Thanks for Another Great Season!

It is hard to believe that our 30th winter season has just come to a close.  Thank you to everyone who visited this year!

Deer Valley Ski Patrol on Closing Day (photo: Matt DeWaard)

If you made it up here over closing weekend, you know that the snow conditions actutally felt like mid- January.  The season ended with back-to-back powder days!

Our summer season of lift-served hiking, biking and scenic rides is scheduled to begin on June 17 (conditions permitting). We will keep you updated on summer operations as there is still A LOT of snow that needs to melt. The resort closed on Sunday, April 10 with an impressive snow base depth of 132 inches!

In the meantime, you can still enjoy some of your favorite Deer Valley foods.  Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe is staying open year-round and will continue to offer a changing daily selection of freshly-made on-site and to-go items throughout the spring and summer.  Hours will be expanded to 8:30 p.m. to include dinner service during Deer Valley’s summer season.  Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe has a beautiful deck overlooking the Deer Valley duck ponds and will continue deck service throughout the spring and summer as weather allows.

Deer Valley Grocery~Cafe

 

Thanks again for a wonderful ski season!

Weekend in Photos

 Were you able to enjoy the 8″+ of powder on Saturday?  Or the the sunny afternoon on Sunday?

If not,  here are some photos of the conditions at Deer Valley over the weekend:

Flagstaff Mountain at Deer Valley- December 11, 2010

View of Empire from the top of Flagstaff - December 12, 2010

Happy Skiing!

December: Snow, Deals & Events!!

Where do I even begin with what is going on at Deer Valley these days.  Since opening a week ago the conditions have been fantastic and so have the deals.  The Mariposa is still running their 2 for 1 on entrees until December 17.  It is a great treat if you have not been before or if it has been a while.  If you missed our $30 lift ticket this week in honor of our 30th Anniversary all I have to say is I am sorry… but I hope really hope you were able to take advantage of that deal!

 There is a lot going on at the resort this month starting this Sunday, December 12: Utah Winter Games Learn to Ski Clinic. First-time skiers are taught basic skills in a group lesson format. Small classes are organized by age and ability, participants must be eight years or older.  Monday through Friday, December 13 – 17: Mahre Training Center Ski Camp.  This five-day session, conducted in part by Olympic medal winners Phil and Steve Mahre, provides fundamentals to all ability zones. It includes six hours of daily instruction by Deer Valley’s top Ski Instructors, indoor sessions, unique Mahre Training Center progression, video and other amenities. On Friday, December 24: Santa Claus will pay a special visit to Deer Valley Resort. Santa will be visiting with guests in the Snow Park Lodge area from 9 to 11 a.m. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Santa will visit guests in the Silver Lake Lodge area. Guests are invited to bring a camera and have their picture taken with Santa.  Then on Thursday, December 30: Deer Valley’s annual Torchlight Parade.  The Torchlight Parade will be held at approximately 6 p.m. (dusk) on Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain.  Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served.

As I mentioned early the skiing has been really great this year with all of the early season snow.  I got out of the slopes today which will be one of my only a handful of days this season.  I am expecting my second baby in February so skiing will be limited.  But, I am sure glad I got out to take a few runs the snow was coming down and the conditions where great.  They are calling for close to a foot of snow over the next couple of day so come on up and enjoy some turns!

45 Day Countdown!

We have had an amazing fall here in Park City with some unbelievable colors.  I can not believe how long the leaves have hung in there.  I am personally waiting for those temperatures to drop and hopefully we will see some snow on the peaks.  It is crazy to think but we are only a little over a month from opening.  For those of you who have not purchased your season passes don’t forget that October 31 is the early season deadline. For those of you wanting to join our Locals Coupon Book program first-time participants must purchase their Coupon Books by November 30.

Before we open for the ski season we have some of our usual great fall events coming up.  Two not to miss are the “Transylvania Tea Party” blood drive and the Navajo Rug Show.

Friday, October 29: Employees of Deer Valley Resort will host the “Transylvania Tea Party” blood drive, a Halloween season tradition. The Transylvania Tea Party Blood Drive was started seven years ago by Deer Valley staffers who wanted to help local health care facilities augment their blood supplies. Members of the public are also warmly welcomed to donate blood at Deer Valley on Friday, October 29, 2010. The Transylvania Tea Party Blood Drive will take place Friday, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Snow Park Lodge. Current Deer Valley staff is being encouraged to participate in full force, and the Blood Drive is open to any community members who wish to donate blood. Walk-ins are accepted, but community donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 435-645-6654. Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday – Sunday, November 12 – 14:  The 21st Annual Navajo Rug Show & Sale.  This year’s Annual Navajo Rug Show will celebrate 21 years of bringing Navajo Elders to Park City to share their culture and sell their rugs. The Elders and their families travel from different parts of the Navajo Reservation and while at the Rug show demonstrate skills such as carding wool, spinning yarn, weaving rugs, and singing traditional songs for school children and the public. A benefit fundraiser takes place on Friday night from 6 to 10 p.m. at Snow Park Lodge and will feature a rug preview and sale, live auction of donated items and packages, entertainment and hors d’oeuvres.  The Rug Show and Sale continues on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Admission to the Rug Show on Friday night is $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12, and on Saturday and Sunday is $5 cash and/or $5 worth of donated canned goods per day. For further information on the weekend activities please call 435-649-0535 or visit the Adopt-A-Native-Elder website.

