Hey, you've got a snowmobile and tires -- groom it yourself!
I don't know if that would make me many friends at the ski area
By next season (August) they'll forget all about it.
Why do the stop? Just not enough skiers anymore -- everyone has moved on to summer activities? I would have thought one would do all they could to take advantage of such a year and just ski and ski and ski.
Don't know for sure. But I'd guess it's probably a combination of:
- running short of non-season-pass customers (because non-locals don't think there's snow or don't want to ski), so they're not making any money.
- seasonal employee contracts are running out
- seasonal insurance policy running out?
- trail work required to keep trails open increases a lot (as snow bridges over streams start collapsing and need to be rebuilt) so it's less worth it to fix
Ah. The last 3 hadn't occurred to me at all.