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.
Park City is home to a thriving year-round local music community that fosters the success of homegrown musicians, while still welcoming big name headliners from around the world. Just because the summer music festivals are coming to a close does not mean the party has to end! With live music venues that cover nearly every genre, it’s always a good time to sing, sway, and boogie along with your favorites.
Head to Historic Main Street and check out the locals’ favorite spots to relax with a cocktail or get up and dance. ParkCityLiveMusic.com is your first stop to see who's playing where.
Park City Live: Park City’s largest venue brings in big hitters like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Steve Aoki, Post Malone, and many more. National acts perform throughout the year, but the stage really heats up during the annual Sundance Film Festival.
The Egyptian Theatre: This historic community staple offers not only musical performances but live theatre, plays, musicals, stand-up comedy shows, and local events. Spice up your Park City visit with charming and eclectic small town acts.
O.P. Rockwell: This newer venue is a swanky, underground bar with a large enough stage to bring in full bands for a swinging good time. This music hall / bar & lounge is located on upper Historic Main Street, making it easy to enjoy dinner and a show.
The Cabin: For a rowdy night on the town, head to this local’s favorite for drinks, food (they make their own bagel bites), and live music every Friday and Saturday. The Cabin is home to the Elkupine, a mystic mascot you’ll have to see to believe. During the week, participate in an open mic or cowboy karaoke.
The Spur Bar & Grill: Stop in for a weekend drink and some local live entertainment. This newly renovated bar is a current hot spot on Historic Main Street. But, you’re sure to mix and mingle with both visitors and locals any night of the week.
These are just a few of the many opportunities to enjoy live music in Park City all year round. Our front desk team is always happy to recommend a venue perfectly suited to your taste and musical preference: 435-658-9500
With such a variety of venues and musical acts, this town has something for everyone.
No trip to Park City is complete without a stop at the Utah Olympic Park. This world-class training site was once home to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Today, visitors are welcome to come explore the world-class facilities, experience thrill-seeking adventure rides, and witness top-tier athletes train for international competitions.
* recommended activity for families with kids
Summer Bobsled Experience
* Zip Line Tour
Summer Extreme Zip Line
Summer Freestyle Zipline
* Alpine Slide
* Airbag Jumps
Summer Drop Tower
* Scenic Chairlift Rides
* Summer Discovery Course
Summer Canyon Course
Summer Summit Course
* Summer Guided Tours
* Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle Shows
For more information on all the exciting activities and events happening at the Utah Olympic Park, visit the website here.
Make the most of your time in Park City with this must-see Olympic destination.
Playful aspen leaves dance in a gentle summer breeze, as if moved by the sweet musical stylings of homegrown musicians. The Sixth Annual Hops on the Hill has returned for another seven week series of local craft beer tasting, savory food pairings, and free concerts.
This local event is held every Tuesday at our sister property, Stein Eriksen Lodge. Inspired by the Olympic legend and his Norwegian heritage, the traditional ski lodge was the very first property erected in Deer Valley, and has since remained an iconic treasure.
Visitors flock to Deer Valley each year for destination weddings and legendary mountain vacations, but Hops on the Hill feels more like a tribute to locals. The tranquil ambiance is elegant yet laid back. Kids play in the grass, while old friends come together to spend carefree summer nights on the deck.
Stein Collection Corporate Chef and Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations, Zane Holmquist, carefully crafts fine small bites to pair with each brewery’s unique ales, lagers, stouts, and malts. You can find him on the deck chatting with attendees and personally serving his taste creations. Many are surprised to find a chef of his stature on the deck serving, but Hops on the Hill is special. Chef Zane describes it as an opportunity to experience “the more casual side of Stein.”
Each week, the event features two local breweries. The passionate brewers take pride in sharing their craft. They are happy to describe the complexities of flavor found in each distinct beer. Combined with Stein Eriksen Lodge’s award-winning pairings, the evening offers a unique opportunity to indulge in a variety of taste sensations.
Guests seeking a more casual dining experience are encouraged to come relax on the lawn, enjoy the free concert, and order from the à la carte grill and bar. Chef Zane welcomes everyone to “Bring the neighbors, the friends, the kids, and have a great time!” There is truly something for everyone. Bring your friends and family to partake in this favorite summer series!
For a full list of local breweries and bands each week, click here.
This event does sell out, so be sure to make an early reservation: 435-645-6455