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Yes Dan K. it is shocking and hard to understand why Arab nations and other countries around the globe do not seem to recognize the eminent threat and offer immediate military assistance. ISIS is a threat to everyone in the civilized world, not just the U.S. I guess we'll see in the coming months how the world, and particularly the Arab world reacts to this crisis.
I agree with Scott that what is going on today in the middle east is in no way comparable to what was going on in Europe in the late thirties and early forties. The Islamist nuts are not an organized military force like the German Army, and are not representing a nation, but rather a radical religious ideology. This is however a very dangerous and serious threat to the civilized world. I haven't heard anyone on either side of the aisle advocate laying down, burying ones head in the sand and doing nothing. The question is what do we do? Launch a Bush style, six shooters a blazin, all out invasion of the middle east? No question that our military could crush ISIS with ease. But then what? Nation build again? Try to install a western style democratic form of government in the middle east again? Our President is doing the right thing, gathering a coalition of forces from other affected nations to confront this threat and devising a strategy to attack and defeat ISIS with an exit strategy in place. The fight on the ground must be waged by Arab forces, not Americans, lest we again be seen as the invaders and give cause for the recruitment of more terrorists. Let's not do stupid stuff anymore!
Each ski area has qualities that make it unique and draw a particular demographic. Vail is a huge mountain with the European town feel, and the back bowls. Drawback, crowds, long cat tracks, and believe it or not, many recreational skiers cannot ski powder, so the back bowls are of no use to them on powder days. The Beav' isn't really that great of a mountain in my view. Birds of Pray are fun but then again a lot of rec. skiers cannot ski that terrain. They do have the wealth factor and they do host a World Cup event. Same with Aspen Mountain. You get the town and the wealth, glitz factor, a great ski school and they do host a World Cup event. The mountain itself is small and again rather challenging for the average rec. skier. If you want steep it's Snowbird, Alta, Jackson Hole or even Mammoth Mountain in Ca. As for Steamboat, it's a family mountain. Safe terrain for everyone and as I said the trees and the snow quality are amazing and something you can't get anywhere else. The mountain is really big and not as crowded as some of the other resorts. We have held World Cup events and could hold more of them but the economics just don't work out. World Class? Definitely a huge YES by any measure!
I have to disagree once again. Steamboat is definitely a world class ski resort. Second largest ski mountain in Colorado, consistently ranked at or near the top ten in ski magazine readers polls, unparalleled tree skiing, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere in the world, and some of the best snow quality of any resort anywhere. The mountain does have it's drawbacks of course, low elevation, west and south facing slopes, too many double fall lines, not a lot of steep and a little hard to get to which is the main reason we don't rank higher in the reader polls. Steamboat is consistently ranked at the top as far as being a family friendly mountain. The new race facilities will only enhance our reputation in my view. Dan K. is right that many top US racers grew up on small hills in the east and one of the reasons they are so good is that they are used to skiing on hard snow. Howelsen is a good slalom hill, but not so good as a GS hill. Having a good, long GS hill and the ability to control the snow surface will really be great for the kids and us old guys too.
Another benefit of a new ski race training facility on the mountain is to further enhance Steamboat's reputation as a world class ski resort. As I said earlier, in my opinion as a professional, ski racing is an integral and very important part of our sport and I am glad to see this aspect being promoted. The addition of this new training facility will hopefully attract more racers, more coaches and families to Steamboat and bring more publicity and that is a good thing for all of us.
Well said Paul! Congats on a fine article. Don't worry about the haters, they're gonna hate.
This will be a really great addition to the mountain. Racing is a very important part of our sport, so congrats to Winter Sports Club and all who were involved in contributing to this valuable asset.
Also quite interesting to me that the RWP considers being rude, crude, disrespectful and insulting to be an asset and proper behavior. This really says a lot about the current state of the right wing and just another in a long list of reasons why right wing ideology and behavior is so unpopular with most Americans. The Pilot is unable to read each and every post and be on the look out for those who abuse the privilege of commenting. I am happy however to assume the role of "Hall Monitor", as I am being called, to assist the Pilot in making sure that commenters do not make personal attacks on one another, as stated in the "rules", and that they behave like civilized members of society.
What a shame, the RWP is being forced to act like civilized adults and play by the rules. You all are a really fine example of the right wing, got your own special definitions for the English language, don't need no rules, don't need no taxes, don't need no government. Just let everybody grab their guns and go out an shoot each other like the good old days of the wild west. What a concept.
Thank you Ken! Couldn't agree more. Well said and well written. It's nice to hear someone speak the truth for a change.
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