Uhh here is my email, its a bit of a marathon......
My name is Ben Ogilvie, I am the son of Bob Ogilvie, VIP RCR Gold Pass Purchaser, now I don't understand too much on how it works really, but I think we pay a little bit extra so we can have rockstar parking, a very nice locker and some bonus perks at Fernie Alpine Resort which is everything I could've ever hoped for. One thing that has been a nagging thought lingering at the front of my mind is the apparent lack of effort that has been put into many of the RCR Terrain parks this season. I realize that Terrain Parks may not be RCR's main attraction to the wonderful Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and Alberta, but it is definatly quite disheveling to the ever growing numbers of New School skiers and especially Snowboarders. In all honesty, many of the reasons why these "New School sskiers" and snowboarders bought seasons passes or lift tickets to the RCR resorts is because of the reputation RCR has garnered for their terrain parks. Through this email I hope not only to convey my feelings of repect for RCR, but also a little a bit of dissapointment will be thrown in. I also hope to put fourth some suggestions and points that have been welling up inside my brain!
Over the years I have grown up skiing at RCR mountains, it is a great place to learn , always a great atmosphere, I respect RCR's attempts to pertain to teens and youth, I love the snow and all that jazz, and I have found most of the lodges are up to par. RCR will most likely always be my home resorts and I will probably contiue spending my money at your resorts for many years to come.
My concern however lies with your lack luster terrain park allocating funds to skills. I also realize that was a terrible sentance and should be completely re-written; "My concern with RCR is that it in the past it has done an incredible job at building, allocating substantial funds, and maintaining it's terrain parks. I have just found this year that this former excellently well done job has become quite sub-par". I can't express my dissatisfaction with Lake Louise's desiscion to remove their pro-line from their terrain park enough. I realize their are several skiers and snowboarders that are not of the proper skill level to participate in the pro-line section of the terrain park, but that is what disclaimers, signs and spotters (which could and should be employed as another addition to park maintainence staff). I do agree that many skiers and snowboarders will fail to realize the dangers of the terrain park and will not read the signs, but that is where separate ski and snowboard park passes can become an option. For example, take a look at Whistler/Blackcomb, superb mountain, very family oriented, very European Traditional style, very much so into the Terrain park scene. Whistler is at the cutting edge of park design, maintainence and technology. It has also come to my attention that Lake Louise possesses all of those park building skills as well! If Lake Louise were to implement the Terrain Park pass decision (mind you this would only be for the "PRO" section of the park, the biginner and Intermediate terrain parks could remain free and open to anyone who wishes to use) than I believe it could allow them to expand their terrain parks even more, cater to everyone on the mountain, and be known world-wide as a Terrain Park Destination (as well as the Traditional European Ski resort located in Alberta!) in North America most easily beating out Whistler/Blackcomb.
In my years as a younger and now much more maturing skier, one thing that has always brought me back to RCR resorts are the "showcase" and most prominent runs on the mountain. Ever since I was young, I always wanted to go to the most challenging and scary looking runs on the mountain. Take Fernie for example, the whole Lizard Range Mountain is enormous! The Headwalls make the whole mountain look that much more beautiful and treacherous at the same time. One area that always catches my attention as the first thing I see when I drive up every Weekend is the Lizard/Easter Bowl, the sheer magnitude and looming distructiveness it has always makes me smile when I see it. The same can be said for me when I arrive at Lake Louise and the first thing I see is the Terrain Park. My eyes always wander to the "pro-line", Im always checking to see if their are bamboo sticks in front of the take-off incase the jumps are closed or not, and I always check to see which tiny dot looks the best in the air when I am just pulling into the parking lot. It brings me great displeasure when I learned that the Pro-line would be completely erased from Louise's terrain park.
There is one more thing that has been bothering me a lot. The RCR evilution website has been under construction for far too long. The website was supposed to be educating the newschool ski and snowboard community of upcoming events, terrain park photo's, features, and results of contests at RCR resorts. With the season well underway and the RCR Evilution webiste clearly still in it's PRE-infancy stages you must be aware of mine and many other snowriders dissapointment. It's really upsetting to me especially, when I look at a World Class resort like RCR and see that it doesn't even have a firm grasp on the amazing terrain park potential it has, and then I look at small 3 lift hill in Mid-Eastern United States has an entire portion of their website (like RCR used to have) showcasing a beautiful terrain park. It's absolutely mind blowing to see.
There are so very many members of the newschool community that are extremely upset over the issues pertaining to RCR's terrain parks. Now, I seriously doubt many of these people will no-longer purchase passes to your resorts, but they will no-longer have the same pride to confidently say they ride at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies they once had when someone asked them, "Oh, yo dude, where do you ride?"
PS. I know that I am only one person, writing an email in to firstname.lastname@example.org, but I do know there have been MANY others writing in who share my same purpose and hope to achieve my same goals. I also believe I will be giving RCR a telephone call expressing my concerns.
PSS. I know you will be swamped with many other complaints such as this one, thusly I realize I will not be recieving a response anytime soon so I will not be surprized if I don't recive an email back in the next short while.
PSSS. Please excuse my sometimes sounding rudeness, I will always love and charish RCR.