Park City's three world-class ski resorts have once again proven themselves to be unflagging engines of optimism. Their commitment and confidence, in turn, have lifted the whole community.
Against a backdrop of unpredictable weather and an equally uncertain economy, Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort have delivered another fun-filled, successful ski and snowboard season, much to the delight of both locals and visitors.
And don't just take our word for it. All three recently earned spots in Ski Magazine's Top 10 rankings.
The rankings, which are based on public feedback and compare all of the winter resorts throughout North America, are highly competitive. They measure everything from on-mountain food to kids' activities and ski schools and represent enormous investments of capital and energy.
The resorts' performance indicates that Park City's ski industry leaders have done their homework in the ever-changing, increasingly sophisticated tourism industry. In many cases they have been ahead of the curve in offering new types of terrain to accommodate the sports' newest disciplines.
But the season is quickly coming to an end. The resorts close on Sunday, so skiers can still get in a few last runs before officially putting the season to bed. A well-kept secret is that those last days are sometimes the sweetest, with the uncrowded slopes dominated by fellow ski and snowboard diehards.
If you do go up on the mountain to enjoy one last day in the clouds, we would encourage you and your pals to thank all of the employees who patiently loaded novice visitors onto the chairlifts, groomed the slopes in the dead of night, served burgers, mended cuts and bruises, and cleaned up after everyone, only to get up and do it again the next day.
They will be taking a much-needed break before revving up the lifts and restaurants again for the summer season.
In the meantime, we hope everyone will take a little time to decompress and pat each other on the back. It was a great season with spectacular special events and competitions, lots of visitors, and plenty of memories for the winter of 2012-13 scrapbook.