Some look forward to $50 ski, golf passes
MINTURN – Elvira Gustafson has driven her sons to Ski Cooper through the years because she can’t afford $85 lift tickets at Vail or Beaver Creek.”I know several other Minturn families that do the same with children,” said Gustafson, a Minturn resident. With a $50 season pass from the Ginn Development Co., her sons could ski far more than the three times they skied last year, she said. Like Gustafson, other Minturn skiers and golfers are looking forward to a $50 season pass that would allow them to use Ginn’s proposed private ski resort and golf course for at least 30 days each year. Fred Haslee, a staunch supporter of Ginn’s project, thinks residents should take advantage of the membership program, he said. Some have told Haslee that Ginn is trying to bribe the town’s residents – an assertion with which he disagrees, he said.
“I believe the developer is as honest as they come,” said Haslee, a former Minturn town councilman. Some residents grumbled about a provision in the plan stating that an adult would have to accompany children younger than 18 “at all times.”Teenagers should be able to ski without adult supervision just as other ski resorts allow them to, said Minturn resident Cindy Goodwin, a mother of a 2-year-old and 7-month-old.Cody Blankenship, 15, would not mind having to ski with his parents if Ginn’s private ski resort were open today, he said. “It’s not the worst thing – they could just close it and not let us go up there,” Blankenship said. “It’s better than nothing.”
Rebecca Dunn and her husband, Bill, moved to Minturn two years ago to be closer to Vail, she said. With the $50 pass, her husband probably would ski too often, she said. “We like to be here for the convenience of skiing, but I don’t know if it needs to be in our backyard – then he would never work,” Rebecca Dunn said jokingly. The $50 annual fee would include golf at Ginn’s 18-hole course. Ginn would charge greens fees similar to those at other Vail Valley golf courses but has not decided yet how much, the company has said.Minturn residents Della and Leo Vasquez would golf at the course depending on how much Ginn charges for greens fees, they said. The proximity of Ginn’s golf course to Minturn would make it more convenient than golfing in Eagle-Vail, Leo Vasquez said. Ginn’s membership plan includes residents older than 18 who have lived in Minturn or Red Cliff for at least 18 months. They do not have to own property in either town, Ginn officials have said. Ginn would waive the annual fee for residents 65 and older.
If the Minturn Town Council approves the project, town residents could petition for a referendum in which they could vote to decide whether to annex Ginn’s resort, said Chairman Woody Woodruff of the Minturn Planning and Zoning Commission. Ginn doesn’t know exactly when residents could begin skiing and golfing. If Minturn approves the Ginn project, the golf course and ski area would follow “several years” later, saidGinn spokesman Cliff Thompson.Even if her kids grow up before Ginn builds its ski resort, Gustafson hopes that other children would get to ski there, she said. Vail won’t get any cheaper, she said.Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or email@example.com.