'Power to the people !'
I agree with what 'brother' Lodro says above.
Contrary to what certain elements in the media would have you believe, Union members are not usually keen to go on strike. Why would you put yourself to that trouble and lose pay unless you had serious issues ?
From a European perspective, I am interested in the Intrawest comments. I started a thread on Snowheads about US companies buying into European resorts but I did not then know Intrawest had a poor reputation as employers.
Intrawest are looking to get involved in Flaine - one of the nearest French resorts to Geneva airport - but somewhere I have never been, because it is mostly self-catering apartments and washing up does not appeal. I had hoped Intrawest would build some decent hotels, but it seems they will just build more flats to sell to people who then have to make them available on rental for the first ten years. Sounded like another real estate deal as far as I was concerned. Nothing that would add to the attractiveness of the resort for me.
In Europe, I am never aware of who owns ski areas. All this heavy company marketing is just not present. I only hope Intrawest do not get a sufficient foothold to jack up lift prices.
I am also interested in the Utah comments. Are unions banned in Utah ? I knew US led the field in union busting, but I did not know they were that successful.