Originally Posted by LeeLau
This of course begs the question? What is soul?
On another related topic. Some people say Whistler is no longer truly a "mountain town". What does this mean?
Basically that it's bigger than a saloon, post office, hotel/brothel, grocer, and the blacksmith's shop. Many ski towns in Colorado used to be mining towns or something similar. Locals hated the skiers who came in. Those same skiers and their offspring hate the latest flood of immigrants.
Whistler's "village" is rather sprawling- especially if you include the surrounding "suburbs"- but at it's heart it's still just a bunch of shops with ski junk, "rooms" with beds, and places to eat at the bottom of the slopes.
It's all too complex for me. I haven't got time to worry about what used to be (nothing much I can do to change it). If I like a place I go and if I don't... I don't.
I do like to be able to park my butt as close to the lift as possible so I wake up, walk a short distance and board a lift. Once did that with a camper in a parking lot, but as the earth becomes more populated and more people decide to spend their money on skiing, that privilege gets more expensive if the area is in high demand. Capitalism at work. I've worked hard and saved some scratch, so I don't mind trading it for a room where an old camper used to sit. I am not going to fault the owners\company if they can raise more money by selling real estate than lift tickets. It's up to them to manage their assets judiciously- if they screw up and make it unpalatable, then the spiral works in reverse too.
As nostalgic as we might like it to be... running a ski area is a business. Some owners\managers seek fame and fortune and others seek to exist. Best thing to do is pick the one(s) you like and ignore the rest. Helps me keep my life simple.