Originally Posted by Lostboy
It seems to me that www.onsnow.org
has a different and more specific primary focus relating to ski instruction and events designed to further that purpose. I don't see why anyone should feel bruised about its establishment. Epic Ski addresses a broader range of topics. That Epic Ski has its Academy and Gatherings is just part of what Epic Ski is about.
Reasonable people can differ on how best to organize and finance instructional events whose source is an online community of skiers. It's no big deal to me. We certainly manage to share different views on everything from "what's the best ski for me" to "what's the best ski car", not to mention politics.
There should be ample room for both instructional programs to succeed. The end result should be a net positive for skiing.
No disagreement from me except for HOW it was done. What seems to have happened here was that a few EpicSki members who have also been coaches at the EpicSki Academies and helped to organize them decided to run their own website and set up their own instructional programs. Although we don't have all the details it seems like at least one contributing factor was some level of disagreement with EpicSki management in regards to the running and/or financing of EpicSki Acadamies.
Now, a simple post here at Epic saying they were going to run their own website and establish some independent instructional programs would have gone a long way to eliminating this whole mess. But the implicit announcement of those intentions here on Epic with an inaccurate and misleading post (that was referred to somewhat as a prank over at onsnow.com) left an appearance of a backdoor approach and showed a lot of bad faith. Additionally, as has been previously referred to, their inflated interpretation of their own roles in the establishment of the EpicSki programs which ignores the fact that they were members of a much larger team, many of whom made significant contributions, additionally contributes to this feeling of bad faith.
I don't at all criticize them for WHAT they've done. It's HOW they've done it that has disappointed me. These are (hopefully not "were") well repsected members of EpicSki who have made significant contributions here. Frankly, I expected better of them in terms of their approach to establishing an independent forum with associated ski instruction programs.