End of free skiing at Breckenridge sends new retiree to Monarch | SummitDaily.com

End of free skiing at Breckenridge sends new retiree to Monarch

I have been skiing in Colorado for more than 25 years, 10 of these years at Breckenridge, so when my 70th birthday approached, my children rented a very nice condo for my wife and I so that I could ski for free after all these years.

Much to my surprise, after I paid my $10 to park, I found that since the Vail Resorts conglomerate had purchased the resort, it took away the “ski for free after 70” privilege, and the half-day senior fee was $46.

It also gave me a letter that expresses how it feels about seniors. Because I didn’t want to disappoint the children, I did ski – for the last time at Breckenridge. We will miss shopping at all the cute little shops there, staying at the nice condos and all the good food. But I see no reason to return there since they made it very plain how they feel about seniors.

Two weeks after my experience at Breckenridge, I went up to Monarch where I had learned to ski and had skied for more than 15 years.

There, the reception was completely different than I had experienced at Breck. It treated me like a very special person. I can ski at no cost any time for as long as I want.

Seniors from age 62-69 pay only $26 for a full day or $16 for a half day. Prices on rentals after age 62 are discounted by 20 percent. Also, the parking is free for everyone. Now which place do you think will get the seniors’ business?

Monarch Mountain Lodge three miles from the ski area gives seniors 62 and over 20 percent off on their rooms. This is a nice friendly facility with a heated pool, hot tub, food and lounge.

I met a gentleman on the slopes whose permanent home is Pennsylvania (he was 77 years young) who said he had bought a home in Salida where he lives in the winter just so he can ski at Monarch. So, as you can see, not just the ski resort benefits. It has long reaching effects in the surrounding communities.

My personal suggestion to all seniors anywhere in the country is to go to the place where you will get the most for your money and where they truly make you feel welcome – and that is Monarch.

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