Photos by Berin Klawiter, provided by The National Ability Center
This winter season, we would like to take the opportunity to recognize one of our favorite non-profit organizations here in Park City, The National Ability Center. They inspire athletes to do extraordinary things every day. Through more than a dozen adaptive recreational and educational programs offered year round, they foster self-esteem, confidence, and lifelong skills for every participant. From Paralympic gold medalists to those seeking to spend quality time with family and friends, The National Ability Center offers a safe place for everyone who is willing to challenge themselves in the great outdoors.
This season, The National Ability Center is offering events where family and friends of those with a “can do” attitude are encouraged to participate. Additionally, members of the Armed Forces and Veterans from every era are invited to participate in any program free of charge, and have special events for them and their families. A number of ongoing Nordic skiing, fat biking, and indoor climbing sessions are available throughout the season. Below are the upcoming friends and family events for the rest of the winter season.
· 2/23: Friends & Family Fat Biking
Spend your Sunday with family and friends as we take you adaptive fat tire biking on the beautiful snow packed trails of Round Valley.
· 3/1: Friends & Family Nordic Skiing or Snowshoeing
Spend your Sunday with family and friends as we take you adaptive Nordic skiing or snowshoeing on the beautiful trails of Round Valley.
· 3/14: Military Backcountry Snowshoe Day in Daly Canyon
Military Service members and their families are invited to join a guided backcountry snowshoe trip in Daly Canyon. Hot Chocolate and transportation from the NAC is included.
· 3/15: Friends & Family Nordic Skiing
Spend your Sunday with family and friends as we take you adaptive Nordic skiing on the beautiful trails of Round Valley.
· 3/29: Friends & Family Snowshoe in Daly Canyon
Spend your Sunday with family and friends as we take you on a guided backcountry snowshoe trip in Daly Canyon.
· 4/5-4/9: Military Paralympic Experience Camp
A winter Paralympic sport sampler for Veterans of all abilities. This camp offers high-altitude training and hands-on instruction from world-class staff to help Veterans discover their next level of competition. Includes skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, Nordic skiing and biathlon.
In order to provide a low cost for participants in various activities throughout the year, The National Ability Center holds an annual fundraiser every winter: Red, White, & Snow. This year marks their 16th year of holding this fundraiser. The event is from March 4-7th with events scattered all around Park City. Join us on March 5th at our sister property, Stein Eriksen Lodge, for an intimate evening tasting of over 30 vintners’ favorite wines and hors d’oeuvres. For a full schedule of events, please visit Red, White, & Snow’s website here.
To learn more about how you can participate with The National Ability Center, visit their website and explore their volunteer or donation options. We are incredibly lucky to have such an amazing organization here in Park City.
This year from February 6th to the 8th, some of the world’s best skiers are coming to Deer Valley for the Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Ski World Cup. The competitors will be racing their way down the same runs used during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games at Deer Valley. In fact, this year’s competition marks 22 years that Deer Valley Resort has hosted international and world competitions including 2002 Winter Olympics, 17 World Cups, and the 2011 and 2019 World Championships.
The World Cup begins on Thursday the 6th with the Mogul Competition. Friday the 7th sees the Aerial Competition followed by the Dual Mogul Competition on Saturday the 8th. Each day the events start in the afternoon and continue into the night under the lights at Deer Valley Resort. Immediately following the awards each night, viewers will be treated to a fireworks display at the Competition Venue. For the full schedule and location of each event, visit Deer Valley’s website.
Guests staying at The Chateaux Deer Valley during the event can take advantage of Park City’s free public transit down to the Snow Park area from the Silver Lake area. Or, if you are skiing in the morning, you can simply walk across the street, ski Deer Valley for the day, then ski down to Snow Park before they close the area for the competition. Our helpful and knowledgeable Concierge staff located in the lobby can help direct you and plan your transportation needs to ensure that you can catch the event that you wish to see.
If catching the event live isn’t possible for your itinerary, the FIS World Cup will be available on the Olympic Channel, NBC Sports Network, and NBC Sports. Relax in the comfort of your room at The Chateaux, order room service from 6 to 10pm and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine from the dinner menu while watching the competitors fly and twist their way down to the podium.
