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Luxury living meets outdoor adventure

Nestled into a colorful hillside and valley adorned by mountain views, red rocks and spectacular sunsets, Red Ledges is a Heber Valley oasis where two Utah-raised Fortune 500 CEOs turned family land into a family-focused, private luxury community.

The Red Ledges development celebrated its 10-year anniversary in October 2017, but the vision for this community began more than 40 years ago when founding partner Tony Burns began accumulating the land. About 30 transactions later, the project came to fruition on about 2,000 acres of total land that’s also now home to an 18-hole championship Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and 12-hole golf park, equestrian center, tennis club, swimming pool, spa and other luxury amenities.

In just the first three months of 2018, Red Ledges closed $13 million in real estate deals — more than double of any of its first-quarter totals over the last nine years. The success is a testament to the vision Burns had four decades ago for this exclusive residential community.

The developers of Red Ledges have roots in the region, some going back generations, making it feel more like a shared community vision than a real estate development.

“The love of the land and the beauty of what it all has in store is something that drew us here,” Burns said of the development team. “This isn’t a group
of investors that came in from out of town that want to maximize their dollar for a year or two and then take all of the capital and go somewhere else — we’re embedded here.”

The setting

The Heber Valley, just down the Wasatch range from Park City, is a breathtaking valley with a diverse landscape. For anyone who enjoys the outdoor lifestyle in the Mountain West, it’s a location that truly offers something for everyone.

“Here at Red Ledges, we never really wanted to do things the biggest or the most expensive, but what we wanted to do is we wanted to be real,” said Mitchel Burns, chief operating officer at Red Ledges. “We wanted to be in touch with the land and with the mountains and in the environment.”

The architecture throughout Red Ledges speaks to that authenticity, he added, thanks to careful planning for how they’ll fit in with the natural landscape. The golf course blends in with the natural surroundings, using native grasses and 100-year-old Utah Juniper trees that the developers relocated around the property in order to preserve them.

“Even when it came to laying out the cart path, I made a decree: ‘Thou shall not touch a tree.’ So, our cart paths are very windy because they wind in and out of all the trees,” Mitchel Burns said.

Respecting the setting and all of nature’s beauty isn’t something all developers consider, but it was a necessity for the team behind Red Ledges. Tony Burns said the ultimate success of the project over the long-term is directly related to its protection of the environment.

The lifestyle

The Park City area is full of passionate residents who’d rather hit the trail than hit the couch.  Those folks certainly find a happy home at Red Ledges.

Red Ledges’ winter activities include skiing at nearby Deer Valley, whose Jordanelle express gondola is about 15 minutes from the community’s gates, or residents can opt for a more lung-burning cross-country ski at yet another Olympic venue – the Heber Valley’s Soldier Hollow.

In the summertime, options are practically limitless, with highlights including hiking, biking — both mountain and road — hunting, fishing and horseback riding. Plus, Red Ledges’ Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was named “Best New Private Course in America” by Golf Magazine when it debuted in 2009.

“We wanted Red Ledges to be kind of that base camp and we wanted to provide that kind of luxury offering and take something that’s the wild wilderness and the rugged West, but give it to you with a little bit of a luxury setting so that you have a base camp to operate out of,” Mitchel Burns said.

Red Ledges offers an activities coordinator who leads residents on various activities. She’ll ski with members twice a week in the winter and lead hikes on various trails, including up Mount Timpanogos, in the summer. The activities coordinator can also arrange guided fly-fishing trips, snowmobile adventures, ski boat rentals or any excursion for which residents are interested.

The amenities

While the most alluring amenity at Red Ledges is simply its location, the developers left no stone unturned in providing other luxuries for its residents. Those things have gradually increased over time as more and more homes have been built within the community.

Mitchel Burns said they didn’t want to build every amenity upfront because there weren’t enough people living there yet to bring life to those activities. Now, as the community has grown over the past 10 years, more and more things are coming on board. This year, for example, a new Village Center is opening up featuring a resort-style pool complex and casual dining.

“We’ve got a lot of family activities going on,” Tony Burns said. “We just don’t want to be a second home where you come in for a day or two every few months and no one knows you and there’s nothing to do, we want it to be where you bring your children and your grandchildren.”

5 Deer Valley Moments from the 2016 – 17 Ski Season

Deer Valley Resort offers a wide range of pass types, but remember to purchase before October 31, 2017, to take advantage of our early season rates.