Keep thinking snow!!

Fall Colors & Season Passes!

Now that fall is officially in the air it is time to start thinking about skiing.  I can not believe that snow has already hit the ground and we are just a few months from opening.  If are getting as excited about the season as I am I wanted to remind everyone that the early season deals end at the end of October!

Season Pass Options

Full Season Pass: A Full Season Pass permits unlimited skiing without restrictions even during holiday periods. The pass is non-transferable. Pass options include: Adult, Senior (65+), Teen (13-17), Child (4-12) and Tot (1-3). Pre-season discounts apply if purchased by October 31, 2010. A Tot Season pass is complimentary with the purchase of a Adult-1 Season Pass.

Midweek Season Pass: Permits unlimited weekday skiing excluding the holiday period of December 26, 2010 through January 1, 2011. The pass is non-transferable. Pre-season discounts apply if purchased by October 31, 2010.

Hospitality Pass: Provides all the convenience of a Full Season Pass with the additional bene fit of being transferable between family members, friends or business associates.

Locals Coupon Books: Anyone with a current Utah driver’s license is eligible to participate in this program. You must present current proof of Utah residency (Utah ID) each season.  Without a Utah driver’s license, a photo ID accompanied by a current Utah property tax form, Utah utility bill or Utah business paycheck stub in your name will be accepted. For those new to the program, books must be purchased by November 30, 2010. If you are already in the Locals Program, you may make your initial purchase of 2010/2011 Locals Coupon Books any time prior to, or during the season. Please note: During the December holiday period (12/26/10-1/1/11), Locals Coupon Books are only valid at face value with an upgrade to the holiday ticket rate of $94 for adults and teens and $60 for children. During the Presidents’ Weekend Holiday (2/19-21/11), this discount does not apply. An upgrade to the daily ticket rate of $90 for adults and teens and $56 for children will be required.

Great Lunches for Less: A discount Lunch Card is available exclusively to current Deer Valley Locals Coupon Book and Season Pass holders. Use it any time during the ski season at the Snow Park Restaurant between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and receive a 20% discount. Please note: The Lunch Card is valid only at the Snow Park Restaurant during the winter ski season. 

Think Snow!

Fall/Winter Lodging Packages

Now that the leaves are changing color and we know that snow if just around the corner I hope everyone is thinking winter.  One of my favorite things to look forward to on those blistery days if I am not on the slopes is having a glass of wine in front of the fire.  I had the pleasure of staying at one of our properties this summer called The Lodges with my family.  Since then I keep thinking how I should book us a room during the winter so we can either hit the slopes or cozy in to one of their beautiful units.

Weather you are thinking of coming out on a girl’s weekend, all the boys or with the family, Deer Valley has some great lodging deals.  They are so good that I am encouraging all of my friends to come out and they don’t have to stay at my house.  So I am encouraging anyone looking to come out this winter to check out the specials.  I have listed them below but you can always check out our website!

 Maximum Value Package

Get one night free along with one free day of skiing. To qualify, purchase our special three-night lodging/three-day lift pass package and you’ll get one night’s lodging and ski for a fourth day absolutely free. Offer valid December 4 – 17, 2010 and March 27 – April 10, 2011.

 Exceptional Value Package

Save 25% on lodging and Deer Valley Resort lift tickets at a wide range of accommodations! Package includes lodging at participating properties and daily lift tickets for each adult in your party.  Offer is valid resort opening December 4 – 17, 2010; January 3 – 13, 2011; January19 – February 9, 2011; March 27 – April 10, 2011 (resort closing). Package is also available february 27 – March 05, 2011 at a 15% discount.  (Children’s two-day or longer lift tickets are also available for purchase at a discount).

