Well as you would expect, not a word was heard from the mountain with regard to the previous letters requesting the mountain to provide a senior taxpayers’ residential ski pass. I never thought it would be an easy task, but you never know. My philosophy, “if you don’t ask, you don’t get.” I guess there are mitigating factors, such as the baby boomers ages 52-70, and those over 71 participating on the slopes for the past 10 years have steadily become a smaller share of the visitor base from 36 percent to 21 percent by the latest count. It’s the millennials that the mountain has to deal with. We’ve become a non-entity. we don’t affect their bottom line, and the ski industry is a bottom line business. They offer the best deals to them to attract new business to the slopes. We’re here, they know we are not going anywhere. It doesn’t matter that some of us are on fixed incomes. My last letter again produced a slew of positive responses, but we’re beating a dead horse. So, I’ll leave you with this, my friends, someday we’ll all meet in that big mountain in the sky, where everyday is sunny, the snow is white and pure, the mountain will always be groomed, and the skiing will be free. Until then when I see you on the other side.
Richard Kropp, Killington