I really appreciate the resorts for going to the trouble to open this weekend. It can't be easy.
One of my favorite things about closing week is to ask every employee I interact with "where you headed to next week?" Everybody is going somewhere. The seasonal workers are all heading home. The year-round folks are heading to Moab, or the beach, or to meet their girlfriend's parents in South Carolina. They are all burned out and ready to get out of there, and it shows.
With everyone leaving I can't fathom how they can scrape together enough employees to get the lifts turning and make us burgers for lunch. Before complaining about limited terrain and an experience that's not quite ideal, please consider the efforts these folks are going to just to open up.
Exactly. It is no small feat to be able to re-open on short notice. They pretty much have to stick to a closing date to the logistical challenging of staffing and maintaining mountain operations.
Granted, this week a lot of mountain staff would still be working with all of the post-season clean-up and putting the area "to-bed" Hence they will be doing that anyways in the areas not re-opening.
In Summit County, its Spring Break week for the schools too, so a lot of full-time residents with children leave town for the week. Plus, the out-migration of seasonal residents is well underway. Sometimes they've already started other jobs for the summer, since their employment was expected to be over for the season.