Ben Tiffany

Ben Tiffany 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Era of the Super Pass: Vail's 'transformative' purchase of Park City issues a challenge for destination ski resorts like Steamboat

Some ski areas actually attempt to give value as well as retain it. But you're right,Mark;some don't seem to care about much beyond shareholder/owner profit. Scott is definitely correct about the Vail Resorts business plan;many of the ski passes they sell get used very little. (Some perhaps never get used at all,amazingly enough.) I agree with both Kieran and Jeff's preference for a ski resort and town that is not on an interstate corridor,which is why Steamboat has always suited me well.

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Ben Tiffany 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Steamboat Springs City Council to discuss police station design and building location next week

I think the location near the Hampton Inn seems like a better choice,if they really feel like they have to build a new police station. It is nearer to downtown,more convenient to the bus line for quick citizen access,and less likely to cause even more traffic issues than a site along Pine Grove Road would cause. I agree with Scott that it would be a good thing for the city to provide us with a more detailed explanation of what this station would look like.

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Ben Tiffany 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Era of the Super Pass: Vail's 'transformative' purchase of Park City issues a challenge for destination ski resorts like Steamboat

If you think of Park City as " a truck stop on I-80",I think you've missed something. Although Park City may be the only resort in Utah that matches places like Steamboat,Vail,Breckinridge,etc. as destination resorts for families,there are several smaller ski areas (Brighton,Solitude,Sundance,Powder Mountain)that offer excellent terrain to suite a family,and for far less money. I've lived and skied in Steamboat for thirty-five years and I dearly love the skiing here,but there are certainly some things that the ski corp here (and other resorts in Colorado) could learn about giving value for money spent.

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Ben Tiffany 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Era of the Super Pass: Vail's 'transformative' purchase of Park City issues a challenge for destination ski resorts like Steamboat

It's nice to hear Mr. Cohee say such nice things about Colorado mountains and skiing,but I think he is wrong in his opinions about the mountains and skiing in Utah. The resorts in Utah offer superb skiing,with terrain for anyone and everyone. They do a much better job of offering lift ticket value than most resorts in Colorado do;obviously they still think the day skier is important. While it's true that a skier can find good discounts in Colorado with a little research,the Colorado resorts don't do much to encourage anyone who does not have some sort of season pass. Daily lift tickets went well above $100 at most of the larger resorts years ago,and these resorts seem to be proud of that fact;they compete to see who can charge the most. Most Utah resorts don't seem to share that marketing approach,and I applaud them for that. The snow in Utah is legendary,and deserves to be. There are other reasons why Colorado resorts do well in competition with the Utah resorts,but it certainly isn't because the Colorado mountains are better.

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Ben Tiffany 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Broncos beat Bills, 24-17, behind Anderson's 3 TDs

If Peyton Manning does not start playing better,the dream of another trip to the Super Bowl for the Broncos will end pretty quickly. He has been throwing lots of weak passes lately,and has not looked like his old self in quite a while.

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Ben Tiffany 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Democrat incumbent Mitsch Bush defeats McConnell in state house race

Fred, Diane was simply a better candidate,and deserved to win. For once,try being a gracious loser and stop looking for conspiracies in anything that you disagree with.

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Ben Tiffany 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Steamboat City Council is 1 vote shy of adding parking meters downtown

A quick note;Telluride also has parking meters in their core downtown area. I don't know whether any of the other resort towns besides Aspen have meters,and I don't know how effective they are in either town. I am sure that we don't need them here,now or in the forseeable future. Many have noted that there is not really a parking problem here,except on some obvious busy occasions,and having to walk an extra block or two to one's destination hardly constitutes a hardship. If City Council indeed did not authorize the recent expensive parking study (and I'm sure we would like to know who did),then it should not put any serious thought into its suggestions,which do seem to be meter-happy. I can guarantee that any meters in the downtown area would be immensely unpopular,both with tourists and locals and would very likely bring us unintended consequences (most of which would be bad.) I urge City Council to pay attention to what the people are trying to tell them,and I think that message is;this is not the time to even consider parking meters.

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