Skiway does much, but not for helping Main Street |

Skiway does much, but not for helping Main Street

Duke BarlowBreckenridge

The groundbreaking of the Skyway Skiway project at the Breckenridge Ski Resort is a cause worthy of celebration.It is significant for improving the skiing customer’s experience on the mountain since accessing the free parking lots via the bus system can be tedious, especially at day’s end. As well, the realization of a long-talked about plan that pitted the town and the ski area as partners, working toward a common goal, merits our attention and praise. Thanks for covering the story. What I can’t agree with, however, is the seemingly accepted claim that the skiway will somehow improve business traffic on Main Street. Perhaps I’m being shortsighted here, but I can’t see the connection between skiing access to the free parking lots and these people turning around and walking through town. It seems to me most of them would appreciate the ease in which they reached their car and then promptly head for home. Clearly, Vail Resorts’ main motivation here is the prospect of increasing the property value of their new condominiums – and in securing one more step toward base-area development at Peaks 7 and 8. Spare us the lip service.

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