Editorial: A ski season to be especially thankful for
Park City Mountain, under the mantle of Vail Resorts, has rolled out the white carpet for this weekend’s grand opening of its newly connected terrain. With an infusion of $50 million in upgrades, including a new gondola that bridges the formerly bifurcated terrain, Saturday’s ribbon cutting is being touted as a historic event giving Park City bragging rights as the biggest ski area in the United States.
And just a stone’s throw from Main Street, Deer Valley is also preparing to embark on a new venture. On Saturday, Solitude Resort officially begins its first season under Deer Valley’s ownership. Plans are to extend Deer Valley’s reputation for exceptional service over the summit and to upgrade many of Solitude’s dining and lodging amenities.
As for its holdings on this side of the Wasatch, Deer Valley employees are busy tuning up its chairlifts in anticipation of a Dec. 5 opening.
Park City, the town, is also feeling bullish about the coming winter season with good reason. Local business has been on the rebound and, after months of dodging jackhammers and construction cranes, scaffolding is being peeled back to reveal a cornucopia of new developments from Old Town to Kimball Junction.
There is a lot to be thankful for this year. Park City has been experiencing the kind of robust economy that many communities can only dream about. Thanks, in part, to careful planning, investors and entrepreneurs have been quick to participate in the local boom.
While some are shaking their heads over Park City’s preseason hustle and bustle, their complaints, for the most part, are what we call "First World" problems. Yes, there are challenges associated with success — affordable housing, environmental sustainability and traffic to name a few. Noisy construction sites are aggravating, and seeing townhouses pop up on formerly sage-covered hillsides can bring on waves of nostalgia. But the alternative a stagnant economy with rising unemployment and vacant building lots is much more serious.
Today, as the resorts celebrate their achievements and local businesses unveil their new merchandise, take a moment to be grateful that we live in a thriving community.
But today, let’s revel in the present. The 2015-16 winter season is about to begin and there is snow in the forecast next week. We are thankful.
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