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    Balsams Grand Resort teams up with ski industry legend Les Otten

    We're way more in agreement than not. If you told me the place will be operational in 20 years, I'd think it would be more likely an Arctaris type owner than Les that got it off the ground. That said, I'd put sub 10% odds on either of them pulling it off. Another place that could be an okay...
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    Balsams Grand Resort teams up with ski industry legend Les Otten

    Could do the Le Massif thing and have a 3rd party resort operator run the hotel and golf.
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    Balsams Grand Resort teams up with ski industry legend Les Otten

    You're missing the forest through the trees. I agree with all the differences you outlined, which is precisely why I said it's low probability. It's important to remember there aren't Rangeleys just lying around. Greenville, where I've never been, may be the closest comp in New England, but I've...
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    Balsams Grand Resort teams up with ski industry legend Les Otten

    It means very little. Hopefully Arctaris makes a strong return on Saddleback and wants to do it over again in Dixville one day. It probably not likely but I just don't see Otten ever getting off the ground.
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    Diesel and the ski industry this Winter...

    At a marco level, it works how I outlined above. To Machski's point, each company has it's own ability (or lack thereof) to keep up with rising input costs, but high prices and high contribution margins are what one should expect. Using your Walmart example, they have no way to raise prices...
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    Ignore Krusty

    This is exactly right. Input prices or ski area wages certainly touch the political (especially in 2022), but the way that any discussion like that predictably becomes a one way road to stupid memes and vile comments shows a deep inability for many users to refrain from acting like children...
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    Diesel and the ski industry this Winter...

    This is exactly the right intuition. It's the inverse of businesses putting things that don't sell on sale to get it off the shelves. Unfortunately, this is a much bigger problem than most people seem to appreciate. Lowering prices would just lead to blowing through inventory, rolling stock...
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    Diesel and the ski industry this Winter...

    KTK is a big reason why I rarely post here anymore. I've been getting excited about the season being around the corner and have been checking in the last couple of weeks. It's sad to see the state of affairs in here. He's far from the only one, but KTK is a major contributor to the toxic vibe...
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    Permanent Industry Changes in the Post-COVID World

    I'll take offline. Too much snarky b***s**t from me - my apologies. Your post just happened to be the one that put my disappointment over the top. I've lurked a few times here and there and found this and Vail Sucks essentially running the show. The negativity isn't fun, but that was a bad way...
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    Permanent Industry Changes in the Post-COVID World

    Fixed that last post for you. It's so sad what this place has become. I used to really love it here. Guess I'll try again next year. "Vaccines are safe and effective" may well become this generation's "there are WMDs in Iraq". We've seen this movie before. Hysterical left wing COVID hawks =...
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    COVID concerns in the Northeast

    This is a red herring, you idiot. Congratulations - you're the straw that broke the camel's back. I'm out of here. Maybe, I'll come back after vaccines are widely distributed. Maybe not. The discourse on here has been at cesspool levels for a while, and I've officially lost hope that it will...
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    VAIL SUCKS

    Not sure if this is exactly the spot you're referring to, but there used to be one of those crappy 90s (pre-magic carpet) era handle tows in the spot you may be describing (lift 12s - where the mini terrain park is today). I recall that thing opening twice at most during the time it was there...
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    Ski Resort Response to COVID-19

    He's referring to something different. If I understand him correctly, he doesn't believe that people ski more recklessly despite the fact that almost everyone wears helmets which provides significant protection against brain injury vs. not wearing one. I haven't gone down the rabbit hole on...
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    Ski Resort Response to COVID-19

    I wish we had data on how fast the average or median person skis now vs. 1990 between better ski technology and the proliferation of helmets. I doubt that's knowable. What isn't controversial is that terrain parks and tree skiing (especially on the east coast) is far more prevalent than it was...
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