Originally Posted by JoeUT
Do they still track vert publicly, though? Cause it sure sounds like it from this discussion. And if they did change it, it just shows that the OP was correct in his assumptions that Epic Mix does have some type of effect on skiing safety.
That's just not really true. Maybe if you're a hyper-competitive ubermensch, you'll find ways to compete all the time. But if you just have a proclivity toward competing with no outlet for it, you probably won't. I'm a relatively competitive person (I think most people are, actually), but in 19 years of snowboarding, I could probably count on my hands the number of times that I've ever competed in any form on a board. Now give me a group of buddies that are all competing and talking smack on a resort-wide platform, and I might be inclined to look at the mountain a little differently.
Yea, that's the thing. I don't know a single person who talks smack or is competing on epicmix, because all the wacky points get in the way. And even without the wacky points, vert isn't something cool enough to compete over, because it's basically comes down to time on the mountain. It's too easy to discount vert and someone will say you're lame, I had a sick doubleblack run or a powder run, or hucked a 360 off a cliff that's worth more than your vert.
So i think you might be chasing after a hypothetical competition that doesn't really happen.
Along the same lines, I think someone in the engineering scrum meeting may have thought of the potential problem, so they had to take a stance to not promote it, even though in practice it wasn't happening, it is something they had to err on the conservative side. So I don't think it's that just because they have a particular policy was the result of actual instances of people were actually skiing more dangerously because of it. It's the same reason you get the completely nonsensical warning labels on some items that you know was just to satisfy Legal department and nobody was really that dumb to run into that issue.
Even the things like the social mix, where you can post to other people on the mountain, nobody uses it. So people yelling out for competition will just be shouting into the wind. (As a correlary, if you've ever flied virgin america, they have in-plane chatrooms, You will find no discussions there except for people checking it out for 2minutes and messaging the person next to them).