Originally Posted by pedalbiker
I've been hanging around epic for a couple of years now and still do more lurking than talking but am curious about the history of this site? I've met a few of the current members but have never heard the story of how this has grown into what it is today. Is there an old thread that would give some of use newcomers an insight into the history or would someone consider starting one? This is still my favorite site for all things ski related.
AC told me at the first Epic ski gathering at Tahoe the story behind Epicski.
Basically AC startead Epicski during the hight of the dot com boom for the purpose of getting rich selling advertising and goods. Server space was expensive back then but it was worth a shot. He even had lots of bumper stickers and such made up for the boom that he was expecting.
AC had an ingenious way of starting the discussions. He basically created a bunch of ficticious characters who were having conversations with each other. I found Epicski after being turned off by the Scott Aberhamson debacle on RSA. I was looking for a site to air my ideas about technique and ski instruction in preparation for taking my level III exam. I did not want to do this on the PSIA web site because if I were wrong, the whole central staff would know it.
Because of being turned off by RSA, I was very careful to set the tone of the discussion as a high standard in a very civil manner. The tone that I set is still evident today.
I started airing my ideas and AC's ficticious characters chimed in. Soon others found Epicski as a place to air technical skiing discussions. We were the barking beavers forum.
Eventually AC decided to switch servers and software and we all had to suddenly register and the name changed to the barking bears. There may have been about a hundred of us at that point. The forum remained a technical/general discussion forum for quite some time until it the size grew to large.
At around 500 members Compuserve shut down their site and a whole bunch of people including Ott, Arcmeister and Bob Barnes found the Epicski site as a place that was to their likeing. Epicski suddenly took on new life.
I was fearful of the talent that joined the forum at that point because everything that I thought was out there in writing for all of them to pick apart. Instead of pick me apart they confirmed much of what I had written and I became good friends with them.
Regardless of what AC thinks I could not have envisioned what Epicski has become.