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workers at three Colorado mountains are bracing for layoffs as a
Canadian resort operator says the poor economy will force job cuts.
this week did not say exactly how many jobs will go at its three owned
or operated Colorado resorts -- Copper Mountain, Steamboat Ski
& Resort and Winter Park. But the Vancouver-based resort
operator says the drop in business at its resorts is unlike anything it
has experienced in recent years.
employs 22,000 workers during the peak winter season in Canada and the
operates Canada's Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort, a major venue for the
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
then. I heard this report on the radio today and had to rush home and
see if my old home town, Telluride,
was among the towns feeling the
pinch. But as the above quoted article points out, they've dodged the
bullet for now althoughÂ The Telluride
Daily PlanetÂ reported last week that
the resort will be raising the price of its daily lift tickets to $92
$92.00!For a day of skiing.
Holy Mother of all that's Holy! And that doesn't even cover lunch at
the lodge, a little apre' ski vino,
breakfast, dinner, a place to sleep, airfare to get there - not to
mention skis, boots, gloves, goggles, poles, fuzzy hat, latest trendy
outfit, etc. That's just $92 to stand in line forÂ 4 hours,
for another 2 hours and if you're lucky, get in an hours worth of
time. But that's not my point.Â
Here's my point - who is traveling to Colorado
(or anywhere for that matter) to pay these kind of prices for a day in
Is it poor
people? Ahhhhh, NO.Â
middle income working class people? Ahhhhh, not
Is it rich
people?* Yes indeedy it is, or at least it was.Â
Sorry, what was that? Rich people?
Rich people are feeling the effects of the ecomony? Rich people are
concerned about the impact of Obama reducing capitol gains? Rich people
are worried their investments are declining in value, home values are
the tank and stocks are in the swirly?Â
It would appear
the rich are feeling the pinch and they're cutting back on that
mid-winter ski trip to Colorado.Â
Does that mean the rich are
No, it just means they're watching where their discretionary income is
spent and that doesn't include a trip to Steamboat this year. Or
instead of going twice, they're only going once - whatever.
So who's getting
people? Naw, they're just cutting back, remember.Â
people and working class people?
Ah, there's the rub.Â
They're the ones getting
laid off because the rich
people aren't showing up in adequate numbers to support their jobs.
now they'll go on unemployment (to share that wealth) and access the
social services of Copper
Mountain. Maybe they'll even lose
their homes to foreclosure. Of course with visitors down,
revenues are down, hotel guest
taxes are down & meal receipts are down so there's less taxes
coming in to the city coffers - yet they are faced with growing
luck for the cities too I guess. Â
the rich are getting pinched but the poor suffer for it.
Obama wants to pinch the rich even more. Yeah, that makes sense now. I
can see how that would bail us out. I'm sure glad 52% of the electorate
is mathematically challenged. Probably a lot of the working class
people making ends meet working the ski lifts voted for Obama. As Bill
Engvahl might say - Here's yer sign.Â
Well, that's just my
opinion. I could be wrong. Â
* For the purposes of future
revenue enhancement strategies central to DemocraticÂ Principles
taxes), Rich People are defined as those making in excess of $250,000,
- ah hell, if you gotta job, you're rich. Send in your paycheck, sucka.
Remember, Don't wait to buy real
estate - Buy real estate and wait.
Obamanomics to the rescue? Ski Areas Say NYET!'
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COMMENTARY ARE STRICTLY GENE WUNDERLICH's PERSONAL OPINION. WHILE ANY
REASONABLE &/or RATIONAL PERSON SHOULD AGREE, THESE VIEWS MAY
REFLECT THOSE OF ACTIVERAIN, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE OR
ANY Â LOCAL, STATE OR MENTAL INSTITUTION.
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