Locals Only® Passes offer savings up to 48% on Deer Valley Resort ski lift tickets.

For more information please call, 435-645-6626 or email us at ticketdesk@deervalley.com. We are here to help you find answers to your questions, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, through December 1, 2017.

Deer Valley Resort Eligible Pass Benefits

  • Summer Season Passes – Enjoy both a 2017 and 2018 Summer Season Pass with your Season Pass purchase
  • Buddy Passes – Each adult Full Season Pass holder will receive six Buddy Passes. Teen and Child Full Season Pass holders will receive four Buddy Passes. Each Buddy Pass is valid for the purchase of one discounted single-day lift ticket
  • 20% Restaurant Discount – Receive 20% off dinner for you and one guest at The Brass Tag, Seafood Buffet, Royal Street Café or The Mariposa restaurants during the 2017/2018 ski season
  • Snow Park Restaurant Lunch Card – The Snow Park Restaurant Lunch Card features a 20% discount at the Snow Park Restaurant between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Purchase the card online, then pick up your Lunch Card at the Snow Park Ticket Desk. During the ski season, Lunch Cards can be reloaded at the Information Desk located in the lobby on the main level of Snow Park Lodge
  • Complimentary SKI Magazine Subscription– A complimentary one year subscription to SKI Magazine (six issues) is included with your pass purchase; limit one per household; valid in the U.S. only

Eligible Pass Benefits at Participating Resorts

  • Wasatch Benefit Program – Enjoy two complimentary day tickets at Alta Ski Area, Snowbird and Solitude Mountain Resort with the purchase of a Deer Valley Resort Full Season Pass
  • Solitude Mountain Resort Benefit – Enjoy two additional complimentary day tickets (in addition to the Wasatch Benefit) plus two complimentary summer day tickets
  • Brighton Resort Benefit – Receive two winter complimentary day tickets
  • Steamboat Ski Resort Benefit – Receive three winter complimentary day tickets

Find Your Bliss: Enjoy Spring Break at Deer Valley Resort

A spring break ski trip to Deer Valley Resort provides a double dose of bliss: sun and snow.

As the weather changes and temperatures rise, the intensity of life clicks back a little. The ski vibe in the spring is different than in the cold of winter, too. That’s why I love spring skiing at Deer Valley®.

Here are a few spring break ski tips to make your time off even better:

Turn off your ski tracking apps and turn up your relaxation.
Don’t get me wrong, we all love data feeds. The information at our fingertips with current technology is just short of amazing. Spring skiing, though, is more “chill.” Who cares how many runs you ski or how many vertical feet you climb this week? Spring break is all about beautiful views on a bluebird day and working on your goggle tan. Leave tracking for winter.

Sleep in.
The good news is the snow is even better at 10 a.m. than it is at 9 a.m., as it softens in the sun. Catch some mid-morning corn snow, which is a phenomenon created by crystals of snow freezing together at night and then softening during the day. It becomes wonderfully soft and malleable. The ski experience on corn snow can be as good as any powder day.

Leave your handwarmers at home.
With warmer temperatures, your fingers and toes stay warmer. You also don’t need to bundle up so much that you are completely unrecognizable.

Bring your ski jacket and gloves.
Don’t let the casual vibe and the warm sun on your face fool you. Wear layers under your jacket, as it gets chilly on the lift and as you are flying down the hill. Stash some sunscreen in your pocket and re-apply on a break.

End your day on “the beach” with the sun in your face.
Any lodge will do at Deer Valley Resort, but you’ll find me at Silver Lake Lodge with my beverage of choice in hand: a glass of wine or a cold beer. Skiers love to sit back with their best friends, in some of the many Adirondack chairs set out in front of the lodge, kicking their feet out and soaking up the sun.

You only get one spring break every year. Relax and enjoy yours. You deserve it.

Nancy L. Anderson, CFP is a financial planner in Park City, Utah. She writes on learning to ski on the Deer Valley Blog and personal finance on Forbes.com. Find her work on NancyLAnderson.com.

Five Reasons to Spring Ski

Everyone wants to ski like the Olympic legend Stein Eriksen. He was the ultimate icon of spring skiing. Though he recently passed at 88, he was noted for his mirrored sunglasses, skis pointed together and downhill, wearing a light Norwegian sweater and perfect hair. No helmet for Stein.

Here are five reasons to ski this spring.

