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Fast Food Chains at Ski Resorts?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Do fast food chains have a presence at any ski resorts?
I don't remember any where I've skied in Europe, or in Quebec, can't think of anything much at Whistler (Starbucks or Second Cup, but I can't picture the burger and chicken places) , obviously not at Lake Louise...elsewhere?

If so, does it change the feel of the place?
If not, why not? I'm thankful, but curious as to why.


post #2 of 29
Your kidding aren't you? Whistler has MacDonalds, Kentucky Fried (both @Market Place), Subway, Starbucks (2 or 3?) and I believe Boston Pizza. I was under the impression that Vail has a MacDonalds as well.

Does it change the feel of the place? Not necessarily, nobody is forcing you to eat/drink at these outlets, there are many other places you can spend your money that aren't classified "fast food". I must say it is strange to see a Macca's with snowboards leaning against their glass windows though.
post #3 of 29
lowest common denominator

dominator?

demonizer?
post #4 of 29
Copper used to have an Arby's at the base of the mountain in a Copper managed building. It's the closest thing I can think of.

Places like Breck (Subway) and Vail (McD's) don't really count because they're not part of the mountain, they're part of the town.

Oh! I just remembered. We have a Quizno's now at our new Conoco gas station at Copper. It's a Intrawest franchised entity in an Intrawest owned building. So I guess that counts even though it's on the other side of highway 91.
post #5 of 29
We have at least two at the base in Winter Park: Starbucks and Eistein Bagels.
post #6 of 29
Zermatt has MCDonalds. Ischgl too?



bah.
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by lennyblake
We have at least two at the base in Winter Park: Starbucks and Eistein Bagels.
The Starbucks is run by Intrawest as a franchise.
I didn't know Einstein Bagel's was there and that's not a franchise. Interesting.
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by vinn
The Starbucks is run by Intrawest as a franchise.
I didn't know Einstein Bagel's was there and that's not a franchise. Interesting.
also the Stabucks at Dumont/Downieville and one in Aspen that I know of.

The Einstein Bagels is in West Portal.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by snowdan
Zermatt has MCDonalds. Ischgl too?



bah.
Ok, Spring 2004 I was in Zermatt after finishing the Haute Route. I had a couple extra days before flying back to the states and was sharing a hotel room for an evening with another member of our group that was staying an extra day. Heading out for dinner my friend said we really needed to find a non-smoking restaurant, he couldn't take the smoke any more (since the smoking/non-smoking sections are typically right next to one another with no seperator). I wasn't sure we could find what he wanted, but suggested we stop in the tourist office and ask.

So, I asked the nice young lady if there was any non-smoking restaurants in the village (and I know it's a "wierd" question). She said something to the other young lady in the office in German, then turned back to me and said "we're pretty sure McDonalds is non-smoking" :-)

What a choice, eat in the smoke or eat McDs. We found a restaurant with a heated outside deck and ate there
post #10 of 29
Oh, I forgot that there's a Domino Pizza in Whistler as well.
post #11 of 29
Quote:
If so, does it change the feel of the place?
Dont be the man... man!
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Blaise
Oh, I forgot that there's a Domino Pizza in Whistler as well.
Well, what do you know? I guess I'm mentally erasing these places as I walk by.
post #13 of 29
Stowe has had a McDonalds for years and you would hardly know it's there because the exterior blends in and it's minus the garish "golden arch" out front. As long as it's tastfully done who cares?? I must admit I've popped in for a quick McMuffin time to time. Not my first choice but if you're in a hurry...
post #14 of 29
Where is the McD's at Stowe? I can't say I ever remember there being one other than way off the mountain. It must really blend in or I am blind.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by Vt Skier
Where is the McD's at Stowe? I can't say I ever remember there being one other than way off the mountain. It must really blend in or I am blind.
It's not "right on" the mountain but a few miles below on the access road between town and Mtn. Have spotted some McD's bags smuggled uphill to both Gondi and Forerunner bases though..
post #16 of 29
Ah ok - that is the one I was thinking of then.
post #17 of 29
Vail has a Subway in LionHead, at the shuttle stop.
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by uncle crud
lowest common denominator
dominator?
demonizer?
<bored spelling assist mode on>
Denominator is correct.
<bored spelling assist mode off>
post #19 of 29
In a big village like Tremblant or Whistler I have no problem with fast food joints being in the village, so long as the exterior looks nice and fits in with the rest of the village.

However, I'm glad that they haven't made their way onto the mountain in the ski lodges. I think it would take away from the Roundhouse to have a McDs in there.
post #20 of 29

