Judging a Ski Season

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killglobalwarmingnow
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Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:01 pm

If we boiled down a single metric for how good a ski season was, I offer the following;

- Number days open of Oz Run

Two, three, four years running: zero?
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Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:36 am

killglobalwarmingnow wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:01 pm
If we boiled down a single metric for how good a ski season was, I offer the following;

- Number days open of Oz Run

Two, three, four years running: zero?
I don't think you can judge the ski season based on that metric. Beech has been very conservative (cheap) on their snow making the past several years. They have talked about all of the new additions they have made with new snow guns, pumps, etc but I don't see a major difference in them getting slopes open faster. It took them until January 31 to get any blacks open (and Southern Star only stayed open less than 2 weeks so far this year). Until Beech decides to stop being cheap on snowmaking, I don't see them opening Oz Run unless they get a big snowstorm.
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Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:38 pm

I agree- using Oz would call virtually every season a "zero?- A better metric would be something that is open during good stretches like Tom Terrific or Gunther's.... so you could actually compare the last few years instead of ending up with 0 vs 0.
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Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:42 pm

I'm not real familiar with Beech Mtn (I've only skied there twice), but I was up there yesterday and it doesn't look like there are any plans to ever open Oz Run again, regardless of natural snowfall. I probably don't know the whole story but as of yesterday, there are large boulders placed in front on the bridge that crosses the road.
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Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:37 am

This is the whole point, was the ski season good or bad? Did Oz Run or Whoop Dee Do open for at least a month? No, then it was not a good season. There may have been some good 3 day stretches, but there was a ton of rain and warm stretches.
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