Copper’s BeeLine must be stopped before Intrawest takes it elsewhere |

Copper’s BeeLine must be stopped before Intrawest takes it elsewhere

Jim Horkovich - Placitas, N.M., and Copper Mountain

The National Forest Service’s approval of Intrawest’s Copper Mountain BeeLine Advantage is an outrage and an injustice.

The BeeLine is discriminatory, bad public policy. Intrawest’s analogies to things such as first-class airline seats are phony smokescreens to confuse the real issue – equal public access to publicly owned lands.

A first-class airline passenger doesn’t get any more access to the public airways than a coach passenger; he or she gets exactly the same access to the public resource – just in more comfort.

That’s a skier in a Bogner outfit compared to one in a jacket from L.L. Bean. But not one minute of more access – all the passengers get to fly exactly the same distance and arrive at their destination at the same time. But not with the BeeLine.

With the BeeLine, out of state visitors from England, France, the Hamptons, Newport Beach, and whoever else can afford it, buy more access to ski runs on public lands owned not by Intrawest, but by the public.

If the Forest Service, that already reported that the BeeLine was “marketed to effectively exclude the general public” can’t see that this bad policy sets a bad precedent and is not in the public interest, I intend to continue pressing our congressional representatives for legislation to make the Forest Service see that it can’t be allowed to continue or spread.

If we don’t all raise our voices in protest now, it will surely spread to Winter Park, Breckenridge, Vail and Keystone. When it does, all of us local skiers will be left S.O.L. – Standing on Line – while the privileged few cut ahead and steal more access to lands we all own together equally.

Jim Horkovich

Placitas, N.M., and Copper Mountain

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