The last several months have not been what we expected. The last few months have been just the opposite of what we expected!
When ski season was cut short, we took it on the chin, took a big breath, and looked toward summer for a fresh set of Adventures. When summer events started to cancel, slowly at first and then in rapid succession, we knew it was time to revamp our outlook for the year.
Park City is thought of as a premier ski destination with summer often overlooked. Locals are usually happy to keep it that way and often tell new residents that everyone comes for the winter and ends up staying for the summer! This year, with all the summer events, canceled even longtime locals look a little lost without some of the usual event crowds and summer traffic.
The unusual quiet and the lack of anything resembling a crowd can be a bit unsettling. Each year, when the ski resorts close and before the mud dries up, we have a few minutes to catch our breath before the next season starts. This year we’ve had nothing but time to catch our breath and its given time to enjoy a new perspective.
I can’t remember when the last time is that the Park City community as a whole has been so focused on our neighbors, the safety and well being of others; even at the expense of the revenue, our town relies upon to survive. We’ve slowed down and found creative ways to support our local economy and enjoy the summer with a bit of a renewed perspective.
The city has designated Main Street a pedestrian-only zone every Sunday, making it easier to shop and dine in a safe a socially appropriate way. Mountain Town Music developed the Door to Door Tour 2020 to keep live music alive in the community. Mountain Trails has continued to keep trails cleared and maintained to allow outdoor hiking and biking to continue. Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resorts both opened their summer season with limited services so families can play and enjoy the area without crowds.
Welcoming guests through these changes has felt a bit different. We’ve asked guests to keep their distance, wear masks, and use caution to keep our town healthy and safe. We’re a stand out in Utah because we have to be, we rely on the ability to open and to be open when the snow flies this winter. Right now we’ve learned to embrace the calm and the obvious change in the town’s energy this summer and appreciate the perspective it’s allowed us to share.
If you visit us this summer enjoy the changes and the new perspective it affords in a usually loud, busy world. If you’re making plans for the winter season, know that we will be here waiting to welcome you, even if things look and feel a little different from the last time you were here.