Kmart will be expanding the terrain based learning idea this year.  It will be over at Ramshead I believe.  The Parks crew will not be responsible for it.  (I asked.)

John Bonin
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On Nov 13, 2014 7:45 AM, "Skip King" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
On 11/13/2014 6:43 AM, Josh A wrote:

Makes sense to me.  Anyone have experience with this technique?

I remember there being some little features towards the bottom of Spruce... I guess this is what they were used for?

TBL is quite the rage at ski areas right now; a growing number of them are using it. It's a good concept.

But I think it's a stretch to call it new. Killington was using the basic concept back in the early- to mid-1980s and a fair number of ski areas have been sculpting features on beginner terrain at least since then. For all I know, Killington copped the idea from somewhere else, though it wouldn't surprise me if the idea originated there. Learn-to-Ski programs were arguably its core marketing focus in the '70s and '80s (the learn-to-ski weeks could bring in as many as a thousand new skiers per week, and do the math - 1000 skiers times five days times four months is up to 100,000 skier days - plus a good shot at a long-term customer relationship) and there was almost nothing Killington wouldn't try to make the experience easier and more fun.

Aside from the sophistication of the grooming equipment that makes it cost effective to set up TBL, what IS new is the formalization of the approach - and the branding of it.  Someone got clever, and I tip my hat to 'em.

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