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What's the Barking Bear ethos?

post #1 of 18
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Seems like there are different ideas about what it means to be a Bear. I've heard some people cite modesty as a key trait -- don't talk yourself up, as there are a lot of truly great, experienced skiers out there. A lot of people who post seem to favor a decidedly civil approach, weighing every opinion as equal -- even when this is clearly not the case. Others suggest that, on the forum, anything goes. Talk s***, go for the throat. What do you think? What is the Barking Bear ethos?
post #2 of 18
to me it doesn't really mean anything but its my place to read, discuss and vent with others with the same compulsion. No matter how you ski or what you ski doesn't matter to me. As long as you have a real passion and for skiing or snowboarding. Its tough to find others where I live to discuss skiing.......
post #3 of 18
Interesting topic, kinda like "who are we?" I wonder if the founding members have different ideas from the latter members. I also wonder if the supporting members have a different outlook than the members? I for one
generally think of the bears as a group that is dedicated to skiing and snowboarding. Some have other dedications some less but that is about the only constant. I will generally trust a supporting member bear to be honest especially in financial dealings (gear sales). For those members who post in these forums, (probably a much lesser # than the membership at large) on a regular basis I would have to say that most are generous with their time and talent and eager to give help when requested and sometimes when not. And finally there are those Bears who are administrators,patrollers, etc. They exemplify the Bear Ethos most visably, so we should be able to get some understanding of "who we are" by looking in that direction.
post #4 of 18
If you have to ask...
post #5 of 18
Isn't this just a place for people who just like skiing?
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by GrooK View Post
Isn't this just a place for people who just like skiing?
On the surface, but it's all about dynamics really. This is a moving train, its got tracks, engineers, riders,ticket takers, rough weather. It's all about the way it moves. Ask those who have been thrown off? They really like to ski. Ask those who have been pissed off... Dynamics of the train. whew!:
post #7 of 18
you gotta take this place in stride, its a forum and it has its unofficial and official rules and characters. Its a place for all of us misfits obsessed with gliding, flying, hucking, jibbing, carving, scarving, skidding and slashing over/in snow.
post #8 of 18
Agree FINNDOG --------------its a forum guys thats it !
post #9 of 18

Bears

Epic is just a bunch of people that really like to ski. I've met a few of the Bears I have talked with on this site and that only confirmed my beliefs, great/different/varied people who really like to ski.

The Ethos of individuals can be appreciated in some time here, I recognize some of the really good sources here on Epic, i.e., Bob Peters at Jackson Hole, Bob B arnes, Bushwacker etc. but I also relate well to some beginners and intermediates that are in love with this sport, like myself.

My compliments to those that really make this a great site. The only real idiot I ran across a lot was _______________________ and he's mostly gone now. Good Ridance! (fill in blank)

Love you Guys and Gals!!!!! Now dammit SNOW
post #10 of 18
This is a Bears way of saying, I Need Snow!
post #11 of 18
there's an ethos among us?

WTF?
post #12 of 18
For me it is that I have carte blanche to $hit in the woods.
post #13 of 18
to me its the people who love to ski and are willing to share that knowledge with everyone on this site.
post #14 of 18
I'm rather new here, but for me it is the common bond that represents and conveys the deep passion we all have for the sport, regardless of abilities, age, or experience, it is the passion. It is the comforting way in which those who are so obviously knowledgeable share their knowledge so freely with others - with no pretensions, no strings attached - and they do so because of their passion - for the activity of the sport - for their love of sking - and by the way ... may that always be the way it is - it is obvious to me at least - it is the way it should always be!
post #15 of 18
This is the technical ski instructor site where everyone is nice and supportive to each other.
post #16 of 18
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This is the technical ski instructor site where everyone is nice and supportive to each other.
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It is the comforting way in which those who are so obviously knowledgeable share their knowledge so freely with others - with no pretensions, no strings attached
A couple of us who promote skiing with a different set of fundamental movements have had serious problems with certain posters making derogatory comments and the moderators allowing those comments to remain. We have always been courteous, and our disagreements have never been disagreeable. There have been times some of us have had our courteous postings removed. I have had some vigorous dialog with the moderators about these matters.

Things are better this year. The owners of this forum certainly need to get income from forum advertising and events to cover the costs of the forum and maybe make a coupl'a bucks. We who disagree with the skiing technique have agreed to omit reference to ski info sources who do not advertise here, and our postings of those techniques in a generic sense are accepted.

I urge everyone who sees any disparaging or discourteous posting to immediately report it to the moderators. I also urge everyone who finds that the owners of the forum and the moderators doing a good job keeping this forum relevant, lively, and courteous to become cash supporters.
post #17 of 18
Over at TGR, a brand new poster asked a reasonable question in the Correct Place (tech) about comparing AC40's, Mantras and Goats, got a couple of reasonable brief responses then a guy who said, "I’m going to be nice. In all honesty, you’ll get a better response to your question here: epicski.com."

Bet we started a three page thread no matter where he posted, it will lurch on for two years, mostly punctuating long sincere evals with hijacks and various Wars Between Fat and Thin, Marker and non-Marker, and OP will make his decision, barely scorched, long before the thread dies.

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post #18 of 18
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