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Stop the SKI Tax

Posted on: February 10, 2009 8:42 pm
 

For those of you that live in New York and Ski, snowboard or do other outdoor recreational activities, the stupid governor of this state has decided to propose a 4 percent tax on all lift tickets, lessons and other outdoor activities.

 

Please show some support for stopping this tax and visit the site  http://www.stoptheskitax.com/

 

This is a total bs tax and it needs to be stopped before it is passed.

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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2009 9:30 pm
 

Stop the SKI Tax

Does that tax go to Colorodo or is Vail keeping it. The tax goes to the town of Vail, not the ski area.  I'm not sure what they do with the money but Vail got 3 million from the tax in 2007.

If you're going to tax beverages, tax them all. Amen.

how big was the mountain? I've seen them go in anywhere from half a mile to two miles (horizontal) and up to 1000 feet vertical.  Where I've seen them is on steeper back country trails used for telemark skiing with clear open lines through the trees and one mountain without any trees.

i'm in good shape but its just the fact that you're dressed for sub zero weather that makes the sweat pore off of you. When I go back country skiing I layer my clothing and wear a lighter layer going up (fleece jacket or vest) and bundle up coming down.  This is easier to do in clear weather because in a blizzard you have to wear your waterproof layers to keep from getting soaked.

Once again good luck fighting the tax.




Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2009 7:04 pm
 

Stop the SKI Tax

Vail already has a 4% ski area admissions tax administered to lift tickets and passes.

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Does that tax go to Colorodo or is Vail keeping it.  I'm fine with rates going up if the mountain is getting the money because each year new things are added and improvments are made.

 

 

 

 

governer has his own agenda.

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Yeah, he's trying to come up with ways to get rid of the 15 billon dollar debt we have.  The other tax that is almost as irritating as this is the tax that makes you pay an additional 18 percent (I'm not positive on the exact rate but thats close) on all non diet beverages.  If you're going to tax beverages, tax them all. 

 

 

Or if the tax passes you can board in another state if it's cheaper.  Here in Colorado there are good deals to be had on season and multi-day passes.

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I'll be ok with the cost going up but its the people that don't come that often or come out of state for a vacation that I'm worried about not coming.  Thats a lot of potential business lost.  There's a lot of great places to ride in New York, it would be a shame if people stopped coming because of this garbage tax. And this tax could be passed at the exact time that our season passes and ticket packages go on sale which could severely reduce the amount that are sold, and where I board, theres future plans for more trails and another high speed quad so we need all the money we can get.

 

 

 

 

I've seen people snowshoe up a mountain and snowboard down

 

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how big was the mountain?  I was hiking up part of the hill earlier in the year when the lift lines got ridiculous and I just wanted to work on a few features in the terrain park.  Just walking 1 or 2 hundred feet up the hill was hard, i'm in good shape but its just the fact that you're dressed for sub zero weather that makes the sweat pore off of you.

 

 

 

 




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2009 12:18 am
 

Stop the SKI Tax

Colorado mountain towns are pushing for a lift ticket tax.  Vail already has a 4% ski area admissions tax administered to lift tickets and passes.

There has also been a discussion about imposing a tax on drivers that use I-70 (the main highway to most of the ski areas) to access the mountains during peak hours.  The mostly 4 lane divided highway gets rush hour traffic jams on busy winter and summer weekends.

A couple of heavilily used back country areas have started charging entrance fees by the forest service.  Vail Pass which is a popular snowmobile, snowshoe, and back country ski area charges a use fee during the winter months (I only end up skiing there about once every 4 years).  Brainard Lake Recreation Area which is used for hiking, camping, and fishing charges a day use fee during the summer months.  It is also heavily used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and I forsee them charging fees in the wintertime (I ski there 4-5 times a year and dont hike there since they started charging).

Good luck fighting the tax.  I feel it should be used for access to the ski areas via road improvements but I'm sure your governer has his own agenda.  If you want a good workout I've seen people snowshoe up a mountain and snowboard down.  Or if the tax passes you can board in another state if it's cheaper.  Here in Colorado there are good deals to be had on season and multi-day passes.  I'll stick to the back country skiing as long as it's free and I don't have to battle the I-70 traffic.



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