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Staffing solutions unclear to Park City Chamber Bureau as busy ski season looms

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Echoing the voices of concerned business owners, the Park City Chamber Bureau CEO warns that local ski resorts may be facing a staffing “crisis” amid a busy winter.

With the chamber reporting hotels quickly getting booked up for the holidays and winter months, local resorts can expect big crowds of people hoping to hit the slopes - and the restaurants and bars.

According to Park City Chamber Bureau CEO Jennifer Wesselhoff, there’s still concern about how well staffed businesses will be to accommodate those crowds.

“We’ll have some improvement, compared to last year, but still, I would say it’s nearly crisis mode at this point. It is a serious issue, not just for Park City but nationwide,” she says.

Wesselhoff says some relief will come with the arrival of international students to work on J-1 temporary student visas.

In a typical year, as many as 1,000 or more come to work in town. According to reports of limited affordable housing locally, they may face challenges securing places to live this year.

Deer Valley is scheduled to open to skiers Saturday, December 4, and Park City Mountain hasn’t announced its opening day yet. The resorts haven’t told KPCW how fully staffed they are heading into the winter.