I consider a local as someone who is involved in the community...
& prolly pays some taxes there.
I agree with those who have posted that the term "local" is subjective and I think very much depends on the resort or community that is in question. Here is one thought that I have after reading a lot of the posts in this thread, (not all of them). Perhaps the more isolated the resort is, the more difficult it is to obtain local status. Places like JH, Big Sky, or Brundage Mountain here in Idaho would have a fairly small number of real locals because they are so far away from any real population center, as opposed to some of the big Utah and Colorado resorts.
I smiled when I ran across this post tonight, because about a year ago I had an incident in Jackson Hole that prompted me to write an article on my blog that addressed the definition of "What is a Local".
My conclusion: you can't always create a precise definition of what a "local" is, BUT it is usually fairly easy to spot the pretenders!
I just read your article, & I would say that pretty much sums it up in more detail.
I would add "if you've had do do Jury Duty," you're probably at least on your way to being a local.
Going that long without doing it kinda proves my point in a way. I'm not saying that you aren't a local if you haven't been sucked into Jury Duty...just that serving on a local jury increases the likelihood of one being a local.
Something just occurred to me; I don't really consider myself a local, because I've lived here less than 2 years, I'm not really involved in organized community activities, and I don't know everyone and everything yet. That said, I'm clearly not a tourist, either, as I do live here full-time, own my sole primary home here, vote here, shop here, my car is registered here, and my local address is on my drivers license.
So, if I'm not a local or a tourist, what am I? A Locist?
I used to get summoned right after I had moved away: I went from Virginia to DC to Virginia to California, and then back to Colorado. At least three times I received a summons in my forwarded mail. So I wasn't eligible any longer. I've been back here 13 years, summoned once but dismissed before even showing up.
it's a hanging offence in your town, Nolo?
Originally Posted by sibhusky
Pretty sure it's because our ticket prices are ten bucks a day cheaper and our liquor is WAY cheaper.
Good point here...if you know and can avoid the Fernie tax you aren't a local. Locals don't know or can't avoid because they spend local or can't get anywhere else to spend.
if he (or anyone) is paying day ticket price they aren't local...
and i ski to ski, not drink what Americans call beer...
There are lots and lots of locals that don't even ski at all. But, many that give it a try every once in a while certainly do pay for a day ticket, and rentals. Sounds like you're thinking more along the line of a ski bum than a local.
Salt Lake City would be a prime example of a ski town where there are tons of locals that don't ski, and many that do a couple times a year paying day ticket prices.
1. I think you're blurring the difference between a "local" and a "regular."
2. When was the last time you had an American beer? If you're thinking Bud or Coors, you need to become educated about the current trends in micro brewing. But that's another thread.
You might be a local if you:
1. are registered to vote in local elections;
2. have a local permanent address, i.e. an address where the IRS, NSA, or FBI will come looking for you if they need a little face time;
3. have a driver's license showing the permanent address referred to in No. 2 above;
4. you and your dogs call the local vet by his first name;
5. are a full time resident;
6. have sufficient ties to the community so as not to be considered a flight risk and a court will set bond for you to get out of jail;
7. are involved in local political, charitable and community events; and
8. own real property or have a long term lease.
Tourists are never cool. When ski locals visit NYC, everything flips, and they are country bumpkins, not locals. It's just human nature.
1) Exclusivity. Membership in a group or 'tribe' can be desirable simply because it's hard to get.
2) Natural human tendency to want to fit in. (Or at least be unique, but not so different that you're, you know, weird. )
3) Presumably the 'locals' are viewed as superior to 'outsiders' in some way(s). If you felt that the 'locals' somewhere were obnoxious idiots, you wouldn't want to be one...
4) If you're talking about pride in being a local in your own, er, locality, there's probably somewhat of a Lake Wobegon effect -- "everyone who lives here is above average...". Few people are going to willingly live somewhere they think is a dump, or is populated with losers, unless they're doing it for a reason (e.g. high-paying job).