25th Anniversary of Celebrity Skifest

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Deer Valley Resort is pleased to announce the 25th annual Deer Valley® Celebrity Skifest that serves as the resort’s launch of ski season. Held Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2016, the invitational ski event pairs former Olympic ski legends with television and film celebrities for an exciting weekend of skiing, live music and fundraising for Waterkeeper® Alliance; the largest and fastest growing non-profit solely focused on clean water. With over 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and affiliates around the world, Waterkeeper Alliance helps to defend communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water—from law-breaking polluters to unresponsive government agencies.

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“We look forward to celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest and Deer Valley’s opening weekend for the 2016-17 season,” said Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley Resort president and general manager. “Our long-standing partnership gives Deer Valley the opportunity to support a valuable global cause. We are proud of our connection with Waterkeeper Alliance.”

Eric Schramm Photography 2013

The Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest event kicks-off on Friday, December 2 with a Celebrity Poker Tournament where players can up the ante in support of clean water to win incredible prizes. The event continues on Saturday, December 3 at noon with a Pro-Am giant slalom race on Birdseye ski run with sponsors, celebrities and Olympians followed by a Pro-Am awards ceremony. Saturday evening will feature a Waterkeeper Alliance gala dinner and benefit auction at the DeJoria Center in Kamas, Utah followed by a concert with Multi-Platinum Entertainer, Dierks Bentley. The Celebrity Skifest race will take place at noon on Sunday, December 4 also located on the Birdseye ski run. The races are complimentary to the public and can be viewed from the Silver Lake area at mid-mountain (please note if skiing to the races a Deer Valley lift ticket will need to be purchased). All proceeds from the evening events throughout the weekend benefit Waterkeeper Alliance. Skifest has helped raise more than $6 million for Waterkeeper Alliance since the partnership began in 2006. The weekend’s races will be broadcast the following Sunday, December 11 on CBS at 5 p.m. EST (please check local listings).

Eric Schramm Photography 2013

Some of the best-known legends of U.S. skiing are scheduled to compete in this year’s event, including Steve Mahre, Jonny Moseley, Tommy Moe and Deer Valley’s own Ambassador of Skiing, Heidi Voelker. This year’s group of celebrity Skifest supporters include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Cheryl Hines, Pierce Brosnan, “Papa John” Schnatter, Marcia Gay Harden, Mark Fuerstein, Dylan Bruno, Amy Brenneman, Larry David and JB Smoove. Previous celebrity guests have included Academy Award-winning actor Glenn Close, Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, Paul Mitchell Systems President John Paul DeJoria, Grammy Award-winning artists Miranda Lambert, Mary J. Blige, Lady Antebellum, Train, Melissa Etheridge, and musical stars Natasha Bedingfield, Gavin DeGraw, Gavin Rossdale and James Blunt.

Eric Schramm Photography 2013

The Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest is presented by JUMA Entertainment. For more information on the event visit dvskifest.com and follow #DVSkiFest on social media.

Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement uniting more than 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol and protect nearly 2.5 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. For more information please visit: www.waterkeeper.org.

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Ted Ligety, Deer Valley Resort's global athlete ambassador, training on Mountaineer ski run earlier this month.
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Steve KuehnTed Ligety....one of the greatest world class skiers on earth skiing at my favorite place on earth!! Thank you!! What great technique, balance, speed, carving and weight on downhill ski!!!😀😀😀❤️❤️❤️😀😀😀😀😀

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Steve KuehnI wish I could ski that well!! I am good and focus on the basics and technique, but I am nowhere near that good....Heaven on earth to me is skiing and / or teaching people to ski every day!!

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Lisa K SimpkinsNo wonder my favorite run was closed 2 weeks ago. He was going so fast I never saw him.

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Patricia Wollerok, maybe he goes a little, just a little faster than I... one think is certain, that is one of my favorite runs!

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Laura Nolle SpurlinEmily Spurlin Abby Spurlin this is my favorite run "mountaineer" !!⛷

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Tom ThomasVery impressive, Patty must be proud.

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Ted ForbesBill Mitchell I think you can take him

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Hideko ShimabukuroOMG that's so fast...! Made me dizzy watching it. 😅

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Dan PeoplesBill Liguori this looks a lot like Marc D. Lewis without the aqua green, one piece jump suit.

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James EvansLooks fantastic there at Deer Valley --- look forward to a Huge Season for Ted in 2017 / 2018 as well as the Winter Olympics . . .

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Effie Baramso rad having the mountain totally to yourself....VIP treatment

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Nikki GraceI want to go. Just not that fast.

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Miguel CamposRenzzo B Namuche ese weon skia igual a mi csm jajaja

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Barbara JonesThis is one of my favorite runs at Deer Valley!

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Kirk HoffmanI've skied that, but not quite in the same way!

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Joseph HamiltonJet propulsion?

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Michael O'SullivanYeah, and I would be just ahead of you 😜

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Karl ByrneThe true mountain sport, pure speed

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Arlen Gilbertpretty much how I imagine I look when I ski.

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Rachel O'SullivanMichael O'Sullivan this is what I look like on that run

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Billy GlosWayne Wilkinson is that you?!! Crazy!

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Elizabeth HaleIt even feels fun 😁😁

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Leigh Gallagher WaltersWow

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Damian Benitez VillegasAmazing race Miguel.

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Dienna Armstrong LehnerDon't forget to duck😜

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