Warm weather means less gear.
Yeeha!!! No bundling, no facemasks, no boot heaters, no layers upon layers, well maybe one layer. It can still get chilly. Spring means skiing under a bright blue sky down to a beach of lawn chairs or a deck of friends for drinks, appetizers and basking in the sunshine. Oh, and bring the sunscreen.

For those Foodies out there
Ski resorts offer more food selection than ever. They offer everything from noodle bowls to burgers. They even have gluten-free desserts. You might need to try out a signature blueberry mojito cocktail. All that skiing warrants a cheeseburger and fries. No guilt. If you are inclined, dine in luxury with table linens, wait staff, multiple courses, and still be on the deck basking in the sun. You may never leave. There is always more to skiing than skiing.

Corduroy and Cruisers.
You have to “Ski It to Believe It.” Groomed runs make you feel like you can fly. But be careful that you don’t! The trees do not move. Groomers are giant machines manned by experts who diligently toil through the night to make the perfect corduroy on ski runs that everyone loves. Each night there can be more than 250 hours of combined grooming effort, making your experience a great one. Not to mention the equipment that makes it all happen. Enjoy the long groomed runs and great turns. Lots of people made it happen just for you.

Save up to 25%
Late spring can bring discounts for you and your family. There are Late Season Value packages that offer up to 25% savings on lodging and lift tickets. It is the perfect time to pull off a quick trip and have the time of your life. Check out Deer Valley Resort for all of their amenities.

You deserve it!

Preparing for Your Ski Vacation

So, you’ve booked your vacation to Deer Valley Resort. Now what? Once your trip is booked, it’s time to prepare for what’s to come. Here are five steps to ensure an amazing getaway.

1.Prepare Your Body
Jillian Vogtli, a two-time Olympian and a 13-year member of the U.S. Ski Team, is now a personal trainer. She suggests evaluating your current fitness level and building from there in preparation for your trip.

It may be obvious that you need strong legs for skiing, but lesser known and equally important is core strength. It’s most effective to work your core as a secondary muscle group (i.e. a lunge twist) because this stimulates the dynamics of skiing. If this is more than you care to take on, then focus on exercises that target your abs, like crunches, your obliques with side-ups, and your back, by doing back extensions. Unlike other major muscle groups, the core can be worked daily.

2. Accessorize
If there’s one concept you’ll need to understand while packing for this trip, it’s layering. Our dry mountain air cools down quickly once the sun sets, but our powerful sun heats things up just as fast during the day.

Invest in a 3-in-1 jacket, one that has a removable liner and an outer shell so that you can shed layers depending on the temperature. Also, pick up some lightly insulated, waterproof ski pants.

For base and mid-layers, long underwear is a must-have. If you are layering properly, you don’t need to wear super-thick and uncomfortable long underwear, but can find a thin wool-blend piece that will wick moisture and keep warmth in.
You’ll also want to pick up a few pairs of thin ski socks, so that you’re not reliant on doing laundry during your vacation.

Other essential accessories are a neck gator, a pair of insulated waterproof gloves and goggles. Goggles are critical, not only do they protect you from the wind and snow, they’ll protect your eyes from the UV rays that reflect off of the pristine white snow.

3. Reserve Ski Equipment
With pre-packaged rentals for juniors, beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers alike, Deer Valley’s rental shop provides a one-stop shop for your whole family’s rental needs. Open before the chairlifts and closed after they stop spinning, you won’t have to worry about missing out on the Deer Valley moments that we know you’re seeking. A fleet of demo-quality Rossignol skis and boots await. If you book your rental for consecutive days, you’ll receive a 10 percent discount beginning on your fourth day.

4. Ski Smart
One of the best ways to start your vacation is by taking a lesson. A little boost in confidence leads to more enjoyment on and off the hill. Already confident? Deer Valley’s experienced instructors can help hone your skills in an unparalleled way. If a private lesson isn’t for you, check out one of the specialty adult clinics, like Steeps & Stashes, which explore lesser-known off-piste terrain.

5. Make Dining Reservations
Deer Valley has some of the finest resort dining around, including* Zagat’s* #1 rated restaurant in Utah, The Mariposa. If you’re looking for something a little more casual, you won’t have to sacrifice ambiance or taste. Try Edgar’s Beer and Spirits Lounge, located on the second level of Snow Park Lodge. It’s the perfect après-ski spot.

