Great post by Bob Berwyn on the idea of Hausberg or ski commons in the Summit County Citizens Voice here.
Why does it all matter? Skiing is a sport that forges community, cutting across political lines and ethnic distinctions and ideological boundaries. That’s important for the American West, a region that has long been managed as a resource-rich colonial outpost by an East Coast government. A Hausberg, as a community commons based on sport, is one potential starting point for building a sense of regional identity, a step on the way toward self-determination.
A Hausberg, or ski commons, is a place to re-affirm the roots of the sport, born not of commerce, but of athletic and aesthetic idealism, something that’s done not for money but for love, for the physical ideal it represents, pure and simple.