Guardsman Connection To Be Renamed “Wheaton Way”


By a unanimous vote, members of Park City Council approved the official renaming of Guardsman Connection Road to “Wheaton Way,” in honor of Deer Valley Resort’s former President and Chief Operating Officer, Bob Wheaton.

Bob Wheaton accepts the road sign to Wheaton Way.

The renaming of the existing public street, in the vicinity of Deer Valley Resort, was recommended by the Park City Area Lodging Association and approved by the elected officials at the City Council meeting on December 20, 2018, in order to publicly honor Wheaton’s decades of community contributions and retirement.

“There is no one more deserving of this prestigious honor than Bob Wheaton, whose impact on our community and the international ski industry will be felt for generations to come,” said Andy Beerman, Park City Mayor. “On behalf of the Park City Community, we couldn’t be prouder to bestow this recognition to a man who has dedicated his life to his love of the outdoors.”

Bob Wheaton, Edgar Stern and Stein Eriksen at Deer Valley Resort

In nearly 40 years, Wheaton has been an influential figure in the ski industry as well as the greater Park City Community. He was appointed Deer Valley’s General Manager in 1988, Vice President of Operations in 1989 and President in 1997 where he skillfully led a world-class organization with a personal and professional reputation for honesty, integrity and humble leadership.

Under his leadership, Deer Valley earned a spot in the top three ski resorts in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine for 20 consecutive years and had the prestigious privilege of being a host venue during 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 years of Freestyle World Cup and World Championship events.

Bob Wheaton skiing at Deer Valley

Wheaton has been very active in community organizations during his tenure at the resort. 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 and a two-time past president of the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association. He has served on the Board of Governors for the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Utah Symphony and Opera.

In addition, Wheaton has also received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Intermountain Ski Areas Association; the Park City Rotary Club’s Professional Citizen of the Year award and was inducted into the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame in 2011.  

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 then purchased Solitude Mountain Resort in July of 2018. Bob Wheaton retired from his role as Deer Valley’s president and COO and transitioned into an advisory role at Alterra Mountain Company in January 2019.

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7 Tips for Ikon Pass Holders at Deer Valley

The Deer Valley Difference. What is the difference? It’s the groomers who work all night to create the boulevards of corduroy for which Deer Valley is known. It’s the hair-raising vertical in the Daly Chutes and the perfect glades in Triangle trees. It’s finding your own powder stash days after a storm. But don’t take our word for it: Come ski it for yourself.

Below are seven tips for first time Ikon Pass holders at Deer Valley. Have a tip? Leave it in the comments.

Before you Arrive

1. Make a Reservation

To help ensure a quality ski experience, Deer Valley limits the number of skiers on the hill daily. To guarantee access, guests must have either purchased a ticket in advance or, in the case of our Ikon Pass holders, made an advance reservation. Deer Valley typically sells out during the December and Presidents’ Day Weekend holidays so reservations are necessary during these periods. Reservations are highly recommended throughout the season.

2. Check Lodging Packages

Deer Valley Resort Lodging and Reservations offers the widest variety of accommodations in the resort area. We specialize in customized vacation planning including lodging, lift tickets, transportation, travel insurance and more.

In addition to our online packages, we may also offer packages that are only available by calling our reservations center. For questions regarding all package offers, please call and speak with one of our on-site Vacation Planners at 800-558-3337 or 435-645-6528.
Once you Arrive

3. Go to a Ticket Office Window

Deer Valley is not “direct to lift”. You are required to stop at a Ticket Office window to have your Ikon Pass scanned to receive a valid lift ticket.

4. Take a Complimentary Mountain Host Tour

Enjoy the company of our friendly Mountain Hosts every day of the winter season for an enchanting ski tour of Deer Valley Resort. You’ll learn about the resort’s terrain, history and trivia while discovering new runs and secret powder stashes with the locals who ski them. Four complimentary Mountain Host tours are offered each day, departing from Snow Park and Silver Lake Lodges, and are available to skiers of intermediate and expert abilities.

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Expert tours meet at 9:30 a.m. at the base of Carpenter Express chairlift at Snow Park Lodge (base area) and 1:30 p.m. from the base of Sterling Express chairlift at Silver Lake Lodge (mid-mountain).

Intermediate tours meet at 10 a.m. at the base of Carpenter Express chairlift at Snow Park Lodge (base area) and 1:30 p.m. from the base of Sterling Express chairlift at Silver Lake Lodge (mid-mountain).

 5. Don’t Miss the Famous Deer Valley Turkey Chilli

Make sure to try the famous Deer Valley Turkey Chilli, available around the resort. Try it on french fries, a baked potato, nachos or a traditional bowl with delicious toppings.

6. Leave your Skis in our Complimentary Ski Storage

Whether you’re stopping for lunch or calling it a day, ensure your skis and poles are secure with our complimentary daytime and overnight ski storage, offered at four convenient locations throughout the resort. Complimentary daytime and overnight ski storage facilities are open daily at Snow Park Lodge, Silver Lake Lodge and the Jordanelle Express Gondola. Daytime storage is also available at Empire Canyon Lodge.

7. Ski with a Champion

Deer Valley Resort’s Ambassador of Skiing, Heidi Voelker, invites you to ski with her or one of six other Olympic snowsport athletes. Our athletes are available to ski with individuals, families and groups for exclusive half- and full-day memorable adventures at Deer Valley Resort. The Ski With A Champion experience includes access to the ski school lane at all chairlifts. The experience is not a lesson. Participants must be at least 7 years of age; children 12 and under are required to be accompanied by an adult. For more details and pricing visit, deervalley.com 

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Deer Valley Resort Earns 2018 Best U.S. Ski Resort by World Ski Awards

Deer Valley Resort, the standard for first-class service in the ski industry, holds its streak as the 2018 Best United States’ Ski Resort by this year’s World Ski Awards for the sixth straight year. The recognition was announced at the World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony at the esteemed winter destination of Kitzbühel, Austria, on November 17, 2018.

Deer Valley Dine About Menus

The Park City Area Restaurant Association welcomes locals and visitors to its sixth annual “Dine About” October 1 – 14, 2018. Twenty-four Park City area restaurants offer menus of seasonal two-course lunches and three-course dinners during the two-week dining event for a notable discount. Deer Valley Resort has two restaurants participating in the 2018 Dine About, Deer

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