McDonalds

Personally, I would like these types of places much more if they instituted a few changes. I admit dressing the older retirees up in the uniforms is a nice touch, but would like to see this sort of thing taken a step further. Having a photo montage on the wall of all those dreadful mom and pop deli/stores with the creaky wooden floors that are no longer in business would be nice also. Admittedly, I will never be a regular customer until they start making their burgers out of people. Simply start rounding people up for "processing". With all the wonderful things they can do with food nowadays I am sure they could get the "processed derivitive" to taste like anything (I am salivating right now). I think its an idea whose time has come. There is simply too many people running around. For you east coast folks, three words: no lift lines. Heck the third world is filled with lazy people with nothing better to do. Since we all live in the first world, you have the second world as a kind of safe zone. Lets face it, its an entire world away (for those who worry about third worlders becoming upset with this arrangement). You could make it based on a lottery, or base it on intelligence, hair color, anything. You could have some fun with it and change it arbitrarily to keep everyone on their toes etc. Of course there are probably alot of alarmists who would oppose it, so we would probably be stuck with eating the same South American beef for awhile. At least until these alarmists were educated, or processed , whichever comes first. One good thing about the beef, they are cutting down the rain forests and turning them into cattle farms after processing the lumber. I hear the rain forest is just chock full of bugs. Bugs are bad. When I see one in my house I spray the entire area with liberal amounts of Raid, I kind of like the smell... Here is a link to a site with info on burgers, I was a regular poster years ago and recall a burger faq, but was unnable to locate it. Speed and convenience, two of my very favorite things...http://www.deanie.demon.co.uk/pave/creed.html Just a quick update, the preceding page is just the creed, here is a more complete overview http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Andes/3660/
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by TomK
<bored spelling assist mode on>
Denominator is correct.
<bored spelling assist mode off>
hey, thanks for playing! now I know at least SOMEONE else gets the game!
post #22 of 29
james, you are one funny muthafugga.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
Well, what do you know? I guess I'm mentally erasing these places as I walk by.
soon enough familiarity will breed contempt, but then you simply take a vacation because absence makes the heart grow fonder. however, this doesn't explain how fast food places seem to defy the colloquial truth of catching more flies with honey than with vinegar, as james so aptly demonstrated above.
post #24 of 29

no Big Macs at Stowe

The Micky D's on the mountain road has been gone for several years. Heard it went under cause it was not very noticable. Dang those local regs. To get your fix your going to have to go to Morrisville, about 15 min north.

In Freeport, Maine, 10 miles from me, the McDonalds is in an old house and they are not allowed to have speakers in the drive-up. Guess it would disturb the ambiance of the "town retail built" . I imagine kids with their parents walking all over town desparetly seeking their Happy Meals.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee
The Micky D's on the mountain road has been gone for several years. Heard it went under cause it was not very noticable. Dang those local regs. To get your fix your going to have to go to Morrisville, about 15 min north.

In Freeport, Maine, 10 miles from me, the McDonalds is in an old house and they are not allowed to have speakers in the drive-up. Guess it would disturb the ambiance of the "town retail built" . I imagine kids with their parents walking all over town desparetly seeking their Happy Meals.

Do they still sell Lobster Sandwitches in McDonalds over there?
post #26 of 29

Garbage in, garbage out!

I think that fast food places have changed the character of the world more than almost any other capitalist creation. (Use of the kitchen stove and family meals together are becoming a thing of the past, and now most meals are eaten in vehicles.) Fortunately, its impact has been pretty limited in the ski world to the major resorts. It used to be that you could travel and every town had its own visual and culinary character. Now every place you go is starting to look and taste the same. Every main street in every big town looks the same with the all the too familiar fast food places one after the other, pushing the little cafes out of business. You can eat in your car in any town without talking or interacting with anyone except a tinny voice in a box, or go all over the world and eat in a totally familiar surrounding. How sad. For god sakes, don't experience anything new or different if you don't absolutely have to!

One of the things I like about skiing, particularly in Canada, is that you get away from this homogenization of culture to a great extent. Save the speed for your skiing and not your food and you will probably enjoy both more.

Sign me, "Another Old Crumudgen"
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by jackwan1
Do they still sell Lobster Sandwitches in McDonalds over there?
According to the girl I just spoke to they no longer have lobster sandwiches, they did have them last summer and she advised they don't know if they will be brought back anytime in the future. No worries tho I think there are a few places you can get lobster in mid-coast Maine.
post #28 of 29
but there is so much self-confidence to be gained when you never venture beyond what's known and repeated as habit.

besides, who is so insane as to take delight or pleasure in food? commies! socialists! Canadians!:

Quote:
Originally Posted by mudfoot
I think that fast food places have changed the character of the world more than almost any other capitalist creation. (Use of the kitchen stove and family meals together are becoming a thing of the past, and now most meals are eaten in vehicles.) Fortunately, its impact has been pretty limited in the ski world to the major resorts. It used to be that you could travel and every town had its own visual and culinary character. Now every place you go is starting to look and taste the same. Every main street in every big town looks the same with the all the too familiar fast food places one after the other, pushing the little cafes out of business. You can eat in your car in any town without talking or interacting with anyone except a tinny voice in a box, or go all over the world and eat in a totally familiar surrounding. How sad. For god sakes, don't experience anything new or different if you don't absolutely have to!

One of the things I like about skiing, particularly in Canada, is that you get away from this homogenization of culture to a great extent. Save the speed for your skiing and not your food and you will probably enjoy both more.

Sign me, "Another Old Crumudgen"
post #29 of 29
Uncle Crud (quote): "but there is so much self-confidence to be gained when you never venture beyond what's known and repeated as habit."


That's probably why people with real low self-esteem have a habit of never leaving the house. They are obviously sticking with the "well known" to build up their self-confidence.


P.S. Say "hello" to Rago and Melhuse for me if you see them banging gates on the poma run at the Bowl.
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