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Downhill Slide Why the Corporate Ski Industry Is Bad for Skiing Ski Towns and the Environment ( Kindle ePUB Pdf ) ☆ Hal Clifford


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Downhill Slide Why the Corporate Ski Industry Is Bad for Skiing Ski Towns and the Environment

Ind its voice in many American ski towns and he relates stories of creative business people who are shifting control of the ski business back to the communities that host itHard hitting and carefully researched Downhill Slide is indispensable reading for anyone who lives in visits or cares about what is happening to America’s alpine communitie As a ski bum of three years I appreciated the history of the ski industry While the book made me raise my fist to the man I also struggled to paddle through all the data However I would recommend ski loving folk to take a ganter at the tale of our warped and enviornmentally destructive sport The Numbers Game relates stories of creative business people who are shifting control of the ski business back to the communities that host itHard hitting and carefully Tall man riding. researched Downhill Slide is indispensable The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory reading for anyone who lives in visits or cares about what is happening to America’s alpine communitie As a ski bum of three years I appreciated the history of the ski industry While the book made me The Big Golden Book of Poetry raise my fist to the man I also struggled to paddle through all the data However I would NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW recommend ski loving folk to take a ganter at the tale of our warped and enviornmentally destructive sport

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Ragile natural and social environments of small mountain communities Clifford shows how the modern ski industry promotes its product as environmentally friendly while at the same time creating urban style problems for mountain villages He suggests an alternative to this bleak picture in the return to the roots movement that is now beginning to f Hal Clifford s Downhill Slide Why the Corporate Ski Industry is Bad for Skiing Ski Towns and the Environment analyzes the changing nature of the ski industry According to Clifford the major ski areas are increasingly focusing on real estate and entertainment than skiing itself The customers these areas seek on average spend only a couple of hours on the mountain and often none at all The major ski areas are competing for the same relatively small pool of wealthy customers who can afford to purchase ski real estate or at least have the ability to spend thousands of dollars on single ski vacation Clifford uestions the economic and environmental sustainability of this real estate and experience oriented arms race as well as how beneficial the ski resort development has really been for the towns they are connected to Clifford has a bit of an agenda in this book somewhat anti corporate but mostly nostalgia for an era that may never have completely existed Clifford also claims the stratification of ski towns is the modern version of colonialism this claim is hyperbole than fact Despite Clifford s bias he does make a number of valid points The ski area real estate model pushes up prices outside the ski area and over time prices out many of those who work at the ski area or in town There is certainly no free lunch when human impact is concerned however Clifford makes a number of valid points about the environmental impact of large scale skis continual development displaces wildlife often without leaving viable alternative habitats Finally Clifford is correct to uestion not just the environmental but economic sustainability The major ski areas are in many ways playing a shell game to develop real estate and have ever better artificial villages than their competitors However the competition for wealthy clientele is largely a zero sum game a ski area gaining one these customers means another ski area lost a customer It is uestionable how many ski areas can really be supported on a business model that relies mostly if not completely on a small elite I read this book some years ago when it first came out but on a re read it holds up fairly well and the predictions and analysis have been mostly accurate 10 years later the lack of affordable housing in ski towns is probably not a new revelation to anyone who has lived in a state with a large concentration of ski areas but nonetheless remains an important issue for ski towns

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In this impassioned expose lifelong skier Hal Clifford reveals how publicly traded corporations gained control of America’s most popular winter sport during the 1990s and how their greed is gutting ski towns the natural environment and skiing itself Chronicling the collision between Wall Street’s demand for unceasing revenue growth and the f A very different look at the ski industry I have been complaining about the cost of taking my family up to the slopes for about 20 years this sums up my thoughts and gives insight of the clever marketing that takes place

  • Paperback
  • 300
  • Downhill Slide Why the Corporate Ski Industry Is Bad for Skiing Ski Towns and the Environment
  • Hal Clifford
  • English
  • 09 February 2019
  • 9781578051021

10 thoughts on “Downhill Slide Why the Corporate Ski Industry Is Bad for Skiing Ski Towns and the Environment

  1. says:

    Nonfiction An extremely interesting look at the effect of big ski corporations on all sorts of things connected with skiing I love to ski and the stuff he says about these big companies do made me feel kinda bad Decidedly one sided but he makes some very good points If you love skiing you'll enjoy this book

  2. says:

    Interesting reading I have been one of the fortunate few to have started living in and working at the Keystone ski area in Colorado in the mid 70's and am still here in 2013 This book puts into words what we old time employees felt and thought I was very lucky to have found a job away from the ski industry but still stay and enjoy the lifestyle as it is

  3. says:

    A very different look at the ski industry I have been complaining about the cost of taking my family up to the slopes for about 20 years this s

  4. says:

    Very eye opening to learn about the economic social and environmental impacts of the ski industry as well as the corruption of the US Forest Service I also loved learning about the history of ski resorts and the

  5. says:

    Hal Clifford’s Downhill Slide Why the Corporate Ski Industry is Bad for Skiing Ski Towns and the Environment analyzes th

  6. says:

    What was originally a tool for nation building in Norway as they sought independence from Sweden skiing was considered a pastime that bred toughness and mental and physical strength From this distant past we have somehow turned a few corners and fell down a flight of stairs while forming what is the modern ski industry An orgy of wealth situated largely around three large corporations Vail Resorts Intrawest and American Skiing that dominat

  7. says:

    Read this in preparation for getting personally involved in a 20 year battle with a proposed resort Gave me the history and analysis I needed and never felt like a slog for than a few pages at a time Would've been nice to hear about Canada though and the book could've done with a little immigration analysis and a little clarity a

  8. says:

    This is a shocking document of the pure corruption and greed and is our ski industry It's scary how blind and ignorant those big corporations are when they want to exist in environmentally minded communities Makes me never want to buy a ski

  9. says:

    As a ski bum of three years I appreciated the history of the ski industry While the book made me raise my fist to the 'man' I also struggled to paddle through all the data However I would recommend ski loving folk to take a ganter at the tale of our warped and enviornmentally destructive sport

  10. says:

    It's a bit like an editorial but a good idea of what it is like living in a ski town past the 70's and the market that surrounds it

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