This is getting to be a long read - I had to go back to page one to see what the original thought was.
Great points thrown out here. I do think there is less industry insider participation going on, but maybe I'm just not spending enough time in the boot thread (where for some reason only insiders can reply to posts). Whether that's a really bad thing, I'm not sure, because there are so many skiers on Epicski that know the gear, how to tune, best lift deals, etc. Got a great deal on some Masters cheaters in the Gear section.
I like the current site, and I think the moderators are doing a good job. I recognize most of the pugski participants as ex-Epic members, but it sure seems the newbies gravitate to Epic.
I enjoy the gatherings, and it's cool to meet the posters.
Oh, and Vail sucks. Just checking.....