so I've been reading a lot of threads and comments from kids who have this concept of "real skiers." at first i didn't think much of it but as i read threads from kids at Jay Peak telling new yorkers to go home, kids complaining about stowe's lift tickets being too expensive for "real skiers," and other bullshit like this it really pisses me off how blind some kids on ns can be about the ski industry and it's future.
skiing is a privilege. it is a sport that is not for the poor. you need a fair amount of disposable income just to get the equipment needed to go skiing, and a day of skiing at any resort is much more than going to a movie or other leisure activities. i feel like a lot of kids on NS who grew up on skiing don't realize that it's not such an easy sport to get into, and as a whole skiing participation has been on a decline since 1990. we all love skiing here, but I get the feeling that some individual's opinions about skiing have nothing but negative affects on the industry as a whole.
especially people who live in places like jay peak (just an example because i recently read a thread about it) are very defensive about out-of-towners coming and getting in on their "secret spots" or clogging up the lift lines. what these people fail to realize is that it's the out-of-towners that keep those resorts in business and without them they will more than likely go bankrupt. as we move into this shitty economy resorts (like vail just did) are going to be cutting spending, jobs, and loosing resources left and right.
if we all love skiing as much as people act like, we need to change our attitude as a group and be more accepting of people that aren't die harders like us. thats my 2 cents.