Winter Is In the Air with John Guay, Deer Valley’s Director of Skier Services

We caught up with John Guay, Deer Valley’s director of skier services Director, to see what the current winter like weather means for his ski season.                                                                                                                                                                 I love summer and my summer sports but I’m always ready for snow and am always excited to ski. I have a new pair of Rossignol Experience 88 skis with the Auto Turn Rocker technology ready to go. If you haven’t skied a rocker ski you are missing out. The Experience 88’s has early rise in the tip and tail which make them easy to steer and super friendly in the bumps and powder. What’s really cool is that they still have plenty of side cut so when you tip them up on groomers the whole ski engages for a great carving ski.

The weather is rapidly changing and we are busy getting ready for the winter season in Skier Services. We are always looking for ways to improve our services and this year is no exception. I thought I would share a few of our big projects.

First, we are very excited about our four new surface lifts for our first-time and beginner skiers. We have had a surface lift at Snow Park and one at Silver Lake for many years, but this season, we are replacing them with new SunKid conveyor lifts and are adding two additional conveyors at Snow Park.  The result will be an entirely new design to our beginner run, Wide West.  Skiers will now access the Snowflake chairlift side of Wide West by three of these new conveyors. The base of Snowflake lift is now midway up the run. The result is that our first-time and beginner skiers will have more terrain accessible by surface lifts and will spend more time developing their skills before they learn to ride chairlifts.  This is especially important for our young children in ski school

Another fun new project is our new Kid’s Trail Map.  We have eight on-mountain children’s features that are associated with our Ski School mascots – Bucky the deer, Quincy the bear, Ruby the raccoon and Silver the eagle.  The Kid’s Trail Map incorporates the story of our mascots and shows the locations of the features on our mountain.  The map also focuses on the Skiers Responsibility Code, as well some fun facts on our mining history and mascots.  It will be easy to read and a wonderful keepsake for kids to take home.





Last, but not least, the Children’s Center also has big news! We are pleased to announce a new year-round outdoor playground.  It is located on the northeast corner of Snow Park Lodge and is securely accessible directly from the Children’s Center.  We redesigned the Children’s Center parking lot and space along the front of the lodge to accommodate the playground.


Can’t wait to see you on the slopes!

3 Responses

  1. Grace says:

    It is a great plan to build a kids playground year around! I am in sixth grade and I absolutley LOVE to ski!!!! I go to Williamsburg middle/high school in Ohio. My teacher just showed us how to do blogs this year and we are in a race to see who can get the most visitors. PLEASE check out my blog at I have always wanted to ski in deer valley and we might this year. I would love to have you visit my blog!!!!!! I hope to see you visiting my blog bye.

  2. […] turns. So I was thrilled to learn that Deer Valley Resort management decided to add additional  SunKid conveyor lifts for the 2011-12 season— with the additional conveyor lifts, the base of Snowflake( the beginner chair lift was moved […]

  3. Karen Ambrise says:

    I had a very bad fall yesterday and Brian Ehrlich of Dearborn, MI dove to stop my slide into the woods. He may have saved my life as I was not stopping anytime soon. I wanted to let you (and him) know the depth of my gratitude and hope he will be recognized for this self-less act. Many thanks.

    Sincerely, Karen Ambrose

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