However you choose to watch the FIS World Cup, be sure to gather at Cena Lounge for lively après food and drinks. With a welcoming environment, the Lounge is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a personal pizza with a pint. The full service bar and extensive menu ensure that there is something for everyone in your group to enjoy.
The Sundance Film Festival returns this Thursday, January 23rd through February 2nd. Film industry professionals, storytellers, and audiences from all over the world come to Park City for the prestigious festival. With a robust schedule of dramatic and documentary features and short films, there is plenty to see while in town. Additionally, Park City itself offers outdoor recreation, exquisite dining, and boutique shopping. At the heart of the Park City and Deer Valley experience is The Chateaux. To ensure you have an unforgettable Sundance experience this year, we hope you will stay with us and take advantage of everything that The Chateaux has to offer.
Where to stay
Here at The Chateaux, Forbes Four-Star luxury awaits. Each room is a blend of comfort and modern style to ensure that each stay is memorable. In addition to The Chateaux, our other Stein Collection properties provide distinguished luxury. These include Stein Eriksen Lodge, Stein Eriksen Residences, and our newest rental properties, Luxury Homes. Contact our reservations team to find the best lodging option for your stay during Sundance!
Here at The Chateaux, Cena Ristorante & Lounge provides guests with award-winning Italian dining. Indulge in authentic house-made Italian dishes while discussing the latest films in the restaurant, or dip over to the Lounge to enjoy lively après with pizza and pints.
Additional Stein Collection Dining can be found just across the street at the Lodge at Glitretind Restaurant where gourmet, locally-sourced New American cuisine is ready to be savored. Or, at the Residences, The 7880 Club provides you with decadent dishes in a luxurious setting with breathtaking views. Once you arrive for your stay at The Chateaux, our helpful Concierge can provide recommendations and help arrange transportation to your restaurant of choice if needed.
How to get around
The Sundance Film Festival sees a massive influx of visitors to our mountain town. In fact, during the 2015 festival, over 30,000 out-of-state visitors attended. One of the biggest challenges visitors will encounter while staying in Park City for the festival is traffic and parking. Let us at The Chateaux take care of that for you with our daily complimentary shuttle that will take you to and from Historic Main Street. Our convenient location that’s less than three miles from all the action ensures a timely arrival to each of the films you plan on seeing.
If you need the perfect venue for a festival event, our meeting spaces at both The Chateaux and at our sister property Stein Eriksen Lodge provide space for a variety of gatherings such as:
After the festival commences on February 2nd, why not stay in town a few days longer to enjoy all that Park City has to offer while avoiding inevitable airport chaos? The Chateaux is mere steps from the world-renowned Deer Valley Resort. Stein Eriksen Sport across the street at the Lodge can help you get outfitted for a day on the slopes. In addition to skiing, we have trusted vendors for dog sledding, cross country skiing, sleigh rides, and more. Or, head over to the Utah Olympic Park in Kimball Junction to experience a true thrill while riding the 2002 Olympic bobsled track.
Allow us at The Chateaux to be a part of your 2020 Sundance experience. From luxurious lodging and exquisite dining to reliable and hassle-free transportation, we take care of the details for you so you can truly enjoy your time here in Park City. Please contact our reservations and Concierge teams to make arrangements for your stay today!
After a busy holiday season, we like to take a moment to recognize some of our incredible staff here at The Chateaux Deer Valley who work hard to provide each guest with an excellent experience. This month we’re acknowledging Alex Lyman, our dedicated bell captain.
Alex has lived in Park City for 25 years. He moved here from Whitefish, Montana, completed high school here in town, then lived in New York City for a few years pursuing music production and sound design, something he still enjoys today. Upon returning to Park City from New York, Alex took a position at the Park City Peaks Hotel as a bell captain and bellman. It was there that he fell in love with hospitality and decided to continue to pursue his career in the industry.
When asked about his favorite aspects of his job, the answer was easy for Alex. “I love interacting with all the guests. It’s a lot of fun. I love the team here and at Stein’s too - it’s an amazing team and that makes it fun.”
