PRESIDENT’S DAY: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT TO DO
dallin Blackhurst, Staff Writer
It’s that time of year where many students still can’t quite get over that Christmas Break is done and gone, and Spring Break is still not visible on the horizon. But fear not, because an oasis in this day-off desert is upon us. This Monday, the 18th, is the day that Lone Peak students use to do everything they didn’t do during Christmas: President’s Day. However, if you’re coming up short on ideas, then this is for you. This article will not only give you a little background on the day itself, it will also fill your President's Day weekend with wintertime fun.
An excellent way to spend President's Day weekend is actually discovering its history. Luckily, you don’t have to go far for that - your most important history lesson is right here. So let’s get started. It has always been on the third Monday of February. It used to be a day to recognize George Washington, but it later changed to President's Day in 1971. Believe it or not, the reason we made the holiday is so we could get more long weekends and work days off. They made it specifically in February because four presidents’ birthdays are in February: George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan. Even though the holiday is on the third Monday of the month, it never lands on one of their birthdays.
If you think President's Day is useless as far as doing anything worthwhile, then you are dead wrong. There are plenty of things to do during the long President's Day weekend besides watching your siblings go to their baseball and soccer tournaments. Most people seem to just use President's Day as another Saturday, but with a little extra spending money. Some people use President's Day as a family day, and justifiably so, as many parents also have the day off. And believe it or not, there are some people who actually use this day to get caught up on their homework (respect). But most people here at Lone Peak, and in Utah in general, are probably going to be skiing over the long weekend.
If you want to meet up with a lot of your friends on the slopes, you will probably want to go head up to the Alta ski resort. Alternatively (and unfortunately), if you would rather snowboard than ski, you may have a problem getting into Alta. The Alta resort, sadly (or happily, depending on your point of view), does not allow snowboarders to be on their slopes. However, If you still want to snowboard and have as much snow as Alta, a good substitute would be Snowbird; Alta and Snowbird are right next to each other. Their sides literally touch, and there is a gate that connects Alta and Snowbird at the top of the mountain. You’ll find a good mix of skiers and boarders here. But if, for whatever reason, you strictly enjoy being snowboarders (no judgment here, just love), then the only place for you would be Brighton, which is a snowboarding haven. They don’t kick skiers out, which is nice of them, so you will see some pow hounds, but not very many.
Thank goodness President's Day is a thing, or we would only have one long weekend until Spring Break, which would be, in a word, awful. This stretch of time would go down in history for most missing assignments at the end of a term if it weren’t for the occasional long weekend. And to be honest, we do have some pretty incredible presidents to actually celebrate, and it would perhaps be a good thing to get to know them a little better whole sitting by a fire after a day on the slopes
Have a fantastic long weekend, Knights!