Yup, natural snowfall is pretty darn key to even justify the needed maintenance every year. The article talks about running a school of sorts to teach back country techniques and that the business I was referring to. How the heck would that be possible with unreliable snowfall unless the people invested in it aren’t concerned about personal finances?
That’s how a place like Telluride has a helicopter skiing operation. It’s more of a hobby for the owners than a make it or break it sort of situation.
Things change, the world is in constant flux. I don’t really feel “sad” about ski areas closing. It is what it is and the reality now is that a lot of ski areas aren’t going to be surviving much longer.
Yeah - saw the school thing, but not sure that would be sustainable or regular. Certainly not a good source of income IMO.
They also mentioned getting liability waived so they could allow people to ski there so that I assume would mean some kind of "come when there's snow" hiking and skiing. I don't assume that would be free though.