The best time of year to be on the bell staff, according to Alex, is throughout the entire winter. The hotel is busier and the season allows him to participate in one of his favorite activities, snowboarding. When Alex isn’t interacting with guests here on property, he is spending his free time on the slopes at either Park City Mountain Resort here in town or at Brighton Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
The job of a bellman is varied and fast-paced. Alex and his team handle everything from valeting guest's cars, carrying luggage, transporting guests, and answering questions all while providing the best customer experience possible. Alex and his team take pride in this varied work. “With my position particularly, moving around, shuttles, there’s always plenty to do and it keeps it interesting.”
The next time you stay with us here at The Chateaux, be sure to say hello to Alex. He is a wonderful addition to our team and we continue to be grateful for his strong work ethic and approachable personality every day.
Your winter vacation is booked at The Chateaux Deer Valley, you’re counting down the days until you’ll be hitting the slopes, and the suitcases are ready to be packed. Between ski gear, après-ski attire, and everyday wear, there is a lot to remember to bring along. Be sure you’re ready for all aspects of your getaway to Park City by properly packing all of the essentials.
When you’re out skiing all day, you’ll most likely encounter changing conditions, cold temperatures, and moisture. The best way to be prepared for all weather conditions is to layer. Start with a comfortable baselayer. A merino wool layer is a good option if you will be skiing multiple days as it wicks moisture and controls odors to keep you fresh throughout your trip. Then, add a midlayer. If the temperatures are forecasted to be pretty mild, you may only need a light vest. If freezing conditions await you, you may want something a bit more robust like a down puffy. Complete your ski outfit with a waterproof or water resistant jacket and snow pants.
After you have all your layers in order, accessorize! Neckwarmers, an extra beanie, and comfortable ski socks will help you stay warm and comfortable as you ski. Your socks should be tall, on the thin side, and comfortable. Your ski boots will help keep your feet warm and if your socks are too thick you run the risk of cutting off circulation to your toes. Be prepared for your day on the slopes by packing:
-Midlayer (down or synthetic puffy or a vest)
-Ski jacket and snow pants (waterproof or water resistant)
To save on baggage costs, unnecessary hassle, and extra time at the airport, leave your skis and poles at home and rent from the onsite rental shop, Ski N See. The shop also sells jackets, helmets, googles, and rents out ski boots so you can leave all of those at home too if need be. If you would like to bring your own gear, all you will need for your day on the slopes is:
Off the slopes
Even though you are coming to The Chateaux to ski, there are still going to be large portions of your vacation is going to be spent off the slopes. Whether you’re taking a day off at Le Spa, taking our complimentary shuttle to Historic Main Street in Park City to stroll between the boutiques, or joining us in Cena Lounge for après-ski drinks and food, you’ll need a few other items aside from your skiing clothes to be prepared for all facets of your vacation:
-Bathing suit for our outdoor heated pool
-Comfortable shoes for walking
When you are prepared with all the gear and clothing needed for a ski vacation, you can thoroughly enjoy your time on the slopes and around Park City. However, should you forget anything, there are plenty of near by shops and stores to pick up the essentials. The onsite Ski N See shop is a convenient stop top pick up your ski rentals and any forgotten ski clothing while the Le Sundry shop in the main lobby is well stocked in case you forget to pack any toiletries. Our helpful Concierge staff can recommend shops and stores for you as well to ensure that you can enjoy your time here at The Chateaux and at Deer Valley Resort.
Cold weather and falling snow make us want to cozy up after a day on the slopes with a hearty dinner. Here at The Chateaux, we're heading to Cena Ristorante & Lounge for our cold weather meals. The new 2020 winter menu has arrived and is full of delicious, savory Italian dishes. A favorite winter meal, a Sweet Potato Gnocchi paired with the classic holiday Amaretto & Ginger cocktail, is sure to warm up any winter day. Try your hand at making it yourself with the recipe below, or let our expert staff treat you to this delightful meal and cocktail in our restaurant.
Amaretto & Ginger cocktail:
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Cock & Bull Ginger Beer
Top with Amaretto Disaronno
Garnish with a slice of lime
Restaurant Manager Jeremy Ray explains why this cocktail pairs so well with one of our favorite dishes, the Sweet Potato Gnocchi.
