2019/2020 A Tale of Two Ski Resort Season Prospects

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Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:45 am

Well the Tale of 2 Resort Prospects is playing out. While no doubt many areas will recover nicely, the damage has been done. Notably at Wintergreen, App, Beech and Sugary and the small areas that shut down.

Regarding Wintergreen, thanks Marz for making one of my points below (from another site)
"Wintergreen chose not to start building a base in Nov. The difference between Wgreen and Mnut is pretty noticeable this season"

The reason I am so hard on WTG is that they have the terrain (Highlands, they have the lifts (2 HS 6 packs), they have SNOWPOWER, but they dont have any runs open. WTG today has a thread to connect Dobie and Eagle Swoop, probably not even safe to be open. That is a crying shame.

Marz is right. While MNUT and most resorts that have any snow left are all in pretty rough shape, except maybe Snowshoe, WTG did not make snow in November when they could have. They also did not and historically do not start making snow early in the Highlands-a big mistake. The past couple years it has been late Jan to mid Feb before 100% of the mountain is open. This year, it probably won't even happen.

The thrivers and survivors seem to be: Snowshoe, Cat, Wisp, Canaan Valley, and Bryce to some extent.
Good news is the picture should drastically improve over the weekend!
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Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:46 am

I was interested to see that Mnut hasn't blown any snow on Upper Showtime yet. It was a clear indication that the focus was on keeping the core trails that are more protected from the sun covered with as close to side-to-side coverage as possible. A patroller I talked to last Sat said that even the upper part of Lower Showtime was too thin and that's why it was closed for a while. That gets sun too.

The only trail that Mnut will re-start more than once a season is Geronimo. That's the short but steeper green next to Lift 3 that's good for beginning boarders. Southern Comfort doesn't have enough pitch.

With the expansion of the teaching area at Mnut, keeping that fully covered helps give beginners a place to have fun when Geronimo isn't open. I got in a few powder turns last week right next to the longer magic carpet that's been shifted over a bit. Was worth repeating. :-)
2019-20: Bryce, Cataloochee, Massanutten. Plans: Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:48 am

SWOOP wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:45 am
Well the Tale of 2 Resort Prospects is playing out. While no doubt many areas will recover nicely, the damage has been done. Notably at Wintergreen, App, Beech and Sugary and the small areas that shut down.

. . .

The thrivers and survivors seem to be: Snowshoe, Cat, Wisp, Canaan Valley, and Bryce to some extent.
Good news is the picture should drastically improve over the weekend!
Do you think App can recover pretty fast once the temps drop? Or do they essentially have to start over from grass?
2019-20: Bryce, Cataloochee, Massanutten. Plans: Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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