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Student to Student

Waking up to the promising sound of avalanche bombs on the weekend is a wonderful feeling.

Listening to the same sound from behind the restrictions of dark classroom walls during the school-week is not quite as wonderful. Sitting inside on a beautiful winter day, it’s hard not to gaze out the window and envy the tourists up on the slopes.

But when locals do get out and happen to mention to any out-of-towners on the lift that they live here, the vacationers are instantly jealous.

They know that Park City is a "fantastic place to ski" as visitor, Mike Toppa of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida says. And that’s why they’re here.

"It’s so different [from back at home] . . . The contrast is great" says Toppa. Many people love Park City for the change of pace which this small resort town offers.

"Being in the chairlift with the beautiful view and then zooming down the mountains . . . there’s nothing else like it," Toppa explains. We locals know it too.

What visitors might not think about, however, is the difference between living here and being on some kind of long term vacation here. While those visiting on vacation get the entire week to ski or board, we locals must go on with our everyday lives of school and work.

However, all the weekends and breaks and sick days that locals can take do add up to a satisfactory amount of time "being outside, getting away from the office, getting exercise" and enjoying the natural beauty, as Park City local, Mitch Cohen describes.

"I’m so green with envy," Park City vacationer, Jeff Goldstein of Los Angeles, California, admits regarding his jealousy of the locals. In addition to the resorts, Goldstein mentions the restaurants, the scenery, and the atmosphere as a few of Park City’s best characteristics.

"The people here are so proud of where they live," Goldstein goes on, "and that pride really shines through."

Of course we’re proud. Even if we do have to go to school and work and meet all the obligations of daily life like people everywhere else, we can still recognize the awesomeness of our home town, Park City, Utah.

"It’s a great place to visit," says Goldstein.

"It’s a great place to live," says Cohen.

Goldstein and Cohen are both right. Park City is a great place, no matter how much or little time you can spare to enjoy it.

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