On the last day of the year, friends and family gather to celebrate a fresh start, the opportunity to set new goals, embark on new adventures, and challenge ourselves to be a little bit better in the new year. January is the perfect time to challenge yourself with the venture of learning a new sport. This month is aptly named the official “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.”
Resorts across the country are offering special deals for beginners all month. Deer Valley Resort’s special offer falls on January 26th this year. Additionally, resorts in 22 states signed up for a special celebration today, this Friday, January 11th for the first official National Learn to Ski or Snowboard Day. The goal is to try and set a new snow sports industry record for the most beginner lessons taught in one day.
Industry research shows that the number one reason people want to learn to ski is to spend more time with friends and family. The second reason is the bucket list approach of simply “something I’ve always wanted to do.” Now’s your chance!
Here are the details for how you can participate right here at Deer Valley Resort:
The Learn to Ski Program will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019 for first-time local skiers. This package includes a lesson, lift ticket, ski rental equipment and a locker/basket check storage. This lesson will begin at 12:45 and end at 4 pm. Participants must be 13 years of age or older.
How To Redeem: Reservations must be made prior to January 26, 2019, by calling Deer Valley Resort at 435-645-6648, referring to "Ski Utah Learn to Ski Program".
Age: Participants must be 13 years or older. Anyone under 18 years, a parent or guardian must sign a ski Rental Agreement and Acknowledgement of Risks Agreement the day of the program, prior to the start of clinic.
Restrictions: Lesson offered January 26, 2019 only. Participants must be at least 13 years of age. Limited to the first 70 registrants. This program will take place on January 26, 2019 only.
* Cancellations must be made before 5 p.m. (MST), two days prior to the start of the program; otherwise, a No-show/Cancellation fee of $49 per participant will be charge to the credit card provided.
Photos Courtesy of of friends at Ski Utah.
If you’re planning a winter vacation with young kids, let The Chateaux Deer Valley make your trip a seamless family adventure. Whether you’re hoping to spend your time on the slopes or prefer to kick back and soak in a steamy heated pool, there’s something for every member of your family – no matter the age. Here are a few suggestions for making the most of your time together with us in beautiful Park City, Utah.
Our Little Explorer’s in-room tent package is a fun and memorable experience for the kiddos! This special amenity add-on includes a real canvas tent to pitch, plush toy moose to take home, National Geographic Starry Night Lantern to enjoy, and educational Fun with Nature: Take Along Guide Book to keep. Let the little ones have their own campout in the comfort and warmth of your room, before setting off for more adventures outdoors at the resort.
The Chateaux Deer Valley is the perfect place to introduce kids to skiing for the first time, or build on previous ski experiences. The resort offers easily accessible runs and terrain, onsite ski lessons from expert instructors, kid-friendly adventure maps with all the fun green runs already marked, and cool character mascots featured around the mountain who actually ski.
For a family adventure that everyone will love, consider a horse-drawn sleigh ride. This is a unique experience that even the youngest members of your family can enjoy. Our sister property located across the street, Stein Eriksen Lodge, launches sleigh rides from the deck that lead to a one-of-a-kind winter memory.
Don’t let the cold keep you from enjoying the water! At The Chateaux Deer Valley, our outdoor heated pools and hot tubs offer enjoyment and a splashing good time all year long. Kids will love the chance to swim no matter how cold it is, and it offers everyone a refreshing and warm respite from the snow.
We couldn’t finish our list without including s’mores made fresh in the fire pits at The Chateaux Deer Valley each night. Gather around the flames with your family, and toast to your heart’s delight. It’s the perfect way to end another memorable day with us.
These are just a few of the many family friendly activities you’ll find at and near The Chateaux Deer Valley For more information on these or other things to do with your family this winter, simply ask our resort concierge for suggestions, directions or reservations for a winter trip you’ll never forget!
