“A large majority of our hill is now open for night sessions, which we are excited about,” he said.
He encourages people to plan ahead and buy their tickets online ahead of time, as Cascade will be limiting capacity for the second season in a row. Last year it limited capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and found it provided a better experience for both guests and workers, Walz said.
“It was kind of one of those things that we would never have learned without the circumstances, but yeah, that’s just the difference between day and night,” he said. “People were doing more shopping, our staff were a little less stressed because the crowds weren’t even close to the size we used to see.
Keeping the crowds smaller didn’t hurt the company’s bottom line. Walz said it seemed to prompt people to plan ahead and visit more on weekdays rather than weekends.
He declined to share how many Cascade limits visitors to, but said it was “much less than what would be a typical Saturday in previous seasons.” Buying online is the only way for skiers and snowboarders to ensure that they will be able to go on the snow, he said. According to the website, online pre-purchase is required on weekends and holidays.
Subscription sales so far this year are comparable to the last two seasons, which Walz said were “excellent.”