Deer Valley A-Z | Park City

Artsy, eclectic and with a small ski town vibe, downtown Park City is just over a mile from Deer Valley Resort. The historic mining town provides guests with the perfect combination of culture, gastronomy, camaraderie, and nighttime fun in one of the country’s best ski towns.

Gaining world-wide acclaim during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Park City was actually one of the few Utah towns established by non-Mormons. It all began in the late 1800s when prospecting miners struck silver in what have become the town’s ski areas. The town quickly boomed with schools, businesses, saloons, and a newspaper (The Park Record) that still exists today.

The town’s 27 saloons portrayed a rebellious vibe, but soon after the mining boom, skiing took center stage. And while things are less raucous than during the mining days, Park City is now home to over 100 bars and restaurants.

No matter how long your stay is at Deer Valley Resort, a trip isn’t complete without a visit to Historic Main Street. Stroll past the world-class art galleries, peruse a few shops and stop by a café, or enjoy dinner and then have a drink at one of the after-dark clubs. It’s the buzz of a big city with a small, ski-town vibe.

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For Beginners: The Best Way To Start Your Ski Season

On your first ski day of the season, do you expect yourself to be as good as your last day of last season?

Over the past five years, I’ve made the same mistake on my first ski day out every single ski season and I’ve ended up feeling frustrated. I’m probably not alone in this. Maybe you’ve made the same mistake I have.

Even though I had eight months off, I expect to go out on the first day and just pick up where I left off! Each season, I learn new skills and last season was no exception. Last spring, I worked on carving wide turns on my edges. Halfway down the run, I’d stop and look back up at my tracks, checking for even, S-shaped parallel lines.

After eight months off, do you really think I’d go out the first day and pick it right up? Rationally, of course not. Actually, (I have to admit) yes, I did!

This phenomenon of mental comparison is not limited to skiing. I remember when my husband, Jay, first taught me to play golf. Though extremely patient with me, he was constantly frustrated with his own golf game.


You see, he’d been a six handicap (that’s really good, by the way) when he was younger and played regularly. Then he’d given up golf for 15 years and started back up when he met me.

In his mind, he still expected to have a low handicap all of those years later. After every drive off the tee box, I could hear him mutter under his breath in frustration. I looked on and saw a thing of beauty in his drives compared to mine, as my ball limped down the fairway. Though he was helping me, he certainly wasn’t having any fun himself.

Once he realized he was comparing every golf stroke to the top of his game, he updated his expectations for his golf game to meet where he was in life. As his “inner game of golf” got better, his outer game got better and he enjoyed playing more.

As skiers, we can make the same mental shift; this is important especially when we are beginners, advanced beginners, and intermediate skiers. Early on, we don’t have the years of skiing experience and the muscle memory when mastering new skills.

This year, it finally dawned on me to start my season with a “warm-up, get the kinks out, and enjoy my day” kind of day…or first few days. Instead of comparing my skiing in my own head to my very best day of skiing, I decided to focus on the basics on my first day out. To me, basics mean relaxing on my skis, looking down the hill (instead of down at my skis in front of me) and leaning down the hill.

Instead of self-imposed expectations of “the perfect turn” on my first day out, I enjoyed feeling the wind on my face, taking familiar runs and simply experiencing the thrill of being out on the slopes again. This way, my first day out was fantastic and I capped it off with a big bowl of Deer Valley Turkey Chili at Silver Lake Lodge.  

Whether you are coming to Deer Valley Resort for a week or for the entire winter, be sure to have a great start to your ski season. Remember, every day is a great day when you are skiing.

Nancy L. Anderson, CFP is a financial planner in Park City, Utah who learned to ski at age 50. Find her money tips on her blog Acres of Acorns, and Forbes.com.

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Deer Valley A-Z | FIS Visa Freestyle World Cup

For over 20 years, Deer Valley® has hosted elite international competitions, including events during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Returning this year is the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, an event that has become a staple for guests and locals to come together and cheer on the athletes under the lights. All events are free

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Jason MasseyGreat place to work, a gem of a place to ski. For the geography of the location, its laid out better than any others in the area. Hands down.

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Deanna SharpYikes, what an incredible face you have, my Deer!

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Maxine DaughtryMy Favorite Ski Resort , need to go back soon. 😎

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Martha BurlesonLive in Tn,,,but have too in Utah,,,,love the place,,,

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