"The earthy flavors in the gnocchi will be accentuated by the almond in the Amaretto and the ginger in the drink. With whiskey as its main liquor, the drink dances along with the dish taking and giving flavors as they complement each other. The sage brown butter adds a richness to this dish that highlights the hazelnut's flavor and the almond is a natural complement to the hazelnut. You will find this drink is hearty enough to stand up to what the butter brings to the dish. Both the dish and the drink have an inquisitive amount of depth and complexity which you will find add new dimensions to each other with every bite and sip."
Chef Wellman at Cena Ristorante provided us with the recipe for the delicious Sweet Potato Gnocchi to warm up your evening should you choose to stay in.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
1 each Roasted Sweet Potato
1-2 cup All-purpose flour
1 each Whole egg
2 tsp Salt
1. Wash sweet potatoes
2. Place sweet potatoes in oven at 350 degrees until tender, about 20-30 minutes.
3. Peel potatoes as soon as possible after removing from the water (without burning yourself). Be mindful that you want to work quickly so you can prepare the potatoes when they are hot. You can either push the potatoes through a ricer, or one at a time on the cutting board using the tines of a fork. Run the fork down the sides of the peeled potato creating a nice, fluffy potato base to work with. Don’t over-mash – you are simply after an even consistency with no noticeable lumps.
4. Let the potatoes cool spread out across the cutting board – ten or fifteen minutes. Long enough that the egg won’t cook when it is incorporated into the potatoes.
5. Pull the potatoes into a soft mound. Drizzle with the beaten egg and sprinkle 3/4 cup of the flour across the top. A metal spatula or large pastry scraper are both great utensils to use to incorporate the flour and eggs into the potatoes. Scrape underneath and fold, scrape and fold until the mixture is a light crumble. Very gently, knead the dough. This is also the point you can add more flour (a sprinkle at a time) if the dough is too tacky. The dough should be moist but not sticky. It should feel almost billowy.
6. Cut it into 8 pieces. Now gently roll each 1/8th of dough into a snake-shaped log, roughly the thickness of your thumb. Use a knife to cut pieces every 3/4-inch. Dust with a bit more flour.
7. To shape the gnocchi hold a fork in one hand and place gnocchi against the tines of the fork (or gnocchi board). Use your thumb and press in and down the length of the fork. The gnocchi should curl into a slight “C” shape. Set each gnocchi aside, dust with a bit more flour if needed, until you are ready to boil them.
8. Either reheat your potato water or start with a fresh pot (salted) and bring to a boil. Cook the gnocchi in batches by dropping them into the boiling water. They will let you know when they are cooked because they will pop back up to the top. Fish them out of the water with a slotted spoon ten seconds or so after they’ve surfaced. Have a large platter ready with a generous amount of arugula pesto. Toss gnocchi in melted butter with sage.
9. Top with a generous amount of fresh grated parmesan cheese and toasted, crumbled hazelnuts!
Jeremy, Chef Wellman, and the entire team at Cena Ristorante & Lounge are extremely knowledgeable and love sharing their foodie wisdom. When you dine with us at Cena, never hesitate to ask for pairing suggestions. Call (435) 940-2200 and make a dinner reservation today to savor our new winter menu and holiday dishes to warm up after your day on the slopes.
As the 2019 year draws to a close and the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, we at The Chateaux Deer Valley are reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the start of the winter season. From you, our guests, to our hardworking staff, we have so much to be thankful for.
Snow and the Upcoming Winter Season
While we love all of the seasons, there is something special about winter in Park City. The trees are topped with white pillows and lights while the mountains are blanketed in fresh snow inviting us to dream of crisp corduroy and deep powder. Snow provides a picturesque scene and allows us to participate in some of our favorite winter activities: Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and horse drawn sleigh rides. At Deer Valley Resort, the snow making machines have been hard at work when the temperatures are low enough to ensure the runs are ready for opening day on December 7th.
Condé Nast Traveler Award
This year, we are honored and thankful to announce that The Chateaux was ranked #7 on Condé Nast’s Top 30 Resorts in The West: Readers’ Choice Awards 2019. When we receive an award like this from readers and guests, we are humbled that we have met and exceeded expectations. Awards like this inspire us to work ever harder to make The Chateaux a place where guests want to return time after time.
