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Summit Daily letters: Copper Mountain Resort lost our business

Copper Mountain lost our business

My wife and I have skied Copper Mountain for 40 years and have been season pass holders for at least the last 20 years. The management of Copper seems to be shooting themselves in the foot on a regular basis, as the ridiculous situation with the new Center Village lifts this winter illustrated. Now they have decided to remove senior passes from their menu of season passes. We have brought many friends and family members to Copper for years and this seems extremely shortsighted. If ski areas want boomers to keep skiing and boarding, and introducing a younger generation to the sport, they should not be penalizing them.

I also noted that Copper is now offering a military and veteran pass and since I am eligible for this as a veteran, I asked about it. Copper indicated that I could purchase such a pass but needed to pay 100 percent immediately as discounted passes no longer qualified for spring down payment options. So I guess the management wants to screw both seniors and veterans.

We have owned a house in Summit County for 26 years but Copper will not be getting our business in the 2019-20 ski season. The management of Copper seems intent on making longtime customers angry.

Larry Quinn

Lyons and Silverthorne

Shame on the corporate ski industry

The 2019-20 ski season pass prices have been announced. Kids are in, seniors are out. It seems the corporate ski industry has decided to screw us seniors, we who built the ski industry they are now benefiting from.

Ageism is in. It seems they want to cater to youth, the skiers of tomorrow, and disrespect us seniors.

We seniors built the ski industry. Our children and grandchildren ski because of us. There was a time when the ski industry showed its appreciation by providing free skiing to skiers over age 70. Then, as more of us aged while still being active, they raised the age for free skiing to 80. Now, nothing.

Do I sound angry? Yes I am! Most of us are retired. Many of us are on a fixed income. Many of us ski during the week. We don’t want to drive I-70 on the weekends and sit in traffic.

I’ve skied for over 60 years. I used to be on the first lift in the morning and the last lift at closing. Now I’m happy to get to the mountain mid-morning, ski for a few hours to get my ski fix, and then drive home.

Thank you, Loveland. You offer us a $99 senior season pass, up from $79 when I first turned 70. Your senior pass enticed me to start skiing Loveland regularly. I fell in love with your mountain. This year, I enticed several of my friends over 70 to buy Loveland senior passes and join me. This year, Copper still offered a senior pass. Next year, Copper will not offer a senior pass product.

Epic’s website offers “A pass for everyone.” I guess they forgot we seniors are a part of “everyone.”

IKON and Epic offer us seniors nothing. I hope they will reconsider.

Stephanie Bryan


Here today, gone tomorrow

The gray wolf, an icon of the American West was once so abundant in the United States that early travelers across the plains and mountains saw wolves as often as we see springtime robins. They numbered between 1.5 to 2 million and preyed on large mammals such as bison, deer and elk, removing sick and injured animals from the populations. Predator and prey lived in a dynamic balance within the limits of their given ecosystems.

As the country was settled, wide-scale slaughter brought wolves to the brink of extinction. Only a few hundred wolves in Minnesota survived the killing.

With protection of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act, signed into law in 1973, and changing popular sentiment, the wolf has been able to return to a very limited (15 percent) portion of its native range.

In areas where wolves have begun to recover, like Yellowstone National Park, scientists have noted the return of diverse plant and wildlife species where, without wolves, they had gone missing for decades.

On March 6, Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon propose a rule to remove the Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states.

Losing federal ESA protections will have deadly implications for gray wolves. They have barely come back from near extinction, and yet they have been hunted, trapped, poisoned and run over by ATVs for sport in states where protections were lifted.

Did the gray wolf come back from extinction just to disappear again? Do we want him to go quietly as so many before him? I don’t. No, I want my children and grandchildren to hear the “call of the wild.”

Rose Pray


Drug abuse is a real public health issue

Re: Boot Gordon’s letter, “Drugs hinder our path to enlightenment”

I was “exposed” to transcendental meditation in the ‘60s. I think Boot may have missed a few classes or maybe has forgotten some of the teachings over time. What part of being “enlightened” involves calling people stupid who do drugs?

Being enlightened and being “beyond that egoistic place” leads, in my opinion, to great empathy and great compassion for the plight of others. While Boot ponders a possible “new era of enlightenment” there are people in our world, country and community that are walking around with brains that have been ravaged by emotional trauma. They suffer from anxiety and depression. They do not have access to health care and many use drugs to self-medicate.

Drugs are incredibly destructive to our society. I suggest that Boot become enlightened about the true risks and damage of what drugs do to people. Maybe he could become educated about the causes of drug abuse. Hopefully, he could learn ways to contribute to efforts to combat drug abuse. Maybe this is the next step in Boot’s path to enlightenment.

Lee Oesterle


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