It's an absolute disgrace they are shutting down the mountains already. What happened to honoring the season pass holders? We in the northwest are about the only ski areas that shut down this early and not because lack of snow. Ive never understood why when ski areas from California to Colorado milk all the snow they have and keep open until the snow is gone and why we don't.
Boyne thinks they can shut the pass down and that we will just go ski crystal. News flash we aren't going too. Here's an idea why doesn't boyne honor all our seasons passes we have here, at crystal once alpental stops running?
Jackson closed last weekend and a majority of Colorado resorts close early/mid April, with A-basin staying open late.
These dates are published at the time that people purchase their passes. Though I can't recall ever reading the fine print on the form for our season pass up here, I'm sure it lists it somewhere (they all do).
Beyond that, this is a business enterprise and while I would love for them to keep the place open until the snow goes away, I also can appreciate that there is diminishing return with regard to revenue relative to the overhead. As for the extended season at Crystal and the idea that they should honor our passes, try and get past that. It wasn't what you payed for when you purchase the pass you have now, they owe us nothing.
The problem is season passes don't bring in revenue this time of year.
What the Summit should do is offer significantly reduced price tickets in the order of a 50% discount to get non pass holders to come up to the mountains and shell out some cash to keep the revenue coming in. They would need to promote it somewhere else besides the website because I would bet most people that frequent the website are pass holders.
I agree it is a crying shame areas in WA state close at the point when the snow is at its max depth for the year. I grew up in New Engalnd and areas would stay open until there were just patches left on the slopes. The areas back east all had a real fun party atmosphere in the spring and that is what is so great about the Alp in the spring.
But the greatest thing about Alpental in the spring is that it is so close to town. People can zoom up to the pass in the AM and ski till it turns to mush, then hang out for a beer and still get back home with enough time to mow the lawn and BBQ dinner. A spring trip to Crystal takes too much time commitment in my opinion and I don't see myself doing it.
1) If the Summit slashed prices to bring skiers up in April, this would impact peak-season, full-pop ticket sales. Some people are smart enough to wait for favorable pricing. That's a difficult equation to parse.
2) The bottom line is that spring skiing in the North Cascades just isn't very good. Sure we have the snow, but we also have the rain. In places like California and Colorado, skiers can count on clear weather to bring daily melt/freeze cycles that create sunny fields of luscious corn snow. Up here, if it's not actually raining, the snow is usually wet, sticky and rotten.
Me, I'm trying hard to find an excuse to head down to Lake Tahoe and get some.
So true, the snow holds promise but rarely delivers. IF we have a snowy January and February, then April can be great (based on 40 years of observation). But if we have a dry, clear early Winter, then "Spring" or maybe "Sprinter" comes in wet and cold. But I still try to ski as long as I can. Since my son now seems to have the passion for 12 month skiing, it should be possible to return to that lifestyle for a few years at least.