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growwild


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 20.38hrs on Thu 14 Aug 14
Who's this dangleberry?

Gorminator


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 21.06hrs on Thu 14 Aug 14
"Pile" it on !!!!

jabuzzard


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 10.18hrs on Fri 15 Aug 14
growwild Wrote:
Geographic perspective can change


Time for a geography leason. The largest island that makes up the British Isles and comprises most of the land mass of England, Wales and Scotland has been known for hundreds if not thousands of years as Great Britain (blaim the Romans as it's their name). It was known as Great Brtain before 1707 and will continue to be known as Great Britain even if Scotland becomes independent.

[en.wikipedia.org]

Scomuir


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 11.19hrs on Fri 15 Aug 14
jabuzzard Wrote:
growwild Wrote:
Geographic perspective can change

Time for a geography leason. The largest island that makes up the British Isles and comprises most of the land mass of England, Wales and Scotland has been known for hundreds if not thousands of years as Great Britain (blaim the Romans as it's their name). It was known as Great Brtain before 1707 and will continue to be known as Great Britain even if Scotland becomes independent.



What's a "leason", and are you sure that the land mass was ever known as "Great Brtain"?

growwild


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 12.52hrs on Fri 15 Aug 14
It's more or less political, some politics have been around for a while. Sadly politics, history and education are entwined, so you have a point about ancient Albion.. I think the romans got the name from the Greeks, but the romans were twats so get the blame for a lotta things...

To say it will always be called great britain is a very anglo-roman colonial view of ancient Caledonia.. As one empire fades another is built with brics, so who knows what the future holds for Alba?




jabuzzard


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 11.43hrs on Mon 18 Aug 14
Scomuir Wrote:

What's a "leason",


I appologise for being dyslexic. How thoughtless of me.


Scomuir


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 12.48hrs on Mon 18 Aug 14
Well, I did not know that, and I apologise if that's the case. However, the reason I posted was in response to the somewhat condescending nature of your post (and others).

mdearman


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 16.20hrs on Mon 18 Aug 14
Can't believe this tedious thread is STILL going!

i feel like it should win an award.

Pippin


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 16.37hrs on Fri 29 Aug 14
Scomuir Wrote:
jabuzzard Wrote:
growwild Wrote:
Geographic perspective can change

Time for a geography leason. The largest island that makes up the British Isles and comprises most of the land mass of England, Wales and Scotland has been known for hundreds if not thousands of years as Great Britain (blaim the Romans as it's their name). It was known as Great Brtain before 1707 and will continue to be known as Great Britain even if Scotland becomes independent.



What's a "leason", and are you sure that the land mass was ever known as "Great Brtain"?


Yes it's known as Great Britain, it's the biggest island in the archipelago know as the British Isles. I know that because I went to school.



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growwild


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 23.37hrs on Fri 29 Aug 14
You went to school ya dumpling...

[www.youtube.com] winking smiley



Pippin


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 09.09hrs on Sat 30 Aug 14
growwild Wrote:
You went to school ya dumpling...





It's a joke line, oh well, never mind, I changed it for you. I are smart. smiling smiley

growwild


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 02.12hrs on Sun 31 Aug 14
Fae a dark hole tae a posh troll, your evolution is astounding..

Have nae fear tae fart, cause it might turn oot smart smiling smiley






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David Goldsmith


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 12.50hrs on Mon 8 Dec 14
3RD OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE SKI CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN
[The first open letter appeared at the head of p.1 of this thread, dated 2 July 2012. The second appeared on 22 April 2014, on p.21]

Dear Frank McCusker

Continuing the main themes of these open letters since 2 July 2012 - snow reporting, SCGB membership figures and the British/Anglo-Scottish relationship - here is another opportunity to comment on issues which have arisen since the thread began and particularly over the past year ...

