in my last year university i was in contact with snow
making technicians at blue mountain pitching the idea of using excavating
equipment to dig dirt jumps in the summer, requiring less snow making and
allowing the park to open with more features sooner. This was almost 7 years ago though when blues park was actually good.
they liked the idea but said it wouldn’t allow them the opportunity to consistently change their park layout, which is a very good point.
i actually stole the idea from dagmar who used to cut their pipe into the ground in the summer, that’s of course before they finally decided to fill it in.
im very surprized more smaller resorts don’t do this.