Every father should get the NRA conceal carry hoodie. "Don't leave home without one".
My "home mountain" is a 4-hour drive because I live in central NC. Been getting in 15-20 days each season for the last several years. I know more about the snowsports operation and hill than most "locals" who live 20 min away. Granted, it doesn't take long to learn the details of a hill of 75 acres. Some of the part-time ski instructors live 4-5 hours away. But I think "regular" makes more sense than "local" as a description in these cases.
If the locals think you are a local, your a local.
Girls get to become 'locals' a lot faster than guys, just a necessary fact. Think it is the math.
On some hills it really is kind of tough to quantify the term. A lot of the people who know the Washington mountains may live 2 hours away, and burn a lot of gas. Alyeska has Girdwood, but normally a lot of the people with the most days on the hill live in Anchorage. So really don't know who the real local is.
This is a very good point, Mr. Crab. I have no argument to refute you.
There are lots of expensive homes near Bridger Bowl, but not many locals live in them. These people were very successful elsewhere and decided to build trophy homes and retire to the canyon. Just owning a home somewhere doesn't make you a local. What makes you a local, in my opinion, is when Johnny Mogul, the local's local, gives you "the nod," when he sees you in the lift line.
It's amazing how many Canadians have second homes in the Whitefish area. One guy who rode the lift with us said he drives by Fernie to get to Whitefish every weekend.
I think to survive in a tourist town at some point you do ascend above the bitching about "people takin over yer town" and accept that they are the reason that it even exists. There is always some inner jaded local though, even if it only manifests for split seconds. I grew up in a town that regularly got invaded by Texan gapers so I have a skewed perspective on this matter.
I totally agree ya gotta live there to be a local. And, you have to live there for several seasons, year-round. Second homeowners and seasonal workers don't count in my mind. You have to be part of the community... which I hope to be someday.
That said, when it comes to skiing, being a local doesn't necessarily mean much. There are many, many locals who are not "dedicated skiers" or have not been there long enough to have the mileage to really know the mountain or be good skiers.
As a regular, many locals can't match my 300-400 days on my favorite mountains. I've earned my stripes by burning a lot of gas on I-70 driving up from Denver over 30 years. On the mountain, a long-time regular can really know their stuff. Off the mountain, though, a local is going to know the latest hot spot, best restaurants, and what's going on in the community.
It really take all three: locals, regulars and tourists to make a ski area go. The more the merrier in my view, as I know my way around the occasional crowds and I'm more concerned about the long term sustainability and growth of the ski business.
Haha, yes hating on Texans is a long standing New Mexico tradition. Whenever you see an Escalade driving 20 mph under the speed limit in NM there is no guessing where it is from.
Currently the USA is a bargain for us. "Cheap" gas, lodging meals booze etc. compared to our prices makes heading south to ski almost worth it. A lot of us have recreational property in the US as it often is also relatively inexpensive but can't imagine anyone thinking that would make them a "local" if they can't even sway the local politicians.
Actually having an influence and being involved in how an area evolves over time is probably the only true test of how local someone really is. The rest of us are just regulars.
You appear to be confusing wealth with location.
It always blows my mind that there are locals who've lived in a ski town all of their lives and have never once even tried skiing.
Can I run for Mayor of Squaw Valley Town?? i can open a swiss bank account like Romney, and I don't have a birth certificate like Obama so I suppose I qualify to run for the White House but Squaw Valley would be more fun
There are so many versions of "local" and just as many who think those versions are skewed.
When we were lining up people to guide during the gathering it was easy to find locals who were happy to show off their mountain. Some of those locals live 4ish hours away from their home mountain.
I've skied with Segbrown at several Summit/Eagle County resorts - IMHO she could be considered a local at all of them, but really.......her mountain is Copper, or is it Abasin, or is it Loveland?......I'm soooooo confused!!!
On a different thought: What's the difference between a Mountain Local, and a Mountain Snob?