Daily Editorial: Is rap Vail’s new ritual?
Some traditions are temporary. That may sound like an oxymoron, but Vails currently sponsor-less town ski races are a good example of a local institution that, after 40 years, is having trouble keeping upright. Some locals have lamented losing the races in which local hotshots, amateurs and even the occasional U.S. Ski Team member have competed. But how sad is it really? Organizers say participation had plummeted over the years from a few hundred racers to a few dozen. Compare that to the notorious, sometimes violent BB&B party held near the end of every ski season on Vail Mountain. Attendance at that rowdy ritual was soaring when the U.S. Forest Service and Vail Resorts shut it down a few years ago. Many in the community werent too distressed to see that tradition fade into history. Perhaps a sponsor will surface and save the town ski races for a year or two. Either way, based on the dropping popularity, we shouldnt be too troubled if their time has passed. Another tradition will replace it the Snow Daze and Spring Back to Vail concerts have been drawing increasingly big names over the past few years. And while races may seem more ski town than rap concerts, the crowds have spoken, and the crowds prefer hip hop and rock n roll. We should even welcome the demise of some traditions, because people change and change is refreshing. In fact, Vail has been all about growth and change since the day the slopes opened nearly 50 years ago. What else is the massive redevelopment were in the midst of but change on a grand scale? And it seems the next generation of skiers and snowboarders has changed: They dont need the thrill of Wednesday morning competition. Theyd rather party at night and then let loose in the Back Bowls and backcountry where nobodys keeping time. Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board