Mount Snow drops the ball Mar 1-2, 2008!
After a week with a 1ft snowstorm on Tuesday and another 1ft snowfall on Friday, Mount Snow was completely unable to handle the crowd that arrived on Saturday and Sunday. With the usual large Jan-Feb crowd and best conditions in years, they couldn't run almost half of their lifts. Of the lifts that were running, all had 15-30 minute lines extending beyond the corrals. Even worse, only the Summit Express and Canyon were run orderly. The North Face was chaos. Only 1 of the 2 lifts was running, and they didn't bother to put up any corrals. 200+ people were in a chaotic mass pushing their way onto the lift, yelling loudly whenever the attendants let a single or double on the triple chair. Things were almost ready to come to blows as everyone stared at fantastic snow on a perfect day, with no way to get on the trails. Sunbrook was no better, with the uncorraled line for the Sunbrook chair extending well past the Beartrap chair. Anyone coming down Thanks Walt had to fight their way through the Beartrap line to even get to the end of the Sunbrook line. Again, instead of skiing the great snow everyone was trapped at a terribly organized lift.
Management and staff were full of rediculous excuses. The staff blamed the snow. What? This is a ski resort, they're supposed to live for this stuff! Management first said everyone had a hard time coming in to work on Sat. Well, their customers managed to show up. On Sunday, that excuse couldn't be used so they switched to wind as an excuse for not opening lifts, but that's a load of crap too. There was one lift running everywhere, but never two. Wind will not be too much for a lift within a stone's throw of a similar operating one.
After a little digging, I think I know what happened. Management let much of the staff go after President's Day week and their international help left because their visas expired at the end of Feb. This left them with no contingency plan for spectacular conditions. Mount Snow's management completely screwed up a spectacular weekend of skiing & boarding for everyone who decided to enjoy it at Mount Snow. Nice going. Apparently, Mount Snow can't handle snow!!!