Final Notes on Another Great Ski Season

Once more and just like last year, Deer Valley Resort made it to its last day with flying colors!  On closing weekend, the mountain was dressed up into an immaculate coat of white; in fact it had been snowing almost all week long, ending the winter season, just like the previous ones, on the highest possible note.

It’s quite fair to say that Mother Nature didn’t do much to help during the peak winter months, as if she were avariciously hording snow for some unknown purpose, but the Deer Valley’s snow-making crews came to the rescue and more than compensated for a lackluster snow-year and sparse precipitations.

(Photo by Daniel Diyanni)

All along, I never held great expectations about natural snowfalls and, as a result, was never disappointed. Instead, I skied more than my share and I could only rejoice when a number of providential blizzards transformed the mountain. These abundant precipitations first came in the later part of January, lasted for days around mid-February, and then in a more routine, spring-like fashion, during March and early April.

(Photo by Ryan Turner)

Of course, the credit for what ended up being another great season, rested more on the snow-maker shoulders and the groomers fine-combing expertise, than on the skies natural bounty, and for once, the snow-making insurance-policy protection came into full force and delivered the goods!

(Photo by Ryan Turner)

This said, the season was packed with wonderful days of skiing, powder snow, both untouched and meticulously manicured, and at times it was hard to believe that it was a dryer-than-usual winter. When January came around, tree skiing was again a possibility and the opportunities for powder “face-shots” were much more frequent than I would have imagined.

It’s too bad that these sensations are so hard to share, because if they could be telegraphed in more vivid terms, many folks who ended up staying on the sidelines might have made the effort to come out and experience these great ski days for themselves. I, for one, discovered new runs, new path in the trees and by the time the resort closed down this past Sunday , I still could not get enough good skiing!

Of course, I’ve always been a late bloomer as far as skiing goes. I never get really excited too early in the season. My passion for the sport needs to build up and as April comes along, I’m still eager and ready, but nature thinks otherwise… The morale of the story is that, whether we live next to Deer Valley Resort, in the Salt Lake Valley, Los Angeles or New York, we should never assume that “conditions are bad.” The ski reality that Deer Valley creates always exceeds our best imagination!

(Photo by Gus Steadman)

As our delayed winter may linger for a few more weeks, there still might be a few turns in store for me under the form of alpine ski touring, as soon the skies clear and the snow return to “corn” quality. Mountain biking is still a good distance away, and frankly, before thinking too much about the upcoming summer and its endless array of activities, I need to take a long mental vacation from this past winter!

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Leon AllbrightWhere is that

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Kim Wohleking-FernandezThat snow is for real!?

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Sarah BulverThat is beauty!!!!'nnnn

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Melissa BaileyMichael Bailey this is why they have moose on everything there 😂 still never saw my moose

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Jacob VincentRuth Arbagey apparently we needed to be at deer valley today!

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Meg McKownSuzanne Mckown Seeeee...Park City has all the cool animals too! Haha

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Dan PhelpsCourtney, could be a good season...

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Lisa Borgfeld WhiteGwenn Beaver, what a difference a week makes!

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Ged CarringtonHeather Sherry see they have moose in Utah lol

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Michela SeehusenShirley Hartlauer are you guys missing Utah yet???

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Alicia MoranAmanda Sanford, this is what we got today.

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Jessie JohnsonBeautiful ❤️❤️💜💜❤️

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Brenda Perry-KerrI wish I was there!!

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Patricia Davis LahnMy neighbor... just checking in(lol)

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Marie Benson PitilloAwesome!!! Can't wait!

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Sarah Kaul PettigrewI am so in love!

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Angie MattinsonBeautiful!!!

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Jill Catalano TrosoSnow already!!!!

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Eric PikeWow so early

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Janet Bissell MooneySooo beautiful

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Jeff NesslerThat's the smaller one, when we were up there on Saturday my wife had the bigger one walk right in front of her yeah that scared her

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Meredith Amelia BerlyColin Alexander Berly hey you who keeps up with deer valley's weather on a regular basis is it snowing this much there???? Already????

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Suzie GordonOh yes mam! Snowed all night and all day!!!

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Carey O'Malia GrossWe are so lucky to call this home with these neighbors!

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Amy DavidsonJudi Zarrella is it really snowing there??? I was seriously looking into moving that way..... but snow in September?!?!?!?

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Eric AlexanderI swear only a week ago I was standing there drinking a cold beer and it was 70 degrees

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Jeff HallAnd to think, last week it was brown pow and perfect cycling conditions.

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Ed MccallOh Mother keep it coming, no more hot weather!

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Regan EdwardsMy 3 month countdown to Deer Valley is ON! ❤️👏Christopher Flint, I'm all about that base!

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Suzie Gordon...and it's still snowing now!

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Jennifer StebenGoing to be another great season!

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Tasha Spencer AgnewSimon Agnew, the countdown is on!! White stuff....yay!!!! 🎿⛷

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Ed KliczewskiOMG Scott Scott Kliczewski, check out Park City!

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Melissa BremauerSue Wood yes yes yes!!! I have booked dinner for NYE at Cena, all confirmed 💃💃

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Steve DawsonAnde Dawson need to sort out our plans

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Angee Palmer DeanI'm so not ready for snow. We need to have fall first.

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Wendy ChiojiI love this.

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Melissa Jane Ruberts GusemanNot yet, please

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Jeffrey HainesWinter is coming...

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Todd WallaceIt will be melted by next week.

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James RazerLove to see this in the snow!

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Tina WeyersWow look at all that snow!

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Staci HugginsSooooo, not right!

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Rick KolminHere’s to nice powder all ski season.

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Karen GrossmanAwesome!

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Cindy CreteauToo early😬

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Raquel Aliceayayyyyyyy!!!! 💙💙💙💙

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