<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by nakona:Gonzo -
I'm glad you said it.
I can't even bring myself to respond to idiotic statements like that.
nakona, if i'm not mistaken, you just did.
...anyway, i'll part with,
I think Rio clearly explained why opening new territory is not really a viable option.
I tried unsuccessfully to explain that there really never has been a need to segregate boarders and skiers because 'it's ALL skiing'. It's just a different way to enjoy it - you use a fork and I'll use chopsticks, the foods still the same.
The real joke is: nakona (and others) have bought into the idea there is a controversy. Alta, Toas, MRG, Burton, etc. are all using this as a clever marketing tool to make their products standout - and it's worked great! Once boarding has matured a bit more and the novelty is completely gone, so will the idea of skier-only moutains. Not three years ago an executive at Aspen stated in Skiing Mag, "Aspen will never allow snowboards [period!]". So I always get a laugh whenever I hear the word n-e-v-e-r.
I remember the manager at our mountain once backing up his decision to not allow telemarking there by stating, "...telemarkers have different travel patterns that make the trails unsafe for skiers. It's a fad that will be short-lived and this mountain doesn't cater to fads." 16 years later our mountain is now one of the hubs for telemarkers in NE... unfortunately our new manager is saying the same things about halfpipes/parks
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 03, 2002 01:43 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Cheap seats ]</font>