If you're in favor of a government bail-out for the ski industry, then you really need to take a closer look at what this country is all about and what makes it work. If people decide not to go skiing this year, for whatever reason, that's their prerogative. In my book, if I decide not to spend $60 for a lift ticket in Vail, then that's $60 in my pocket and not in Vail's. So instead of a loss for Vail's bank account, I see it as a gain for my account....the money isn't really lost as Dr.GO seems to view it, it's just not being transfered to where he expected it to go.
I think it's time people consider where the government bail-out money comes from....taxes. According to my pay stub, I pay a horrendous amount of taxes, which means I pay for government bail-outs. So the implementation of a bail-out of the ski industry would mean that my money would still end up in Vail's pocket, and I wouldn't even get a powder day out of it. Last time I checked, this was a free country. If people choose not to spend own money on skiing, then why should the spending be forced down everyone's throat through the use of a government grant or bail-out?
Unfortunately, the economy is cyclic in nature and will unavoidably have slow downs. Just because the agriculture industry currently receives grants, doesn't mean it's the right thing to do, and it definately doesn't mean the tourism industry should be given grants for a reduced number of snob-types flocking to Aspen this year. Free handouts do not make this country or economy strong, and businesses should not be dependent on them. If you really think that the government is going to save the tourism economy from a slow-down with a fat, free handout, get a grip. If the ski industry is entitled to a free handout, then it's only fair to give the auto industry one because they sell fewer cars, then the oil industry for selling less gas, then the pizza shops for selling less pizza.....hell, let's just bail everyone out of this recession.