Athletes set goals. Not just high-level generic goals but specific, measurable, relevant goals with a quantifiable deadline. They may implement the “Kaizen” practice of continuous improvement; significant results can come from many small changes accumulated over time.
However, the problem is that my goals didn’t seem to fit in the traditional goal setting model and certainly not using the term “athlete.” You see, this season I don’t particularly want to shave off any time. I am perfectly content to enjoy my nice easy turns on the beautifully groomed runs at Deer Valley Resort.
I simply love skiing at Deer Valley. Don’t get me wrong, I have set goals the past three seasons of my serious skiing career (I was a beginner in 2012.) Now if a run has a blue square next to it, I am on it!
This year, enjoyment is the only goal I can think of. Well unless you count “skiing as often as I can.” Anything wrong with that? I don’t think so.
Athletes set goals and I completely respect that, but I am wondering if this year I should simply set enjoyment and happiness as my ski goals?
Seems perfectly reasonable to me. If I did set some happiness targets, these would be on my list:
- Eat more Turkey Chili – not all at one sitting. “Eat Turkey Chili more often” would be how I should word it
- Sit on “The Beach” at Silver Lake Lodge while basking in the sun with a beverage in my hand more often
- Enjoy each one of Deer Valley’s restaurants (not all in one day of course)
- Ski with a beginner
- Ski with an 80+ year old
- Try out new Rossignol skis at the Yurt at Empire Lodge
- Enjoy S’mores at the Montage and pet Monty the Bernese Mountain dog
- Invite more friends to ski with me
- Wear my ski pants to Mass on Sunday mornings and then go directly to Snow Park Lodge
- Put on my Ibex or Smartwool layers and ski when its 5 degrees outside so I can experience the frozen air sparkling like diamonds from the lift
- Take more selfies and post them with #SkiTheDifference on social media
- Sign up for the Women’s Weekend with a friend who has similar ability
- Ski backwards
- Listen to more music during Aprés Ski on the upper deck at Snow Park Lodge
- Stand on top of (and ski down) Little Baldy, Bald Eagle, Bald Mountain, Flagstaff, Lady Morgan, and Empire mountains all in one day
- Ask a mountain host to map out a “suggested ski day” for me based on my ability
- Take the hosted ski tour with other intermediate skiers
- And so on…
If you are more serious about setting goals than I am, here is a resource for goal setting from the U.S. Olympic Training Center; Setting Smart Goals – resource U.S. Olympic Training Tips for Athletes and Kankyo Kaizen Starter Kit – Simpleology
Scott Sports and Deer Valley announced today an Official year-round Partnership in which Deer Valley is now the home resort for the multi-season brand. Starting this 2014/2015 season Scott Sports will be the official goggle, pole, helmet and bike sponsor of Deer Valley Resort.
“We couldn’t be happier about this newly formed partnership. Since our recent relocation we have been eager to grow its presence within the local Utah community. Deer Valley has an outstanding reputation for delivering a world-class experience to its year round visitor’s, making it a seamless fit to our message as a multi-season brand,” said Scott Sports Executive Vice President John Quinn.
Under this agreement, Scott Sports will be the equipment supplier for Deer Valley employees for winter products and Scott bikes will make up Deer Valley’s entire rental fleet for their summer lift access trails.
“Scott is the perfect company to be represented here at Deer Valley. Their history in the skiing industry as well as the bike industry makes them well known across many adventure sports. The expertise, technology and design that they put into each of their products will be well represented here at Deer Valley,” said Bob
Since 1958 Scott Sports has pushed the limits of innovation, technology and design. From the first aluminum ski pole, to the introduction of aero bars and the original plastic motocross boot, we have led the way in the sports industry. Combining endless determination to improve with the methodical intricacy put into each product, Scott prepares athletes to reach their highest potential. Learn more at www.scott-sports.com
Holiday magic is happening at the resort recently awarded United States’ Best Ski Resort by the 2014 World Ski Awards. Deer Valley Resort’s holiday events have become beloved annual traditions for visiting guests, the entire Park City community and locals alike.
To celebrate Christmas, Santa Claus will visit Deer Valley on Wednesday, December 24, 2014. The jolly old man will first jingle around the Snow Park Lodge area at the resort base from 9 to 11 a.m., and then from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Silver Lake Lodge (mid-mountain) area. Guests are invited to bring a camera and have their picture taken with St. Nick during his visit.
