So it looks like things are now 3 months into the acquisition by Mountain News Corporation. Is anyone noticing a difference?
I myself have not been as involved in the forum, or skiing for that matter, for the last several years. What I notice is that apart from a few long term die hards, most of the people I met, admired and befriended no longer post here on a regular basis.
This used to be a great place to meet new people who had something to say, find others to ski with, ask questions about gear, get hidden tips on resorts. When it made the jump to the new format a few years ago, however, I noticed a general decline in interest.
Maybe it's just due to the decline of the blogosphere in general. People just don't seem to take the time to write thoughtful posts or respond anymore.
The fact that Vail Resorts now "owns" the website is probably less relevant. I'm not even sure Vail is aware they own it, apart from a few trademark lawyers. And it doesn't look like Mountain News is either. If you go to their website they haven't added a press release. But then they haven't updated their press releases since 2011 and the link no longer functions. Also, MNC has only posted here twice since they bought it.
I expect this site to enjoy the same kind of benign neglect, and I think it is sad that people don't hang out here anymore.
So thanks to everyone I have met here over the years, you know who you are. And pm me if you are interested in staying in touch.