ski patrollers make the mountain safer. Like… a lot. BUT, I do not believe the park city patrollers have a leg to stand on. I’ve been reading a lot into this and vail is looking to set precedent here, and they hold the cards. Yes, the ski industry is understaffed, but working at a ski resort is a rich kids game, and from vails perspective, why should it change? Plenty of companies rely on churning and underpaying lost college hires, especially in finance, so why does Vail of all places need to provide long term careers?
I don’t think PC would close due to a strike. Your epic pass contract is robust and if you die on the hill, welcome to Europe. It’s your call, make the decision not to ski if it’s not safe, I think Vail will survive.
let me reiterate that I don’t like the situation, and patrollers should strike or quit if they think it’s a good move. I do believe that Vail can operate without patrol a lot better than you think they can. They are in the business of getting you into hotels and restaurants, not providing you with your favorite double black chute open. They are more than happy to shit down runs, you already booked your flights (and 95% of you would do so next year)