WormracerThat's good for Utah but I'm sure that is mostly white middle and upper class people.
That won't fix the stagnation problem, and will probably lead to higher prices for Utah ski areas. Making it more in assessable. They aren't going to start to drop prices as the demand rises.
For a lot of people geography is a big issue. There aren't that many cities that are really close to skiing. There are some but ususlly skiing is in the mountains and cities are not. Even denver though a hub for many skiers isn't really a mountain town.
High price points can be a big barrier with trying a new sport. You arent sure if you'll even like it, it's too expensive, you skip it. It happens, but I'm not sure that's the biggest factor.
Unfortunately a lot of people dont live in the mountains and taking a trip all the way to the mountains to try a new sport isn't something everyone is willing to do even if they have the money.
If there's an area with a bunch of skate parks and concrete more people are into it. I grew up in a rural area, nobody skated, a few people rode bikes but jerry status.
More skateparks are popping up and things are getting better around the country, but snow is a little bit different. Snkw is whether dependent, needs to be re pushed every year, maintained through the season etc.
I've been frothing on all threads and posts about any talk of a new one popping up for many years. I love seeing it. I'm hoping reds backyard will be successful for powdr and maybe help serve as a more frontline concept for municipalities.
Honestly it's tough though. Winters are getting qeaker in many areas and a lot of coties dont get reliable snow. If it's cold enough you can make snow but that requires more effort and money. Borrowing or renting snowguns, hooking into the water and electrical, grooming it out, setting features, maintaining features.
Sometimes concrete skateparks are more one and done feeling. Set it and forget it. Even then a lot of them rely heaviky on fundraising and grants.
Idk man. I'm very supportive of getting various demographics to the mountains, getting people into the life and sport we love, but I don't like when we statt arguing that every comp is bad, the sport is racist etc.
I don't think it's realistic or constructive. You have a lot of pull and have done some cool shit. Maybe theres a way to fundraise toward getting more urban hike or rope tow parks built. Maybe a program like burton runs bringing inner city kids snowboarding.
I get that this isn't something that's you're problem. I would just much rather toss around ideas to make things better than complain about petty things where our sport isn't perfect.
And as i mentioned in that other thread about an urban park. If there's anything i can do to help hit me up. Help plan some features, dimensions, costs, spread the word, weld some features, push some snow around, rake some snow around.
I'm super into things that get people out there. I get that i bitch about some petty things casually to vent on NS but I'm not really into basking in the negatives too much.
Idk man. These are just opinions and ideas but Im just saying that you could put some of these vibes toward something positive instead of dwelling in the negative. You dont seem like a negative person and you've done a lot of cool shit. Mad respect. Thats just my .$02