<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gonzostrike:
Brainwashed! Industry = manufacture. Ski areas are SERVICE, not industry. They provide service. They don't make anything. They aren't a factory.
Please, stop the future-speak. Go have a cyberdrink with SCSA, he'll be happy to help you plot a new way to "grow" the "industry" of skiing. Just remember that movie 12 Monkeys, okay?
I think you're hanging your argument on a pretty thin semantic cord, Gonzo. Ever hear the phrase "Service Industry?" [img]tongue.gif[/img]
I'm actually somewhere in the middle here. I think the mountains are not the place for unconstrained development, and what people are really looking for in terms of making moeny out of the "Ski Industry" is more real estate sales. That's where the big money is and always has been, and its unfortunate. Because an industry based on selling people on the idea of something (you can live just 10 minutes forom mountain x) don't neccessarily have a connection to selling you on actually doing it. Once you sign the papers on that slopeside condo, the transaction is finished.
So one of the big problems as I see it, is in part that the actual mountain operations and so on are only secondary to the project of getting people to buy property. Perhaps it isn't a coincidence that so many of the true "skier's mountains" are located up canyons, in the middle of national forests, where there is not a lot of money to made on development because of enviro impact.
Unfortunatly, the way our economy and society is organized, there often has to be a big pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow for anyone to get really involved in doing something. Which is why we have a kind of beign neglect at a lot of more skier oriented mountains. If you're like me, you like it that way.
But what it does mean is that there are two interest groups, people who are skiing because they love doing it, and people who are trying to sell big projects. (Of course, there is some overlap.) Many of the poeple who do it because they love it are just like Gonzo, they'd just as soon not see any more skiers around. And don't think this isn't obvious to guests.
Again, I'm kind of in between. I don't want to see mountains overrun, and I do want uncorwded slopes and lots of fresh pow. But I also know how much skiing has meant to me, and I genuinly think that other people should have the opporunity to enjoy it. Without the freshness and vitality that genuine enthusiasm and new blood bring in, things can get pretty dreary. Remember the late 80s, early 90s? And I want people who make their living doing what they love to be able to make a decent living doing it.
There is a middle ground here. We shold be thinking of ways to encourage people towards the same love of the sport that we have. If we don't, I see the mountains becoming more of a disneyland environemnt, with all kinds of "amenities" and what not around to convince people they are having a good time in their slopeside condos, even though they really don't get the whole skiing thing.
btw, I think you'll get a lot farther with your arguments if you give people a little more of the benefit of the doubt. Unless, of course, your intent is simply to piss people off.