Thank the guys behind the scenes for a great ski season
Old Man Winter didn’t particularly live up to his part of the bargain this season, but snowmakers at the local ski areas made up for it in spades.
With its reputation as a great ski/snowboard town still glowing from the 2002 Olympics and an aggressive state and local marketing campaign, Park City looked to the sky to provide the final component for a perfect winter. But when the early season snowstorms petered out, resort-staff ingenuity took over.
Each night during that wicked cold snap in January, when the town’s guests were safely tucked into their condos, an army of snowmaking experts and snowcat drivers headed up the mountain to ensure that the next day of skiing and boarding would be as good as, if not better than the last.
Then in February, when it seemed as if an entire winter’s worth of snow was being dumped out of the sky all at once, a fleet of groomers and ski patrollers worked around the clock to make the runs smooth and safe.
Now with spring hustling its way into town, the resort’s mountain maintenance efforts are really paying off. Thanks to their wise hoarding of both natural and manmade snow the base layers are holding and happy sliders are swooshing down the runs in shirtsleeves under bluebird skies.
The result, with less than a month to go, looks like another record-breaking season. That also means that this year’s statewide marketing efforts along with the ski areas’ investments in snowmaking have paid off for the entire community. The restaurants and shops have been busy and lodging owners have been welcoming new visitors throughout the season.
Local ski area operators and plenty of season pass holders are hoping for at least one more snowstorm before the resorts close for the season on April 15, but for the time being those hard-working snow maintenance guys deserve a good night’s sleep, and maybe even a day to enjoy the slopes that they have kept in perfect shape this winter.
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