I will say that he used to slather on the self righteous "I'm smarter than you because I don't ski Vail, Monarch and Wolfie are so much better" sauce real heavy, but has lightened up recently.
I don't care for Wolf Creek. The overall terrain is sub par. Unless the mountain puts the Matchless Pod in, I'm not traveling down there much. YMMV.
But if someone truly enjoys it, who cares? Skiing and riding are individual experiences. Go out and tear it up.
I appreciate the comment.
Yes, I've tried pretty hard this year to give people the respect they deserve for differing opinions. I'm always going to be the guy to cheerlead for small ski areas, especially when people make comments about ski areas needing to resortify to stay profitable- the ski areas I like best make a healthy profit on stable, debt-free, skiing only operations that are probably better set to weather the storm if/when skiers start to age out of the sport. But that doesn't mean that I need to demean others for the sole reason that they like skiing more resorty places than me, and I realize I can be pretty heavy handed with that.
What I will not apologize for is loving where I ski. I'm lucky enough to ski someplace that is usually first in the country to open ungroomed terrain. This year I was skiing powder up in the bowls on October 19. By the first week in November we were 100% open and skiing knee deep. Powder days here all all-day untracked affairs. We could have twice the skier visits and the story would be the same. The amount of off piste here is huge, and that coupled with the snowfall make it a special place in mine and many other's eyes. Its not for everybody, I'm sure. It took me about 15 days to even have a clue where to go on which snowfall days, and before that, it could be frustrating. For people looking for 1500 vertical feet of consistent 30* pitch, go elsewhere. If you want 400 feet of 40-50*, we got that all day.
Maybe it seems like I am violating some core principle by having the gall to openly talk about how good the skiing can be down here, but hey, its part of the culture. Guys that live down here are perfectly willing to share where the mountain is skiing best, lead each other into good stashes, and show visitors into places where they will make some memories. It doesn't matter down here. The culture is different. It would be more out of place for us to be jealously guarding some little strip of something that we think is secret.
My mountain is never going to be a primary ski destination. But the owners do a great job of making a mountain for skiers, and I'm happy to share the good word. If you don't like it, feel free to ignore me, I'm sure you aren't the first. But there are plenty of folks looking for stuff off the beaten path, and I'm happy to share the stoke.