Yeah, your logic is debatable. And it would be a very valid point if there weren't another mountain located 100 yards to the left that didn't offer the pay-for-play breakfast that Whistler does.
There is also the premise that W/B is not a playground for people pinching pennies (excluding the hard working, under paid locals). Therefore, Intrawest's attempt to make an extra buck off people with money to spend is not hard to fathom.
I think it may be akin to going heli-skiing. Damn expensive, but freshies all day long. Since the heli-skiing outing includes lunch, I'll call it a $450 ham and cheese sandwich, with free pow for the day.
What it sounds like you're arguing is that you want to get up as late as possible to make the first chair, not pay any extra, and be the first guy down. This is the land of opportunity and capitalism. If enough people are willing to pay the extra money to go up early, then you can bet someone will take their money.
Sometimes, if you want a benefit or better product, you need to pay extra. Or you can go to Blackcomb and get the same service as everyone else.
I guess I don't understand why you are so upset about it, when there are options so close by. The market will determine the price and availability. If people are willing to pay, then it will be offered. If EVERYONE boycots it (ie., no one pays the extra $$), then the product will go away. I just don't see it as anything other than a company trying to offer a product that people will pay extra for.
Mercedes can charge $100k for a car. But you can buy some other car for a whole lot less. However, if you want as nice a car with a Benz star on the hood, you'll have to fork over the cash.