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post #1 of 8
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Poaching alta by the Snowbird Snowboard School



and in case you havent heard Fox 13 is a riot in itself.

post #2 of 8
I really don't understand Alta's 'tude about snowboarders on their mountain. It's just kind of weird IMO. Funny videos for sure. I like the dude eating poo riding down Alta. Stuff like that makes me think, maybe they don't belong there. I wouldn't have put it in the vid. At some point they'll cave, when that point is I dunno.
post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
I really don't understand Alta's 'tude about snowboarders on their mountain. It's just kind of weird IMO. Funny videos for sure. I like the dude eating poo riding down Alta. Stuff like that makes me think, maybe they don't belong there. I wouldn't have put it in the vid. At some point they'll cave, when that point is I dunno.
their aussie they have no sense of embarrassment and its awesome
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
I really don't understand Alta's 'tude about snowboarders on their mountain. It's just kind of weird IMO. Funny videos for sure. I like the dude eating poo riding down Alta. Stuff like that makes me think, maybe they don't belong there. I wouldn't have put it in the vid. At some point they'll cave, when that point is I dunno.
they've got enough skiers whining about the traverses.
post #5 of 8
Some say it's the Traverses. Luckily, it's a still a free country and you can't bowl on my golf course If I say so...Besides, Snowbird needs the money.
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post #6 of 8
Kill,

As a cross dresser and long time customer of Alta, I believe I understand their 'tude. Another expression of that 'tude was their resistance to installing a high speed chair. That faded out eventually. Alta can be looked at as a classic case of resistance to change. They see some changes as problems that are best solved by avoidance instead of seeking out the positives behind the changes and using those as motivation for finding solutions to the perceived problems. When faced with a biased list of cons over pros, the cons win. Without external forces for change (e.g. economics), the status quo remains.

Alta has an advantage over Telluride in its resistance to boarding. Telluride had no boarding alternative for families visiting their resort. Thus they eventually had to change as a result of ever declining family business. For Alta, it's quite easy for families to have riders at the Bird and skiers at Alta. In addition to the canard that riders ruin the snow, the prospect that riders would ruin the traverse experience that is quintessential Alta is another big con in the minds of Alta's decision makers. Alta take pride in offering a "pure" skiing experience different from other modern resorts that cram people onto groomed pistes for as much profit as can be made. Since they view riding as different from skiing instead of seeing the similarities of sliding on snow, they view riding as something that compromises a pure skiing experience. Until external forces come along, this will not change.
post #7 of 8
By Telluride I am assuming you mean Taos. I agree with your synopsis 100%. Taos didn't offer any alternatives for families. I said years ago money would be the issue that would force Taos to allow boarders. I was frankly surprised that it took this long for it to happen.

Now I don't know about you guys, but if you go on a ski trip with friends and family, don't you like to all ride the same resort together? Seems to me most people do. I think that will eventually be the demise of Alta's 'tude. Like Taos it's just a matter of time. How much time is anyone's guess. I might not be on this Earth when it happens, but it will happen. It will all boil down to money.

When it does happen, just like Taos, a bunch of grumpy old school skiers will bitch about it, then they'll keep skiing Alta. It all turns out to be a much ado about nothing.
post #8 of 8
Follow the money ... and the attitudes. Old-school skiers like Alta to be the way it is? Fine by me. It's the owner's money in use, not mine. I would guess there are enough "pure ski" skiers in the country to support one or two places that are ski-only.
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