‘Dust in the Wind’

Actually, there wasn’t any wind the night Kansas played with the Utah Symphony. There was, however, perfect, custom-ordered Park City weather. Yes, it had rained off-and-on all day, but the late afternoon cloud-cover, with just a hint of sun peeking through, provided lovely light (and very low UV index) for the first half of the evening.

Taking in the sunset while some classic ‘70s and ‘80s tunes rolled over the hills felt like the icing on the cake of luck. (Just wait, “Cake of Luck” is going to sweep the interwebs. You’re welcome.)

Add to that a Deer Valley gourmet picnic basket, and it was, in fact, a turn-key, perfect date night. (I’ll leave out the part where Jeff had an unfortunate mishap with our crummy beach chairs—now crummy beach chair garbage—that left his fingers pinched.)

I had the odd discovery that Kansas formed its band the year I was born—and I wasn’t entirely sure how I was supposed to feel about that. Does that make me old? Them? Frankly, I didn’t want to think that hard. I did, of course, feel grateful for the well-researched Program the Utah Symphony publishes. I’ve always enjoyed the band’s hits—and wasn’t so familiar with the rest of their catalog. But, in truth, it didn’t matter. They played their hearts out for us—and the Symphony’s “warm up” set list was delightful, playful and, yes, gorgeously performed. (Indeed, Star Trek was involved. And, no, I did not wish to be beamed anywhere.)

You know how dedicated skiers are fond of saying, “There’s no such thing as a bad day on the mountain?” I think that should be extended to evenings, too. Yes, I’ve sat through a rainy night at the Symphony in the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater—but I’ve never once regretted it. Did I mention the perfect weather? And, I felt just guilty enough that I saved the beautiful desserts to take home for the boys.

Start of Summer

Welcome to summer at Deer Valley Resort! It has been a colder and wetter spring than normal here in the mountains following the second snowiest winter on record. But we can finally see the higher elevations turning green and a steady progression in the snow melt.

Our summer operations begin in just two days!  We will have a limited mountain biking opening, anywhere there isn’t snow! We will open the Silver Lake Express and Sterling Express chairlifts as well as the Ruby chairlift, new to the summer operation, on Friday June 17.  Silver Lake Express chairlift from the Snow Park Base area will offer scenic rides and limited mountain biking on Devo, Four Point and Tour Des Homes trails. Sterling Express chairlift from Silver Lake at mid-mountain and Ruby Express chairlift from Empire Canyon will only offer scenic chairlift rides.  New biking and hiking trails will open as conditions permit. 

For a map click here: http://www.deervalley.com/activities_skiing/mountain_biking/trail-map-and-descriptions.html

We will offer an early season biking rate of $20 for an all day pass on Silver Lake Express.

Friday is the first day Royal Street Café is open for the summer! I’m already thinking about the Dungeness Crab Tower and the Lemon meringue pie. We will also be showing you how to make our signature Blueberry Mojito in the next couple days, make sure you’re a fan of Ski Deer Valley on Facebook to catch the video. www.facebook.com/skideervalley.

This summer’s exciting line up of concerts in our Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater is sure to please.  It all kicks off with the FREE Community Concert Series by Mountain Town Music on Wednesday, June 22 with local band Holy Water Buffalo.  Don’t worry, our hard-working guest services crew was able to get the stage up already.  They worked around the snow in a unique way this year in order to raise the canopy on the amphitheater.  For the first time ever, we had to bring out a snow cat!  See the video below:

Thanks to Mother Nature all the snow in the venue has melted over the last week and concerts are on as planned.  The venue however, is still drying out, so please bring chairs or extra blankets if you plan to attend next week’s concert.  And of course, don’t forget your picnic!  In addition to our gourmet picnic baskets, this year we will also offer gourmet picnic bags which include my favorite Deer Valley sandwiches and homemade potato chips!  A complete list of what is featured in both the baskets and bags can be found at: http://www.deervalley.com/dining_shopping/gourmet_picnic_baskets.html 

Snow Park Lodge is full of activity again as we welcomed back our summer campers this week!  Summer Adventure Camp kicked off the 10-week program on Monday. Today the kid’s enjoyed the warm weather with their first Bike, Blade and Bounce Wednesday! 

We still have availability for children ages two months to 12 years.  Upcoming weekly themes are:

June 27 – July 1:  Bucky’s Great Adventure
July 5 – 8: Quincy’s Water World

We look forward to seeing you at Deer Valley this summer.  I will make sure to keep you posted as the snow melts and new trails open.  Think Sun!

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!

Go catch a few concerts!

Our summers are so fun that it make them hard to manage. There’s so much going on that between gorgeous weather, vacation time, gardening, festivals of all kinds and an almost infinite array of outdoors activities, we often get too forgetful about what to do when the sun is about to set. That’s precisely when the other face of town begins to wake up with a cornucopia of entertainment options that can only be found during summer months and here, I am specifically thinking about Deer Valley outdoor concerts, in the unique and super-natural Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.

The best thing about Deer Valley summer concerts is that there’s always something for everyone. From the Wednesday evening free concerts, featuring local artists, to the new classic “St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series,” the always ultra-classic Utah Symphony, all the way to some
bigger-than-life artists brought to us by United Concerts, there’s absolutely no excuse for not getting out and enjoying a wonderful picnic while listening to music we enjoy. The last time I counted, I found at least thirty Deer Valley concerts waiting to entertain us!

If carrying your house and most of its contents on your back is your style, simply set up camp on Deer Valley’s green grass and take full advantage of the lawn-sitting option that allows you to spread all your belongings on a large blanket that will be your territory for the evening. If you have underestimated your appetite or if your significant other forgot to pack the sandwiches or add some dessert, there’s always the Deer Valley’s food and beverage concession stand that stays open during the entire concert and never fails to provide the extra something that you should have brought along. 

 If you enjoy outdoor music as much as you crave for great food, there’s another quintessential experience, the famous Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Basket. Remember, this is Deer Valley, and a concert wouldn’t be the wonderful experience it can be without the resort’s epicurean food, its incredible variety and surprising twists. The baguette that sticks out of the wicker basket acts like a magnet on me, quite probably because I’m from France, but it’s only the tip of the… iceberg. If you adore nibbling on smoked salmon, chilled filet or on the contrary are set on a vegetarian fare, if you covet these delightful aioli-seasoned artichokes, can’t resist a salami that tastes as if it had been bootlegged from Italy or a piece Brie that could have been just purchased at a French country store, you may have a hard time paying attention to the performance, but whoever suggested that multitasking was easy!

If you drove a tiny-winy car like a Smart, rode a Vespa scooter, made it on your cruiser bike or better yet, arrived to Snow Park on-board the free city bus because you care so much about your carbon footprint, carrying lawn chairs around is never a convenient option; the best solution is to go for the
reserved seating that not only is comfortable but also provides you with the very best seats in the house. Now, that your only real hard work is to pick among these wonderful alternatives, and if you’re really serious about keeping your musical culture up where it belong, isn’t it time you got out and caught several of these great concerts while summer lasts?

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!