 The Lodges at Deer Valley Exceptional Family Package

Kids ski free and save 25% on ski rentals! With family friendly amenities including an outdoor pool and hot tub, free continental breakfast, on-site Deer Valley ski rental shop, comfortable and cozy rooms and complimentary in-town shuttle.  The Lodges, located in close proximity to Snow Park Lodge and ski school, is the perfect choice for families vacationing at Deer Valley Resort. Offer is valid resort opening: 12/4 – 17/10; 1/3 – 13/11; 1/19–2/9/11; 3/27 – 4/10/11, resort closing.
Receive up to two complimentary lift tickets for children 12 and under with the purchase of two adult lift tickets.  Receive up to two ski rental vouchers valid at any Deer Valley owned and operated rental shop valid for children 12 and under. Based on availability and not valid with any other offer. Minimum three nights lodging is required.

Pre-Holiday Special!

$99-175 a night*
Save 25% on lodging at select properties Resort managed properties for stays between December 8 – 25, 2010.

Sundance Film Festival Special!

Buy 3, Get the 4th Night Free
Buy three nights, get the fourth free at select resort managed properties during the Sundance Film Festival, January 19 – 31, 2011.

Big Stars, Bright Nights- Wynonna

I had the pleasure of seeing Wynonna perform this past Tuesday evening here at Deer Valley.  As of now, it may have been the highlight of my summer.  It was not the longest concert I have ever attended but between her vocals and personality it may be one of the best.  She showcased her enormous voice that you expected but once she was done with a song she continued to engage the audience with her great personality.  She called people out for their dancing, signed old tour shirts and even brought a few kids up on stage for a photo op.  I am pretty sure she had not only herself but most the audience crying and laughing through out the evening.

 

Before the performance even began I decided that my guests and I needed to be treated to the Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Basket.  I have not had one for a few years and am I ever so glad we decided to order them.  We ordered two baskets a salmon and a beef and I am not sure which one I liked better.  They were both delicious!  The antipasto with the Creminelli truffled salami, steamed artichokes, olives, double cream brie and fresh baked French bread were enough to do you in.  Then, if you can, finish with lemon pound cake and raspberry truffle tartlets.  The whole thing was amazing and the best part was that I did not have to do anything but enjoy it!

 

I am now counting the days to my next concert which is the Utah Symphony’s performance to the 1812 Overture!  I think I am going to have to order another basket!

The Wild Flowers are Blooming!

With summer now in full swing in the mountains, you don’t want to miss  seeing the wild flowers at Deer Valley.  They are amazing this year and the colors are incredible.  I am always up for a hike to check them out but the mountain biking trails are looking tempting these days.

I finally have my first concert, Wynonna, on the calendar for next Tuesday.  Wynonna is coming as part of our Big Start Bright Nights series and it should be a great evening.  I have already ordered my Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Basket and can not wait to brag about it in my next post.

Don’t forget about our free Wednesday night concert series which start at 6 p.m. at the Snow Park Amphitheater.  We have Wisebird, Shaky Trade and my personal favorite Bryon Friedman coming up.  My family and I always pack a picnic but I was to lazy last night so we will be off to the concession stand.  I am looking forward to the chicken ceasar salad and an ice cream sandwich for dessert.

 For those of you wanting to come up for a long weekend make sure to check out our website deervalley.com.  We have some great summer packages and some even some specifically for the different concert series. 

 Hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather!

Summer in the Mountains

With the long cold spring almost in the foreground, I think that summer is finally in the air.  The snow has almost melted, leaves are coming out and the wild flowers are blooming, you have to love summertime in the mountains.  Deer Valley is just a few days away from kicking off its summer activities on Friday, June 18.  

My favorite part about summer is literally all of the music in the air.  June 23, starts our free concerts on Wednesday nights which are great for the whole family.  My husband and I love to bring our daughter up to have a nice picnic and enjoy the music. Then every Friday and Saturday evening through the summer the Utah Symphony plays in our outdoor amphitheater.  Other concerts I know I won’t be missing this summer are Earth, Wind and Fire presented by Big Stars Bright Nights on August 20 or B.B. King Blues Festival on August 24.  But the list of performances goes on and on.

 I am also looking forward to Royal Street Café opening for lunch on the deck.  I love to take in the whole experience by riding up the Silver Lake Express chairlift for a leisurely lunch. Then once I am there just sitting back to enjoy a blueberry mojito, the tuna tartare with the arugula truffle oil lemon salad and finishing it off with a piece of the frozen lemon meringue pie on a beautiful summer day. 

One nice thing about Deer Valley and the Park City area is all of the hiking and biking trails.  I love to hike, not so much bike, so hiking is something that I do year round but only get to enjoy Deer Valley trails during the summer.  My favorite hike at Deer Valley is leaving from the Snow Park area and taking the Tour de Homes trail up to Silver Lake.  There is nothing better than being outside taking in that deep breath of mountain air!

I hate to see winter leave but I have to say I am really looking forward to the lazy days of summer!