mtnrocker wrote:Lame idea...east coast ski areas are very close to major population areas.June isnt.The permitting process is completely different. California is a heavily regulated state[eco laws] .. the sNow is different, State and local governments are different..They could save a lot of money and just go down to Mt High......they seem to stay open...some yrs w/ no natural snowfall. Nothing realy 'peerlike' in a east coast ski area.....A waste.
I think you're overstating your case a bit here.
Three of the the four areas they are visiting are in the state of Vermont. Vermont's Act 250 is considered amongst the most restrictive development regulations in the country, and that's before considering that two of those three lie within VT State forest lands. Waterville is in the notoriously restrictive White Mountain National Forest in NH. I don't think its remotely accurate to presume that the regulatory climate within which those mountains operate is materially more lenient than June's.
In addition, in order to get to those areas from the major population centers you reference, skiers must drive well past numerous smaller resorts with an inferior product and which are much more reliant upon snowmaking. Sound familiar?
And since when is Mt High family resort? That's neither what they market themselves as nor is it so much as a plurality, let alone majority, of their customer base.
Finally, while the article references Bromely's proximity to the larger, upscale Stratton, it neglects to mention the similar dynamic with Stowe's proximity to Smugglers Notch. Even Pico, to some extent, has carved out a successful niche that is separate from that of its large corporate parent Killington 20 minutes down the road.
The reality is that with June's distance to the closest major population center, there are few perfect analogues. The places they've chosen have a track record of success in attracting families from population centers 2-5 hrs away despite operating in the shadows of much larger neighbors. As a result, they are a pretty good fit. I'm sure there are other potential matches in North America, but dismissing out of hand the one's they've chosen is uninformed and off base.