November 28, 2012
Could not agree more with Ed's opinions. I'm sure he is using the WF example to show that this area, like many others even in Colorado, offers far more value in the skiing experience. My local friends always counter with "there are no lift lines in Steamboat and the slopes are less crowded"....true, but charging high prices and not staying on par with other CO resorts make this possible.
If sustainability is to occur here, the resort must move forward and attract more guests, make skiing/riding more affordable for locals and polish the brand. Improvements on the ski hill pale in comparison to other major CO resorts. Our rankings, as Ed points out, are on the downward path. Intrawest's goals and plans for the future are pretty foggy.
Steamboat remains a great city with a wonderful population. I like the idea of replacing the City Council form of leadership. Maybe a mayor with REAL government experience (it does work in many places) rather than the rotating city council form of rule making would provide a fresh approach to change and promotion. Policy making by committee has some drawbacks e.g. City Manager choices, Iron Horse, etc.
Good thoughts, Ed.
In response to:
Instead of standing around re-arranging deck chairs, here are a few suggestions, in priority order, that may help preserve our economic future and our viability as a community.