Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
I was just thumbing through some ski mags, pausing over the resort ads.
I couldn't help noticing, each ad showed precisely the same concept: a lone skier ripping perfect turns, on flawless, steep powder terrain, on a bluebird day, with not another soul in sight.
They've found the hot-button. Apparently, every Iowa farmer and dentist from Omaha wants to tame the steep and deep.
Therefore, how genuine is it for resorts to present this unlikely scenario to starry-eyed vacation planners?
Or, is reality not the issue? If the vision alone keeps us going, is that fair enough?
Maybe reality isn't an issue. We all want to believe we're heroes in the steep and deep - and if we're not, well, the snow just wasn't "right."
Many skiers buy the dream, not the reality.
I stated in another thread that, in my limited experience, 20" of fresh would be greeted by hoops and hurrahs, followed by grumbling in the lodge about the lack of grooming when the vast majority of people with significant money to spend (that's beginner/intermediate upper-middle class families, folks - not EpicSki enthusiasts) discovered they didn't actually know how to ski powder.
Few ski areas depend on advanced skiers. There aren't enough of them, and a high percentage of that small number eats lunch out of a brown paper bag, instead of buying it. Look at Mary Jane. They sell bumps. Steep, gnarly bumps. They have an image. Look at the skiers standing in line for that 6-pack at MJ. They'll endure the line (instead of any number of shorter ones elsewhere on the mountain) and then ski Sleeper or the Mary Jane run, both crowded blue cruisers. Then they go home and say they skied Mary Jane, the area (56% black diamond, you know), rather than Mary Jane, the run. You can see a massive crowd at the bottom and be alone on Needle's Eye.
People buy into the dream. They get to come, have fun, and believe they got just a little of that steep and deep blue sky picture. Is it reality? No. Does it matter? No. As long as they go home with good memories, a smile, and some stories to tell.
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Blue Mountain, We can turn snow into ice faster than anyone
Well, isn't the ice kind of blue? Doesn't the mountain live up to its name??
Truth-in-ski-area-advertising might be kind of a fun thread, but that really
won't have anything to do with reality!
Originally Posted by segbrown
Originally Posted by mudfoot
I have seen all kinds of statistics including ones that say the "average skier" skis 10 days a year and averages 2 hours a day on the slopes.
Wow -- 10 days is to be expected, but only 2 hours? Is this counting strictly the time spent with skis/board on snow and moving (ie, not the lift or standing around), or maybe just the time spent outside (including lift rides), or do people really pay $75 to go sit in the lodge all day?
I saw an article in the Denver Post a number of years ago in which people were asked to describe their dream ski vacation. None
of these "dream" vacations involved actually skiing more than 4 hours per day! The theme seemed to be sleeping, eating, drinking and shopping, with a little skiing thrown in. Since my
dream ski vacation involves a helicopter, I think shopping is right out!