Originally Posted by killclimbz
So on a side note. Another season like last year is going to put the serious hurt on almost every ski area in the state. I got a feeling some are already teetering on the edge of declaring bankruptcy. The internet isn't going to let them get away with "come on out you'll have a great time" marketing. The guy who hiked the back bowls at Vail last year did more damage with than one pic than their marketing could make up in 10 years.
For destination areas, Crested Butte always seems to be in danger, Steamboat being an Intradouche resort is probably not far off that list. In the Front Range, I got to think Winterpark is in the most danger of having the operator pull out. Denver owns the ski area, so in that regard it's safe. Intrawest may want out though. Not sure about the other two, Vail resorts or Powder Corp (Copper) are on less solid footing. My guess would be VR as they have really extended themselves the past couple of years. Of course the good start to the season in Cali could prop them up through another bad year in Colorado.
could be a silver lining for us in oregon.... if powdercorp sold mt bachelor that'd be awesome. fuck powdercorp. on the other hand, if ski areas start going up for sale pretty much the only buyers in this market are other conglomerates.
tbh i'm more worried about some of the smaller snowboard companies not being able to survive it. the last thing we need is a world of only B and Lib.
what's the story with the guy who hiked the back bowls at Vail?