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  1. #76
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    Welp.

    Marquette Mountain has sold.
    I think it’s 50/50 (or less) odds things get better from a midweek, mid-day, off piste freeskiing perspective.

    Apparently the new owner had some function where the “supporters” of the ski hill had a celebration with the new owner.

    Apparently I’m not a “supporter” of skiing... not compared with the Cadillac Escalade crowd who sit in the bar waiting for their kids to finish racing.

    Part of this was a concurrent announcement of yet another race team here, so that’s now four. Given who this guy is surrounding himself with, and who he is labeling as his supporters and who’s conspicuously absent, I expect we’ll be saying goodbye to ungroomed skiing soon.

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    Are any of you involved with the ussa shitshow in mqt this weekend?

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    I wouldn’t claim it either.
    If any of you are lurking you should be ashamed.
    USCSA was here last weekend and it was all good. Fun people, good times.
    USSA Central fucking sucks. Douchebag gapers.

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    Sucks you guys are stuck in the revolving door of shit management, hopefully this guy has a little common sense and realizes he isn't going to get by on racing alone.

    At least it looks like you guys are getting some snow, saw Oredock made a post about it snowing yesterday but I can't find any reliable info on how much you guys are getting. Might run up for the day tomorrow if its good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diggins1712 View Post
    Got out to ski Mt. La Crosse yesterday on 10” of fresh snow! Best day of skiing I’ve had in a while. After things got skied out, made me wish I had something wider than my 90mm waist Kendo’s. Now to convince my wife that I need a second pair of skis...
    Always nice to see some Mt. LaCrosse stoke, I spent many a days and nights there riding the lifts for free (think dot matrix printers). Probably made up for it with the number of poles I bought forgetting to lift them up at the mid-station on that one chair. Bent a few doing that.

    Hell yeah, 10" there??? Did LaCrosse shut down or did every single student at UW-L go out for a giant snowball fight and skitch behind the LaCrosse city buses?
    Last edited by mtnjam; Yesterday at 03:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lake_effect View Post
    Sucks you guys are stuck in the revolving door of shit management, hopefully this guy has a little common sense and realizes he isn't going to get by on racing alone.

    At least it looks like you guys are getting some snow, saw Oredock made a post about it snowing yesterday but I can't find any reliable info on how much you guys are getting. Might run up for the day tomorrow if its good.

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    I don’t think that’s going to happen.
    We go to weekends only soon. This new owner is publicly praising the manager and meeting with all the wrong people. Lots of talk about “it’s a business!” and “it has to be profitable!” which, here, with these people, is euphemistic for a view of the ski area as a venue for big special events, meaning a continuation of the common local sentiment that “we’re just lucky they let us ski here when they’re not racing” as if the ski hill was, say...a football stadium and local skiers were like people fitness-walking at the football field. “Oh they’re so nice to let us use it when there isn’t a game!”

    Unskiable clusterfuck all weekend. Beautiful sunny Monday, bright light, soft snow, lifts closed! Cold, windy refrozen blue ice shitfuck graybird tuesday. Wednesday a gazillion random out of town volunteer patrollers sideslippping our only good run. Today it nukes all day, first pow day in ages, and they put some retarded bamboo silly slalom on our one good run, then they all sideslip it all day doing “clinics” and “drills”.

    It’s always something here. They don’t “get” just being a local ski area and making it fun for local skiers to come freeski. It’s never ok to just have a good ski day and everyone goes skiing and has fun. It’s one big overwrought group event after the next and each time it’s assholes from down south with absolutely zero respect for local skiers who fit skiing into our day to day lives. Each time they show up Wednesday, blow us up until Sunday, constantly say to us “well it’s only just this weekend”, then we’re closed Monday. Tuesday it’s full of activity getting ready for whatever new group arrives Wednesday “just for this weekend!”. I’d like to have a highlight reel of all these coaches and parents and patrol convention beaters telling me I should go ski somewhere else...so they get to blow up the ski hill next to my house and I have to drive 4 hours and buy a day ticket somewhere else? And they expect all of us to kiss their asses because everyone tells them we can’t exist without their event. And when this cycle of us getting fucked over by a different group every week ends, they go to weekends only...in early March! We didn’t have more than wrod until 1/20ish and they go to “spring hours”, meaning weekends only, March fucking 9th. And the new owner isn’t doing shit about any of this, besides announcing more racing and lots of talk about how good this manager is doing...profitability, etc.

    It’s incredible. It’s such a bummer.
    Last edited by ill-advised strategy; Yesterday at 09:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ill-advised strategy View Post
    I don’t think that’s going to happen.
    We go to weekends only soon. This new owner is publicly praising the manager and meeting with all the wrong people. Lots of talk about “it’s a business!” and “it has to be profitable!” which, here, with these people, is euphemistic for a view of the ski area as a venue for big special events, meaning a continuation of the common local sentiment that “we’re just lucky they let us ski here when they’re not racing” as if the ski hill was, say...a football stadium and local skiers were like people fitness-walking at the football field. “Oh they’re so nice to let us use it when there isn’t a game!”

