Well I was going to let this die but since you feel like intruding on my first amendment rights by telling me to shut up & no body cares I think I will rebut.
Hey, Max, just wanted to let you know that First Amendment rights only protect your speech from the government, not your fellow citizens.
United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendment One: wrote:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
As you see, there is no reference there regarding the interactions of private citizens with one and other.
So for the $5.00 increase for this years lift tickets, what additional features does Mammoth give us for this to justify the increase? That $5 alone would take care of those extra employees. ...(rant)... I'm just saying..... This can only make it better for the local MVP card holders.
I beg to differ. Mammoth has the right, and the expectation from their shareholders, to make a healthy profit every year. Breaking even on upgrades is not good enough for a business. In Capitalist economies, businesses exist to make profits... those that do not make profits fail. I do not want to see Mammoth fail as a business because it would be devastating to the regional economy. Do I think it sucks that ticket and pass prices rise every year? Yes, but it is a necessary evil.... and if you don't like paying $92 (or however much it is this year) per day, buy a season pass... or ski June (and buy a season pass there, instead).
If you are a former local who grew up in the area you might remember a Mammoth of yore, with Dave McCoy at it's helm, but don't forget the infamous "Black Monday" incident because the resort was practically insolvent and nearly went belly-up. In today's economy similar circumstances would likely shutter the resort and cause it to be sold.
Finally, don't forget that Mammoth builds new chairlifts and has to maintain aging infrastructure... That costs money. Cloud 9? It wasn't free. Ski lifts don't maintain themselves, their parts don't get cheaper, and electricity rates are on the rise. Employing people in California is not cheap and the price of having employees generally raises year after year. Further, they pay their employees a fair wage for the area, make benefits available, and single-handedly drive most of the local economy in the winter.... and from what I understand most MVP holders aren't "locals".
Basically, fishrdi, things are more expensive as time progresses. I think Ms. Pamela Blythe put things into perspective succinctly:
^I guess I don't really understand why people think prices will never rise. I received an increase at work this past year, and I expect one next year. My job hasn't changed, nor has the amount of hours I put in. I assume that most people get increases each year, unless they are at minimum wage (and even then there are increases, just not always yearly). Wages increase, expenses increase and in turn revenue needs to increase in order to maintain a profitable business. I have no idea what it costs to keep the stomping grounds open, but I do know that if the revenue they generate from it doesn't cover the costs, you won't see as a permanent fixture.