Art aficionados and those who simply enjoy viewing art will be impressed by the variety of artistic styles and artists whose work can be found in Park City. Banksy has even visited a couple times and left his distinctive graffiti marks within the city. Here are a few suggestions and highlights to help you decide where to stop during a stroll along historic Main Street’s art galleries.
Lund’s Fine Art Gallery
Here you’ll find fun, original jewelry, art, pottery, and sculpture, along with impressive paintings that come to life before your eyes from Wednesday through Saturday at this interactive art studio/gallery. Allen Lund invites visitors to engage in his creative process within the visually captivating space. With his friendly manner, sense of humor, and authentic perspective, a stop here is memorable and fun for all ages.
Park City Fine Art
This is a must-see for delightful, regionally focused sculpture and paintings including nature-inspired works and Western themes that merge modern and classical styles beautifully. You’ll always find an inspiring, unique array of both artists and art pieces here.
Specializing in modern pieces by both new and emerging Utah artists, this gallery features striking oil paintings, ceramics, sculptures, and glass works. Exciting upcoming exhibitions include Melissa Chandon’s Iconic Stories in December, Marketa Sivek’s Beautiful Day, Beautiful Night in February, and Land Bennion and Zachary Proctor’s Destinations Unknown in March.
Montgomery Lee Fine Art
Enter this lovely, locally owned two story gallery to find an array of realistic and impressionistic sculptures and paintings in a broad range including still-life, animal sculptures, figurative pieces, and landscapes. Gallery artists include nationally and internationally established as well as newly emerging talents.
For an eclectic collection of fine and contemporary crafts by both local Utah and national artisans, stop by this gallery featuring hot glass, wood, clay, Judaica jewelry, kaleidoscopes, and more. Started as a cooperative more than 20 years ago, this little shop is a favorite with Utah natives and visitors alike.
The Meyer Gallery
Known as an icon of contemporary art within Utah – set within a building listed with the National Register of Historic Places – both representational and abstract art works are showcased at this exceptional gallery. The art chosen is both thought-provoking and accessible, making it a perfect place for art lovers of all experience levels and ages.
Thomas Anthony Gallery
For a more varied art experience, this gallery showcases paintings and sculptures by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists from different countries, along with up and coming regional talent. Offering sophisticated old-world service married to the latest technology, it’s a great place both to browse and buy.
Aimed at art collectors from around the world, this fresh and friendly gallery focuses on supporting nationally recognized artists. Offering diverse, constantly changing exhibitions, you’ll find exceptional talent and knowledgeable, helpful staff here.
Live. Love. Art. This is the motto that the Protho’s follow, and their outstanding gallery showcases exceptional creative vision while promoting both new talent and well-known artists. They recognize the many factors that contribute to the desire to buy and own art, and are happy to help you select the perfect piece.
Kimball Art Center
Sponsors of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival in August – featuring more than 225 jury-selected artists from around the country – the Kimball Art Center also showcases art exhibitions from renowned artists, features working art studios, and offers quarterly Art Talks, many of which are free to the public.
This is just a glimpse of what you can expect if you spend a day appreciating Park City’s awesome art scene. The knowledgeable concierge and front desk staff at The Chateaux Deer Valley are always happy to point you towards their personal favorites, or you may choose to simply wander through town and discover your own before returning to your luxurious, four-star room and all the comforts offered at our stunning hotel.
Grab your skis, because Deer Valley Resort’s Opening Day is just around the corner. With miles of interconnected corduroy trails, first-class service, and stunning alpine beauty at every turn, it’s no wonder Deer Valley is consistently ranked one of the top ski resorts in the world.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Director of Mountain Operations, Steve Graff, for the inside scoop on skiing in beautiful Deer Valley this winter season.
The mountains are already covered in a very promising blanket of fresh snow. However, weeks before this bountiful snowstorm, the slopes were already looking ski-ready. According to Graff, this year’s snowmaking efforts have been the most productive to date. With colder than usual temperatures, they were able to get an impressive head start, which means more runs ready for Opening Day December 8th.
