NYSB Interview with Killington's Mike Solimano

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Harvey Harvey
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NYSB Interview with Killington's Mike Solimano

As I mentioned in the Killington Conditions thread, I'd like to interview the top dog, Mike Solimano.

I'd appreciate your help with questions. If you have ideas, please post them here.
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Johnnyonthespot Johnnyonthespot
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How profitable is the late season? Is it worth it or just for marketing purposes?
Johnnyonthespot Johnnyonthespot
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I swear to god I just read the conditions thread after posting the above. Funny.
Z Z
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Definately ask some questions about hosting the WC and if he thinks the WC would ever consider visiting during a better part if the season.

Also is there ever a chance the connection to Pico could happen.
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I'd be curious about the interconnect too. I thought they wrote it off a long time ago.

They announced a new lift a while ago. Details about that would be interesting.

I may be the only one but I'm also curious where most of thier employees come from nowadays. I think there are a lot fewer dedicated ski-bums in the east but, of those that exist, I'd imagine Killington gets a good share. When I worked there I knew guys from around the EC mostly, NYS, PA , NH etc but when I worked in Tahoe, there were folks from all over the  country and a few from other parts of the world. I'm curious  how much it might have changed since back then and whether it's been easier or harder to fill the jobs in recent years. What percentage are there for the love of skiing and how many are Vermonters in need of a paycheck? How many return each year etc?
Chris Chris
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I would like to hear about ROI projections on their MTB and summer operations.  I'm not sure how long they've been doing lift serviced, maybe thats a good question.  It seems like these trail projects are MAJOR coin and almost impossible to get a return on... however Killington just keeps building trail so there must be financial feasibility... Just as with Superstar.
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Do they collect data and study the demographics of their customer base?  If so, how do they interpret what that data is telling them about the future of the industry, and how is that shaping their long term strategic plans?
D.B. Cooper D.B. Cooper
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- How much does insurance cost (as % of lift ticket price, $/year, whatever) and how do they keep that cost down.
- I think it was in Ski Area Mgmt. mag that I saw the return rate for 1st timers was 17%.  What can the industry do to increase that number?
- How important are "feeder hills" and, given that some are further south (climate change), does that pose a risk to K in terms of losing future visitors?
- What's his/Killington's level of risk taking like versus other hills?  Is there a fear of failure?
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Id be interested in their relationship with the area restaurants and lodging facilities.

tom
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Is the impact of using terrain based instruction similar for skiing versus snowboarding?  Will Killington continue to work with Snow Operating?

Do many people make use of the Snow Guarantee during mid-season (mid-Jan to early March)?
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