I love this topic. I wrote about it consistently, and then Uranus in Aries came along and introduced a new energy.
Aries is Mars-ruled. It’s sexy. It hots things up. But the aspect between Uranus and Pluto will break up 2015. Uranus will move out of Aries in 2018, but Pluto will be in Capricorn until 2023. Today, it makes sense to look at longer term trends.
Years ago, I wrote that I felt the future of a city like, Las Vegas was bleak. Since then, I’ve realized that my home state, Colorado, will be in trouble over time. I’m talking about the ski towns.
I don’t think people realize how much the ski industry has flourished over the last twenty years. I’m aware of this, because I know someone who started a business in Breckenridge before the town exploded and property values soared. He’s quite rich.
Gambling and skiing are expensive habits. Towns or cities who rely on these industries can only thrive when people have disposable income. When I moved to Colorado in the early 90′s, people were flush with money. Today, 80% of the kids in Aurora Public schools qualify for free lunch. I don’t think they have money to go skiing, do you?
Factor in an aging population. Many older people can’t take the cold, never mind the physical demands of skiing. Who is going to take their place? Where will the customers come from?
I am from Arizona and guess what? I don’t like skiing. It’s too cold! I like the hot tub portion of the sport and that’s about it! Some of us are warm-blooded and that’s all there is to it.
The people moving to Colorado are primarily Mexican or from some other warm climate. They’re like me. We’re not snow-bunnies, that’s for sure.
This was driven home for me, recently, when we were contemplating having a funeral (burial) at sea in December off the Texas coast. With most of us from warm climates, like South America, no one wanted to do it on the chance it be cold. All you have to tell is there might be freezing rain. We all shiver and shake our heads, no!
When I first moved to Colorado, everyone I met was heavy into skiing. Those people are aging out of the sport at this point. No one is the least bit interested in taking their place.
Do you wonder about the children of people who love skiing? These people didn’t have children (in significant number). This may be one of the reasons they could afford skiing!
Based on all of these factors, my guess is that these ski towns have peaked, at least in my lifetime. When I searched for population charts, I was not surprised to see it them leveling out.
The decline will be slow, though. You may not even notice in the near term.
To understand, consider that publishing / broadcasting died with Pluto in Sagittarius, though most are just waking up to this today.
Can you think of a business or city that’s in the decline at this time?
Check the Pluto in Capricorn tag for more on this topic.