We have it on good authority that more Utahns choose to honor their past presidents by going skiing than by any other observance - even shopping.
This Presidents Day was no exception. Ski resorts were crowded Monday with folks who wanted to take a couple of runs in memory of George and Abe."We've all been busy, busy," said Gayle Coop, manager of the Snowbird ticketing department. "We're excited."
"Generally, Presidents Day is one of our better days," said Solitude's Leslie Barker. "We don't have a count yet, but it's a good day,"
Presidents Day is traditionally the third busiest day for the resorts that draw local skiers, like Alta. "Christmas, Thanksgiving, then Presidents Day," said Chick Morton, president of Alta Ski Lift Company
But Presidents Day can be the busiest day of the year for resorts that draw skiers from out of state. "We are as busy as our prime Christmas Days," said Chet Schneider, director of public relations for Deer Valley. "It's a big vacation for California schools. Since most of our business comes from California, we fill right up."
Deer Valley was packed Monday. The Deer Valley slopes can handle 4,000 skiers. "We're near capacity," Schneider said.
It's been a strong year for local ski resorts, but an early Easter may cut down the spring skiing. "Skiing won't be strong later in April - as it usually is - because Easter is in March," Morton said.
"It does affect the bookings," concurred Denise Sobczyn of Snowbird.
Sunny weather could also drive away skiers.
"The business we have in April depends a lot on how the weather is in the Salt Lake Valley," Morton said. "If it's springtime down there, they don't come up. If it's stormy down in the valley, they come up."