Thank you to all who will work on Thanksgiving in Grand County |

Thank you to all who will work on Thanksgiving in Grand County

In the rest of the world, Thanksgiving is a day off – the beginning of a four-day, family-filled, turkey-sandwich weekend.

But for many residents of the tourist based mountain economy, Thanksgiving is just another day on the work schedule.

Those Thanksgiving families need someone to fit their boots, slow down the lifts, clean their condos, feed them and entertain them.

So, this holiday, we would like to give thanks for all the people who will punch the clock on Thursday.

Thank you to the lift operators who smile on Thanksgiving as they pull back the chair one more time and say, “How’s it going?” or “Here you go.”

Thank you to the baristas and servers and bartenders who smile and ask, “Where are you folks from?” and then answer all the questions about the area, acting daily as individual information centers for all things Grand County.

Thank you to the housekeepers who make the beds and wash the towels while everyone is out skiing.

Thank you to the retailers who stay open so that the Winter Park T-shirts and the wooden moose statues are available for impulse purchase.

Thank you to all the convenience store employees who stand behind the counter every holiday for those who need last minute milk for mom’s Thanksgiving dessert recipe.

Thank you to the firefighters and law enforcement officers who will eat Thanksgiving dinner out of Tupperware dishes at the station, listening to the football game with one ear and dispatch with the other.

Thank you to the ambulance drivers who stay on call through the holiday.

Thank you those who staff the emergency rooms on Thanksgiving, ready to treat all those all those early season ACL tears.

And, last but not least, a thank you (from this editor) to the newspaper staff who will work late on Thanksgiving night to ensure that the football scores and stories of that day make it into Friday’s paper.

These are the people who make the Grand County wind-up toy work; the people who keep our economic engine moving that allows us to live in this remote and beautiful place.

For that gift, we are thankful.

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