Resorts offer workers a warm welcome
December 12, 2014
With the ski resorts open and the town experiencing the annual transformation from the autumn lull into the winter boom, hundreds of seasonal workers officially are calling Park City their temporary home.
Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, the three largest employers of seasonal workers in town, are teaming up to ensure Park City also feels like home for the workers. They are hosting the third annual Park City Welcome Night for seasonal workers, an event that gives them a chance to familiarize themselves with the city.
The free event is slated to be held Dec. 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Park City Marriott.
Lisa Angotti, senior recruiting coordinator for Deer Valley, said there will be booths set up from several institutions offering information to the workers. Among them will be Park City Transit, the Park City Police Department, Planned Parenthood and the Christian Center of Park City.
"It is a chance for us to work together and be able to provide an event for all of our seasonal employees, where we can actually give them some good information," Angotti said. "If you’re coming from out of the state or out of the country, there are things that are going to be very different."
Many throughout the city are participating in the event, Angotti said. The Park City Chamber/Bureau has asked members to donate prizes for raffles, and many restaurants will be offering giveaways and discounts. A welcome speech from Mayor Jack Thomas is also on the docket. The goal is to involve the entire community.
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"Yes, the three resorts probably bring in the most seasonal workers, but it’s really for the whole town to come in and be part of it," Angotti said.
Angotti said the fact the three resorts band together to put on the event is unique. She has heard from people who have worked in the ski industry elsewhere that say resorts in close proximity are often fierce rivals. While there is competition among the resorts in town, they also enjoy working together.
"We work really closely with Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, because we’re all running the same circuits of recruiting," she said. "They are wonderful friends of ours. So for us to share in this event together and to help each other, it’s a great partnership, and we’ve always had that. It’s different in Park City."
That sense of camaraderie in town is not unique to the resorts. Angotti said one reason Park City is such a successful resort town is its willingness to welcome seasonal workers, who come from other countries and all over the United States.
"Park City is an amazing place because it is open-armed," Angotti said. "A lot of people who live here come from other places. So this seasonal group of people become our Parkites for at least four to five months."
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