1. Open a waffle stand like Killington and Okemo?
2. Sell cold drinks and snacks from a cart between 4 and 5 by the bus pickup?
3. Close the pipeline trail at 3:30 instead of 4?
4. Supervise the wild preteens and teens in the basement locker area between 3 and 5 on weekends?
5. Put the ski racers somewhere else than twister?
6. Grill outdoors at the saddle on nice days?
Some of these things would bring in lots of money, others would make a better ski experience.
Just hoping someone in management is listening. Another poster reported that the profit from Gore's operations was $450,000 last year. That's kind of thin and my hope is that they maximize their revenue to keep the skiing healthy.
As long as we're dreaming, how about a bathroom at the top too?
Maybe even with running water and a water fountain?!
Naw, that's some futuristic stuff.
But really, they probably don't have the plumbing in place for bathrooms yet, that's why they have outhouses.
How about using the waste oils from the base and saddle lodges and making biodiesel? They could run the front loaders, trucks, groomers, or buses on it.
It doesn't take any modifications to the equipment other than changing fuel filters, and that's just because the biodiesel cleans out the stuff in your lines that regular diesel leaves behind..
It ends up costing about $0.11 a gallon (for the Lye and Methanol to titrate it), much less harmful emissions (good press for the greenies out there), and the exhaust would smell like french fries (more food court customers!).
Or if they actually wanted to spend some money (which would be earned back) they could pull a Jiminy Peak and install a wind turbine.
Jiminy received a renewable energy grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for $582,000, which was used for all of the design and purchase of the turbine. Jiminy also receives federal tax rebates and Renewable Energy Credits to help afford the project. Payback will take approximately 7-8 years.
It takes 1 gallon of diesel fuel to generate 12 kWh and therefore this turbine permanently eliminates the need for 113,022 gallons of diesel fuel generated power.
Producing 4,600,00kWh annually offsets the emissions of conventional power plants. The Jiminy wind turbine will offset the emissions of:
7,100,000 pounds of CO2 (a greenhouse gas)
33,000 pounds of SOx (a leading contributor to smog and the chief cause of acid rain)
10,000 pounds of NOx (a leading component to smog and a cause of asthma)