Deer Valley Resort President and Chief Operating Officer, Bob Wheaton to Transition to Senior Strategic Advisor at Alterra Mountain Company

Todd Shallan to Assume Deer Valley
President/COO Role in September 2018

Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will be transitioning away from the position after more than 45 years in the ski industry and almost 38 years at the resort. Wheaton will move to an advisory role at Alterra Mountain Company in January 2019 where he will help guide the vision and future of the company.

“I feel so fortunate to have spent my career in this industry and especially at Deer Valley. It’s been one of the biggest joys of my life to watch it evolve into a place for both our staff and guests to create so many experiences,” said Bob Wheaton. “Together we created almost four decades of memories in these mountains. I am proud of what we have built here as a team and am grateful to leadership at Alterra Mountain Company for the opportunity to stay engaged and involved as I move into a new phase in my life.”

Stepping into the leadership role at the destination is Todd Shallan. Shallan has as a 35-year track record in the resort, hospitality and recreation industries. Todd is currently the Chief Operating Officer at iFly Indoor Skydiving in Austin, TX and was previously the Director of Asset Management for KSL Capital Partners in London. Prior to that, he was Vice President and General Manager at Hotel Del Coronado & Beach Village at the DEL in Coronado, CA. Other properties in which Shallan has held leadership roles include; Claremont Resort and Spa in Berkeley, CA; Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix and Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida. He began his career in hospitality with Westin Hotels and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company after graduating with a B.S. in Hotel Administration from Cornell University. Shallan will begin at Deer Valley on September 24, 2018 and work alongside Wheaton through the end of the year.

“There are a handful of ski veterans and true pioneers who have contributed greatly to our industry, and we have been fortunate enough to have worked with one of them since the starting months of Alterra Mountain Company. Deer Valley’s Bob Wheaton is one of those people, and today we announce his transition from Deer Valley President and Chief Operating Officer to Senior Strategic Advisor for Alterra Mountain Company “ said David Perry, President and Chief Operating Officer of Alterra Mountain Company.

“I could not be more excited to join the team at Deer Valley and to be taking up the baton from Bob Wheaton, a true legend in the ski industry,” said Todd Shallan. “The opportunity to lead an organization with a reputation and brand of this caliber is once-in-a-lifetime. Working alongside the teams at Deer Valley and Alterra Mountain Company, I look forward to continue building on the tremendous legacy of Deer Valley well into the future.”

Wheaton has been a part of Deer Valley from the beginning and has held a variety of positions. He was appointed General Manager in 1988, Vice President of Operations in 1989 and President in 1997. In 2015, Wheaton successfully led the negotiations and purchase of Solitude Mountain Resort by Deer Valley Resort Company, acting as their President until October of 2017 when Deer Valley was acquired by Alterra Mountain Company. Alterra Mountain Company purchased Solitude Mountain Resort in July of 2018.

In addition to his responsibilities at the resorts, Wheaton has been very active in community organizations during his tenure. He was a past member and president of the Board of Directors for the Park City Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau, as well as president of the Intermountain Ski Areas Association Board of Directors. He was a two-time past president of the Utah Ski Association and has served on the Board of Governors for the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Utah Symphony and Opera. Bob received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Intermountain Ski Areas Association and was awarded Park City Rotary Club’s Professional Citizen of the Year. In 2011, Bob was inducted into the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame. Deer Valley was a venue site for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, in which Wheaton worked closely with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee to ensure all facets of the events were carried out with the highest standards. Wheaton now serves on the Olympic Legacy Board and has been instrumental in Deer Valley’s reputation as a mecca for Freestyle skiing by hosting over 20 Freestyle Ski World Cups and three World Championships. Under Wheaton’s leadership, Deer Valley not only earned a spot in the top three ski resorts in North America as voted by the readers of SKI Magazine for 20 consecutive years, the resort was also voted the #1 overall resort an unprecedented eight times.

Originally from Michigan, Wheaton is a graduate of Macomb College and has been a certified ski instructor since 1976. He currently resides just outside of Park City in Woodland, Utah with his wife Marion.

