I would like to thank the Utah lawmakers for lowering the state’s DUI level to .05 percent.

A group of friends and I have been skiing the various Utah resorts around Super Bowl weekend every year for over 20 years. Had Utah not lowered its DUI level, we once again would have spent four days skiing and spending money around Salt Lake City.

Over the last year, I read newspaper articles online which said that Utah lawmakers didn’t expect to lose any tourist business due to the law change because they figured most skiers don’t drive anyway. Those ignorant comments gave us the incentive to see where else we could spend our vacation dollars.

We ended up booking a condo in the beautiful town of Canmore, Alberta. It’s less than an hour from the Big 3 Ski Areas of Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise and Mount Norquay. The cost for this trip was at least 30 percent less than our normal trip to Utah. The skiing was fabulous, and the hospitality was second to none.

I may miss skiing in Utah someday but, when I can save more than 30 percent in Alberta, it’s going to be hard to return. Especially with the new anti-tourist laws.

Brian Peterson, Burnsville, Minn.