I Love a Parade

… But I love the Torchlight Parade at Deer Valley, most of all.

Torchlight

It’s a known fact: It is flat-out impossible to be in a bad mood at Deer Valley Resort’s annual Torchlight Parade. This pre-New Year tradition involves a veritable river of complimentary cocoa, Deer Valley’s signature cookies, and an overwhelmingly fun sense of community. Mascots! Seafood Buffet staff taking in the view from the dining room windows! Chefs slipping out of the heat of the kitchen in their short-sleeves! And, of course, guests enjoying the company of family, friends and strangers. (As always, there are no strangers at Deer Valley, just fellow skiers, and lovers of all things DV.) The Deer Valley Synchonized Ski Team is, for lack of a better word, electrifying.

Seafood Buffet

Lesser-known fact: If your children are, on ordinary days, embarrassed by your public singing and dancing (And, really, in my case, who can blame them?), such tom-foolery is expected, if not encouraged, at the parade. So, cloaked in the magic of the festivities, I sang and danced with impunity. Then, the magic began—the Synchronized Ski Team, draped in LED lights, skied in formation down Big Stick to Wide West ski run. At one point, their giant S-turns created the illusion of skiing in circles.Big Stick

I loved watching my kids enjoy the show in their own ways—Lance simply sitting and watching (I could tell he was excited to be there because he couldn’t actually sit on the patio chair. I started to scold him for having his feet on the seat, and then stopped myself. He kept sort of popping up to get a better view, then squatting back down.) Seth’s not-so-hidden talent (which comes out a lot at Bar Mitzvahs and weddings, actually), is an innate gift for hip hop dancing. (He does not get it from me; but he has two grandmothers who are terrific dancers, so it’s something of a recessive gene, perhaps.) He demonstrated this skill on the patio wall while singing along with the music, keeping his eyes glued on the parade.

Seth

As the synchro team created its magic, I got swept up in the beauty of it all. Honestly, with all the hype and excitement around me, I didn’t expect to find myself feeling contemplative—but I did. There was something about this night that felt like a gift. I saw before me all the magic of skiing in a new light—appreciating the beauty, the grace, the fun, and the hope that skiing brings along for the ride. Hope that the next run will be better than the last, that more snow will fall overnight, that we can continue to share this sport with the people we love. I’m not much of a resolution-maker, but I sure enjoyed pinning my hopes for a wonderful season on the performance we enjoyed at the parade. I’d love to see your “Skiing New Year Hopes” in the comments. Until then, Happy New Year!

Wide West

Holiday Happenings

The holiday season is about spending time with family. Deer Valley Resort’s holiday events have become beloved annual traditions for visiting guests, the Park City community and locals alike. Are you new to Park City? Come create lasting memories with our fun, free and family friendly activities throughout the holiday season.

Join us to celebrate Christmas with Santa Claus on Tuesday, December 24, 2013. The jolly old man will 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.

Christmas Day

Come be amazed at Deer Valley’s annual Torchlight Parade Monday, December 30, 2013, at dusk (approximately 6 p.m.). Deer Valley’s renowned ski school will dazzle guests with torches, synchronized skiing and all sorts of “illuminating” moves. While you will want to see it in person to truly appreciate the performance, you can watch last years Torchlight Parade here.

The parade descends down Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain and is best viewed from behind Snow Park Lodge, where complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served. Get here early to make sure you have a good view and plenty of refreshments.

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The holiday season is also about good food. Deer Valley has 11 restaurants open during the holidays with options perfect for either an intimate dining experience or large-group fun. See the Deer Valley website for full descriptions of cuisine and restaurant hours.

Do you spend the holidays on the slopes? We would love to hear about your family holiday traditions in the comments below.  Also be sure to share your holiday photos with us on our social media platforms with the hashtag #SkiTheDifference.

Happy holidays from Deer Valley Resort!   .

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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!