    Beautiful sunny Monday this week, lifts closed. Refozen blue ice shitfuck graybird tuesday. Wednesday a gazillion random out of town volunteer patrollers sideslippping our only good run. Today it nukes all day and they put some retarded bamboo silly slalom on our one good run, then they all sidesilp it all day doing “clinics” and “drills”.

    It’s always something here. They don’t “get” just being a local ski area and making it fun for local skiers to come freeski. It’s never ok to just have a good ski day and everyone goes skiing and has fun. It’s one big overwrought group event after the next and each time it’s assholes from down south with absolutely zero respect for local skiers who fit skiing into our day to day lives. Each time they show up Wednesday, blow us up until Sunday, constantly say to us “well it’s only just this weekend”, then we’re closed Monday. Tuesday it’s full of activity getting ready for whatever new group arrives Wednesday “just for this weekend!”. I’d like to have a highlight reel of all these coaches and parents and patrol convention beaters telling me I should go ski somewhere else...so they get to blow up the ski hill next to my house and I have to drive 4 hours and buy a day ticket somewhere else? And they expect all of us to kiss their asses because everyone tells them we can’t exist without their event. And when this cycle of us getting fucked over by a different group every week ends, they go to weekends only...in early March! We didn’t have more than wrod until 1/20ish and they go to “spring hours”, meaning weekends only, March fucking 9th. And the new owner isn’t doing shit about any of this, besides announcing more racing and lots of talk about how good this manager is doing...profitability, etc.

    It’s incredible. It’s such a bummer.
    Sounds like a real shit deal. Had a few beers with some locals a while back where they had a bonfire going up on a point between the runs (I think just skiers left of Rocket?). Guys said they cut and hauled wood in there in the summer, have a fire and drink some beers between runs, and the hill let them do it as long as they kept it clean. Between the few times I got to hang with those guys and the vibe on the hill and in the bar it was just a cool place to ski.

    Haven't been able to get back up in quite a while because of kids and other bullshit but it just really sucks to see it go down like that.

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    There’s a bunch of beaters who go sit around drinking. They don’t care if it’s wrod, or full of race courses, or anything else. Because all “skiing” is, to them, is a bar at the bottom of the hill and a bonfire at the top.

    In my view, they’re as big of a problem as anything here because they’re always front and center saying how great things are going.

    I drive to the ski hill so hanging around getting wasted then driving home isn’t really my gameplan, and I drive for a living so dui is a pretty big deal, and usually I ski before work, and I don’t have a ton of time to ski so standing around drinking in ski boots really isn’t what I go out there to do.

    And there are bars everywhere. I don’t really understand why you would buy all that gear and a pass just so you can have a different place to get drunk. You don’t have a couch at home? You want your feet to hurt while you drink? Skiing is like a costume, they go to a costume party at the ski hill...look I wore skis to go drinking! It’s pathetic.

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    You forgot to say "get off my lawn"
    If the shocker don't rock her, then Dr. Spock her. Dad.

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    Yeti, I enjoyed the rant. As always. I feel like part of the problem being on a raceteam. We have the same people. The Escalade crowd. The people who dress and boot up...then take runs and go inside for drinks. Also Chestnut decided to close Tuesday nights this year which was my night to go ski with my girl till 9 pm after race practice ended at 8. Such a bummer.

    The no ski ski people are really a whole different world than I live in or you. But shrug. It is the midwest. People seem to think outdoor pursuits are for kids here.

    I tell people all the time, living here isn't half bad. Plenty to do. Maybe not on the scale as out west but very livable even for active folk. The hardest part is finding like minded people. Dime a dozen in Colorado but few and far between here.

    I have a friend I ski with a lot and traveled with some. Dude in his fifties who lives in a trailer on a nice plot of land. He used to be a lifty and he told me he befriended me because I came out and just skied and skied. Hours on end. So for 10 years we have just been skiing. Me with an occasional pocket beer and him with his occasional safety meeting. I have 1000 times more in common with him than the bar crowd. But I like knowing those people too. For different reasons. But in the end I am mostly invisible to them and I always find it disappointing when I meet someone new and inevitably find out they barely ski and only when it is perfect and then only for a bit...hard to even get to know em when they never ride the dammed chair. And I didn't drive to the Nut to get drunk in a bar (unless the lifts are closed and I have a room...then sure).

    Quote Originally Posted by bushman View Post
    You forgot to say "get off my lawn"
    How are things shaping up at Spirit this year?
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