Out on the slopes
- Jul 7, 2017
Written in the language of local skiers and riders, this is bad
The amount of snow a trail requires to be "open" definitely varies significantly from area to area.Wildcat buys those things by the gross. They are the master of opening trails that have no business being open.
They have "Open Water" signs used frequently too.
Saddleback specializes in spruce and fir twigs sticking up into the trail as the snow melts. A LOT of them. And sometimes they're more like sapling trunks. Wood, not needles. I've occasionally noticed that balsam smell on my skis. Really.The amount of snow a trail requires to be "open" definitely varies significantly from area to area.
I'm not very familiar with Wildcat, but I do recall encountering some "open" trails there that required some billy goating. I think Sugarbush would claim "100% open" after a heavy frost. Mad River Glen certainly has some dubiously open trails, but that's part of the MRG experience.
Stowe on the other hand has a pretty conservative policy of what constitutes "open", doubly so after the Vail acquisition.