Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Change ski mountain hours in spring

    The “spring forward” of daylight-saving time has made it difficult getting the kids to school on time this past week. Living on the far western edge of the Mountain time zone leaves us with late sunrises and daylight until past 8 at night.
    Given the natural cycle of our days here, I think it make sense to shift the opening hours of Baldy and Dollar from the present hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. following the daylight-saving time shift. Most mornings, the snow doesn’t even start to soften up until after 10 and more often than not the snow is better later in the day.
    I have presented this idea to a wide range of visitors to town and almost all were strongly in favor of the idea. In my opinion, Sun Valley Co. would have the most to benefit from this change, as half-day lift tickets sales could be moved back and people would hang out longer in the afternoon sun enjoying food and beverages.
    Why not spring forward with a two-week trial period and see how it works out. We can always fall back.
Jim Slanetz

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