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On The Snow website to finish.

Postby Sbooker » Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:05 pm

https://www.onthesnow.com/news/a/637450 ... ly-13-2020

Pity. I found it to be good for reference.
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Re: On The Snow website to finish.

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:14 pm

Deja vu with the demise of the Epic Ski Forum in May 2017, and with the same assassin!
That would be Vail. Mountain News Corp is/was a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts. When Vail bought the Epic Forum in 2012 for its URL, it was put under the umbrella of Mountain News Corp, where it survived 3 more years under benign neglect. But when Epic Forum's software platform lost support, Vail wasn't willing to spend the $$$ to migrate it to a new platform and thus killed it.

OnTheSnow did have useful information. It collected daily snowfall on an automated basis and was useful in that regard in-season if direct reporting from a ski area was missing.

Obviously in the current environment, Vail is looking to slash costs, particularly those without a direct contribution to the bottom line. So a general ski news outlet is an unfortunate casualty. But there's some karma here. No one at Mountain News Corp lifted a finger to save the Epic Ski Forum or even its archives.

I don't know what "skiinfo" is. I'm quite sure it has nothing to do with the extremely comprehensive skiresort.info, which James and I used to expand the Worldwide Ski Map Google Earth file.
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Re: On The Snow website to finish.

Postby Sbooker » Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:10 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Deja vu with the demise of the Epic Ski Forum in May 2017, and with the same assassin!
That would be Vail. Mountain News Corp is/was a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts. When Vail bought the Epic Forum in 2012 for its URL, it was put under the umbrella of Mountain News Corp, where it survived 3 more years under benign neglect. But when Epic Forum's software platform lost support, Vail wasn't willing to spend the $$$ to migrate it to a new platform and thus killed it.

OnTheSnow did have useful information. It collected daily snowfall on an automated basis and was useful in that regard in-season if direct reporting from a ski area was missing.

Obviously in the current environment, Vail is looking to slash costs, particularly those without a direct contribution to the bottom line. So a general ski news outlet is an unfortunate casualty. But there's some karma here. No one at Mountain News Corp lifted a finger to save the Epic Ski Forum or even its archives.

I don't know what "skiinfo" is. I'm quite sure it has nothing to do with the extremely comprehensive skiresort.info, which James and I used to expand the Worldwide Ski Map Google Earth file.


I had no idea Vail was anyway involved in that site.
That reinforces my decision to boycott Vail owned ski hills.*

*Until the next time I want to ski at Whistler. :lol:
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