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Intrawest refused to negotiate gondola

Wayne Griffith
The Lodge at Copper

From day one, more than years ago now, none of the Lodge at Copper’s opposition has said no to the proposed Union Creek gondola at Copper Mountain. We are for it.

We have kids and grandkids and know very well the hassle of getting to Union Creek. We still maintain it needs to be somewhere away from our building.

The Ten Mile Planning Commission asked for alternatives and Intrawest came up with five, one of which was the one we oppose.

When it was clear at the meeting the commission favored the Passage Point to Union Creek route first and secondly, an up-the-mountain and down-into-Union Creek route to avoid going over the ski school – and the one we opposed fifth – Intrawest withdrew the first four alternatives and refused to budge. So much for negotiation.

It isn’t the Lodge that won’t negotiate, we want the gondola but it doesn’t belong 30 feet from our windows. It shouldn’t go over the little kids at the ski school and to date, it hasn’t ever been stated where it will start; under the American Flyer lift is not a real choice.

Also, we have never seen a plan for where the towers will go, how high, what will the cars look like. On the density, Copper Mountain is not a huge ski resort, it is a great ski mountain with a very small village.

I think Intrawest has it wrong and is trying to make a sows ear out of a silk purse. Intrawest is not a ski resort company. It is plain and simply a real estate company and its mission is to sell, sell, sell and resell.

In the end, it only cares about the infrastructure if it helps sell real estate. We are a boutique resort. Intrawest, in the long run, can’t change that.

Wayne Griffith

The Lodge at Copper

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