1. Snow forecasting and reporting
A few days ago you strongly recommended skiing this Christmas, via the general media and the SCGB's own website:

"The weekend of the 13/14 December is when most resorts will swing into action and this is when most operators start. If you are still wondering whether or not to go at Christmas - GO! The cooler weather is bringing snow to those resorts waiting to open and will help those already offering skiing to expand their available terrain."
Sources: [www.skiclub.co.uk] [www.skiweekends.com]

You may, of course, be correct that it's a very good idea to book now. [Incidentally, have you personally risked your own money on Christmas skiing this year?]. As things stand over 90% of European ski terrain is unskiable, due to lack of snow - even in places like Val d'Isere and St Anton. The SCGB is one of very few organisations posting 9-day snow forecasts, though it's not known (these are member-access only) what these forecasts predict or how accurate they can be expected to be. You're welcome to cite any other forecasts of snow for Christmas, upon which you're basing your confidence. It is now 12 days until the departure weekend (20-21 December) for Christmas in the Alps. Of course, your prognosis may also be good for Scotland, and you're welcome to clarify that.

2. Scottish snow reporting
This thread has regularly monitored SCGB snow reporting for the 5 Scottish ski areas over the past two winters. As you know, the 2012-3 winter saw Scottish snow depths being repeatedly mis-reported, often at a fraction of what was actually on the ground. The Club officially declined to reveal how or where it was obtaining its data (those sources remain a mystery). Last winter 2013-4, the Ski Club repeatedly reported Scottish ski areas closed all weekend - on the basis of them being closed at 13.00 on a Friday - whereas the opposite was true. This issue came to a head last Easter - see page 21 of this thread - when all 5 Scottish mountains were reported "closed" over the entire Easter period. In fact, 3 of them had been open every day.
In the light of this reporting - which actively damages the economic interests of Scottish skiing - have you made any changes to the reporting procedures for this winter?

3. SCGB membership numbers
The Ski Club's annual report for 2014 (recently published) quoted a figure of 28,990 members for 30 April 2014. Recently, the SCGB gave a greater figure ("over 34,000") on Facebook, though this was revised last month to "over 29,000". Since 2012 the Ski Club has failed to publish its actual subscription numbers, though the SCGB head of communications Ella Clark was recently quoted that "over 16,500 households" are currently members of the Club. On that basis - and the SCGB's definition of 2 members per family subscription (to define voting and ownership rights) - any figure above 23,000 would appear to be mathematically impossible against a households/subscriptions figure of 16,500.
Do you have any comment on this?

4. Percentage of SCGB members in Scotland
Finally, it's notable that the 2014 annual report quotes 5.3% as the percentage of members in Scotland. In 2013 this figure was 5.2%. Clearly a positive trend.



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David Goldsmith


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 15.08hrs on Sat 13 Dec 14
4TH OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE SKI CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN

Dear Frank McCusker

You may be aware (possibly not) that the 2014-5 ski season of your birth country sprung into action this morning - Saturday 13 December. A great result to conclude this week's snowstorms, with three ski areas open and offering great snow conditions on limited runs.
The Ski Club of Great Britain, which could easily have checked the situation this morning, is currently reporting Scotland's five ski areas all closed to skiers.

As of 15.00 hrs the situation is:

Cairngorm: OPEN. Funicular railway offering top-bottom skiing with 1600ft vertical.
The SCGB is reporting "Resort not yet open"

The Lecht: OPEN. 5 ski lifts running.
The SCGB is reporting "Resort not yet open"

Glenshee: OPEN. 5 ski lifts running.
The SCGB is reporting "Resort not yet open"

As I understand it, the SCGB employed c.28 staff when you arrived on the scene in July 2012. The impression is that similar staff numbers are maintained. In past decades the Club has served similar numbers of members with approximately 16 staff. Yet, apparently, not a single member of staff has been asked to make simple quick daily updates to Scottish snow reporting at weekends.

One wonders in whose interests the organisation operates - clearly not those who ski in Great Britain. The SCGB continues with apparently no representation in Scotland and no representation of Scotland's skiers.



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Dunwerkin


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Re: An open letter to the new CEO of the Ski Club of GB
Date Posted: 16.03hrs on Sat 13 Dec 14
Agree with your sentiments entirely David.

Why anyone in Scotland should contribute one penny to this "organisation"clearly needs their head examined!

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