Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fight the power!

Stairways To Heaven Race - Los Angeles from The Bicinity on Vimeo.

Found a good video about some fixie dudes rippin around LA. Sure they are breaking just about every traffic law in the books. But I say big deal, they are on a bike! How about the crazed workaholic speeding around in a 8000 pound death machine. Anyway, its pretty good cine' and it got me in the mood to stick it to the man.

This week has been mostly bitter, a little sweet. If you haven't heard, Whitefish Mountain Resort called their landlord, the USFS and instantly got a new policy approved regarding uphill travel on Big Mountain. This new policy, put into effect without prior public input, bans uphill travel after lift hours throughout the season until two weeks after season closure. I guess I don't find this too surprising, it was only a matter of time. Free uphill on the big was one of the last examples of this user group on a forest service leased ski resort. Further proof that we don't live in a democracy, it's nothing but an elaborate illusion.

I don't know what I will do once this new policy goes into effect. I had just cancelled my gym membership because I've had so much fun on Big Mtn this year. As of yesterday, I've summited 28 times on skis, mostly after hours. Because of this, I have stayed fit and mostly depression free this winter. I have shared some amazing times with close friends climbing the mountain, watching the sun go down over one of the most beautiful places I've ever lived. They too have jobs during the day, pay taxes and now have nothing after work. I guess the man would rather we pay for gym memberships and run on treadmills with tv screens. The man can't make any money if the people are just walking around staying fit. Such a shame.

Anyway, I'm doing what I can in our corpratocracy to voice my opinion about this travesty. I am hereby not going to spend any money at Whitefish Mountain Resort, Ciao Mambo's, Mackenzie River Pizza, Craggy Range or the Whitefish Aiport, all under the same ownership. I urge anyone who shares my discontent to do the same. Calling the forest service is great, but hitting Foley in the pocketbook is the only way to get back what's ours. If you've eaten at Mambo's or Craggy this shouldn't even be much of a sacrifice. Remember, WE are the majority. Power to the People!  I'll leave you with the sun setting on the Flathead valley, and our freedom.


Anonymous said...

These guys look like chumps

pippo said...

The hipsters or the powers that be at Whitefish Mountain Resort? Admittedly the hipsters are chumps, but they are just doing what they want without hurting anyone else. To a logger I look like a chump riding through the forest in spandex, but its what I'm here to do.

--dhc-- said...

Phil --

The only restrictions after the season closes are to stay on Toni Matt during operating hours while groomers are out tearing down operations for those first two weeks. Outside of 8-5, there are no restrictions.

Also, I know you don't believe it but it's not at all about making money, it's about safety and liability.

Boycotting doesn't make the threat of a lawsuit any less real for us, although I understand that it's one of the only ways individuals can affect change in corporations so I know where you're coming from.

I really believe that eventually we'll be able to come up with a plan that works better for everyone and still covers our butts on the liability end. I just don't know how long that will take, and haven't figured out how it's possible yet.

Sweet fixie race.

Donnie Clapp
PR - Whitefish Mountain Resort

pippo said...

Ya, I understand where your coming from. It has become something of a freeway going up the hill some nights. Well anyway, it's bike season again so my five minute attention span has passed but I do hope everyone involved can come to an agreeable solution next year. Thanks for all your hard work on this.