Body? Check. Gear? Check. Lessons? Check. Dining? Check. Now comes the hard part—waiting for the trip to finally arrive.

Originally written by RootsRated for Deer Valley.

Come for the skiing, stay for the cuisine

Visitors to Deer Valley Resort expect the skiing to be great – it is the United States’ Best Ski Resort, after all. Once visitors bite into their first savory delicacy at any one of the area’s 12 restaurants, they truly appreciate experiencing the complete “Deer Valley Difference.” The winter season at Deer Valley Resort starts on Saturday, December 3, 2016 and is sure to be a treat for skiers and diners alike. Consistently ranked #1 in food and beverage by the readers of SKI Magazine and Zagat Restaurant Guide, Deer Valley’s talented and dedicated team of professionals bring more than 100 years of experience in the culinary arts to the resort.

Deer Valley Resort pioneered the concept of a luxury ski destination, similar to what vacationers receive from a 5-star hotel. Included with that ideal was the pioneering concept of gourmet dining at the destination resort. At Deer Valley Resort, dining is an integral part of a complete vacation experience. From casual, family-friendly cafés and grills, to elegantly rustic restaurants, every Deer Valley dining delight features quality ingredients and creative, fresh preparations with an emphasis on locally sourced products.

“The après ski and dining aspects of the resort is as much a part of the skiing culture as the skiing itself,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort. “The vast array of options available to guests range from specialty wine and spirits and casual appetizers to deluxe seafood entrées and masterful blends of classic and contemporary cuisine.”

A true après effect is delivered with televised sporting events and live music on weekends and holidays at Edgar’s Beer and Spirits Lounge starting on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Featuring beer, fine wine, cocktails and appetizers, guests can unwind from an active day on the slopes while sipping on blueberry mojitos or a hot buttered rum and nosh on Deer Valley Turkey Chili nachos. For a quick pick-me-up or early dining fulfillment, Deer Valley Grocery~Café, open year-round, features fresh roasted coffee and espresso drinks, hot paninis, daily entrée specials or house prepared take-away delights to enjoy in the comforts of your own elegant resort lodging.
Sit-down dining options range from the casual, but tantalizing, brick oven cuisine of The Brass Tag and creative American and international spreads from award-winning Royal Street Café to the justifiably famous Seafood Buffet for chilled shellfish, hot seafood appetizers and entrées, roast duck, prime rib and fabulous desserts. Starting on December 9, 2016 guests can enjoy Seafood Buffet and can ski to lunch at Royal Street Café that same day. Dinner service begins on December 16, 2016 at Royal Street Café, somethings are worth the wait.

Setting a standard in intimacy and elegance amid crackling fireplaces is The Mariposa, Deer Valley’s premier evening restaurant. Savor a variety of dishes and explore the world of flavors from The Mariposa’s tasting-size portions, inviting you to comfortably enjoy multiple selections. From December 2 to December 15, 2016 guests can purchase one small plate and receive the second free of equal or lesser value.

Not to be forgotten is the unique Fireside Dining experience, featuring local favorites from the European Alps served in four courses from stone fireplaces. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are available for hire or an adventurous snowshoe trek before dinner can be arranged to add to the epicurean richness. Fireside Dining opens on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Make sure to make a reservation in advance as the restaurant can fill up quickly.

Foodies and ski aficionados alike are treated to the best of both worlds at Deer Valley Resort.

A Deer Valley Love Affair

It’s easy to think of ski resort jobs as seasonal, temporary positions, made for those who want to live a laid-back lifestyle so that they can ski every day. Yet within Park City, Utah, one of the most iconic ski towns in America, Deer Valley Resort has cultivated a community of employees that feels more like family than coworkers. There’s an emphasis on guest service that includes the employees themselves, and often seasonal jobs grow into careers. Understandably, Deer Valley sees an employee retention rate of more than 65 percent. With 800 summer employees and 2,800 winter employees, this is a remarkable number for a seasonal company. So how do they do it and why do employees come back to Deer Valley year after year?

