Ah, the sqeaking wheel does get heard.
The Summit Daily reported today that Copper's Beeline Advantage program is under review by the Forest Service as a possible violation of Forest Service Policy. Apparently the program can only be authorized by the Forest Service only if there is a demonstrated need for the activity, it is consistent with the way Forest Lands are managed, it is appropriate use for Forest Service and and is the public interest. The Forest Service says it must be availlable to all guests.
So to make it available to all guests Copper will sell you a Beeline day ticket for $124!!!!!!!
: Or you can buy a Beeline season pass for $999.
: Both are available to locals, guests and homeowners.
Copper has compared the Beeline program to Vails First Tracks program which allows groups of 20 or more to ski for an hour before the lifts open to the public. The funds from First Tracks pay for early opening expenses and benefits local charities according to a Vail spokesperson.
Copper and the Forest Service hope to reach a resolution before Coppers opening day of November 2.
According to the Summit Daily, Martha Kettelle, supervisor of the White River National Forest on whose land Copper operates by permit, is not satisfied there is a demonstrated public need for the activity.
In an editorial today The Denver Post opined the Beeline program exists not to enhance the skiing experience but to lure real estate and hotel customers.