And now for the main event. This excellent NY Times article outlines some of the difficulties facing the ski industry, especially for the small, local hills.
At downtown businesses like Teton Mountaineering, an outdoor clothing shop, the debate over Snow King, prompted by a reporterâ€™s question, turned from economics to community to what Kathleen A. Crowley, a buyer for the store, described as â€œfamily coziness.â€
â€œNothing against the big ski areas, because I spend a lot of time there,â€ Ms. Crowley said, â€œbut thereâ€™s just that homey kind of safe feel about Snow King.â€
Chuck Schaap, the storeâ€™s owner, struck a practical note. â€œIf it has such value,â€ he said, â€œwhy is it economically a failure?â€
The whole article is worth a read. Any thoughts on this? Is there a problem? Is this just a natural progression toward bigger? Should anything change?