Don’t turn A-Basin into Disneyland |

Don’t turn A-Basin into Disneyland

As Summit County residents and Rocky Mountain Masters racers, we are saddened to hear of the possible plan for the future of Arapahoe Basin ski area.A-Basin is one of the last “true” ski areas – no condos, no dining, no shopping, no nightlife – just pure skiing.And with the new snowmaking, skiing from October until May or June makes it one of the only areas for the true skier – the one who would ski all year if they could.It also makes the area attractive to international racing teams who have been using the hill for early-season training, distinguishing A-Basin as a serious ski area and not just another Disneyland at the base of a ski hill. How can any “private” club possibly co-exist with the “beach?” Music playing, dogs everywhere, barbecues and beer – all that we love about A-Basin.Privatizing will demand improvements – like paved pay parking, expensive lifts, new lodges, retail – everything that drives the price of skiing up. Please, we don’t need any more trinket shops or condos built in the pursuit of “extreme capitalism.”

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