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Deer Valley Concert Series: 7 Tips For First-Time Concertgoers

The saying for Park City locals is, “I came for the winters but stayed for the summers.”   

The mountains come alive with music in the summer at the Deer Valley Concert Series. 

Here’s why:

Crisp mountain air and blue skies

An outdoor amphitheater with great performers

Great food and good friends

With a formula like this, what else do you need?

If you haven’t been, there are a few things you can do to make your concert experience a fantastic one.  

Here are seven tips for first-time concertgoers:

Come early and relax.

The doors open a few hours before the show starts so rather than rushing at the last minute, come early and enjoy. Sit down on your blanket or lay back in your chair and enjoy the blue skies, clouds over head and the crisp mountain air.  

Visit with friends or make new ones, since many concertgoers are from somewhere else even if they now live in Park City!

Bring low chairs or a blanket for lawn seating.

There are three types of seating: Reserved Seats; General Admission Floor; and General Admission Lawn. The lawn seating is divided into two sections: blankets or low chairs.  Lay out your blanket for you and your friends. Or bring low chairs (less than nine inches at the base) this way everyone can see well and enjoy the concert.

Low chairs can be rented on a first-come first-served basis upon arrival at the Snow Park concert venue.

Remember, every seat is a front row seat. 

Don’t stress about where you sit. No matter if you are front and center, or sitting at the very back of the hill on a blanket, you are able to hear and see well. The sound system projects well in the open air of the amphitheater. 

Order ahead for food pick up or grab a bite at the concert.

Great food makes your outdoor concert experience better. Deer Valley Concert Series has a lot of food options:

Bring your own picnic or order a Deluxe or Gourmet Picnic Bag at least one day prior and pick it up at the concession stand on your way to your seats. Concertgoers love to spread their feast out on a blanket to enjoy

Order from the concession stand online during the show right from your seat using this link, using the @DeerValleyResort Instagram account or download the ChowNow app and then head to the concession pickup station (no lines!) 

Hit the food trucks. This year Deer Valley has added another concession option with Jamaica’s Kitchen, conveniently located in the venue.

Bring layers to stay comfortable in changing temperatures. 

The mountain temperatures drop a bit when the sun goes down. Concertgoers start out in t-shirts and tank tops, then add a light shirt or sweater and eventually throw on a sweatshirt or light jacket.

Wear sunscreen and bring a hat. 

That’s right, even to an evening concert!  At Deer Valley Resort, Snow Park Lodge is at an elevation of about 7,200 feet.  The sun may not go down until 8:30 p.m. so come prepared for sun.

Bring a light rain jacket or poncho in your bag, just in case.

Even on sunny evenings, pop up rain showers are not uncommon.  When a few drops of rain hit, you’ll see locals pulling out some light rain jackets for a few minutes. When the cloud passes you can put them away.

Oh, and one more thing, dance like nobody’s watching.  Because they aren’t! They are dancing, too.

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2018/2019 Skier Services Reservations and Ski Lift Tickets Are Now On Sale!

It may be summer but we are always thinking about winter! Reservations for lift tickets, ski school and equipment rentals are now available. Buy Lift Tickets In Advance and Save! New this year, enjoy savings on lift tickets during non-holiday periods when purchasing online at least three days prior to your first day of skiing. Pre-purchased

Deer Valley Resort Vying for Distinction of United States’ and World’s Best Ski Resort

The voting window is officially open for Deer Valley Resort to once again achieve the title of United States’ Best Ski Resort. Deer Valley has garnered the prestigious accolade the past five consecutive years, and if won again, the resort will be in the running against other country’s winners for the World’s Best Ski Resort.

High West Spirit Garden and Live Music Lineup Announced for Savor the Summit

The Park City Area Restaurant Association’s (PCARA) annual Savor the Summit presented by Sysco will feature the High West Spirit Garden with live music on Saturday, June 16, in addition to the event’s signature “Grande Table.” “The High West Spirit Garden and live music acts are great additions to Savor the Summit’s Grande Table experience,”

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