Sugarbush is one resort with one lift ticket.
Not entirely accurate. There IS a separate ME only ticket.
Also, the people at Ellen are some of the most pleasant and kind at Sugarbush. I have never had any issues over there, only good times and good people. They have never had an issue with people coming over. They have issues with people saying that their mountain is not good enough and it should be changed. Now some change is good but homogenization is not what is needed.
Agreed 100%. ME has a nice laid-back vibe. SB87 may find this hard to believe, but that character actually appeals to certain people. If you turn ME into LP 2.0, you may "spread people out", but you'll also lose some people that like ME for ME (and could also see the sales of the ME season passes decline as a result). So ultimately you have a net gain of 0, spent millions, and now have pissed off some locals. Doesn't sound like a particularly good decision for a business.
And you're absolutely right that you can make some changes to improve things without going anywhere near to the degree of what was done at LP. Smaller, gradual upgrades would go over just fine. LP 2.0 would not.
You know, I don't know why I am arguing about this. They are never going to to anything. At least no time soon so keep wishing. That will be the fact Jack!