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If seniors use ski resort services, they should expect to pay for them

I am writing in response to the periodic whining letter from another senior upset about not getting enough of a discount at Vail Resorts (Daily Mail, March 28).

I really don’t understand why people think they are entitled to discounted lift tickets because they are seniors. If they pay less, someone else, like me, has to pay more to subsidize their discounts.

Does a senior use the lifts? Does a senior ski groomed runs? Does a senior use on-mountain facilities? Does a senior eat his brown bag lunch at a resort lodge? Does a senior expect to have ski patrol present if needed?

All these services and amenities cost money. The cost should be the same for seniors and the rest of us working stiffs. Skiing is a luxury. If you can’t afford it, stay home. If you can afford to ski, pay your fair share and stop complaining.

A few weeks ago, you ran another letter from a senior who was upset because he had to pay $10 to park at Breckenridge. If he had taken the shuttle, like most people, he wouldn’t have had to pay anything to park. He also said he could save a lot of money as a senior if he went to Monarch. All I can say is goodbye.

Does a senior go to a gas station and say “give me a discount, I’m old”? Does he try that at the grocery store? Any discount offered to anyone is a gift and should be appreciated. I think if ski areas continue to offer any discount to seniors, these discounted passes or tickets should only apply Monday through Thursday during nonholiday periods.

Just for the record, I am a member of the Over the Hill Gang and closer to a senior discount than I care to be. If the discount is available when my turn comes, I will say thank you very much and be grateful for whatever Vail Resorts is willing to offer.

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