Another highlight of Deer Valley’s holiday season is the annual Torchlight Parade. The parade takes place Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at dusk (approximately 6 p.m.). The resort’s renowned ski school will dazzle guests with torches, synchronized skiing and incredible “illuminating” moves. The parade descends down Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain and is best viewed from the plaza area of Snow Park Lodge, where complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served from 5:45- 6 p.m. New this year, the Snow Park Restaurant will remain open during the event and offer a full menu.
Deer Valley Resort has guests covered when it comes to gift ideas for everyone on the list, which can be conveniently purchased at resort retail stores or ordered online. From the youngest to the oldest on the list, guests will find merchandise for any age and style at Deer Valley Signatures, Deer Valley Etc., Shades of Deer Valley, and NextGen DV offering skiing apparel and accessories for the next generation of Deer Valley skiers: toddlers to teens. For those who savor Deer Valley’s award-winning cuisine, perfect gift ideas include food items, such as the resort’s famed Turkey Chili Mix, Jumbo Cookie mix or housemade mustards and marinades. The top-selling resort cookbook Chocolate Snowball: and Other Fabulous Pastries From Deer Valley Bakery (now in its second printing in paperback) is a must-have for the bakers on the list. Also available are gift items such as fleece vests, stylish Deer Valley coffee mugs, plush toys, ornaments, jewelry, wine glasses and top quality sunglasses, goggles, clothing and accessories.
Guests may shop at Signatures in person at three locations: 625 Main Street, Park City (open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. year-round); Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Village (open daily 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during ski season); and Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge (open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during ski season). Signatures items can be ordered online at deervalley.com or via phone at (800) 833-2002. Deer Valley Etc., Shades of Deer Valley and NextGen DV are all open daily during ski season in Snow Park Lodge.
The Deer Valley Gift Card is also a fabulous and flexible holiday gift idea. The Gift Card can be used at any of Deer Valley’s operations for lift tickets, Ski School, restaurants, Signatures Stores, Shades of Deer Valley, NextGen DV, child care or ski rentals. Cards can be purchased for any amount, and are reduced by the amount of each purchase until all money has been used. Cards may be used while at Deer Valley Resort, or for phone orders for Signatures merchandise. Gift cards can be purchased online at deervalley.com or in person at Deer Valley Signatures.
As the holiday season is all about entertaining, Deer Valley has 12 restaurants open during the holidays with options perfect for either an intimate dining experience or large-group fun. See the resort website for full descriptions of cuisine and restaurant hours. Happy Holidays from Deer Valley Resort! For more information or a complete schedule of holiday events and festivities, please log on to deervalley.com.
Deer Valley Resort is pleased to once again host the world’s best aerial and mogul skiers for the 2015 Visa Freestyle International. For the 13th consecutive year, Deer Valley’s slopes will cater to elite athletes competing in aerials, moguls and dual moguls January 7-10, 2015.
“FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup has become a time-honored, crowd-pleasing event that athletes from around the world, visiting guests to Utah and Park City locals look forward to each year,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort. “We look forward to another amazing display of athletic ability on our slopes.”
Expected to compete in the 2015 World Cup are two Deer Valley® sponsored athletes and ambassadors, Bryon and Brad Wilson. With longtime roots in Park City, this brotherly duo, both of whom are members of the US Freestyle Ski Team, have accomplished a lot in their short tenure as Ski Team athletes. Bryon won the bronze medal at the 2010 Olympic Games and Brad has climbed his way up the World Cup rankings. Together, the two are looking forward to furthering their success at Deer Valley.
All World Cup competitions will be held at night under the lights at Deer Valley Resort. Men’s and women’s aerial events will be held on White Owl ski run Thursday, January 8, 2015. Men’s and women’s mogul and dual mogul events are scheduled on Champion ski run Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10, 2015. Finals for all disciplines will take place in the evening, with a fireworks display concluding each night. Each discipline will also be filmed and televised on NBC and NBC Sports Network the following week.
The FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup celebration will kick off with a free concert by Chris Robinson Brotherhood, led by front man Chris Robinson (of The Black Crowes), on Lower Main Street in Historic Park City Wednesday, January 7 from 7 to 9 pm, with a fireworks show immediately following.
