I think Benny's rant hits a bigger issue - what in hell is NYS doing in the ski area business in the first place??? I've often marveled at Vermont with it's smaller mountain ranges yet many more large ski areas. Vermont has no state run ski areas...could this be the difference? I think that NYS should sell the three state-run ski areas to private investors. It would level the playing field and make it easier for places like Plattekill, Hunter, etc. to invest in their mountains as they would know that the other (private) mountains did not have the NYS taxpayers as a sugar daddy.
You bring up a good point. The fact that the state has decided to get involved in the ski business is interesting. But it's like anything else in NY. There's tons of state funded programs. Some of which are huge. Medicaid for example. Many will argue that the state has no business being in the insurance industry and that it should be left in the hands of private sectors. The SUNY system is also a HUGE state funded system that manages to cut tuition costs on average 1/2 that of most private schools.
I'll have to be honest, at this stage of my life, the NY taxpayer system has worked only in my favor. That will probably change before long. I'm the last to say I agree with the state politics, I'm just saying that's how it is. It's nothing new. Good luck trying to tell the Gov there's anything he shouldn't get involved in. It's almost like socialism vs. free enterprise we're dealing with here.
At the end of the day, both days I skied Gore this season were AWESOME.
At just about any point in my life, I can look back on where I was a year ago, and say to myself, "Shit, what was I thinking?"