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Passes should be need-based, not age-based

There has been much talk recently on senior passes and at what cost Vail Resorts and Intrawest should and will charge seniors for these passes.

Senior discounts are not a new thing; in fact, they are rather common throughout the country. Skiing is a recreational activity and therefore based on discretionary income – meaning that paying for the cost of skiing is secondary to that of day-to-day living expenses.

The cost for a resort to operate on a daily basis with lifts, ski patrol, etc. to pay, remains the same regardless of a person’s age.

Why then should seniors be extended a lower rate when they will utilize the same services that the normal paying customer will?

Living in Summit County is not cheap, regardless of who or what age you are. Property values are extremely high and unattainable for a majority of the county’s residents.

I would guess that this holds true more for the younger sector of the population than it does the elder sector.

In fact, I would bet that a good majority of Summit County homeowners are at or near the age considered for a senior discount.

Which makes me ask yet again, why should seniors be offered a discount based solely on their age, especially if they can afford the normal season pass price?

This is not to mention that season pass prices in Summit County are the lowest pass prices of ski areas nationwide to begin with and no doubt help contribute to the overcrowding of our local hills.

If discounts are extended on season passes any more than the current low price, I feel the discount should be need-based, not based on age. I am sure that many seniors would disagree with me on this, but it only seems fair.

Everyone, regardless of age, should have the same opportunity to enjoy the skiing we are so blessed with.

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