For the Record: Should the ski resorts extend their seasons?
Each week, The Park Record asks For the Record, encouraging residents and visitors to weigh in on a topic of interest. This week, as the winter winds down in Park City, we’re pondering the possibility of extending ski season just a *little* bit longer. Both Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort are currently scheduled to close April 7, so we asked people if they were in favor of the resorts staying open later. Comment with your own answer below, or consider sending a letter to the editor.
Brady Meek, Provo
“Absolutely. I want to ski longer and get my money’s worth out of my season pass. I love spring riding and if they’re spraying a little bit of snow at the bottom, I’d love to go longer.”
Jessica Miller, Brooklyn, New York
“Absolutely, if the weather permitted it. I’m from New York so we don’t get a chance to go so late in the season, but it’d be really fun if the weather permitted and we could come out in April or May and ride.”
Richard Colton, Waterford, Michigan
“It should open longer. Spring breaks for kids and college students are spread out over such a long time. Some start in February and some go through the end of April. It has to be a game-time decision depending on the weather.”
Camila Saseain, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“I’m leaving the 29th anyway, I couldn’t extend my (J-1) visa due to my university letter. (My classes started) this week, so we can only stay in the exchange program as long as your university letter says that if you start (classes) on a certain date, you cannot work if you are supposed to be at college.”
Rob Costa, London
“Sure, as long as you can. When you hear places like Mammoth can stay open until the Fourth of July, you’re like , ‘God, might as well try and get in as much of the season as you can.’ As long as the conditions held.”
Bambi Knight, Old Town
“We used to be open until the end of April and even May. We were open as long as we had snow. Sure! That’s what we’re here for, right? What else are we gonna do with it?”
Quotations have been edited for clarity and length.