I'm really dense. The link button is the thingy that looks like one "link" of a chain?
Just testing. If it worked, that was Casey's first full pass in the course. If it doesn't link right, oops.
And if it doesn't take more storage or site capacity, what is the issue with lots of long video links? I do often take just one frame looks to decide to watch.
Now that Epicski is closed
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Wanted to throw in on Epic. While I've never really been one to be heavily involved or constantly checking in on any type of online communities. I do appreciate that they are there. I've gotten great advice and hours of entertainment when I need a fix in the middle of July and dreaming of snow. I love having the rich history of questions and answers that often times reflected my own with the flick of a couple of keyboard strokes in a search field. "Man this is great, others are asking the same question, I'm not the only weirdo!" I've done so with my home theater, car, repairs, headphones, etc. Any hobby any time, it's all there waiting for when we think of it. Being rid of that history does affect now and the future in a small way. That guy who is just started out or entering a new chapter of their ski life now has one less resource to help them. I don't completely agree with the good riddance attitude, because unless you have all the answers in your head you too will have a question that has already been answered in 45 different ways on Epic along with other places (but Epic does show up on searches a lot, often times in the exact way I phrased my question in my head), and don't forget the tangents that veer a thread to a completely different but no less important direction? That's always kind of funny to read and taught me that there are no quick answers on a forum. We should always celebrate new beginnings and look towards a bright future, but don't let the wisdom of the past to fall away, that to me is foolish.
I think when people try to compare their feelings of the past with the excitement of the present and future is a bit limiting. I'm sure we are all capable of having positive/negative feelings about something that lives in our memories at the same time appreciate what's to come and setting up our present to get there. We don't need to choose, we can embrace both at the same time. From what I understand Epic transformed and to the disliking of some. Everything changes, maybe when Pugski becomes bigger those same elements will land here as well. Maybe the people here are better equipped, with experience and wisdom from their past, (see what I did there?) to handle it differently. Maybe we'll all learn you can't stop things from deteriorate over time with the increase in size when it comes to online communities because it is just too easy to troll and be negative and there are a lot more miserable people out there then happy ones. I don't know. I'm certainly glad it happened, the good and bad that existed there enriched my life.
I joined Pugski after Epic started changed several years after joining. I still followed and posted on Epic as some topics still interested me (including some of the posters).
Pugski though has the fun feel and sharing the enjoyment of skiing with friends we know in person and those that we only know by means of the internet (and wish to meet in person) that I initially enjoyed on Epic.
This is due to Pugski founders and them holding it that way. It shows one thing the members that have a positive influence are what drive a site.
I get you joined epic in 2011. By that time it had been around for 12 years. Over that time and after some people spent actual effort to post quality information that is still relevant today. Perhaps you didn't. Yeah there's a lot of noise but that happens anywhere including here.
Some of the info posted is entirely relevant in the present, some perhaps of value to illustrate the change in thought or equipment, and some is useful as reference material now.
As an example, someone just posted a request for trail maps because their 8 year old son is interested in making maps. We have had discussions on epic of Jim Niehaus who has painted many of the maps we use, and we've had discussions of the Breck abstract trail map in the style of Massimo Vignelli or done by him. One can't go and find the info now- for present use by a child, because we've lost access to it.
So your philosophy quote doesn't really work here, does it?
Okay, here's a relevant quote:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Epic is gone. Arguing about whether it is irreplaceable just raises blood pressure. It won't change facts.
Your house had burned down. You lost some stuff but thank god you are all safe and sound.
You and your family is living in the trailer while the new house is being build.
Your teenage son is moaning about having to share bathroom with his sister. You remind him the old house is no more. No point wishing it's still there. The new house will be finished in due course.
Your husband chime in and say he never like the old house anyway, and go on to list all the things he dislike about that house, including all the clutter in there that's now all gone.
When the new house is done, your son wants to stay in the trailer because he didn't want to listen to his grumpy old man.
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Many were invested in Epic as much as Phil and I but no one was more invested. With the changes that MNC was making over the past few years the shut down of the site didn't really shock us, but it did send us into another moment of remembrance and sadness.
I get the sadness of loss of content that was built over 18 years, after all I helped build that content over a 10 year period of time.
Still....As @Monique said, we came to a point of accepting the things we couldn't change and we are glad that Pugski had some legs before the epic series finale.
RE: Intermediate Skiers
The comments about intermediates not feeling welcome at Pugski baffles me. There is no other publication that I know of who has intermediate ski testers to give feedback from an advancing intermediate perspective. Pugski.com does that.
Individual Review Thumbnail Reviews: An Intermediate Female Skier Checks Out 2018 Skis
Comparison Review Demo thoughts from an intermediate
Comparison Review Thumbnail Reviews: An Intermediate Skier Checks Out 2017 Skis
We also have a forum area; New to Skiing?
So, while we're mourning the loss of an amazing library of content, lets not forget that we are stewards to curate this new library.
I feel a part of the site already.
There is a lot of intermediate content. I just ran a google search and found so many threads
Ok, time for
My doctor says I am an advanced ... alcoholic!
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