The title of this thread is "Epic Ski Moving Forward", personally, I'm a lot more interested in how other members view the future of Epic Ski. There is the original thread more appropriate for asking why the reorganization occurred. Let me admit, I'm still struggling about how to participate in the future, and, what the forum will be like by ski seasons end.
First, I give Tyler credit for stepping-in and keeping the forum up and running. In many respects, he is a victim of actions by others where he had no control. Same with the other mods. Tyler's skill set is more administrative and computer technology related, but, nobody is going to replace the Pug's for ski knowledge and interpersonal relationships. I'm sure it's tough for him to try to defend a return to an old gear model when we had industry insiders devoting hours to new gear reviews. There is no good way to spin that the "future is on the contributors" for a premier website. As gear reviews are part of the MTN organization, that may be a major reason why Epic does not need a Gear Editor. Still, I wonder is Mountain News has a long term plan for Epic Ski, or, are they content to hope that we continue to be a premier ski website just because Epic has survived other management changes? I would not expect that question to be answered quickly, but, if the long term plan remains hidden over the next several weeks, it just may be a sign of "not moving forward". I'm sure there are financial aspects to long term continuance, the present least cost mode does not bode well for the future.
I also wonder about Tyler's reassurance that Phil and Trish will continue to post. Judging by recent absence, it does not look promising.
I've concluded that leaving the Epic community would be way to premature. I'm signed, sealed and delivered to attend the Aspen Gathering, and, just hoping the great buzz associated with attending will remain. There are still threads that are of interest, and, quite frankly, old habits die hard. Is the glass half empty or half full.