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Deer Valley Resort Ranked #1… Again


DEER VALLEY RESORT RANKED #1 AGAIN Deer Valley Resort has been named the #1 ski resort in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine for an astonishing fifth year in a row. No other ski resort has earned this prestigious ranking more than three times in a row in the past. Remarkably, in the past eleven years, Deer Valley’s rating hasn’t dipped lower than third, with a #2 ranking in 2001/2002; a #1 ranking in 2002/2003; a #3 rating in 2003/2004; a #2 rating in 2004/2005; another #1 ranking in 2005/2006, a #2 rating in 2006/2007, and #1 rankings in the 2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and now 2011/2012 seasons.  Aside from being named the #1 Resort overall out of 60 North American resorts, Deer Valley ranked winningly in many individual categories. Highlights included the Resort being given #1 rankings for grooming, service, weather, on-mountain food, lodging and dining. The Resort also received #2 rankings for lifts and access, and #3 rankings for digital presence and overall satisfaction. More than 20,000 SKI readers are surveyed for its “Top 60 Resort Guide” by an independent research firm.

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Major snow!!

3-4 Feet of Snow Expected

It’s no secret Mother Nature has been slacking a little this winter…until now. Going from High Pressure to Zonal Flow in a few days spells BIG SNOW for Utah. Days and days of snow… Ski Utah blogger, and meteorologist, Jodi Saeland reports.

All is good in the world again

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Telemark Tuesday’s

Ever wanted to give telemark skiing a try? Tuesday nights from January 10,
2012 through March 20, 2012, from 5pm – 7pm, you can join us under the lights of
Payday and First Time lifts. This lesson is designed for those who have never
telemarked skied or are working on their stance.

“Learn to Telemark” Lesson includes a First
Time lift ticket and is $30. Purchase at the Payday ticket windows by 5pm and
meet at the bottom of the Payday Lift at 5pm. 1/2 price telemark rentals are
available at White Pine Touring at 1790 Bonanza Dr. 435-649-8710.

Intermediate and Advanced Telemark Workshops also available.

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Did you know?

Did you know? Some of the snowiest months are yet to come! February averages as much
as 90 inches of snow, March delivers nearly 100 inches and even April averages
80 inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth® in Utah.

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Here comes Santa Claus

On December 17, Park City Mountain Resort welcomes Santa Claus into Park City as he descends from the top of the mountain down the Town lift. Guests are invited to arrive around 5:00 p.m. to enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, Christmas carols and a live holiday performance. Santa and his reindeer will fly their sled full of goodies onto the Town Lift Plaza around 6:15 p.m.

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Skiing is awesome!!!

9″ in the Last 72 Hours

and More on the
Way

The ski season in Park City, Utah is off to a great start with Park
City Mountain Resort
opening day and traditional first chair celebration
this past weekend.  Canyons
Resort
will be opening on Friday the 25th, and the following weekend, Deer
Valley Resort
on December 3rd.  Park City received 9 ” of new
snow
in the last 72 hours, and with another storm on the
way, you can expect excellent conditions over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ski Free The Day
You Arrive

No resort town is easier to get to, and we’ve got the deal to
prove it. Our Quick
START Vacation
offer lets you convert your airline boarding pass into a
free, same-day lift ticket to any of our three resorts. (restrictions and blackout dates apply)
New
Main Street Webcam now Live!

Dreaming of being on Main
Street in downtown Park City?  Now, with just one click of your mouse, you
can see what’s happening in Park City 24 hours a day, as well as view our three
world-class resort webcams. View our new Live
webcam on Main
Street

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Ski Season Is Here. Almost.

The 2010-11 ski season was definitely one for the record books. Could a twin be in the making?

Last winter’s record snow in Utah was a product of a climate condition known as La Nina, a flip-flop of the more well-known El Nino. It brought record snow depths to Utah’s Mountains — nearly 800 total inches at Snowbird — and 4.2 million skiers to in Utah. (The national count was 60.54 million skier visits, an all-time high.)

