Old Town Guest House in the NY Times!
Here are a few excepts from an article in the NYTimes about Deer Valley and Old Town Guest House.
“If a ski resort ever epitomized white-glove service, it’s Deer Valley. Its founder, Edgar Stern, opened the resort in 1981 to provide a ski experience rich in all aspects: beautifully maintained slopes, gourmet food and exceptional amenities. Since then, Deer Valley has had a trickle-down effect on every other high-end resort in the country.
Pull up to the base, and a skier valet helps unload your gear and puts it aside while you park, eliminating the classic schlep from the parking lot. To avoid overcrowding on the slopes, which sprawl across six peaks, sales of lift tickets are limited to 6,500 a day. The food at the 10 resort-operated restaurants draws as many raves as do the days of the deepest powder. Snowboarders? Well, they’re still not allowed. Stein Eriksen, the legendary 1952 Olympic gold and silver medalist from Norway, is the director of skiing, and his image — sailing down the slopes on skis and in perfect form, not a hair out of place — personifies Deer Valley.
The resort has done almost too good a job of solidifying its stylish reputation, and in recent years has worked to roughen up its image a bit. Where many resorts are adding intermediate terrain to try to appeal to a wider audience, Deer Valley is trying to do the same by adding more expert terrain. The Lady Morgan Express chairlift ( MAP) was added last year, serving 200 acres of mostly black-diamond runs and complementing the area’s already excellent tree skiing. Though the resort is justifiably known for nightly grooming that buffs runs as smooth as the Italian granite in the base-lodge restrooms, many runs do escape the snowcat’s swath. Since 2001, Deer Valley has annually hosted a World Cup competition for freestyle moguls and aerials (including the 2002 Olympics) and will be the site of the 2011 World Freestyle Championships. The current approach seems to be working: Ski magazine readers have voted Deer Valley the best ski resort in North America for the past two years.”
The hotels and condos at the resort are all high-end (or, at least, billed as such), with prices to match. For lower-priced accommodations, try the Old Town Guest House in downtown Park City (1011 Empire Avenue, 435-649-2642; www.oldtownguesthouse.com), which has four homey rooms (one’s a suite) in a historic Victorian and an innkeeper who is also a backcountry ski guide. The free shuttle to Deer Valley is three short blocks away. Rooms range from $189 to $249 a night.”
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