Originally Posted by heavyswimmer
Mt. Ashland Ski Area - Snow Report
Mt. Ashland isn't piled deep, but they're open. It's just where the jet stream is splitting. When Hoodoo was bought, they were told it could be closed 2 out of 10 years due to lack of snow.
Everyone who works there knows this... quit worrying about them, they don't work there for the money. This season is likely to be their most profitable because they will actually work instead of going on ride breaks all day.
That is one of those durable myths that I don't understand. Only about 1/4 of the people I know at ski resorts do it for fun. The rest of us are there to make money and a bad season can have a ripple effect for our budgets. My wife is the breadwinner and I am just supplemental income but the difference between a drought year and average-to-above-average year can be several thousand dollars for me because of: late openings, early closings and just poor business (people don't want to ski as much when its hiking and mountain biking weather).
So I worry for them out of shared experience and empathy.
And that is just on the personal level. Between payroll and tourist spending we are talking the net loss of tens of millions of dollars to the local economy.
The lower elevation resorts are going to continue to hurt the worse of everyone in the West though. I feel lucky that our small resort has a base elevation of 10,000 feet, it helps make up for BFE status in Utah.