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Old 03-10-2015, 02:31 PM
 
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Seems the ski resorts always close by 4/4:30 for daylight skiing. Sunset today is 7pm!

WTF people
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Labor.

This is a guess, but I did work as a ski patroller and everyone was single shift. Staying open later would involve adding a second shift for everyone on the mountain.
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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From my experience especially in the spring when the sun is out longer the snow conditions really start to suck around 2-4PM
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Old 03-10-2015, 04:48 PM
 
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All of the above....plus the fact that Ski Patrol must sweep every run on the mountain after the lifts close. At a place like Vail, it's a lot of ground to cover. The mountain grooming fleet also hits the hill about 5PM to smoothe it all out for the next day before it turns to ice...

And, of course, the beers call/Happy hour is underway. After going in @ 7AM...5PM can't come quick enough for most ski area employees. Been there, drank that. (don't ski or drink these days though...)
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Old 03-10-2015, 07:19 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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The skiers are dog tired.
Time to call it quits and have drinks.

At this time of year the days are getting shorter in Australia and New Zealand.
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I might be wrong, but I think two things (both might be wrong):

1. Keystone offers nighttime skiing
2. Your daily lift pass covers both daytime and nighttime skiing so you can leave for late lunch and come back and continue at night.

Someone correct me if I am wrong about this
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Breckenridge
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I might be wrong, but I think two things (both might be wrong):

1. Keystone offers nighttime skiing
2. Your daily lift pass covers both daytime and nighttime skiing so you can leave for late lunch and come back and continue at night.

Someone correct me if I am wrong about this
Yes, that is true. I have done it and night time skiing sucks. It is too cold to be fun. If there is ice it is near impossible to see. It was fun to try once. We skied a little then ate Fondue at the top.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:06 PM
 
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All the reasons above are good ones, plus, there isn't really a reason to stay open longer from the viewpoint of the resorts.

Staying open until lets say 6pm, just incurs more costs and delays other end of day work that has to be done (creating more costs). And I don't see where they would make any more revenue - that extra 1.5 hours won't entice much (if any) demand so I don't see how they pay for it.

Night skiing is a little different in that people will come in late and pay to go but they have to be open well in to the night. Just closing a little later doesn't bring people to the mountain.

And the fact only a couple places out here have it tells me it's not really worth the effort.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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The 4pm close is a universal closing time for all ski areas (with rare exceptions such as Keystone night skiing) in all states in the western US-- same exact closing time as the Tahoe area ski areas and everywhere else I have been. It's not unique to Denver area resorts. I think it has something to do with the US Forest Service permits.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:55 AM
 
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That makes no sense at all. Sunset is like at 5:30pm during December. Your just doing the work later. . .the time needed doesn't change nor the daylight.

If you have to do something "before turns to ice" then why do places with lights stay open a lot later. . .yeah the excuses don't jive.

I did twit loveland. .and the below doesn't hold up. They said they thought about, in the spring, doing a later opening/later closing.




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All of the above....plus the fact that Ski Patrol must sweep every run on the mountain after the lifts close. At a place like Vail, it's a lot of ground to cover. The mountain grooming fleet also hits the hill about 5PM to smoothe it all out for the next day before it turns to ice...

And, of course, the beers call/Happy hour is underway. After going in @ 7AM...5PM can't come quick enough for most ski area employees. Been there, drank that. (don't ski or drink these days though...)
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