The Park Record editorial, April 11, 2009
April 10, 2009
Up until now, a lot of Park City students were looking at a grim spring break. All three area ski resorts were scheduled to close Sunday, the day before the school district’s one-week vacation.
What a bummer!
But late Thursday afternoon, Park City Mountain Resort officials looked at all of the fresh snow that had accumulated over the last two weeks and decided it would be a shame not to make the most of it. After crunching the numbers, taking a quick count of how many employees could stay on for another week, and trying to explain to their own kids why the lifts were coming to a screeching halt a day before their spring break, they decided to stay open for another week.
In the old days, Utah ski areas used to vie for bragging rights as the last mountain to close which meant a season pass could be good right through June. But as the resorts got bigger and more expensive to run, many decided it made more sense to pick a closing date and, snow-willing, stick with it. This year, all three Park City area resorts picked Easter Sunday as their closing day.
But then, this spring, it snowed, and snowed some more. At the same time, local parents and kids began to realize that because of the late Easter, if they wanted to ski during spring break, they’d have to go somewhere else!
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So, on behalf of those families, and everyone who loves spring skiing, we’d like to thank PCMR from the bottom of our ski boots for deciding to stay open through April 19.
the way, PCMR is also offering discounted lift tickets to season pass holders and employees at Deer Valley and The Canyons so it promises to be a wonderful ski week for locals.
Take advantage of the unexpected bonus and, while you are there, be sure to say thanks to the PCMR staff who agreed to stay on the job a little longer to make it possible.