All events during the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup are spectator-friendly and free to the public. A complete schedule of events can be found at http://www.deervalley.com/
For more information on the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup visit DeerValley.com
Deer Valley Resort will open for the season on Saturday, December 6, 2014 with nine chairlifts and 10 ski runs, on two mountains.
Chairlifts Scheduled to Open:
- Carpenter Express
- Silver Lake Express
- Sterling Express
- Wasatch Express
2014/2015 Early Season lift ticket rates:
Full Day Half Day
Adult $92 $77
Senior $66 $56
Child $58 $48
Deer Valley’s The Mariposa restaurant opens on Friday, December 5 for the season. Savor a variety of dishes and explore the world of flavors from The Mariposa’s small plate menu. The restaurant will feature a limited special throughout the first two weeks of the resort’s 2014-15 winter season. Diners who purchase two small plates will receive the third one free from December 5 to 19, 2014. Each item is a tasting size portion, inviting you to comfortably enjoy multiple selections. No coupons are necessary. Reservations required; please call 435-645-6715 or visit deervalley.com.
Deer Valley will be hosting the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest on Birdseye ski run at noon on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7. The annual event benefits the Waterkeeper Alliance. Come cheer on your favorite stars and Olympic athletes.
Restaurant Opening Dates:
Deer Valley Grocery ~ Café – Open Year- Round, 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The Brass Tag – Open Year-Round, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m.)
The Mariposa – Friday, December 5, Open Tuesday through Sunday, dinner only, 5:45 – 9 p.m.
Silver Lake Restaurant – Saturday, December 6, Open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Snow Park Restaurant – Saturday, December 6, Open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Seafood Buffet – Friday, December 12. Dinner only, 6:15 – 9 p.m. Open Thursday through Sunday.
Royal Street Café – Friday, December 12 for lunch Friday, December 19 for dinner. Open daily for lunch, après ski and dinner 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Empire Canyon Grill – TBD.
Fireside Dining – Friday, December 12. Wednesday through Saturday, dinner only, 5:45 – 9 p.m.
EBS Lounge – Saturday, December 6 for wine, beer, cocktails and appetizers. Live music on the weekends. Open daily, 2:30 – 6 p.m.
Snowshoe Tommy’s – Saturday, December 6 for Turkey Chili, sweets, espresso drinks, and hot and cold beverages. Open daily, conditions permitting, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
#SkiTheDifference with Doug Gromley, Deer Valley Resort’s Ski School Adventure Club Lead Supervisor. Watch the video here http://bit.ly/12mwWbW
Deer Valley Resort President and General Manager Bob Wheaton, gives a preview of the 2014 – 2015 ski season and invites you to come #SkiTheDifference.
For the second year running, Deer Valley Resort has been awarded United States’ Best Ski Resort by the World Ski Awards. Following a year-long voting process from leading ski tourism professionals worldwide, as well hundreds of thousands of ski consumers from 127 countries, Deer Valley Resort won the distinction among a short list of USA finalists during the 2014 World Ski Awards the weekend of November 21-23, 2014, in Kitzbühel, Austria.
The World Ski Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in ski tourism and focuses on the leading 20 nations who are shaping the future of the ski industry. Deer Valley Resort’s win comes after a record number of more than a million votes were cast across the globe for the competing resorts. Votes were cast by leading ski tourism professionals worldwide—senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media—as well as thousands of luxury travel consumers via worldskiawards.com and World Ski Awards’ Facebook page.
Deer Valley Resort had been invited to attend the 2014 Ski Oscar’s formal announcement and presentation taking place in the legendary winter sports destinations of Kitzbühel, Austria—the home of skiing and home of the World Ski Awards.
“Deer Valley Resort has a time-honored commitment to excellence,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort. “This accolade further cements our determination to be a worldwide industry leader. We are thrilled to have earned the distinction for two consecutive years.”
The World Ski Awards is part of World Travel Awards, serving as “the Oscars of the travel industry” for the past 21 years.
About World Ski Awards
Launched in 2012 as the sister event to the World Travel Awards, World Ski Awards is the first ever global initiative to celebrate and reward excellence in the ski hospitality industry. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The World Travel Award’s annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry.
