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.

A Painful Transition

In recent years, I have skied more than my share and this season was no exception. I believe that at last count, I have been 100 days on my skis; this, by my own admission, is an awful lot and I would need to travel back to my twenties to exceed that impressive attendance on snow. Over the past five years, besides skiing a lot, I’ve also experienced my share of mishaps; none of them too bad, but between some broken ribs and a snapped Achilles’s heel, I can’t say that my past seasons were totally pain-free. So once again, this ski season ended up absolutely flawlessly, without one single injury to report. I had dodged the proverbial bullet. As I put away my ski gear, my next move was to take our mountain bikes to the local shop for a full tune-up in time for another riding season. I was already picturing myself coasting amidst a sea of sagebrush and clearing hairpin turns almost flawlessly.

This was without counting on some real labor that was waiting for me between the skiing and the mountain biking seasons. I had been extremely ambitious and had set to repaint a deck composed of an endless metal railing wrapped around a large wooden floor. I’m not as good a painter as I’m a skier and even though I consider myself a medium-level mountain biker, I tend to ride the single track much better than I can pilot a paintbrush around intricate wrought iron patterns. This means that it takes me a lot of time to do an okay job, not even including all the contorting, bending and laying on my back that come with reaching these almost invisible and unattainable spots. After two days of doing that, my body began to revolt, my legs ached and I was visibly limping as if I had aged an extra 20 years! I was in fact so tired, that I took two days of pure rest. A wise move that very unfortunately, happened to be “too little, too late.”

The next morning, while standing up from my office chair, I must have snapped something and my lower back was elevated to a dire state of lumbago or acute back pain, as doctors like to call this ailment. I instantly visualized my ski career coming to a screeching stop and my anticipated mountain bike exploits vaporizing on the spot. I made an appointment with a physiatrist who listened to my story with extreme empathy, asked me lots of questions, ran me through a series of physical tests and reassured me that there would be more ski and mountain bike days in my future.

The morale of that story is that there are many activities more dangerous than skiing or mountain biking, but what I appreciated the most was that my doctor didn’t ask me if I wore a helmet at the time of the incident!