I was at Copper on April 7, 2007, skiing with a few friends and enjoying the bands playing at the Sunstation event. I am sorry to report that this will be the last time I will be skiing at Copper, or any other Intrawest resort.
I have been a season pass holder at Copper for the last two seasons, but I saw a display of prejudice and ignorance this weekend, apparently endorsed by Intrawest, that has influenced my decision to take my business elsewhere.
Displayed prominently at each entrance to the Burning Stones Plaza was a sign stating a few simple Sunstation event rules, including: "No Firearms." While the other rules seemed reasonable enough, this rule is wrong for several reasons.
First, nothing is gained by asking law-abiding customers to disarm. Certainly anyone with nefarious intent will not mind ignoring the event rules. Even someone irresponsible enough to drink alcohol while carrying a gun is likely not interested in following Copper's rules. So, the only people with guns at the Sunstation event were likely people who wished to do others harm, or were indifferent about it.
Second, even if violent criminals do not come to free concerts in the mountains, the event rules gave petty thieves a heads-up: Everyone coming to this concert who carries a gun has been asked to leave it in his or her car. Anyone inclined to break into a car has a double incentive; they can hope to collect ski gear and guns. Thieves do not need added incentive to break into cars.
Lastly, the rule evinces an ignorance about firearms and the people who choose to carry them that offends me as a gun owner and an American.
When this rule is revoked and repudiated I will consider coming back to Copper and Intrawest. Until then I—and my friends— will be skiing and riding elsewhere.
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