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I suppose you're right, Kevin.
Although a little off course from the original article, I thought my comments would provoke some insightful discussion. Maybe not?
This town is married to the ski industry (for better and for worse) and we all have a vested interest in the direction its going. Be honest: we'd be Maybell (possibly Craig) without it.
hebo, would you prefer this thread take on a 3rd world tone by discussing what we'll do about the leopard that's eating our fellow tribesman, who's going to take the next trip to the water hole, or what bone to put through our nose for the upcoming fire dance? Come on!
I realize that we are very fortunate to have the "problems" we do relative to others around the world.
I'm just saying, that in order for skiing (you know, the heart of this town) to continue into the next generation, it needs to be realistically accessible to more than just rich, old people.
The current trend is not sustainable for this little slice of heaven we call home (Ski Town USA). Our best customers are fading away and there isn't anyone replacing them. I think that's a noteworthy problem and worthy of discussion, don't you?
Don't we live in the 1st world?
The 100+ skiers/ riders wouldn’t change too much if lift tickets rates were simplified and lowered to the $40-$50 per day price point. That group is obviously hooked (like many of us are) and will find a way to be up there one way or another. They also add the core vitality that’s so important to a ski town and the tourist ski experience.
The industry wide demographic shift (increasing average age) is far more concerning. Resort infrastructure and amenities, demanded mainly by the baby boomers over the past two decades, have driven overhead/ operating costs so high that lift ticket prices have become cost prohibitive to working, middle class people that might have been able to ski as an ordinary family activity growing up, but can’t afford to continue skiing with their own kids. Thus that many fewer new people being introduced to the sport/ lifestyle.
Obviously this can quickly turn to a discussion of larger scale economic factors (i.e.- real estate), but it’s a shame to see how the ski industry as a whole has been to be affected.
Sorry to get off topic from the article…
It's sad to see the ski industry dying before our eyes as it prices itself out of the next generation. That being said, the capital intensive standards (grooming, snowmaking, terrain parks, high speed chairlifts, high-end base village amenities, etc.) a reputable ski resort needs to maintain just to meet industry standards have increased so much, that the operating costs somewhat justify the lift ticket prices.
The sport was already exclusive, now it’s elitist. Working class families (and I emphasize families- i.e., the next generation) simply can not afford the money, time and effort skiing/ snowboarding demands. They’ll simply do something else. It’s really a shame…
I'd like to hear someone support an argument otherwise.
You nailed it bfd (right on the money). Until banks start lending again, we'll all stay in this same rut.
Vote for "Change" in 2012. It's our only "Hope".
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You're right, Scott. Look at the source of that quote though.
If you were a legitimate proponent of MMJ, you wouldn't do most of the things that clown has. Check out his rap sheet over the years in this town. The guy has been a consistent source of controversy around here for a long time.
I'm no PR expert, but this guy is probably not the best promoter to use if the overall MMJ message is to be taken seriously.
You're doing it again freerider...
Wells said, Bill.
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