Alaska Mike, Nolo, Oboe, Pierre Weems and others,
I enjoy and appreciate your thoughtful and very helpful comments that appear in the various Epic Ski Forums. On this issue though, I think it's fair to say that reasonable people can disagree.
|Frenchie is right - let the consumer decide. If people don't want to buy lift tickets at resorts that sell preferences for lift line cutting, then they won't. Otherwise, they'll buy lift tickets and bellyache about the rich folks.
Oboe is right, consumers will decide. What is troubling is that the unwashed masses may not "buy lift tickets and just bellyache about the rich". Many may decide that being treated as second-class citizens on the slopes does not justify skiing at all. This will be to the detriment of the industry and others who do enjoy the sport and want to see it survive.
By Alaska Mike:
|The purchases off the hill are where the money is at... Love them or hate them, the Bogner-and-fur class has a big impact on resort economics.
I'm certainly no expert on the economics of the ski industry but I agree that there must be ways to make money at a ski resort other than selling people to a right to cut in line. For me this is not about loving or hating the "Bogner-and-fur class". I could care less whether folks ski in Bogner, Lands End or Levis or what their net worth is.
|If the money/privilege thing really bugs you, try climbing skins instead of lifts - money can't get you to the top any faster in the b/c.
PlayHarder, most of the rich get to the back country by helicopter.
Personally,I don't care whether one gets to the slopes by helicopter, Mercedes or Volkswagen. Once at the slopes, I simply think people should not be able to buy their way to the front of the line. Those that do are bound to provoke a lot of resentment that will not likely enhance the fun of the experience for the many who must wait longer in lines that are already presumably long. Let's remember, this is a sport.
The Whistler incident being discussed in another thread aside, skiers that I know do not begrudge ski class line privileges so that time can be maximized for the benefit of students trying to learn or improve. On the other hand, those who pay for a "lesson" not to learn but solely for "cut line" privileges waste instruction time, and are more often the object of derision than envy.
|I know plenty of rich folks and in general find them to be among the most honest and hardest working individuals I know. I know many poor people and generally find them to be more dishonest, lazy and complain much more than the rich folks. I prefer to be around the rich. Their optimism and energy is contagious. Surround yourself with success not failure.
It's hard to "Surround yourself with success not failure" when success in a different line.
I can not agree with your categorization of poor people as tending to be generally more "dishonest, lazy and complain much more than the rich folks".I have dealt with a fair number of corporate executives and others of means as well as those without, myself. However, the issue isn't about whether rich people are better than poor. Rich or poor, MENSA or not, a superathelete or movie star or not, black, white or green, none of these things should matter. Skiing is a sport. On the hill, I simply believe that the sporting thing to do is to wait your turn in line and not cut your way to the front by purchase or otherwise.
Well, enough from me on this subject. I have to wax my skis for Mt. Hood tomorrow(they have no cut-lines). [img]smile.gif[/img]