It’s been a bumpy road. And chances are it’s not going to get much smoother as we roll through spring.
The winter started off with a rush of optimism and early snow. That stalled and stuttered in the middle of the season and soon dwindled into a pallor of frustration with the death of a merger that promised to infuse new life into Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.
Then there was the petty bitterness at the cancellation of the Bump-Off, followed by the not-so-surprising resignation of Les Otten, the CEO of American Skiing Co.
The economy then seemed to follow the trend of the melting snow, bringing fewer people to an area that is dependent on visitors.
All in all, most would admit that it wasn’t the best ski season we could have had.
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That means the spring and summer will probably sour, too, with rumors of ski corp. layoffs already circulating like wildfire.
But whether we like it or not, the fate of Steamboat Springs is ultimately tied to the fate of ski corp.
The fact that it is a publicly owned company that is beholden to stockholders and those stockholders are ultimately looking for a profit is one that some residents resent.
But it’s a fact that is probably not going to change anytime soon.
The bottom line is that ski corp. is a business and with any other business when profits drop, cutbacks are inevitable.
Kicking ski corp. when it is down, however, will not solve anything.
We must be careful not to finger point, which is simply a waste of time, but come together as a community and move forward.
We must remember that most of the people who work on the mountain are our friends, family and neighbors who are in it for the long haul who are in it for Steamboat Springs.
Those same people from Steamboat, Craig, Hayden and Oak Creek came together Monday at the annual Hospitality Awards Banquet to celebrate their efforts and remind each other just how important they are to the community.
If we can’t move forward together as a community with innovative ideas for building economic vitality for the future, then we will surely
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The Longevity Project event, sponsored by Steamboat Pilot & Today, has shifted from in-person to virtual. The keynote speaker Kevin Hines contracted COVID-19, and he will now be presenting his talk remotely.