Here in Snowmass Village the Intrawest debate rages on a daily basis. I've met, skiied, partied, and continue to work with a number of the Intrawest Staff. While not bad people the ones from Canada talk a little funny.
Intrawest proposes to do with Snowmass Village and the Snowmass Ski Area what they did with Cooper Mtn. a mere 2 hour drive from here. While many will argue over how successful that deal is the numbers don't reflect well against the promises of this mighty "resort" developer from the North.
While Snowmass needs a "Base-lift" to beautify the area, we don't need the Front Range look duplicated here. With ski-day visits staying stagnant Intrawest claims to be able to attract a crowd with their 7-Story developments and oodles of shops and bars, and fortunately for us locals, lift improvements..... This will help attract money heavy flat-landers that want the SKI magazine, Disney-esque experience. Do we want that? "Hell yeah!" some would say. The power of the dollar will help anyone jump on board a fast moving development train destined for failure.
We already have a few bars and restaurants that do fairly brisk business when the people are here and some that don't. What makes Intrawest think that more commercialism and market hype will lure the people? Well I have that answer: They get paid big money just for setting the whole thing up, whether it succeeds, or not doesn't make 'em or break 'em.
Cooper Mtn. would be a good case study of Intrawest's ability to enhance a resort and the vacation experince a skiier or family of skiier's gets out of it.
One thing I'll vote for is lift improvements... Maybe this is where Intrawest can help...They have the cash, we have the need. Unfortunately that comes with a price.
I may over exagerate when I say the full Intrawest ride is destined for failure, if it succeeds then we'll be blessed with crowds this town has never seen, lines at the lifts, shops, and bank as far as the eye can see.
Anyone from Cooper that can expand on this?