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Vail Daily letter: Beav’ parking suggestions

News of the epic and heartless decision to start charging for parking at Beaver Creek came out on Friday, and it ruined the weekend for everyone I know. Vail Resorts may think it is finding an incremental revenue source, but in reality what they did was shatter the local's winter paradise that was Beaver Creek.

The difference with paid parking at Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone is that there is ample free parking if you have the time and motivation to walk or ride a bus. This is not the case at Beaver Creek. There is almost nowhere to park in Avon. The few hundred spaces at Arrowhead will be seriously stressed, and I predict that they too will be off limits to locals within a few years.

There are threats of not buying a pass, there is talk of moving to a more local friendly ski town. I am not ready to give up on this paradise yet.

Vail Resorts: Prove you care about the community that keeps your resorts running. I offer the following three suggestions:

1. Offer free parking for cars with four or more people. Give us an option to not pay, save on the number of spots taken, and cut down on something you do care about, your impact to global warming. Imagine the effect of people carpooling from Eagle, Edwards, Eagle-Vail and even Denver.

2. Keep the rodeo lot free and open seven days a week, and improve the cadence of the bus.

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3.Offer $2 Eagle County resident parking for non-Saturdays.

Michael Ohmstede