"For Stein’s owners and guests in particular, we tripled our capacity to make snow right out front of the Lodge, and we brought snowmaking all the way to the top of Viking Chair."
According to the Utah Division of Water Quality, snowmaking is a noncumsumtive use, because 85% of water used for snowmaking goes right back into the ponds. Additionally, Deer Valley has been making a lot of their own behind-the-scenes environmental upgrades all over the resort. They have replaced a number of snowmaking installations with energy-efficient guns. Graff is very excited that they just acquired four new snowcats, all of which are Tier-4, which means their emissions are practically non-existent.
"You can actually wipe your finger in the inside of the exhaust stacks, and there’s nothing."
The biggest upgrade this winter season is the new Homestake Lift. The old quad went about 300 ft/min, while the new high speed quad will run about 900 ft/min. The ride from Silver Lake to Bald Eagle will now be under 3 minutes.
We asked Steve if he has a personal favorite lift or trail. His nostalgic response reminded us of what makes skiing Deer Valley such an incomparable experience.
"One of my favorite things about skiing, and why I’ve done it a hundred plus days a year for over 25 years now, is it’s always different. I absolutely love it. The mountain is such a dynamic place, and it changes all the time. A favorite for me on a sunny day is Solid Muldoon. I like its multi-pitches and flat spots in between. I like the way it undulates. My favorite place to ski on a powder day is anywhere in the Sultan area- lots of vertical, really good tree skiing, good opens shots. I like Stargazer in the morning, when the sun shines on it, and it softens up just a little bit."
For the sixth straight year in a row, Deer Valley Resort has been awarded U.S Best Ski Resort by World Ski Awards. We asked Graff what he believes makes that famous Deer Valley Difference.
"It’s the people that work here. It’s our staff. In the beginning, the vision was set by the Sterns. When Edgar Stern decided to create a ski resort and operate it more like a luxury hotel, he laid the groundwork for that vision. That hasn’t wavered since our opening day 38 years ago. It’s all about customer service, anticipating our guests needs, delivering the highest quality product and experience that we possibly can. When that doesn't change year to year, day to day, it just builds on itself. So the staff is how we do it."
Come create your own perfect Deer Valley moments this winter season.
For more information about Deer Valley Resort, visit the website here.
Additionally, our front desk team is alway happy to answer any questions and help you book your ultimate ski vacation. 435-658-9500
Over the decades, Park City has developed into a thriving recreational and cultural destination, attracting world-class athletes, artists, filmmakers, and adventurers alike. What visitors often overlook is the robust community of living plants and animals that make up the diverse ecosystem. In addition to ski jumps, theaters, museums, and art galleries, nature enthusiasts can explore Park City’s rich plants and wildlife at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.
Swaner is located at Newpark Town Center in Kimball Junction. With 1,200 acres of wetland preserve and 10 miles of trails to explore, many would be surprised to learn just how expansive Swaner really is. The EcoCenter features interactive exhibits about the surrounding environment, weekly nature tours, wildlife viewing opportunities, summer camps, environmental education for children and adults, evening lecture series, and a gift shop with local and eco-friendly art. Guests are encouraged to take a stroll down their 400 foot pier into The Preserve, or venture up the four-story tower to survey the wildlife.
The current EcoCenter exhibit is “The Art and Science of Arachnids.” Explore the largest arachnid exhibit in the United States and discover the connections between arachnids and literature, art, folklore, paleontology, science, and history. The Art and Science of Arachnids features 100 live arachnids and exciting hands-on activities, experiments, and play.
Swaner is more than a fun stop in your itinerary. The mission is to preserve the land and the human connection to the natural landscape, educate the local and broader communities of the value of nature, and nurture both the ecosystem and the people connected with it. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful resource serving our community, educating locals and visitors alike, and protecting our open space. Make this part of your next visit to Park City!
Still scrambling to throw together your last minute Halloween plans? This blog is for you! Unlike more traditional holidays spent with family, this spooky celebration has a tendency to sneak up on you. Boo! We put together a list of frights and delights just in time to join in the festivities tomorrow!