Our Dedicated Staff
It is our hardworking and dedicated staff who help us earn and maintain our Forbes Four-Star rating. They are always looking out for the best interest of each guest, providing highly anticipatory yet authentic service. We are thankful for the knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced team at The Chateaux. They truly make our hotel a great place to work and visit.
Our Fabulous Guests
Most of all, we are thankful for our guests. We thank each of you for allowing us to serve you, for coming back year after year, and for making The Chateaux such a special place. Each guest enhances our hotel and motivates us to reach new heights in customer service and satisfaction. Thank you! And we look forward to continuing to serve you throughout the upcoming winter season.
The winter ski season is right around the corner with Deer Valley Resort opening for the 2019/2020 season on December 7th. As this date is rapidly approaching, we had a chat with Steve Graff, the Director of Mountain Operations at Deer Valley Resort to get an idea of what to expect this upcoming winter season.
For the 19/20 ski season, Deer Valley has invested almost $8 million dollars to enhance the guest experience. Most of these funds went to Steve Graff’s mountain operations team. We asked him what these funds went to and what we can expect when hitting the slopes next month. In short, the largest part of the funds went to new RFID technology gates. Additional funds were used to purchase around 25 more energy efficient snow guns and 4 new snowcats to provide the best possible experience for guests on the mountain.
Deer Valley installed 18 RFID gates this year, and according to Steve, it’s the largest single resort installment Access has ever done. “That is wrapping up right now and we’re in the testing mode and they appear to be working well. We were able to test them in the summer. We put them on our summer lifts and they ran without any problems.” The addition of the new RFID gates enables skiers to go straight to the lifts to start their day of skiing. No more waiting in line to pick up a lift ticket if you purchased a season pass or multi-day pass.
Additionally, the mountain ops team invested in new snowmaking technology and snowmaking enhancements. The mountain ops team has been hard at work throughout the summer replacing thousands of snowmaking pipe. Plus, Steve informed us that, “We purchased right around 25 more energy efficient snow guns which enables us to make snow over a broader range of temperatures and more efficiently while consuming less power and energy, so that’s great.” It is great, and in fact, just a few weeks ago when Park City experienced multiple days of low temperatures, the snow makers were able to complete somewhere around 9 runs in a week. It’s still too early to tell how much of the resort will be open on opening day, but if Mother Nature gifts us with low temperatures again, Steve and his team will be able to get even more runs ready to go.
Deer Valley acquired 4 new snowcats this year to help maintain the freshest corduroy all across the mountain. As Steve puts it, “All of that just goes to making a more efficient quality product.” Deer Valley Resort is often ranked as one of the best resorts in the world, and these new mountain operations investments help ensure that they maintain this prestigious status.
Bonus: Glade Skiing
For those skiers who prefer off-piste runs through the trees, there’s good news here too. Toward the end of our conversation, Steve mentioned that throughout the summer, a team of 7 sawyers maintained Deer Valley’s forests. They did this for the health of the forest, but as a result, the tree areas of the resort got a whole summer’s worth of attention. This attention opened up some new shots and cleared up existing lines for some new and enhanced off-piste skiing.
As an added benefit to guests and to help keep things moving smoothly across the entire resort, at every base area and ticket locations, there will be digital, real-time signage providing information on weather, grooming conditions, and lift status to keep guests informed before they hit the slopes. This way, guests know what to expect before booting up and can decide if they want to wait a bit in the lodge or go straight up to their favorite runs.
Put simply, guests at Deer Valley Resort this season can expect an enhanced experience thanks to a solid snow base, smooth groomed trails, and real-time information to stay informed throughout the resort. Discover this enhanced guest experience yourself and stay with us at The Chateaux this winter season. Book your stay with our Winter Activities package and enjoy a winter retreat mere steps from Deer Valley Resort.
Come and celebrate Halloween in Park City this season! Cooler days and longer nights bring a pleasant chill to the air – as a variety of themed events bring a thrill to your spirit. Kids have classic trick-or-treating opportunities while ghost tours, haunted attractions, and more add excitement to your visit. Park City comes out in all its glory to celebrate this spooky season in style – there’s even a costumed pet parade to enjoy!
