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so anyways, every night on the news we hear how fucked we are and how were all going to be broke and have to live in shanty towns under the railroad bridge, i personally think the media is doing more bad for the economy by hammering home how bad it is, but anyways..
today i was out skiing, and for southern ontario in december the conditions were amazing, it was just below freezing, every run was open, and it was a saturday, so i pulled up around 12:30 thinking the lift lines would be nuts and it was such a ghost town
as a photographer ive noticed a huge drop off in sales at art shows since september, right around when people started shining light on the economy, and while my family is still in a position to be able to buy lift tickets and equipment whenever, im thinking that alot of families that might have been last season might not be able to afford it anymore, at least not as often, so what do you think?
Well I suppose atleast now we have found a possitive to the dire situation our economy is in.
I'm sure it will effect the people coming and also the type of people we will start to see more of. Instead of the middle class people who come for a holiday each year they will be replaced with the upper-class coming to mountains closer to them instead of going abroad.
But yes, I have noticed shorter lift lines, and, believe it or not, less gapers. Skiing is not a priority for them, so they just don't go, while all the diehard skiers and boarders are still out there.
this is very interesting, yes while the economy is bad, it means that more people will be skiing closer to home, so this means that you're local hill depending on where you live may be actually more crowded. Also, yes even though gas prices are down, that doesn't mean people will be able to afford to ski.
truth be told. I just saw a piece on the news about how Whistler is seeing something like a 60-70% increase in cancellation rates over the Christmas holiday. I don't think it will impact local hills but the destination resorts are definitely taking it in the bum bum. Which is sick.... no more lines during presidents day weekend.
few different points to be made not all directed at Klazo
1. 'fewer rich people will be able to afford to take vacations' -- er no, fewer poor people will be able to start skiing, the rich people will be taking advantage of all the killer deals that the mountains will be giving trying to save their own asses.
2. If you do see shorter lift lines, you can expect to also see more mountains closing up shop. EC people, i haven't kept up with details, but ASC? dead right? smaller mountains -- Thinking Jimminy buying up brody, and did catamount or another pioneer valley mountain fall out of the game--(otis ridge?)
3. The effects of global warming are measured at the poles of the planet. Saying EC had best start in a long time, or citing details about climate outside the arctic and antarctic circles is a red herring. Warming will be noticed in the most fragile systems -- those at the top and bottom of our planet.
If global warming is happening and it's not just a cycle, weather in the US has little to do with it at this point. CO has a ton of snow, Washington has none. EC is booming, Whistler sucks (who could have called that one!). You can't make enormous generalizations about the entire planet because your mountain doesn't have snow.