go to any ski resort over the next week and tell me its feasible to have more people skiing. uphill capacity is at a max at most large resorts this week and spring break. more people skiing is honestly not an issue. i havent seen numbers for the past 2 seasons, but 2010 was the highest total skier days reported in the US ever. cutting ski area income per guest bye 50$ is one of the worst things they could do.
there are several reasons prices have gone up. you like park? how much insurance do you think they pay for that? like watching xgames pipe? you know that pipe (snowmaking, man hours, cat hours, maintenance of machinery etc etc) costs $4million to build?
lifties making 9$ an hour...sure, some do. cat operators make about double that, ski patrollers, instructors, shop employees, food court people, cooks, yellow jackets, bus drivers, park crew...how many people you think work at breck? 2000?
the truth is most resorts operate in the red anyway, and are doing anything they can to get guests to come, but cutting prices is not something that makes sense for them. go to breck or keystone over break, and yes, its crowded as fuck, but how many people in the park buy day passes anyway? the epic pass costs about as much as 6 day passes, and people riding park are prolly going at least 60 days a year. a huge number of their guests are not a source of income. they dont buy food there, they dont rent, they dont take lessons, they just buy a season pass for 500$ and (unpopular opinion time) financially rape the place.
started rambling, im done..
tl;dr: yoos you're bran moran
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