Mount Snow will report open acreage instead of open trails to more accurately convey terrain availability and snow conditions.
"Trail count does not tell the whole story," said Tim Boyd, president of Mount Snow's parent company, Peak Resorts.
The move will make acreage the standard measurement of open terrain, and overall percentage of available terrain - calculated using open acreage and not trails - also will be prominently reported.
"An acre is an acre. There's no gray area," said Boyd.
"In the past, we could report 28 open trails, but in reality there were only 4 top to bottom runs made up of connectors and ‘lower' and ‘upper' portions of trails. Then, if we reported 54 out of 107 trails it gave the impression that our mountain was 50 percent open, when in fact, only about 25 percent of our terrain was skiable," Boyd said.
"New England has a credibility problem when it comes to reporting open terrain. We're trying to overcome that and be more transparent," he said.
Boyd cited Snowdance, a popular intermediate trail on the Main Face of the mountain, as an example of the misleading nature of high trail counts. "Snowdance has 24 skiable acres. On the other hand, Upper Lodge, Lodge, Choke, Charlie's Chase, Yard Sale, Uncle's and Launch Pad, added all together, comprise just 19 acres. In this case, one trail has more acreage than seven trails combined," said Boyd.
All other statistics, such as open mileage, new snowfall, base depth, etc., will be reported as usual. Guests still will be able to see exactly which trails are open, and if they've seen grooming or snowmaking in the past 24 hours, by visiting Mount Snow's website or referring to on-site snow reports.
Tree skiing will also see a major change, as all nine of the mountain's glades will be open at all times, from opening day to closing day. Tree skiing will not be included in open acreage statistics.
Boyd has more plans for next season that would restructure the trail names at Mount Snow to eliminate "upper" and "lower" portions of trails and designate summit to base trails as one unit.
"This 'name game' is misleading, and we're no longer going to hide behind it," said Boyd.