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But the mountains would still be here

Patrick Fagan-Breckenridge

Although Vail Resorts Chief Executive Officer Adam Aron’s column Sept. 16 showed more local understanding than previous ones, there was one glaring exception.

Regarding the possibility that Vail Resorts would go out of business, he wrote, “Trust me, it would be devastating.”

If you were to pack up and leave, would you take the mountains with you? Do you think that the state and local governments, citizens and our guests would let the lifts shut down for long? Yes, it could be devastating, for a time. Real estate prices would suffer, bringing related industries with them and maybe bringing the prices down to “affordable.” Many people would be out of work, including me. Many would move.

But many of us here like living here and would stay. We can get by without much, are skilled and resourceful. We’d get our communities back on their feet.

I enjoy my jobs working for Vail Resorts and thank you for providing them. But please don’t think that our communities revolve around Vail Resorts, nor should our communities think that Vail Resorts revolves around them. The mountains were here long before us and will be here long after we’re gone.


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