Ski Magazine ran a past article in part lamenting the fact the Mammoth Mountain has more of a “strip mall” community than a ski town venue. As a matter of fact things are so bad, what town they do have, Mammoth Lakes, had to declare bankruptcy.
Excuse me, but doesn’t that description apply to just about every resort in Cali? From Squaw to Heavenly to Mammoth to Big Bear, you will find fabulous mountains, stunning scenery, and awesome skiing. But you won’t find anything approaching the ambience of Rocky Mountain ski towns like Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge, Steamboat, Telluride, Park City, Jackson, etc.
Crazy, when you think about it. A huge state with major resorts from north to south. What happened in California that caused the “cafeteria” model to trump the “fireplace” model? Politics, culture, greed, lack of vision (soul)… ???
DSJ editor’s note: On a recent trip to Snowbird, UT I read an article touting the number of outdoor equipment companies (Black Diamond, etc.) that have recently relocated to Salt Lake City. While the list was impressive, the sad thing was nearly all of them came from California. As a past 10 year resident, I see probably the most naturally beautiful state in the union facing some serious problems going forward.