Colorado Resort Reservations Could Mean Backcountry Crowds This Winter
After Vail Resorts on Thursday announced its plan for a reservation system this winter at its North American ski areas, members of Colorado’s backcountry winter sports community raised concerns about how the new program will affect crowds on public lands.
Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz said in the announcement that “everyone who wants to get on resort chairlifts will be able to” for the “vast” majority of days during the season.
But some backcountry ambassadors like Jon Miller, the founder of Backcountry United, believe there will be a cascading effect from reservation systems like this. Miller said he understands the situation Vail Resorts is in and gets the potential liabilities of hosting resort skiing during a pandemic. But he believes skiers and snowboarders will find the way “with least friction” to send it, like water will always find the path of least resistance downhill.