Weather experts now tell us La Nina will hang around for another winter, and extended predictions call for above normal precipitation in northern Utah. The U.S. Weather Bureau’s long-range forecasts call for above normal precipitation in northern Utah December through March. But, if you choose to believe the Farmer’s Almanac, predictions are that the winter of 2012 will come with average temperatures and below normal precipitation.

Powder power at Deer Valley. (Courtesy Deer Valley Resort)

Utah mountains have already received their initial covering. On Oct. 5 snow levels reached all the way down to the foothills of Salt Lake City, and yesterday snow blanketed the mountains and the valley. Snowbird has received more than two feet of snow at its top station, and temperatures have dipped low enough for resorts to make snow.

The more prudent skiers and snowboarders have already set tracks for the 2011-12 season. They’ve taken advantage of the “locals’’ ski packages at the various resorts and through Ski Utah, looked into the pre-season ski/snowboard sales, checked out the various ski swaps and have given ski/snowboard equipment a quick check.

Red rock snowboarding in Southern Utah. (Will Wissman/Ski Utah)

Haven’t started your ski season prep yet? Here’s a few tips to keep in mind before you hit the slopes.
– The time is right for tuning up and testing ski and snowboard equipment. Skis and boards, as with everything used, wear, especially around the edges. Well tuned equipment responds much better.
– Get physically prepared for the upcoming season. Even a little exercise done correctly can help skiers and snowboarders avoid injuries.
– Make sure equipment for the younger skiers and boarders is properly fitted. There is sometimes a tendency to pass down old equipment that is outdated, too large or too small. There are some great season rental packages available for children . . . and adults.
– Work with an expert when buying equipment. Buying skis, boards, bindings and boots either under or over an individual’s ability can make winter much harder than it need be.

FACTS & FIGURES
14 Utah resorts
138 Ski lifts
22 Terrain parks
3,677 Acres of snowmaking
28,926 Skiable acres — 28,926
1,210+ Runs
$31 to $100 Ticket price range

NEW ON THE MOUNTAIN
Of course there was the usual grooming and manicuring of runs and  upgrades in food and service fetters, but what else can  skiers/snowboarders expect when they visit their favorite resorts this  season?
-A new smartphone app will make it possible for skiers to go directly  from their vehicle to the lifts at Alta by downloading the Alta Card.
-Beaver Mountain added a new Little Beaver lift.
-Brighton put in half a million dollars into its snowmaking.
-Canyons will offer heli-skiing.
-Deer Valley put in 41 new energy-efficient air-water snowmaking guns.
-Powder Mountain expanded its snowcat-access terrain by 50 percent.
-Snowbird put in a new version for its free IPhone app.
-Solitude will offer free Wi-Fi access throughout its lower village.

Sunny days are ample on Alta’s frosted slopes. (Adam Barker/Ski Utah)

OPENING DAYS
Falling snow has made it possible for some resorts to predict opening dates. The likelihood of at least some of the resorts making their target dates is good. All runs and lifts may not be open, but there will be opportunities to ski and snowboard.

Here’s what we know so far:
Alta – Nov. 18
Brian Head – Nov. 19
Brighton – Nov. 10
Canyons – Nov. 25
Deer Valley – Dec. 3
Park City Mountain Resort – Nov. 19
Powder Mountain – Nov. 24
Snowbasin – Nov. 24
Snowbird – Nov. 19
Solitude – Nov. 11
Sundance – Dec. 9

2011-12 LIFT PASS PRICES
(Adult day passes)
Alta – $72
Beaver Mountain – $45
Brian Head – $49
Brighton – $62
Canyons – TBA
Deer Valley – $96/$100
Eagle Point – $45/$50
Park City Mountain Resort – TBA
Powder Mountain – $60
Snowbasin – $72
Snowbird – $78/$72
Solitude – $68
Sundance – $49
Wolf Mountain – $31

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10 Things forgotten on opening day!!

Opening day is greeted with smiles as wide as the Great Salt Lake and fist pumps by the many who survived summer.  Utah resorts are hopeful to open the season next weekend, a time that each of us will find something forgotten.

