Originally Posted by tam
I dont think being a local has anything to do with how much you ski at the resort and how many people who live there know you, that is ridiculous... that would make most of my out-of-towner friends locals. In my opinion being a local has nothing to do with the ski area and everything to do with how much you are actually involved with the community (ski towns and non-ski towns alike). In my opinion, you might be a local if... You regularly vote in town elections (and I'm not talking voting at your annual HOA meeting). You work in town year round (bonus points for every additional job you have). You live in town year-round (with the exception of the 2 weeks after the ski area closes when you bail to Mexico with the rest of the town). You volunteer for local organizations/charities/etc (and bonus points if you also receive assistance from those same local charities). You actually act kindly to visitors and tourists and appreciate their business. You politely pay full price while the guy next to you in line haggles for a lower price because he/she has 10 days on their ski pass and a 2nd home in town.
you imply that a ski community is a homogenious, cohesive, like minded group of individuals, with whom a person could tolerate 2 minutes of conversation or 30 seconds of shared space. NOT!
a major portion of our community is so ignorant, bigoted, narrow minded, petty, anti-ecological, and miserable and bitter that being involved with them on any level would be the worst possbile way to (ski) be a local. Resort societies are extremely fragmented, conceptually, financially, socially, politically, etc. even given that many of those groups of people have skiing in common.