Vail Daily’s View: An end-of -season ski hill blessing for Vail
Vail, CO, Colorado
A man outside an Avon coffee shop was one morning this week heard exclaiming gleefully how he’d spent the past five days on the mountain. He said he was headed back to work that morning, but it was clear with several days of skiing behind him, the work day go a little more smoothly.
The good news is that, like most of us, this exuberant local still had work and he still had a week or so left of some pretty good skiing, thanks to Vail Mountain and Mother Nature. The resort helped locals out by bringing back the Epic Pass and now the resort is helping a bit more by keeping more than half the mountain open until closing day.
The mountain has enough snow and Vail Resorts probably has more reasons for keeping 3,900 of its 5,200-plus acres open through April 19. But riding Blue Sky Basin on the last day of the season sure gives locals a nice boost.
Of course, it’s not just Vail Valley residents who have been beset by economic troubles, and our community may in fact be better off as a whole than most. But we’ve still suffered layoffs, foreclosures and closed businesses, and may well suffer more before the economy gets moving again.
Vail Resorts is sometimes viewed as an unfeeling corporate behemoth and while one of its top priorities it to make lots of money for its investors, it’s also clear the company takes it role as community leader to heart.
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While economic troubles, affordable housing and development disputes grab local headlines, we sometimes forget that skiing and snowboarding remain the soul of the Vail Valley. And hopefully, a little extra terrain on closing day can bring us all a little extra reason to think positively and look forward to a better economy and steadier work on the next opening day.
Vail Daily Editorial Board