10 – Replace bike rack with ski rack

9 – Clean socks

8 – Last season’s legs

7 – Names of your favorite runs

6 – Licking the chairlift is still a bad idea

5 – Boyfriend

4 – Names of your friends you haven’t seen since last winter

3 – Remembering why you bought that Endless Winter shirt

2 – To get a job

1 – Summer

This list only represents the tip of the iceberg, the tip of the ski season, what else have you/will you forget the first day of the ski season?

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More reasons to come to Utah!! Like you needed anymore….

Utah Earns Top Spot in Ten of Twenty SKI Magazine Reader Survey Categories Utah resorts received the top rating in half of the survey categories including Alta for “Overall Satisfaction,” “Character,” and “Snow;” Powder Mountain for “Value;” Deer Valley for “Weather,” “Grooming,” “On-mountain Food,” “Dining,” “Lodging,” and “Service.” Deer Valley Resort also earned the overall number one spot for a remarkable five years in a row. Joining Deer Valley on the top twenty list, Park City Mountain Resort was ranked number six, Canyons ranked 16th and Snowbird landed the 20th position. When planning your ski vacation this winter, don’t take our word. Look to your peers. Apparently, the clear choice is Utah!

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Up Coming Events!!!

Tue May 17 – Tue Aug 23 – Mid- Week MTB Race Series

Weekly, Tuesday night mountain bike race series.

Sun Jun 12 – Sun Sep 25 – Park Silly Market

Celebrating its fifth year on Historic Main Street, the Park Silly Sunday Market is an eco-friendly, open-air market and street festival. The Market features regional and local one-of-a-kind finds, gourmet foods and farmers’ market fruits and vegetables.

Wed Jun 22 – Wed Aug 24 – Mt. Ogden Mid Week Race Series at Snowbasin

Weekly mountain bike race held on Wednesday evenings at Snowbasin.

Wed Aug 10 – Fri Sep 30 – Canyons Bike Park!

Canyons Bike Park now open! Flow trails off of High Meadow lift, located at the top of Red Pine Gondola. $15 lift ticket or your 2010-11 winter season pass.

Thu Aug 18 – Sun Aug 21 – Third Annual Monster Energy Powder Mountain Motocross

Powder Mountain Resort is transforming its 8,000-foot elevation ski runs into motocross mania for the third annual Monster Energy Powder Mountain Motocross. The resort, along with event partner Monster Energy and title sponsors; Scott Sports, BTO Sports, and 5050 BMX, will host the high-elevation race Aug. 18th – 21st, 2011.

Sat Aug 20 – Canyons Summer Concert Series presents MarchFourth Marching Band

Check out the big band dancing spectacular of M4. Drawing influences from a variety of music genres and offering visual enhancements thru props, guests are sure to be entertained.

Sun Aug 21 – Live Entertainment with Snowbasin – Red Shot Pony – Blues/Country/Rock

Don’t miss Snowbasin’s free music series each Sunday. Delicious food, scenery and music awaits.

Wed Aug 24 – Deer Valley Resort’s Mountain Town Music Community Concert Series presents ~ The Soul Sensations

The Mountain Town Music Community Concert Series welcomes The Soul Sensations. The concert is free and will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m

Fri Aug 26 – Park City Gallery Stroll

On the last Friday of every month, members of the Park City Gallery Association offer a showcase of acclaimed artists, special exhibits and art events. The free Gallery Stroll runs from 6-9pm.

Sat Aug 27 – Mt. Ogden 50/100k at Snowbasin

The Mt. Ogden 50/100k at Snowbasin is an annual endurance mountain bike race.

Sat Aug 27 – Canyons Summer Concert Series presents the BoDeans!

Head up to check out new and old material from the BoDeans.

Sun Aug 28 – St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series ~ Little Big Town

The Big Stars, Bright Nights Outdoor Concert Series presents Little Big Town!

Sun Aug 28 – Live Entertainment with Snowbasin – A Different Element – Hip Hop/Funk

Don’t miss Snowbasin’s free music series each Sunday. Delicious food, scenery and music awaits.

Wed Aug 31 – Mountain Town Music Community Concert Series presents ~ LMNOP

The Mountain Town Music Community Concert Series welcomes An Evening with LMNOP. The concert is free and will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sat Sep 3 – Canyons Summer Concert Series presents Jackie Greene, in celebration of the finish of the Park City Point to Point endurance mt. bike race!

