|Originally posted by gonzostrike:
Doesn't anyone else see this horrific drift? Doesn't anyone else think we're ripe for a revolution in government, politics, business and social structure?[/QB]
To answer briefly before moving on; Yes. And there probably hasn't been a time in recent history that we weren't ripe for such by at least 1 person or group's standards. But are you gonna set it off?
On to original topic: The reason for the 20% retention is laziness. Americans are very lazy. That's also why we're very fat.
Here's my opinion of what happens with 100 first time skiers
20% like it and come back. Some go die hard, some just recreational, but one way or the other we can count them in our ranks.
25% hate it and everything about it. We never see them again.
30% may like it, but not love it, and view it as something they may do in the future, but then they never get around to it. This or they make the once a year trip to Hunter or Mt. Snow, using the skis or board as a prop just to get up there and party.
Now here's the important 25%, the La-Z-Boyz (and girlz).
They go, they have fun, they may even have aptitude or potential.
But no instructor or promotion can cure common laziness. Now to their credit, skiing is not simple or easy. For instance, here are some of the obstacles folks in my area face.
5 hour roundtrip drive to the closest DECENT hill.
8 hour r/t to closest GOOD skiing.
10-12 hour r/t to nearest REALLY GOOD hill.
8 hour r/t flight and several hundred $$$ to get to the closest GREAT skiing.
Minimum investment (for most) of roughly $150. Lift, lesson, rental, transportation, food, gloves, hat, bibs or pants, etc.
Crazy lift and rental lines (realistically, most first timers will go on a weekend, and many on holidaze).
Condescending attitude toward "noob's".
A fairly intimidating environment. I remember being very apprehensive about going "up there". And I am one who is accustomed to great heights.
The list goes on...
I knew from the first time I skied that I would do it again. I knew after 10 days skiing that this would be something I did for as long as I'm physically able. But I'm an obsessive type. Most are not, and IMHO, most people just couldn't be bothered.
Don't fight it. Do what you can to teach those who come seeking knowledge, but don't worry about the ones who don't come back. They're keeping lift lines short, and lines untracked.