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mountain resort life maybe ain't what its cracked up to be?  

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This thread in the Skiing News sub forum deserves more awareness in the larger audience of this  General Skiing sub-forum.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146882/the-perils-of-living-in-a-ski-town

 

The link in the above thread is a must read for not a few here that are familiar with living in mountain communities and mountain enthusiasts generally. Although the title points to suicide, it is about much broader life issues. The comments should be a wake up for anyone entertaining living in mountain resort towns because the vibe in many such places in this era of big real estate money is not what it used to be.  Although the article is an excellent read, the Comments are even better with numbers of well crafted inputs and personal mirrors on the subject.

 

This terse snippet Comment sums up the suicide issue:

 

Skier United States May 18, 7:23 pm

I totally get it, you dedicate your life to a sport not realizing at 50 you may not have the energy, strength and power to keep it at an entertaining level. Couple that with no money or retirement or career and go kill yourself. its simple.

 

dave

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The suicide (successful*) rate here in the county around Whitefish is double the national rate.

http://flatheadbeacon.com/2014/09/23/treatment-options-appear-countys-suicide-rate-doubles-national-average/

* "But for every completed suicide, the report estimates there are 25 attempts, so the Flathead can expect about 612 suicide attempts this year. Men are more likely to complete the act, while women are more likely to try. More than half of all suicides involve a firearm."

http://www.flatheadnewsgroup.com/hungryhorsenews/suicide-accidental-death-and-binge-drinking-in-the-flathead/article_adf74432-51f8-11e3-9ce8-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=jqm
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