I came across an article that says there are numerous cities across the country that pay people to move there. Baltimore gives you several years of exemptions from property tax, cash for moving expenses, and so on. Tulsa, Oklahoma, offered a cash payment of $ 10,000 to move there. I was there. $ 10,000 is not enough. Not nearly. But it was an interesting contrast that there are places where they are so economically troubled that it is reasonable to pay people to move there.
Park Record columnist Tom Clyde.
I don’t know of any city that does the opposite, but if Summit County issues a bond to pay people to leave, I would vote for it. You don’t necessarily have to move to a place as depressing as Tulsa. Wherever they move is none of our business. But if they are interested in leaving we should be ready to help with moving costs. It’s cheaper than the school loans that are on the way for all three of our redundant school districts. The water and sewage rates are increasing and all county roads are being rebuilt to accommodate our current rate of growth.
The idea of paying people to leave came to me while standing on a 37 minute elevator line this week to get on the Orange Bubble chair on the Canyons side of PCMR. It’s apparently spring break across the country, and people who would probably be happier on the beach are here. They spend a ton of money which ultimately pays off for most of what we enjoy. So we should be nice to our valued customers. It’s generally easy, but quite difficult when the base of the resort is completely overcrowded.
With the precautions of the plague, there are plenty of empty spots going up the mountain. Reduce elevator occupancy by half and double the elevator lines. There’s no way around it. “
The Park City base has plenty of lift capacity to take skiers up the mountain. But you have to be there the night before to find parking. The canyons side has a huge parking lot (which actually fills up and spills sometimes) and two very inefficient paths up the mountain. In the best of circumstances, it’s a goat rodeo. With the precautions of the plague, there are plenty of empty spots going up the mountain. Reduce elevator occupancy by half and double the elevator lines. There’s no way around it.
The switch to daylight saving time always messes things up. At this time of year, the snow takes a while to soften. We compensate for this by tweaking the clocks so that the sun barely rises when the elevators start turning. The adjustment for this is to start skiing around noon. Starting from noon seems lazy and ambitious and guarantees nothing productive to get done all day. But the corn ripens around noon and the skiing is almost as good as powder for a couple of hours. So we started at noon. The compromise is parking.
I think there is always the alternative of arriving late and parking in the park and ride lot and taking the free, frequent and efficient shuttle bus to the base of the resort. Except that after a decade of parking nightmares at Park City base, there aren’t any. The Ecker Hill property is 15 miles from me. So we parked in canyons.
There was no line at all on the convertible. “Cabriolet” is a French term that translates as “we built the base in the wrong place”. But things crashed completely up on the plaza level. There was absolutely no interest in taking the gondola, vaccinated or not. The line there seemed to be well over an hour. We went down to the Orange Bubble chair. We were actually heading in that direction before discovering that we were already on the elevator line when we got out of the convertible. I timed it, and from the minute we officially got to the back of the row until we got up in the chair, it was 37 minutes. Short by Colorado standards, but not what we’re used to here. The interesting thing is that after leaving the base there was no crowd at all. We got into the chair on every run with Super Condor and had some excellent skiing opportunities. Maybe everyone was at Tombstone, or the entire mountain is big enough to put people out once they get over the design flaw at the base.
Deer Valley announced on its website that the resort was “sold out” this week. I went skiing there for a couple of days. The parking lot didn’t fill up, there was a little queue at Carpenter (it was pretty bad at 9am as I was told) but we got multiple lifts to the chair on almost every run. Last week when things weren’t sold out the place was gill to the gills with very long lines and terrifying traffic flow in some places. So I don’t understand what was going on in Deer Valley. Perhaps the “sold out” warning is a much-needed brand repair that is convincing Salt Lake Ikon Pass holders not to come during peak season. If so, it worked.
Anyway, Tusla is quite nice this time of year. Just saying.
Tom Clyde practiced law in Park City for many years. He lives on a ranch in Woodland and has been writing this column since 1986.