Just got around to reading the bird cage liner Powder is calling an opinion piece. Not only does it sound like a whiny, entitled brat writing a dear diary, but it's not even accurate. Not sure when they added this, but it's worth noting for this discussion:
So not only do they not ban bagged lunches from all lodge areas at any time, they only ban them from the main lodges during the lunch rush. So poor, poor Kade Krichko has to wait until 1:05 p.m. or eat her disfigured PB&J sandwich in the basement. Boo. Hoo.
The article brings up another point that I think is critical. She mentions making the cliche saltine and ketchup crackers - apparently something else she's entitled to for buying the cheapest pass that Crystal offers.
I'm willing to bet that if you talked to managers around the resorts that have banned brown bags, the decision had as much or more to do with the take, take, take mentality of the general public than of some evil business takeover. Not only is the resort supposed to reserve seats for brown baggers, they're supposed to reserve an entire section for coolers, cookware and whatever else pushy people want to haul in and dump there. Oh yeah, and these folks that don't pay for a crumb of lodge food will also be plugging in their crock pot and mini fridge and sucking up electricity that the resort pays for. Whatever they're cooking will waft its way into the cafeteria so that people that actually are paying for lunch get the idea not to do so ever again. Then when they forget napkins, condiments, utensils, etc., they'll be taking them from the lodge. Maybe they'll buy one hot chocolate … split between four cups for the whole family. And don't forget to throw in the four free waters so they can each wash down the two sips of hot chocolate.
Sorry, I worked in the food service industry in the past. If you're a big corporation with bottomless pockets you can be super accommodating and absorb people's endless entitled behavior. If you're a smaller outfit, eventually you just have to draw the line and be a dick about it or people will try to take a mile for every inch. From some of the stories of crock pots and indoor tailgating set-ups related here, it sounds like ski brown baggers take a few miles.