The snow field is a glacier. It has to be at least 35 feet or so (might be wrong on that i think its right), to be considered a glacier. I like watching the base depth at the lodge so you know how long you can lap it for. Looks like it should be average or a little above average summer though! :).
Definitely true. I dont even think ill get to actually ride up there at all this year, just hike and film. The price of tickets and passes just keep getting higher there. The main reason they are so high I guess is because they are the only one in America, so tline is pretty much not competing with anyones prices.