Record editorial: Welcome back, ski season
More than a few Parkites have been counting down the days, but now the long wait is over.
On Friday, Park City Mountain Resort held its opening day, kicking off the 2019-2020 ski season. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders showed up to mark the festive occasion, all eager to get in their first turns of the season. And the celebrations will only continue, as Deer Valley Resort is scheduled to begin its season Dec. 7, while the action-sports camp Woodward Park City, a newcomer to the local winter sports scene, is planning on a Dec. 14 opening.
Even Mother Nature showed her enthusiasm, delivering a midweek snowstorm that couldn’t have come at a better time after weeks of warm weather raised concerns about whether PCMR would be ready to kick off the season. Seeing the week’s snow blanket Park City surely had skiers and snowboarders even more elated at the thought of hitting the slopes.
While it’s difficult to know this early how the season will unfold, it’s safe to say Friday’s merriment was just the beginning, a warm-up for what will hopefully be another stellar winter on the heels of last year’s record-setting season.
Of course, though, the return of ski season also brings the return of a few things Parkites are less excited about — like crowds packing into town and the associated congested roads.
It’s easy to become frustrated at some of the negative impacts of winter tourism — and officials in the city and county are right to make dealing with them one of their top priorities — but we urge Parkites to exercise patience and remember how lucky we are to have two world-class resorts that draw interest from people all over the world.
It can be difficult to share our community each winter, but the fact people want to vacation in the place we live says quite a bit. It means our home is pretty special.
That’s not so hard to keep in mind on the mountain during a powder day. It’s more difficult, though, when sitting in traffic on the way back home or standing in a long line at the grocery store.
We’d do well this ski season, though, to remember our good fortune at all times and enjoy the winter ahead.
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Our view: As Park City and the rest of Utah continue to attract more and more visitors from around the world each winter, the effects on our community will continue to grow.