaking coverage. The skier profile of Christmas skiers in Colorado is I suspect not much different from the profile of school holiday skiers in the Alps. The latter seem very happy with the skiing at snowmaking dependent complexes like Saalbach and the Dolomites.
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:24 am
Tony Crocker wrote:No one in Colorado has made the investment that several areas in the Alps have to build comprehensive snowmaking coverage.
sierra_cement wrote:Keystone had plenty of natural snow by Thanksgiving last year but they didn't even bother to open the beginner terrain at the bottom of the mountain. I'm assuming they don't have the manpower/equipment to open a lot of terrain quickly.
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:35 pm
EMSC wrote:Anyway, I suspect the climate is far more amenable to easy access to water for those Alps resorts.
EMSC wrote:Not sure if any of the big resorts do. They rely heavily on modest sized Ski Patrol groups to set up signage, ropes, etc... I can't recall any of the big Colorado resorts opening in too fast a manner even in a big snow year. It's always paced as to opening up section by section of the hill.
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:52 pm
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:35 pm
sbooker wrote:The Rockies are called that for nothing I guess.
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:11 pm
Tony Crocker wrote:Apply that ratio to the similarly intermediate pitched but much larger SkiWelt and you get 1,900 acres of snowmaking.
The Dolomites have snowmaking on 1,100 of their 1,200 km of trails. 9,000 acres?
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:18 pm
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:48 pm
tseeb wrote:Unless A-Basin moves up their planned opening, it looks like Keystone will be first.
Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:32 pm
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:21 pm
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:10 am
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:30 pm
EMSC wrote:The only hope is that the season maintains momentum and not get sudden warm ups and dry spells - especially with the new snow on the ground we don't want to develop a bad layer with Avalanche implications for the entire season.