As long-awaited snow blankets Park City on this peaceful post-Thanksgiving Sunday, I’m a busy bee getting our gear ready for one of the most celebrated annual happenings in the Grenney household: Deer Valley Resort’s Opening Day!
My dedication to Deer Valley cannot be overstated. It’s the resort that – along with Stein Eriksen Lodge – elevated the profile of Park City to that of a world class ski destination. Though I will concede, the recently improved caliber of snow-making, lifts and on-mountain amenities at nearby Park City Mountain also fuels our town’s distinction as one of the best year-round resort destinations for families in North America. Park City is also unique in that the two resorts work symbiotically, and for that we should all be thankful.
But back to my beloved Deer Valley Resort, which opens this Saturday, December 3. Opening and closing days are a celebration at DVR, but every day in between is one in which to revel, from the trademark corduroy grooming, to unsurpassed dining options, there really is nothing quite like the Deer Valley Difference, and here are three reasons why:
1. The Food
Beyond the iconic Deer Valley Chili, Mariposa and Seafood Buffet, gastronomic options on the mountain truly offer something for everyone. Sports fans who just cannot miss seeing their team throw the pigskin around can head up to Edgar’s Beer and Spirits Lounge, located on the second floor of Snow Park Lodge (Lower Deer Valley), for appetizers and specialty drinks.
If you’re looking to warm your core at lunchtime, visit the new Bald Mountain Pho in Silver Lake Lodge (mid-mountain) for an offering that’s a bit lighter than the aforementioned classic chili. Grab a quick bite, cup of cocoa or coffee on top of Bald Mountain at Snowshoe Tommy’s, or make your way over to enjoy some breakfast or lunch at Empire Canyon Grill, located upper-mountain next to the Montage Deer Valley.
2. Ski School
Lessons aren’t just for the newbies or the kiddos in your clan. Everyone can benefit from a lesson at least once a season, either to get your “ski legs” under you after six months off the slopes, or to check off the “Ski Like Stein” item on your Bucket List. Deer Valley is renowned for having one of the best ski schools in the industry, and offers a variety of specialty clinics to help you up your ski game.
3. Getting Social
Share your Deer Valley love by uploading your photographic moments to their online gallery. Be sure to use the hashtags #DeerValleyMoment and #SkiTheDifference. Check it out by clicking here.
Whether it’s the food, the facilities or the family-friendly vibe, Deer Valley Resort is yet another one of the many reasons so many visitors and locals choose Park City year after year.