Originally Posted by Doug
-outdoors oriented meaning that lots of people come in early so they can leave early for a round of golf or an early start to a weekend in mountains
This. Also, there's the "sleep cycle" factor:
If you are accustomed to always getting up at 6am, then waking up early on Sunday to hit the slopes for lift opening is a breeze. Same with hiking/kayaking/etc - you'd be an idiot to start a decent hike at 2pm unless it's the height of summer. And you'd be a complete moron to try to leave work at 6pm, get home, pack, make it to Banff, and try to get a campsite in the middle of July.
I find that a lot of younger folks (early-mid 20s) come to Calgary, and try to do the nightlife. They generally make it to work at 9 or even 10, and leave at 6 or 7. Then on Friday they wanna party, LATE. Because they worked into the evening. Saturday morning, sleep in. Then Sunday comes, and they feel like complete crap trying to wake up at 6am. But over time, they start to enjoy the outdoor life far more than the clubs/pubs. And they adjust their schedules accordingly - start waking up earlier every day, so that the weekend is a breeze.
When you leave work at 4, you can get the campsite. And when you wake up at 6, you get the fresh powder. It's as simple as that.
Obviously this doesn't apply to everyone, but it's a pattern I see repeated time and again. And as a result (plus the fact that freaking EVERYONE in Calgary has kids in their 20s/early 30s), our clubs have a much more age-limited demographic than many cities I've been to.
Part of it is the workaholic stereotype for sure, but a larger part in my experience is that there's just so much more to do than booze it up every weekend for 10 years straight. The people working crazy workaholic hours are in the minority - we're not getting up early and avoiding the bars because we work 12 hours a day, it's because we have a lot of other activities that revolve around waking up early.
And then Stampede happens, and everyone completely forgets about the outdoors and drinks as much as their liver can handle.