Ralph DeYoung: Not coming back

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I am sorry to read the Steamboat no longer welcomes the older skiers.

Removing the "young senior pass" prices skiing out of the reach of many seniors. We have been skiing at Steamboat since the late 1980s.

At our age, we no longer can ski seven to eight hours a day. I will be looking for another ski area next year where we are welcome.

It appears the new ski area owners will be pushing seniors out of the sport. My wife and I have had a great time in Steamboat throughtout the years and met many wonderful people in the community but we will not be back in the winter anymore.

Ralph DeYoung

Aiken, S.C.

Comments

justice4all 7 years, 8 months ago

Mr DeYoung is right on target. The ski area needs to remember that the skiers that are now older are indeed the ones that made the ski hill what it is today. We helped it build to what it is today and now they are forgetting us. Can't wait till they get older,something of this nature happens to them and see if they still think it is fair.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 8 months ago

billybob...they aren't forgetting....they just plain don't give a damn. Something like this won't happen to them, the ones that make this kind of decision are looking out for their pocketbook, they won't have to worry about counting pennies during their retirement. They aren't interested in giving back to those that have paid their dues all their lives, I guess they think the seniors just recently took up skiing because they could receive a discount. I love the attitude... drain them dry, then move on to their kids and grand-kids.... follow that almighty dollar.

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seabirth 7 years, 8 months ago

should the season pass price be changed because those who live in south carolina cannot afford the pass? should ski areas not pay attention to changing demographics when setting season pass prices?

of course, i would love to see season pass prices lower as someone who lives and works in steamboat (and adding a couple other ski areas for a small fee is not cheaper!!!), but steamboat knows they have no competition and will not worry about high pass prices. worry less about senior pass prices, and bitch and complain about the high pass prices for all, or maybe complain that the early season price is barely any reduction on a full priced pass, or maybe that the first tracks program is out of control.... or maybe i'll just face the fact that i love living here despite the way the mountain is managed solely for those who have money.

one day the mountain may realize that those that live and work here (but don't work for the ski hill) have a huge impact on those they want to attract. one cannot help notice that customer service in many establishments in town is not up to par with other ski areas and resorts (hell, just about anyplace)i have visited. maybe they will realize that they depend on the local workforce and the dirt-bags that don't waste money on the mountain (buying $15 hamburgers and $3 sodas) contribute as much to the success of the steamboat ski area as their own employees.

seniors.... welcome to the world of getting screwed by steamboat ski area.... get in the back of the line.

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retiredinss 7 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps sounding like a lawyer---on the one hand I can understand Intrawest's desire to eliminate the young senior pass, as signficant numbers of boomers are reaching 65, the hole created in ski pass revenue with the cheaper pass had to be a problem in the coming years. On the other hand, Intrawest could 'grandfather' those with the pass already--a fixed number--until they turn 70, rather than for only another year. Seems a bit more fair to me. For one, I have a fixed number of dollars to spend annually on skiing, and I will figure out how to get the most for those dollars, which will not include buying the full price pass.

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