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In todays Salt Lake Trib, there's a story about resorts worrying about not seeing many skiers, not only due to the Olympics,but a backlash of September 11.
Here's the story from www.sltrib.com


Managers of Utah's ski resorts are being cautious as they begin hiring thousands of seasonal employees for this winter.
In addition to the usual uncertainty about when snow will arrive, this year they must factor in the Olympics, the impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on tourism and the effects of the nation's economic slump.
"Anyone who says they aren't uncertain, concerned or nervous would be telling a little bit of a fib," Mark Paterson, director of human resources at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, said Friday.
Because of the uncertainty, he said the 1,200 to 1,300 seasonal employees needed by Snowbird will be hired in carefully planned phases as the season progresses.
"Instead of hiring 10 people in one area, this year we might start by hiring only seven until we know we need the extra two or three," said Paterson.
A similar approach is being taken at The Canyons, said Brenda Moss, director of human resources. She said The Canyons expects to be busy during the Olympics and managers are going to need their normal 800 to 900 seasonal employees for everything from washing dishes, to loading chairlifts, to teaching skiing.
But the starting dates for some jobs could be pushed back if the outlook for the rest of the season doesn't improve.
Deer Valley Resort is taking a slightly different approach, said recruiting manager Rich Jensen. About 1,500 seasonal employees will be brought on following the normal schedule, but they are being warned that the number of hours they work could be trimmed back if tourists decide to stay home.
"This season is an unknown for us," said Jensen. "We're trying to stay calm and see what's happening. Hopefully, things will change."
One benefit of the weak national economy and layoffs in other industries has been a surge in applications for seasonal jobs in the ski industry.
"It could be a full-time job just answering my e-mails," said Jensen, referring to the flood of applications coming in over the Internet. "The last few years have been kind of lean, so it has changed a lot."
Moss also has been seeing more applications this year.
"If we can find them jobs, we'll do it," she said.

post #2 of 5
TR, tell them to hold on, I'll be there in March

And if Rod @ park city would get back with me, i'd like to bring my company out there in early Feb as well. Guess we'll see. Thanks again for that info on people to call in DV
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Well we plan to travel and ski, but where are the bargain fares?? I'm seeing no diffrence in fares (over last year) to most ski destinations, and at the moment am not even seeing fares as good as last year's to SLC. Has that airline bail-out backfired on consumers?
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I agree JW. I keep a close eye on air fares since i travel so much and i just haven't seen these big discounts everyone is talking about. I did luck up and find a one day sale it seems on a ticket to SLC for $198 in march. They are cheaper if you want to go by like Jan 15th, but I don't. I think the hotels that are losing money need to lobby the airlines that are losing money to help each other out and get the consumer back on the road for some vacation time.
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I have to disagree with the article. I just called to check some hotel rates for Jan 23rd at the Crystal Inn - Midvale and they are totally booked. Plus the MicroInn in Sandy, where we stayed last year for $50 is now $130. I don't understand how they can say that they are having trouble filling rooms. But it could be high prices.

My $.02.

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