Vail Daily editorial: This is what we do |

Vail Daily editorial: This is what we do

the Vail Daily Editorial Board

By most accounts, the recent Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend was a resounding success. The valley was blessed with new snow, and that, combined with a three-day weekend, brought sizable crowds to the valley.

Best of all, a very busy weekend is just another day at work for the many people who make the Vail Valley experience look so easy. Those people deserve our thanks.

These are the people commonly known as “front line” employees, from lift operators to store clerks to people at hotel concierge desks.

The people who keep the lift lines moving deserve special thanks this week. While there were long lines at lifts out of Vail Village and Lionshead Village over the weekend, those lines, by most reports, moved quickly. That’s a credit to Vail Resorts’ spending on what it calls uphill capacity. Gondola One out of Vail Village was claimed to increase capacity by 30 percent from the old Vista Bahn lift. But a lot of credit is due to the people who get people into the gondola cars.

Thanks, lifties!

Thanks, too, to the people who work for the town of Vail. The town’s bus system Sunday carried more than 27,000 riders that day, about equivalent to the number of riders on an average New Year’s Eve. That’s a lot of riders and, surely, a lot of “does this bus go to … ” questions.

Those who spend their days in the ticket booths at the town’s parking structures have to answer their share of questions as well.

As this editorial is being written, few, if any, discouraging words about all those front-line people have been phoned or emailed into this office. And when something goes to pot, people do call.

Beyond the front-line employees, there are a number of people who work behind the scenes to make the Vail Valley a welcoming place. Somebody has to plow and shovel snow, maintain equipment and handle the countless tasks that make a ski day at Vail enjoyable.

Those people all did their jobs, and yes, it was relatively easy to go seek out all the powder that graced the hillsides.

None of this is a one-time thing. The people who make a ski day — or a ski vacation — easy take their jobs seriously and work like crazy during the busy season. The fact these people mostly do their jobs with a smile is a testament to the fact that one of our valley’s top products is fun, and we get to live here.

Well done, everyone. And now it’s time to get up, put on hats, boots and gloves and do it all again.

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