Two season pass holders at Northstar have filed a lawsuit against the resort’s owner over new parking fees because they say they were unjustly imposed. SFGate.com reports North Lake Tahoe’s Northstar Ski Resort made the announcement in October that they would begin charging for parking at a lot near the premium parking area where fees already were in place.
Crystal Bay, NV attorney, Steven Kroll, and fellow resident Ronald Code filed the lawsuit in district court in Nevada in December alleging fraud and breach of contract against the resort’s Colorado-based owner, Vail Resorts. They argue they had already purchased their season passes when the new policy was announced, so they shouldn’t retroactively be subject to the fees.
“I was surprised as everybody had to be in discovering, after having purchased my season ticket for Northstar, that one of the main attractions was not there anymore. I believe if people can change rules in advance, they can’t do it retrospectively.” –Attorney Steven Kroll (79)
Kroll was also miffed Northstar has no refund policy for season-pass holders to get their money back. The new parking fees at the Village View lot are $10 daily Monday-Friday and double that on weekends and holidays. There is still free parking and a shuttle system available further away.
Attorney Kroll’s lawsuit states that if he and Code used their passes six days a week, they would end up shelling out an extra $2,000 just for parking. The lawsuit went on to specify that parking at the free Castle Peak lot would add waiting time in possible bad weather and danger of having to navigate “long slotted-steel stairways in heavy, clumsy ski boots while bearing their skis and any other equipment.” He asks that Vail be required to “specifically perform its obligation to provide plaintiffs free parking at the Home Run parking area for the 2019-2020 ski season.”
So what do you think of the lawsuit….bogus or legit?