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The snowmaking system went in (search FTO news stories from lasdt fall),
but AFAIK it was never intended for year-'round skiing, only to ensure a
reasonable opening date if early natural didn't come.
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On Mon, 26 May 2003 20:36:25 -0400 Scott Braaten <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:
>On Mon, 26 May 2003 11:50:18 -0400, Skip King
><[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>As regards ways to make Superstar last longer: K could do
>>it, certainly, with existing technology.  They don't because
>>there's no economic point in doing so.
>
>That's what it comes down too.  I'm surprised that so many western ski
>areas stay open as late as they do.  The demand must be there, and I'm sure
>a lot of them could stay open even longer.  Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley
>were planning on closing today but their base depths are still in the 4-10+
>foot range at upper elevations.  Mammoth and Arapahoe Basin are the only
>ones I can think of that stay open as long as possible that are not open
>all summer like Timberline/Mt Hood areas.  Anyone know if Mammoth or A-
>Basin put on early summer ski camps or are they just open purely for
>recreational use?
>
>Also...didn't A-Basin tool around with the idea of installing snowmaking in
>the upper elevations so they could stay open all year round?  Anyone know
>what happened with that idea?
>
>-Scott
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