Howl-O-Ween! On Historic Main Street
Travel and Leisure named this colorful pet parade one of the top Halloween celebrations in the country. This one of a kind jubilee is free for all to attend (with or without a furry friend to dress up). Wander along Historic Main Street, and marvel at the elaborate, intricate costumes adorned by literally thousands of enthusiastic attendees. This lively spectacle is certainly a unique and fascinating experience.
Carve Yourself a Jack-o'-lantern
Sadly, we’ve all had to accept that our trick-or-treating days are behind us. However, pumpkin carving is a timeless delight for the ages! We recommend heading over to Park City Nursery to select your pumpkin from their charming pumpkin patch. If you dare, venture into their Haunted Forest for some more spooky fun.
Dinner and a Scary Movie
Our sister property, Stein Eriksen Lodge, welcomes everyone to attend their Halloween-themed dinner and a movie night. Start your evening with a fine dining experience at the award-winning Glitretind restaurant. Then, walk over to the brand new in-house Freestyle Theater for a screening of the 1978 classic, Halloween! For more details, visit the Facebook event here.
Now get out there and partake in the Halloween fun!
Pops of orange scatter the neighborhood streets as pumpkins make their annual porch step debut. The hillsides have transformed into a fiery yellow blaze, and the flickering street lamps take on a new foreboding gleam. Park City is always a fascinating place to explore, but this time of year is especially fun for embracing the more nefarious side of Park City’s colorful mining past. For a spooky adventure down Historic Main Street, there are no better guides than the knowledgeable team at Park City Ghost Tours.
The tour began promptly at 8pm, as it does every night. We were greeted by a welcoming guide named Kate. She was dressed in casual street attire. Park City Ghost Tours does not rely on dramatic costuming or theatrics to keep participants engaged. They are true storytellers, dedicated to sharing fascinating and historically-informed ghost stories. Each haunting tale has been thoroughly investigated and supported with witness accounts. Owners Rob and Lela Newey, retired history teachers, and Erik Hutchins, a expert on metaphysics and paranormal activity, have personally conducted meticulous research and field recordings to uncover each story.
The tour began with group introductions. Our eager bunch of eight or so participants were all excited to share in the ghostly fun. Kate set the stage with a brief history of Park City back in the rowdy mining days. It was a “sin city” with twenty-two saloons, a whole lot of boosy shenanigans, and a scattering of… untimely deaths. As Kate led us down Historic Main Street, she periodically stopped before significant sites to divulge the mysterious, supernatural, and downright scary occurrences that unfolded there. The tour boasts,
“If you are a believer in ghosts, you will hear some of the best ghost stories ever to come out of the west; and it you don’t believe in ghosts, prepare to have your mind changed! Come see for yourself!”
The team at Park City Ghost Tours works really hard to make this walking tour a special experience. For more information visit their website here, or book directly with our front desk: 435-658-9500
We highly recommend including this delightfully spooky tour in your vacation plans; just don't be surprised if you happen to see a ghost!
If you’re looking to spice up your mountain vacation with a tropical refreshment, look no further than our very own cocktail creation, the Tequila Delight. Try your hand at making it yourself with the recipe below, or let our expert bartenders treat you to this fruity favorite.
This refreshing cocktail features:
1.5oz of Sauza Conmemorativo Tequila,
1 oz. of Grand Marnier,
Topped off with pineapple juice, and shaken.
Garnish with muddled cucumber, basil, and lime.
Serve in a classic rocks glass.
For an even more delectable taste sensation, pair this cocktail with our Heirloom Tomato and Lemon Burrata starter.
Restaurant Manager, Jeremy Ray, explains why this flavor combination is such a hit.
“The lemon in the cheese is a great compliment to the pineapple and tequila. The salt in the dish and the oil and tomatoes bring a unique complexity to the tasting, leaving you with a different flavor in every bite and sip. Lastly, the acidity of the drink does a great job of working against the hearty nature of the cheese and milk fat to bring out yet another layer of complexity and makes this not only a unique pairing, but one that will have you talking about all the flavors that you unlock as you have more.”
