For the past week, Canyons Resort's village, restaurants and lodging facilities have presented activities, which include horse-drawn sleigh rides, balloon artists and other performances, for guests and visitors.

This week, the activities will culminate with New Year's Eve activities, including the annual fireworks show on Monday, Dec. 31, said Steve Pastorino, director of public relations at Canyons.

"Essentially the holidays are being celebrated at Canyons," Pastorino said during an interview with The Park Record. "And we're getting ready for the festivities that will take place on New Year's Eve."

Although the Canyons' ski runs close at 4 p.m., the activities will start around 3 p.m., when the resort's mascot Murdock the Moose visits the village and a live DJ begins spinning some tunes.

"It's fairly typical for us during the season to basically offer some form of entertainment in our Village for our guests," Pastorino explained. "Along with Murdock and the DJ, our Jibbin' for Juniors jam session for kids will take place in the Ski Beach area until 5 o'clock.

The Jibbin' for Juniors is an event where skiers and snowboarders, ages seven and older, can do tricks. Kids can participate for free, but reservations are required and can be made through Canyons Ski & Snowboard School or by calling (435) 615-3449.

"We want people to let us know that their kids will be there so we can keep track of everyone," Pastorino explained. "At 4 o'clock, the older athletes will come in for the rail jam."

From 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the resort will offer horse-drawn sleigh rides.

"Those have been part of our program for a couple of seasons now," Pastorino said about the sleigh rides. "They pick up in popularity at this time of year. It can be romantic or for families. The course goes up and around our property. The rides help people enjoy that outdoors other than on skis or snowboards.

"It's no secret that this year we have a lot more snow than last year, so the conditions are a lot better," he said. "I've been looking at year-versus-year charts and this is no comparison. This year will be a typical Park City winter and not the anomaly that it was last year. There is an enthusiasm for the holidays and is definitely enhanced when everyone who is coming here knows there is an abundance of snow and can enjoy themselves on the mountain."

One of the things that will change this year is the Black and White Ball that will be held in the Grand Summit Ballroom.

"It had a more formal tuxedo-style spin to it these past couple of years, but this year, it's just going to be a gala party, and not as formal," Pastorino said. "It will still have the food and dancing and entertainment, but more low key."

Of course, one of the main attractions is the fireworks show that will begin at 7:30 p.m.

"We love our fireworks, and if anyone wants to come up prior, our restaurants will be open," he said. "We're opening Murdocks, a café in the Village where Alpine House used to be. It will be a stop for breakfast that can be taken on the first chair ride and open through après ski time. It's a family-oriented eatery that offers sandwiches and soups. It complements the Umbrella Bar, the Farm and Red Tail as an option for families."

For a full New Year's Eve schedule for Canyons, see accompanying story titled "Canyons New Year's Eve Schedule." For more information about Canyons Resort, visit www.canyonsresort.com.