Maybe the terms "Locals" and "Tourists" are too restrictive. Maybe Alexzn and Xela are more like what we could call "Regulars."
In fact, maybe there should be a hierarchy of terms to denote ski area residency status.
I'll take a stab at it. In ascending order, how about....
6 - Poser: Lowest rung on the ladder. A Tourist who adopts the affectations of a Local...or attempts to. I'd rather just loudly announce I'm a Tourist than be thought a Poser.
5 - Tourist: Just comes to visit from time to time...maybe even a couple of times a year, but no real investment in the community. Not necessarily bad, BTW.
4 - Regular: Those that are in the area a lot, but don't live there full-time. 2nd-home owners.
3 - Transplant: People like TC and myself who have put down permanent full-time roots in the area with no intention of leaving, but it's relatively recent.
2 - Local: Long-time full-time residents of the area. Often not even skiers. Been around a generation or so...many definitions in posts above.
1 - Native: You and many generations of ancestors born and bred here. Distant ancestors hunted bison with arrows and lived in tepees here.
Tear it up!!!
Cool...so now as a bona-fide Regular I can roll my eyes at Regular wannabes. Man I can't wait for ski season!