I would have posted this in SCSA's Rant/Note thread but I got dizzy just trying to sift through it! Since everyone's entitled to their opinion here's mine; The way I like to think of the ski industry is Evolution vs. Revolution. It's quite apparent that SCSA is in favour of revolution but a revolution is unstable, much like the skiing stance that he is a proponent of. Evolution is steady and progressive. Has your head been in the snow for the last five seasons? People are coming back to skiing from snowboarding, ski areas like Whistler and Sunshine Village are posting record numbers this season, ski manufacturers are doing great. If anything, I'd say these are indicators of a upturn in the industry of late but you seem to think it's dying, I don't get it. You speak of "brilliance", are you still skiing on straight skis? Have you not seen a twin tip? I've been a ski instructor for 14 years now and the last 5 years have been the best. Rates of pay suck, I'll give you that, but ski pros at the school I work at are making more money than ever. We've never made a lot of money compared to some industries and we never will. For me and most of the people I know it's a lifestyle choice not a monetary one. The last thing we need is some lunatic flying off the handle screaming the sky is falling, because it isn't. Last thing, stretch pants? You're freakin' kidding right?
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5/5/02 at 10:21pm