Most Resorts Enjoyed a Busy Holiday Weekend

Most Resorts Enjoyed a Busy Holiday Weekend

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Utah ski resorts are enjoying a successful season and nearly all reported a strong turnout for the Presidents Day weekend.

"Monday was the busiest day we've had all year," said Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort spokesman Dave Fields. "The four-day weekend was up at least 5 percent over last year, and it's the best Presidents Day weekend in five years. We're seeing a really strong mix of locals and out-of-state visitors. Hotel occupancy has been at, or very close to, (full) all weekend."

Solitude Mountain Resort spokesman Jay Burke said, "We anticipated near capacity crowds for the mountain -- and that is exactly what we've experienced."

At Park City Mountain Resort, the high-speed Silverlode Lift broke down, resulting in long lines at Payday and Bonanza lifts.

Still, it was "a lot shorter than what we have out East," said skier Bob Place, 51, of Boston.

Brian Head in southwestern Utah didn't share in the other resorts' success.

Crowds were lean, "due to inclement weather in our primary market areas of Las Vegas and southern California," said spokesman Craig McCarthy. "That likely discouraged some (potential) guests from making the drive."

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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