Jeremy and the entire team at Cena Ristorante are extremely knowledgeable and love imparting their foodie wisdom. Never hesitate to ask for pairing suggestions, and follow this blog for more tasty Cena recipes. Make a reservation today at 435-940-2200
Imagine soaring into the vast horizon. A gentle breeze guides you over wandering hills and sweeping valleys below. The allure of flight captured the minds of great inventors and explorers for centuries, until one day, hot air balloons finally graced the elusive skies. We’ve come so far since then, but the nostalgic joy of hot air ballooning is as grand now as was back then.
Last weekend was the annual Autumn Aloft Festival here in Park City. Spectators delighted in the wondrous display as hundreds of colorful hot air balloons launched into the skies at once. If you attended the event, then perhaps you wondered how you too, could sail through the clouds.
Fortunately, Park City is home to several trusted balloon ride tour services that specialize in the art of balloon adventures. Rides are available all year round, weather permitting. That being said, the best time to take to the skies is from May through October. We’re still in the midst of hot air balloon season.
Here’s how it works at Park City Balloon Adventures:
Step 1: Call our front desk team at 435-658-9500. We will personally schedule your preferred day and time at the best available rate.
Step 2: On the day of, your hot air balloon team will escort you to the launch site. Launch sites regularly change, and are determined each morning based on wind report patterns.
Step 3: Lift off! Your expert pilot will guide you on the ride of a lifetime. Enjoy the gorgeous views from your own private balloon.
Step 4: Soar wherever the wind carries you. Not even the pilot knows where the balloon will land. He must telephone his crew for pick-up once it drifts down for landing.
Step 5: Conclude your adventure with a bottle of champagne (or bubbly alternative), a personal certificate of flight, and lasting memories from your once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Experience Park City from new heights this fall. Book a hot air balloon ride today!
The surrounding hillsides of beautiful Park City are transforming from lush greens into vibrant yellows and deep reds. Some treasure the remaining days of summer, while others welcome a crispness in the air and the promise of winter.
Most outdoor activities are seasonally specific. Mountain bikers cherish a few more trail rides, while winter enthusiasts eagerly dust off their skis. Looking forward to seasonal sports is fun, but there is one activity you can enjoy all year-round. Strap on your waders and take to the great Provo River, because it’s time to learn how to fly fish!
Fly fishing has been deemed “the quiet sport,” and rightfully so. Tranquil alpine valleys and the gentle calm of the meandering river make for a very peaceful experience. However, you still have to be on your game to catch a fish! Unlike spin fishing, the sport of fly fishing requires that you constantly cast your line. It takes practice, patience, and the right technique to reel in a fish.
For you first-timers, we highly recommend you utilize the help of an expert guide. With so many nuanced factors, it is difficult for a beginner to read the river on your own.
Not only are guides happy to provide tips and tricks, but they love sharing their enthusiasm for their favorite sport. We asked an avid fly fisherman, Blake, to describe his passion.
“For me, fly fishing is an art. Every aspect is meaningful. The bait is intended to mimic the lifecycle of ever-changing river fauna. When you craft flies that work, it’s incredibly gratifying because it means you understand the river.”
A beginner certainly does not need to craft his or her own flies. In fact, a lot of experts prefer to purchase their flies too. However, it’s nice to consider the subtleties of the sport in order to better understand and appreciate what really goes into catching a fish.
Park City is the ideal place to start your fly fishing adventure. It is teeming with blue-ribbon streams (designation of extremely high quality), and beautiful mountain scenery.
Our front desk team is happy to book your trip with one of our preferred vendors to ensure your first time on the river is a rewarding and meaningful experience. 435-658-9500
Try something new this fall, reconnect with nature, check a new sport off your bucket list, and if you’re lucky, you may even discover a new lifelong passion.