Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The Improbably Fascinating Story of the Ski Industry and the Media

SKIThis tale about Ski magazine, and the Summit Daily News, and how reporters have run afoul of The Big Scary Ski Industry, and how their publishers have tossed them under the snowdrift (hmm, eh, sorry), is really amazing. Including, one editor at Ski wrote an unhappy note to the staff, while agreeing to remove a published story, that said: "My understanding is that we're not in a position to stand up for free speech at the expense of dough right now…."

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KarenUhOh (#19)

Lots of sports and *sports stars* have this problem.

Like, you might have a Famous Sports Star, about whom there maybe might is a Not Good For Image Story, and perhaps if Some Media Outlet with a reputation for Breaking Big Touchy Stories The Mainstream Press Finds Too Touchy had that story, but their Parent Company received a phone call from an Interested Party, saying, Hey, I Have An Idea, my Famous Sports Star could really totally Boost Your Revenue by being on the cover of One Of Your Other Rags, only That Not So Good Story? It's Not So Important, Now, Is It? And so the Bad Story kind of got Buried In An Avalanche of Money.

That paragraph, btw, to deposit us at the top of the run, was bumpy because of all the Moguls. And it was also full of Schuss.

We don't expect heroism from trade magazines, and the first amendment reference is inapposite in the context of private financial dealings. Whore away: no constitutional principles are implicated.

spanish bombs (#562)

I agree. Besides, if the Twitter incident is why this guy got fired, then I have to say yes, he deserved to get fired.

atipofthehat (#797)

There's still room for hard-hitting advertorsements.

davidwatts (#72)

I don't know if anyone else here subscribes to the newsletter of infamous crank, rambler, and occasionally-very-insightful music industry guy Bob Lefsetz, but he writes about skiing all the time, and the various ways the Big Ski Guys go about selling themselves and their properties. Pretty interesting, surprisingly!

katiebakes (#32)

Oooh, I want in. (runs to Google)

katiebakes (#32)

Wow, that is truly excellent.

rachelhalusa (#2,591)

I live in CO and work in the ski industry and am not surprised by this at all. I was in Winter Park one day last winter when I saw that the Winter Park twitter account had said something to the effect of "it's dumping here in WP." I looked out my window and saw that it wasn't, in fact, snowing at all. I tweeted to WP, "where are you? It isn't snowing here where I am in WP." and was subsequently blocked from the WP account. Most skiers in Colorado know, and the local media acknowledges, that snowing in one ski area might mean sun at an area on the other side of the Continental Divide. I have no problem when the state hypes its snowfall in the national media, ie the weather channel and ski magazine. That marketing is geared to the person who sees the snowfall in the state in December and makes reservations to come out in January and I say bring 'em on.

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