Times may be hard in some parts of the country but this resort is having its biggest holiday season ever.
GV-President in ski-lift waving to the Camera
GV-Betty Ford walking in the village streets
GV-skiiers preparing to get on ski-lift
MV-Ford walking down the slopes
CU-Mayor or Vail (3 shots)
GV-mountains covered in snow (3 shots)
GV-skiiers queueing to take back skies
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: SKIIER-We planned this vacation in June we didn't know he was coming.......... the children enjoyed seeing him.
SEQ. 6: WOMAN-We were here last Christmas, so we planned to come back this year, before we knew he was coming
SEQ. 7: MAN-We just wanted to be here because we knew he was here.
SEQ. 8: WOMAN-We just wanted to do some skiing plus the fact that he was here ...we wanted to be some place where he had been.
SEQ. 9: GIRL-My mum and dad didn't know he was coming they just came to ski.
REPORTER-But even if President Ford isn't the main attraction, town officials are gla??? glad to see him here.
SEQ. 12: MAYOR-He's an avid skiier..............certainly pictures of the snow and the President skiing are as fine a publicity as we could get.
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Background: Times may be hard in some parts of the country but this resort is having its biggest holiday season ever. The presence of the first family has not hurt business. The President has been a familiar figure on the slopes.............................
..........but year round residents say business would be booming even without the Fords. Most of the vacationers we talked to vade here to ski.