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On the Vail Daily Web site, readers can comment on each story or editorial they read there.Here we publish excerpts of those comments:Re: Vail Mountain to open about 800 acresI was just reading your article and it hit a nerve.Alex Berghuis, who lives in Timber Ridge and is starting his first winter in Vail, said he was impressed with the portion of the mountain that was opening Friday.Who is this Alex Berghuis guy? At least A-Basin opens in October and doesn’t wait till the Texans and tourists think ski season should start.”It’s a good amount for starting, compared to A-Basin,” he said. “They only had one lift open.”I think Jeff D’Amico was the most accurate person interviewed. “Friday is going to be a madhouse. It’s going to get skied up pretty fast.”Top 10 reasons why A-Basin is better than Vail:1. A-Basin opens in October, Vail over a month later in November when the tourists start coming in and dropping bills.2. A-Basin closes in June, July or whenever the snow melts, Vail closes in April when the tourist dollars stop coming in.3. A-Basin’s base elevation 10,780 feet, Vail 8,120. A-Basin summit elevation is 13,050 feet; Vail’s is 11,570. (Higher elevation means better snow.)4. Vail $20 cheeseburger. A-Basin $5 cheeseburger.5. Vail, Pay $20 to park and walk a half-mile past all the conveniently located shops. A-Basin, free parking 35 feet from the lift.6. A-Basin, dogs welcome to hang out. Vail is a dog.7. Apres ski: 6th Alley Bar or bring your own to the state’s biggest beach party. Vail $8 beers and $30 martinis.8. Vail, mostly flat. A-Basin has East Wall and Pallavicini. (OK, I didn’t say all flat. Got anything close to Palli?)9. Vail, lots of $500,000 condos. A-Basin, no condos, just great skiing, although feel free to camp in the upper lot.10. Vail one-hour weekend lift lines. A-Basin one-minute weekend lift lines.How did I not work people skiing in fur coats into my top 10? Oh well, no contest. A-Basin is the legend and Vail is cheese. Thank God the courts wouldn’t let VOn the Vail Daily Web site, readers can comment on each story or editorial they read there.Here in old-fashioned print, we publish excerpts of those comments:Re: Vail Mountain to open about 800 acresI was just reading your article and it hit a nerve.Alex Berghuis, who lives in Timber Ridge and is starting his first winter in Vail, said he was impressed with the portion of the mountain that was opening Friday.Who is this Alex Berghuis guy? At least A-Basin opens in October and doesn’t wait till the Texans and tourists think ski season should start.”It’s a good amount for starting, compared to A-Basin,” he said. “They only had one lift open.”I think Jeff D’Amico was the most accurate person interviewed. “Friday is going to be a madhouse. It’s going to get skied up pretty fast.”Top 10 reasons why A-Basin is better than Vail:1. A-Basin opens in October, Vail over a month later in November when the tourists start coming in and dropping bills.2. A-Basin closes in June, July or whenever the snow melts, Vail closes in April when the tourist dollars stop coming in.3. A-Basin’s base elevation 10,780 feet, Vail 8,120. A-Basin summit elevation is 13,050 feet; Vail’s is 11,570. (Higher elevation means better snow.)4. Vail $20 cheeseburger. A-Basin $5 cheeseburger.5. Vail, Pay $20 to park and walk a half-mile past all the conveniently located shops. A-Basin, free parking 35 feet from the lift.6. A-Basin, dogs welcome to hang out. Vail is a dog.7. Apres ski: 6th Alley Bar or bring your own to the state’s biggest beach party. Vail $8 beers and $30 martinis.8. Vail, mostly flat. A-Basin has East Wall and Pallavicini. (OK, I didn’t say all flat. Got anything close to Palli?)9. Vail, lots of $500,000 condos. A-Basin, no condos, just great skiing, although feel free to camp in the upper lot.10. Vail one-hour weekend lift lines. A-Basin one-minute weekend lift lines.How did I not work people skiing in fur coats into my top 10? Oh well, no contest. A-Basin is the legend and Vail is cheese. Thank God the courts wouldn’t let Vail buy and ruin A-Basin like they did with Keystone.Let it snowI do not work for A-Basin and live in Denver. I ski at A-Basin and Loveland frequently for the reasons and many more listed above. Editor’s note: Obviously, it does not appear this commenter has actually been to Vail. And that’s fine. We like A-Basin, too. Re: Western Republicans have a few things to crow aboutThe people will see after two years of liberal Congress that they don’t have the answers either, perhaps even making things worse. Then in 2008, look for another Republican to be president. Politics are circular like that.ail buy and ruin A-Basin like they did with Keystone.Let it snowI do not work for A-Basin and live in Denver. I ski at A-Basin and Loveland frequently for the reasons and many more listed above. Editor’s note: Obviously, it does not appear this commenter has actually been to Vail. And that’s fine. We like A-Basin, too. Re: Western Republicans have a few things to crow aboutThe people will see after two years of liberal Congress that they don’t have the answers either, perhaps even making things worse. Then in 2008, look for another Republican to be president. Politics are circular like that.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO


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