Ski Passes
Sure, including a ski pass in a benefit package is an enticing allure for any ski resort, but Deer Valley has taken this expectation one step further: Not only do employees receive a pass for themselves, but they’re also provided free Deer Valley lift tickets to give to their family or friends. Like to snowboard too? Don’t worry, Deer Valley offers reciprocal benefits at other local resorts so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Discounts on Additional Services
Deer Valley is so much more than a ski resort, and as an employee you get to enjoy discounts on all of their offerings. This includes resort lodging, snowmobiling, equipment rentals, lessons for your immediate family members, and childcare. Additionally, you’ll receive some two-for-one dining vouchers to use in the evening restaurants, which includes Utah’s #1 Zagat-rated restaurant, The Mariposa. In the summer, you’ll enjoy the two-for-one bonus for the outdoor concert series, which attracts world-renowned artists and local bands alike.

Sense of Community
When asking Deer Valley employees what they love most about their jobs, a typical answer includes their co-workers. The recruiting team focuses on bringing in happy, spirited people with whom they themselves would want to work. As Derek Althof, the Ski School Training Manager, going on his eighth winter season at Deer Valley says: “The skiing and mountain biking benefits are great, but my co-workers are better. There is a very strong sense of community here, and I am proud to be a part of the Deer Valley family.”

Affordable Housing
Deer Valley places a huge emphasis on cultivating a family environment, and nothing says family like a home. They’ve taken time to think through the challenges of living and working in a resort town, one of which is affordable housing. Approximately 300 employees take advantage of this added perk and have options right in Park City as well as in nearby Heber City. And to make the distance a non-issue, free employee shuttles are provided from Heber City and the Salt Lake valley.

Celebrate Your Efforts
It feels good to be praised for your hard work. Deer Valley has numerous employee parties and employee appreciation events. This includes mid-season and end-of-season parties incorporating monthly drawings, which offer prizes from skis to Utah Jazz tickets to restaurant vouchers. Since so many employees return year after year, the resort hosts a “Years of Service” dinner to celebrate its long-term employees. Nearly half of Deer Valley’s winter employees have worked there for more than five years—181 have been there for more than 21 years and 16 employees have worked for Deer Valley since it first started spinning its lifts in 1981.

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Exclusive pass holder perks at Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort unlocks a season of winter fun with its exclusive Season and Locals Only® Pass holder perks and benefits. A flash of the pass delivers great discounts throughout the season, ranging from discounted lift tickets for friends and dining discounts to complimentary lift tickets at Solitude Mountain Resort and summer passes for Deer Valley’s lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides.

Deer Valley Season and Locals Only Passes all make escaping the everyday a reality—a dreamlike reality, that is, when it includes an escape to the United States’ Best Ski Resort as named by the World Ski Awards in 2015.

“As a Season or Locals Only Pass holder, you’re guaranteeing yourself the best-priced lift ticket to the resort, while opening up an additional world of unbeatable value-added perks and benefits,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort.

The newest perk added to Deer Valley’s list of Season Pass benefits is three complimentary lift tickets for eligible Season Pass holders to Steamboat Ski Resort. This is just one of many perks affording Season Pass holders access to other quality ski resorts. Pass holders also get to take advantage of the Wasatch Benefit Program, providing shared lift privileges at Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Eligible season passes at each resort qualify for three complimentary day tickets at the other two resorts. Depending on the purchased pass, assorted quantities of complimentary day tickets to Solitude Mountain Resort and Brighton Resort further sweeten the pot.

The fun continues with eligible Season Passes reaping the benefits of a summer pass for Deer Valley’s lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides, as well as various amounts of Buddy Passes issued for Season and Locals Only Passes. So bring a buddy to ski Deer Valley any day your pass is valid and he or she will pay a discounted rate. You’re such a good friend!

“Aside from plowing through powder-laden glades or soaring down groomed-to-perfection slopes, one of the best aspects of a Deer Valley day is fueling the body at one of our 12 restaurants,” said Wheaton.

A Snow Park Lunch Card featuring a 20% discount at the Snow Park Restaurant between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. is available for purchase by Season and Locals Only Pass holders. A 15% dining discount at The Brass Tag, Seafood Buffet, Royal Street Café or Mariposa restaurants are included for Season Pass holders during the 2016/2017 ski season. The extraordinary list of benefits for both pass holders are capped off with a complimentary one-year subscription to SKI Magazine (six issues total).

Deer Valley Resorts Ticket Desk is currently open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for 2016/2017 ticket sales. Beginning December 3, 2016, through April 16, 2017, the Ticket Desk will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Season and Locals Only Passes can also be purchased by calling 800-424-DEER (3337) or 435-645-6626, emailing ticketdesk@deervalley.com or by visiting deerlocals.com.

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