Singer/songwriter Jackie Greene plays following the finish of the challenging Park City Point 2 Point.

Sat Sep 3 – First Ever Yeti Pass Skootch’n Dash

The Ski Utah Yeti invites all snow enthusiasts to race to winter in the First Annual Yeti Pass Skootch’n Dash Saturday, September 3 at the Salt Lake Farmers Market.

Sun Sep 4 – Live Entertainment with Snowbasin – Turner & Williams – Acoustic/Blues/Rock

Don’t miss Snowbasin’s free music series each Sunday. Delicious food, scenery and music awaits.

Mon Sep 5 – Miner’s Day Celebration

Miner’s Day begins with the famous “Running of the Balls,” followed by the Miner’s Day parade at 11am on Main Street and activities in City Park.

Mon Sep 5 – Live Entertainment with Snowbasin – Kap Brothers – Classic Rock (Labor Day)

Don’t miss Snowbasin’s free music series each Sunday. Delicious food, scenery and music awaits.

Sun Sep 11 – Live Entertainment with Snowbasin – Flew The Coop – Classic Rock

Don’t miss Snowbasin’s free music series each Sunday. Delicious food, scenery and music awaits.

Sat Sep 17 – Northern Utah Fall Color Photography Workshops

Northern Utah Fall Color Photography Workshops on Sept 17 and 24 in Ogden Valley Area, attend one or both. Starting at $10.

Sat Sep 17 – Homegrown Hoe Down Barn Dance

Homegrown Hoe Down Barn Dance, Huntsville, UT

Sat Sep 24 – Northern Utah Fall Color Photography Workshops

Northern Utah Fall Color Photography Workshops on Sept 17 and 24 in Ogden Valley Area, attend one or both. Starting at $10.

Sat Sep 24 – Sun Sep 25 – XTERRA Trail Run Nationals

All 140 of XTERRA’s U.S. off-road triathlon and trail running events now lead to Utah

Sat Oct 1 – 2nd Annual LivaStride Foundation Fall Festival Trail Run at Snowbasin

The 2nd Annual LivaStride Foundation Fall Festival Trail Run and fundraiser will be held at Snowbasin on October 1st with distances of 5k, 10k, 25k.

Fri Oct 14 – Sun Oct 16 – Fall Yoga Retreat at Alta Lodge

The mountains surrounding Little Cottonwood Canyon provide the backdrop for this annual fall yoga retreat at Alta Lodge.

Sun Dec 4 – Thu Dec 8 – Alta Performance Ski Camp

Three-days coaching and lift tickets, four nights lodging, breakfasts and dinners at Alta Lodge.

Fri Dec 9 – Sun Dec 11 – Winter Yoga Retreat

3-day, 2 night yoga retreat

Thu Jan 12 2012 – Snowdance and Auction

Snowdance and Auction at Snowbasin Resort. Dinner, dancing to live music, silent auction and live auction.

Wed Jan 25 2012 – Sun Jan 29 2012 – Backcountry Skiing and Splitboarding Clinic

Three-day, four-night backcountry clinic for skiers and splitboarders at Alta Lodge.

Wed Jan 25 2012 – Sun Jan 29 2012 – January Women’s Ski Camp – Intermediate to Advanced Skiers

Have fun with the girls at Alta Lodge Women’s Ski Camp!

Thu Feb 2 2012 – Sun Feb 5 2012 – Women’s Advanced-Expert Ski Camp

Women’s Ski Camp for Advanced-Expert Skiers

Tue Mar 13 2012 – Sat Mar 17 2012 – Backcountry Skiing & Splitboard Clinic at Alta Lodge with Utah Mountain Adventures

Backcountry touring in the Wasatch Mountains with Utah Mountain Adventures

Thu Mar 29 2012 – Mon Apr 2 2012 – Spring Ski Camp for Women

Just for women,three-day, four-night ski camp in March.

Tue Apr 10 2012 – Sat Apr 14 2012 – Alta Spring Performance Camp

A progressive approach to coaching expert, all-mountain skiers in a three-day camp packaged with lodging.