Halloween on Main Street 2019
Pets and kids take center stage on Main Street. The street fills with excited trick-or-treaters going door to door to participating vendors to fill their bags with candy. Be sure to stick around until 5:00 p.m. when the famed Dog Parade begins on Lower Main Street. An incredible array of leashed, costumed dogs and their happy owners – often dressed to match – march their way all the way to Heber Avenue. It’s a great way to celebrate the season, whether you want to dress up yourself, have a little one to take with you.
Park City Ghost Tours
Hearing… and seeing… is believing! Take a chilling ghost tour of Park City led by retired history teachers Rob and Lela Newey. With some assistance from filmmaker Erik Hutchins – expert in metaphysics, paranormal activity, and extrasensory perception – they have thoroughly researched the many area ghost stories to determine which 15 tales are the most terrifying and thrilling.
Park City Nursery
Celebrate the fall season with a local family tradition. Pick out a pumpkin fresh from the pumpkin patch, enjoy the bright leaves and beautiful fall flowers, or visit the Haunted Forest for a seasonally spooky and scary experience. Join members of the local community for a variety of entertainment, sights, and blooms at the nursery – it’s the perfect way to enjoy the cooler weather.
Halloween Movie Night
Halloween Movie Night at Park City’s DeJoria Center features a special showing of Hocus Pocus on October 26 at 3:30 p.m. Introduce your young ones to this beloved Halloween classic. All ages are welcome at this free event! The movie is followed by a fun and friendly round of trunk-or-treat in the parking lot from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Halloween Wagon Rides
Take a trip to the world of Sleepy Hollow. Enjoy an authentic horse-drawn wagon ride through the picturesque hills of Soldier Hollow, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics – and now the Headless Horseman himself! Beware: as your wagon rolls its way through spooky sites and scenery, you’ll hear the classic story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow amid shadowy canyons and forests purported to be haunted. This utterly eerie experience is suitable for all ages.
The Chateaux Deer Valley is the ideal haven for enjoying the many Halloween activities and events in and around Park City. There are always plenty of options for enjoying the fabulous fall weather and the spooky season. Book your stay with our Book 2, Get 3rd Free package and extend your stay on us!
As the first snow of the season threatens to stick and each day begins with a colder and colder chill, winter threatens to stay for good. But until that snow starts to pile up, there is still time to make memories and spend quality time outside with your family. At The Chateaux Deer Valley, we’re still soaking up the last of fall in our Courtyard. With games, snacks, and our outdoor pool and hot tubs, we’ll be out enjoying ourselves until we can hit the slopes of Deer Valley for the winter. Join us this fall for some end of season outdoor activities before the ski resorts open.
Every Sunday and Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, we’ll be serving up creative and delicious cotton candy creations for our guests. With a variety of flavors and colors, there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy.
Pull up a chair at one of our outdoor fire pits and roast some marshmallows. We provide a variety of candy types, graham crackers, and of course, the mallows. So get creative and compile your own delicious s’mores treat with your loved ones.
When you’re not indulging in sweet treats, form a group of four to play a game of cornhole. We provide the boards and the bean bags, you and your family or friends do the rest. Simply set the boards up 12 to 15 paces apart, split into two teams of two, and toss the bean bags. Each bag that lands on the board is one point and each bag that manages to slide into the hole is worth three. The first team to make it to 21 points wins!
After a riveting game of cornhole, change into your bathing suits. Our outdoor heated pool and hot tubs are a great place to play, relax, and enjoy the last few days of fall. The pool is heated year-round so you don’t have to worry about getting too cold. If you do need some extra warmth though, we have two outdoor hot tubs to soak the chill away. The pool and hot tubs are open from 7 am to 9 pm daily.
Come and make memories this fall before the snow starts to stick at The Chateaux Deer Valley. Reserve your room and book our Little Explorers Experience to have a tent set up in your room complete with a stuffed toy, lantern, and guidebook for your kids to enjoy. Or, take advantage of our seasonal packages such as our Book 2, Get 3rd Night free for the best deals during your vacation.
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