December 9, 2003
It’s all bad, bad, bad
Regarding Bob Louthan’s letter to the editor dated Dec. 2, let us review, shall we? You don’t know Adam Aron. You love the job he’s doing. You love the company he runs. You own zero stock. Yeah, that makes sense. Your item number one, managing a company in this economy, is very, very difficult, blah, blah, blah. Well, our current economic times probably fit somewhere in the middle of the macroeconomic spectrum. Your comment regarding timely diversifications could easily be argued that Vail Resorts is overpaid for underperforming assets that have and will under-perform their own opportunity costs. As far as on the mountain skiing experience, where the hell have you been skiing? The market is overrun by discount, down-market bargain hunters who are squeezing out our alpha customer to the detriment of every business in town. Prices are so easily cut and so easy to raise that Vail Resorts profit margins are shrinking faster than a porn star in an ice cold bath. Unfortunately, many of us have assets here in the valley that are negatively affected by Aron’s ineptitude. Number two, his performance is judged to be above average by people more experienced, blah, blah, blah. Sounds introspective to me. Giving Aron credit for equity appreciation on how Vail Resorts books its own asset valuations is as funny as saying Aron is responsible for the macroeconomic and demographic realities that he’s had zero to do with, but have kept his company afloat for the real estate division. Your item number three, your comments regarding Vail Resorts as a local employer were so lame as to not warrant any further comment. Your item number four, where the hell were you when Vail Resorts filed for federal bankruptcy protection in the early 1990s? It doesn’t cause a crash in the local economy, to the contrary, that period was far better than the current one. Your item number five, you were right again there, Mr. Aron is not a skier, nor does he look like a skier. He has zero ability to ever relate to his employees or guests’ expectations of his product. That’s unfortunate in a business that has to rely so heavily on its entry level employee for its customer satisfaction. Adam Aron’s job does not require a rocket scientist’s mind. It demands leadership skills and charisma. Adam Aron is no Jean Claude Killy in those areas, either. Mr. Louthan, you’re a believer, plain and simple, and no spring chicken, I suspect. Hopefully, someone will set your alarm clock and sometime soon you will wakey, wakey and smell the Yuban, take a long drink of it, and thank God you don’t have to go to work for Vail Resorts. I’m out.
Tide is coming
Regarding “Scapegoating”: Marty Lich sounds like a refugee from California’s chaos. Me too. You mistake describing reality for finding someone to blame. And just who will you blame when Colorado’s population doubles in the next 25 years and triples in the next 25? It’s not who you will blame, but just the sheer numbers that destroy your quality of life. Linda.
Sending funds home
Re: Grocery store Western Union money transfers, workers send 80 percent of their paycheck home to Mexico. Out of an $800 paycheck $500-$600 is sent home, per the article, thus leaving $200-$300 to live on – food, doctors, car insurance, utilities, etc. Doesn’t pencil out very well. Hopefully the Vail Daily real thinkers will add 2 plus 2 and see it is negative H.M.