Long story short- I landed my dream job last fall and now I am the Director of Operations for Magic Mountain in Southern VT. I won't bore you with the insanity of what that really means, but I'm making this thread to tell you what I'm trying to make happen here as well as get some feedback about our options going forward with the project.
The basic idea: We already run our tubing park until 7ish, pay a patroller to be on staff and also pay staff to run the handle tow. My idea was to use that same lighted area, same staff etc, and put in a small park where our beginner handle tow is located now (for those familiar with the place) and charge just like tubing- day pass or season passes available either standalone or as an add-on for a regular season pass.
Operationally speaking, we'd likely be extending the viable demographic that uses our night services now, as well as creating additional draw into the bar & restaurant without actually spending much additional money since as I said before the staff is already being paid to be there- So I've essentially been given the go ahead to make this happen... Which brings me to the subject of your input. Please try to answer the questions below as best you can, they really will be used to determine what is going to go in, type of features, cost etc.
Basically we have a 500' mellow run to work with that is at maximum 3-4 snowcat lengths wide. It's not really steep enough to do airs, but it's just about right for rails, boxes and the like.
If you were designing a park, what would your most basic concerns be in terms of features? What would be a MUST for you? Full rail jam style flow course or just a few scattered features to play on? Both? Is there a type of box, rail etc. you feel is absolutely a staple? Feel free to get elaborate if you want, this is your opportunity to tell me how to do my job and I am absolutely listening.
How much would you pay for a lighted (lit af of course) handle tow served night park as described here? $10? $20? I would love to hear your realistic maximums. I'm trying to make this on the cheaper side, but it also has to make sense to my GM.
Would you be more likely to by a day pass or a season pass to something like this if the price is reasonable?
How late do you see yourself staying at a night park like this?
Any warnings? Definite things to watch out for, problems you've seen etc?
Any other suggestions that you would like to make if you were designing something like this? Feel free to let it fly, I'm all ears and I want this to be fucking awesome. Magic has never really had a park since Burton ghosted on us way back, but I really want to work our way into it an this is a good step to work from if it works out. I'm really hoping to put something cool together, and I'd love to ring you all into the process as well- after all, you're likely the ones going to be using it!
Thanks for the input, and really I hope to see some NS diecuts on the hill this year, they're pretty rare on this side of the valley!