This web site, and the associations that have come of it, are to be greatly admired - of course including, but certainly not limited to, the development of the 2003 EpicSk Academy and future EpicSki Academies. AC may feel modest about the praise he receives, but this is quite in order. Look at this! Speaking as Member # 45, I see that the site now has over 3700 members - and that doesn't even account for "guests" and lurkers.
How else on earth would I, a truly mediocre skier with no particular ties to the ski biz, ever have connected with the likes of Bob Barnes, Tom Burch, nolo, Vail Snopro, Todd Murchison . . . there are so many to name. And beyond that,I am known to be a fairly gregarious person - yet the number of true friends I have made, only because this web site was here, is not insignificant. You know who you are.
There are other web sites relating to skiing, but they do not in any way compare to EpicSki. Why? Because the format of this web site allows such revealing discussion of skiing, and even "non-skiing". Because our host, AC, is a disciplined and wise person who has let it grow, and pruned only as needed - he has cut off the poisonous, bilious trash that can sabotage a web site and has in fact sabotaged others.
As a result, the newbies, the average "duffers" like myself, the true experts, the workers in the vinyards of the ski industry, and the professionals who study and teach skiing, fitness, and matters related to them, all come here, and all communicate with each other at will. This is no small matter.
So joke or tease nolo, if you will, I'm sure she can sustain it if she chooses. The fact is that this site has given to most of us far more than we have given to it, and I don't have any compunction whatsoever for having said all this. I'm truly sorry, AC, if all this embarasses. EpicSki is a treasure, and I hope that all who benefit from it treat it as a special friend.
EDIT: Typo corrected
[ December 03, 2002, 08:05 PM: Message edited by: oboe ]