April 12 2008, 8:01 AM
Vail Chamber and Business Association Executive Director Kaye Ferry says attracting more Front Range skiers to the Eagle County resort would be a bad thing.
"They're paying $2,500 a night for a room, and then they're fearing for the lives of their grandkids when they go skiing over Christmas," Ferry said of Vail's traditionally upscale, destination clientele. "Throughout the history of (Vail) we have appealed to exclusivity. The only people we let up there during Christmas are the ones with the big homes and their ski instructors. We had eliminated the Front Range riff-raff, and all of a sudden we're selling a pass that's to the masses."Ferry has a history of controversial remarks, but has remained head of the chamber for 19 years. Understandably, her latest pronouncement has sparked a firestorm of reaction, which Colorado Confidential summarizes here.