Originally Posted by jrbd
I think what really annoys me about this is that they did it AFTER I bought my pass. What's next, charging for the shuttle bus? Pay toilets?
I can understand that. Locally, it was well publicised and common knowledge that there would be pay parking at the gondola but I can certainly see how it wouldn't be so obvious to those out of the county.
Knowbody, even execs at VR, knew exactly what they were going to do at the time passes first went on sale last fall. I actually thought they'd start with some smaller pay parking lots for the close-in spaces, leaving much of the outlying parking free for this season.
Again I think it comes down to the fact that VR is confident that front rangers will still buy their pass and that some weekend traffic will move to Keystone/A-Basin which is good. Maybe they're wrong and everybody will buy the Copper Pass next year...
Further, I don't think VR or the Town of Breck cares too much about the destination skier that stays in Frisco/Dillon/Silverthorne and samples Breck for a day as they don't leave much $$$ here compared to those who rent a condo for a week in Breck and who are largely uneffected because of the town/ski area bus service.
As far as charging for toilets, if VR wants to shift weekend traffic other resorts in their pass, and the Town of Breck greatly prefers guests who don't care about paying a little extra for parking, then the decision was a no-brainer. Comparatively, I don't think forcing guests to soil themselves if they're out of cash is such a good idea.