David Smalis manages a lodging reservation team whose job it is to paint a vivid picture of a winter vacation home that will perfectly match the needs of its guests. Every piece of the puzzle needs to fit and this requires superior listening abilities, tireless research and absolute integrity during the entire process. David began working for Deer Valley Resort as an intern during the 2007-2008 ski season and is now the Assistant Manager of Deer Valley Resort Lodging and Reservations; he shares with us the essence of his experience.
JF: David, what exactly are your responsibilities with Deer Valley Resort?
David: I supervise a team of Vacation Planners, that’s what we call our reservations agents. Our team fluctuates from about five individuals during the summer to around 10 in the winter.
JF: How do your Vacation Planners work with guests?
David: Mostly over the phone; they take in-bound calls related to lodging reservations and associated activities, when needed.
JF: What did you do prior to your employment with Deer Valley Resort?
David: I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and lived there until I was 24. I went to college at Arizona State University. I was already familiar with Park City since my family used to vacation here. I decided to come to Utah while in college, just to do something different; since I really liked the ski industry, I applied to work at Deer Valley Resort.
JF: What was your job at the time?
David: I began with an internship on the mountain with the Race Department and came back to start as a Vacation Planner the next summer.
JF: What specifically attracted you to Deer Valley Resort?
David: I was already familiar with the resort and that’s what brought me to my internship. Later, having worked with a travel agency during college, I had the skills required for the Vacation Planner position.
JF: What did you expect as you started your internship?
David: Since my internship counted for credits during my last semester in college, I expected to have fun skiing, get credits for my work and then come home. At that time, I didn’t expect to be here full-time!
JF: What made you change your mind?
David: Once I came back home after my internship, I realized that I wasn’t tied down to anything since I was finished with college. I still needed to get a job, so I came back to Deer Valley Resort.
JF: What were your key motivations for returning?
David: Skiing has been a passion of mine since a very young age, and not just skiing, but also the general atmosphere surrounding the sport; since I was familiar with this area, it seemed like a natural choice. I have been a life-long golfer as well, so with the best of both worlds within easy reach, skiing in winter and golf in summer, I couldn’t be happier.
JF: The perfect confluence.
David: Exactly! In college I majored in communication and I felt that I could go in many directions with it. The fact that I was able to find a job up here I could enjoy as well helped to seal the deal. I found something that I enjoyed doing in a place where I enjoyed being!
JF: Compared to your previous jobs, what has your Deer Valley work experience been like?
David: I worked through college at a travel agency in Tempe, Arizona, which gave me some valuable experience as it relates to the travel industry. This said, the company I worked for was neither too organized nor the most professional, and I found a stark difference when I joined Deer Valley Resort. Here, people stay employed for years and years, something I haven’t seen in other companies!
JF: What impressed you the most at Deer Valley?
David: The executives really set some great examples conducive to cementing a strong team spirit. They’re not above helping employees when the need arises. I’ve seen the president of the resort taking skis at the ski corral during a busy time, just because there was a need. Likewise, I’ve seen other executives clearing tables during Christmas and these kinds of situations go a long way towards creating a unique and wholesome work climate.
JF: How much support did you get along the way?
David: I found that Deer Valley has a culture of promoting from within whenever possible. This helps a lot when you start from a ground-level position and can see that possibility. But you need to have the motivation to move up the ranks. I had it and I’ve always received all the support I needed from my superiors.
JF: Would you like to share some advice for people looking for employment with Deer Valley?
David: I have had nothing but good experiences at Deer Valley. It’s a great place to work and the company treats people very well, but it’s not a job where you can just come in and go through the motions. You must care a lot and be intensely driven in making a real difference to our guests.
JF: A real difference? Is that what defines the “Deer Valley Difference™”?
David: The easiest way to answer is by using the three circle model, “Take care of the guest, take care of the company, and take care of each other.” If you do all three and have them in mind whenever you are making a decision on the job, you are making that Deer Valley Difference™ a reality.
JF: Would that difference influence your making a lifelong career with Deer Valley Resort?
David: When I look at the resort’s master plan and what is going on at the moment in town, I’m truly excited for the future. So to answer your question, I would love to work for Deer Valley for the rest of my career; that would be an ideal scenario for me!