thanks for your contribution....i really enjoy the feedback on this thread.
maybe a future post (or perhaps has already been done) is:
what will the future ski resort and/or ski town look like going forward?
I think your situation can still exists because it sounds like it's remote so there is not as much competition (i could be very wrong of course...).
...but that's the great thing on skiing and what it offers: backcountry, on piste, off piste, extreme, ...spa like resorts...older quaint largely unchanged ones
(like yours and others mentioned).
i guess my original article query and 'picque' article is fodder for thought and discussion given that whistler did exist before the resort ...of course not on the same scale as it does now; and some would argue it's grown precisely because of the ski hill...and is that a good thing or a bad thing going forward, given it does operate 12 mo a year and is both a city and a ski resort...so how to best balance the needs of both.
I ski on a mountain that bought its chair lifts used from other ski resorts who do the upgrading. They are planning on adding three more used chair lifts four years ago, wha? Yes, they are that far behind schedule on their master development plan. It looks it might happen in a couple of years, but that's what they were saying six years ago.
I understand what you are saying, but I don't live in the world you describe. I live where the mountain manager yelled "Fat skis are bullshit!" in the face of a visiting ski builder (who hadn't said a word to him BTW), and stills skis on 203 pencils (he's about 5'5").
The owner once sought to impose a firewood ration on the bar, which is heated by the fireplace, and by the wood burning pizza oven. Does that sound like he's worried about keeping up with Whistler, or Big Sky, or even There is no significant competition for the business here, because the next closest mountains are 90 miles away, and Snowbowl is within 15 miles of the furthest side of town. Sure, people sometimes choose other mountains because they are offended at the ambivalence the management has toward its customers, but this mountain isn't for pansies.
We talk among ourselves on our twelve minute lift rides up the Grizzly about how if the lifts were faster, we would just get worn out earlier in the day (yeah, it's a bad ass mountain).
Just because your expectations of progress aren't met here, doesn't mean we're purists, it just means we're not tourists. There are plenty of mountains that are driven by local dollars; locals go home at night (after the bar closes ), and that's where they put their money for amenities.