The Park Record editorial, March 30-April 1, 2011 | ParkRecord.com

The Park Record editorial, March 30-April 1, 2011

For local skiers, bonus week is sweet

Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons have generously decided to keep their lifts running a week longer than originally planned. Instead of closing April 10, both will be open through April 17. The announcements have put a new spring in the step of hundreds of locals, many of whom have been working too hard this winter to find time to get up on the mountain.

While it is likely the two resorts will see some additional business during the season extension, the main benefactors are local pass holders. Most destination visitors make reservations months in advance, and though a few might take advantage of special late-season deals from April 10-17, most of the faces on the slopes will likely belong to neighbors and coworkers.

The bonus week is a great way to celebrate a bounteous snow year and several hard-won signs that the economic recession is on its way out. Park City businesses enjoyed a busy holiday season followed by a well-attended Sundance Film Festival.

Now it is time for local residents to remember why they moved to the mountains in the first place.

The extra ski week coincides with Park City High School’s spring break another happy coincidence for young skiers who might have spent their vacations sitting at home playing Xbox if the lifts had shut down.

The extra ski days at Canyons will be especially sweet for those who were disappointed when the resort postponed its opening day at the start of the season. Construction delays on some of the new lifts irked those who were itching to ski in early December. Hopefully the unexpected week in April with a substantial base of snow will make up for it.

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Deer Valley, as is its tradition, is holding firm with its April 10 closing day, but Park City Mountain Resort is offering Deer Valley pass holders a special discount. That way no one needs to feel left out. In the meantime, Canyons is already enticing skiers and snowboarders to start thinking about next year with discounts on 2011-12 season passes.

With a few more La Niña storms in the system, spring skiing may actually last through May, but thanks to Canyons and PCMR, those who want to enjoy the sunshine won’t have to hike. They can ride the lifts in style.

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