Originally Posted by skier31
Originally Posted by Eagles Pdx
How unique, they do no research on where they are going and then spends thousands of dollars going there blind. Not sure they would be representative sample of people who spends thousands on their big ski trip of the year.
I think most people who book ski trips to major resorts, Vail, Snowmass, Breck etc. are not going to research to see of there is ongoing litigation that may cause the resort to not operate during the upcoming season.
Are you really that clueless?
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Epic asks people in our community to attack the ideas not the people. Please let's be careful to not stomp too hard on the gray line.
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Eagles' observational capabilities displayed in this thread have proven to be exemplary. The answer to your question is really obvious, but I am obligated to try to set a good example.
Many of my neighbors who moved into the new development on the farm next door to the farm my development was built on were more than happy to buy a huge house on a huge lot for a fraction of the price (and even smaller fraction of the taxes and the crime) of what it would cost in the next county closer to civilization in exchange for a 20 minute longer commute into civilization. Of course it's hard to miss the 750KV power line running right over the front entrance of the development (that connects to 2 other lines across the street). You'd think it wouldn't be a shock to discover the power company wants to upgrade capacity by building a new line that terminates right across the street from them and thus requires a big honking new substation in their "back yard", but I really don't need to finish this part of the story do I? Needless to say that there are still vast numbers of people that don't do their homework before plunking down big $$$ and expect to be made whole when they lose out due to their own ignorance. If you are a majestic bird that hasn't done it's homework then it is your birthright to disagree.
But what is the point of arguing about this? Clearly, some early bookings for next season are being made and clearly there is a significant (but not yet fatal) drop in this number compared to past seasons. It is reasonable to expect that some of the drop off is recoverable because people are merely delaying their commitment pending favorable news about next season. It also reasonable to expect that some of the drop off has already chosen alternate destinations. For the bookings that are being made does it make any difference whether they know about the litigation and chose to book any way or whether they were clueless? One might be concerned about the possibility of people booking PC ski vacations getting screwed if PCMR does not open, but the only people involved who won't be screwed if this happens are Katz and the MTN stockholders. We all agree that the damage from closing is bad enough that nobody wants it to happen and thus the likelihood of a settlement keeping the resort open is high despite the bluster. If the probability of a settlement drops, some existing bookings will be cancelled and the drop off of future bookings will accelerate, but won't go to zero. It'll be bad. What's the point of arguing about whether or not every potential visitor will know about this issue prior to their arrival? Most probably will. Many probably won't.