Good feedback, all. It's more than welcome.
The point I was trying to make above, and failed miserably at because I was running on only a few hours' sleep each night for a week (finally got caught up last night - woohoo!) is that FTO is hardly forum-centric in the way that other sites like AZ and Epic are. In fact, the forums serve as a means by which users exchange info, but our bread-and-butter is our news and feature content. One look at the server logs is enough to prove that point.
Spinning off a Utah-specific site allows us to focus both users and advertisers. I expect it to have minimal, if any impact upon FTO's forums because as explained poorly earlier in this thread, most of those Utah reports are coming from me anyway and as the owner I'm certainly going to double-post. However, it allows us to offer things on US&S that we can't do on a global site like FTO - live snow conditions, live weather (that product on US&S will be improved to focus on skier weather conditions by the time the season arrives), and news that otherwise wouldn't be "important" enough to publish on FTO, but works for a regional site.
Problems that I think that AZ had with COSkiing, and I know Greg so I'm making informed comment here, are:
- He was previously operating another regional site in a far different corner of the country. Through FTO our contacts and news sources are worldwide.
- He was trying to do it from CT. FTO, on the other hand, is already here, smack dab in the middle of the region we're concentrating on with US&S, with a presence already well established within the region's ski industry. AZ was an unknown quantity in Colorado.
So, in sum, I believe the fears of US&S having a detrimental effect on FTO's operation are unfounded. OTOH, the potential of US&S is huge.