mr moose and vollanaddict:
point taken as per below, but perhaps I should have better thought out my blog. and i think you missed my point (or maybe not formulated better...no matter)....basically it's about trying to find a place that has a balance of both great skiing, staying 'true' to its roots, and also knowing that growth and profits are inevitable too to stay viable against the competition and perhaps a differentiated cust base ie so any decent ski resort can't often stay as it was...that was the point about whistler from 'pique' I was trying to use as a platform to get some discussion going....and i'm sure I'm not alone in wanting a resort that has a sense of balance, to keeping a semblance of it's roots its locals and vision; and also knowing that it has to grow to remain financially viable.
we live in a day of modern technologies...do you guys, for example, still use old outdated ski equipment to 'remain true' to skiing's roots? probably not...so the same it often with resorts wanting to 'keep up' with the competition as per having more visitors, a diversified client base, perhaps, wanting faster lifts, and better amenties in any given resort, and yet trying to fid a balance so they don't feel as if they are 'selling out' to big corp chain stores too much either.
i guess there are purists who don't care for modern amenities with lots of shops and modern glam...and yet there are also those who do....and there are those (like me) who like both...and something in between...or depending on my mood, one or the other (sometimes we want fast food, sometimes we like slow cooking right)
and maybe that's what is wonderful with the many resorts listed: some are geared towards purists who want to ski at a resort that hasn't changed too much from it's original vision of offering great skiing, and don't care about the apres scene...then on the other thand, there are those who do want the best of both worlds.
i appreciate all the contributions...many resorts I'm not aware of and I think it's great to support the lesser known/visited hills, too.
Edited by canali - 10/18/10 at 10:26am
Originally Posted by Mister Moose
Exactly. The author of the aricle the OP quoted in "The Pique" said; "....yet I don't want to have real town charm at the expense of slow lifts either."
Which is a lot like saying "I don't want to hafta eat my Big Mac on a formica table."