Celeb ski fest, tribute to open Deer Valley
It may have been sunny outside this week but at Deer Valley the snow and show will go on.
The resort will kick off the opening of its 2008-2009 winter season this weekend with the annual Celebrity Ski Fest. The event pairs Olympic ski legends with Hollywood stars for a fund-raising weekend of ski competition, music and fun. The event will raise money for the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental group run by the Kennedy family that is devoted to protecting water ecosystems and championing clean water.
According to Deer Valley communication coordinator Emily Summers, the resort will open several runs on two mountains. Although the temperatures in Park City have been on warm side, weather reports say that the weather will turn colder this week, which should boost snowmaking efforts.
The highlight of the Celebrity Ski Fest will occur on Sunday with a Celebrity Challenge giant slalom team event on Birdseye Run at noon. Olympians ski legends will head up the teams. This event will be open to the public. Admission is free and spectators can access the viewing area on foot behind the Silver Lake Lodge. There will also be a head-to-head Pro-Am giant slalom event on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Ski legends already confirmed to attend include Steve Mahre, Phil Mahre, Tommy Moe and Deer Valley’s ambassador of skiing Heidi Voelker. Confirmed celebrities include Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Matthew Modine, Scott Wolf, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Gloria Reuben, Ian Ziering, Joe Pantoliano, Rob Morrow, Patrick Warburton, Neil Patrick Harris, Dylan Bruno, Camryn Manheim and David Conrad.
Summers said more celebrities will likely be added to the roster as the week goes on and the final list should be known by Friday.
Sunday’s competition will air on the CBS network on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. (EST) after NFL Sunday Night Football.
Also on Saturday, Deer Valley will celebrate the life of its founder, Edgar B. Stern Jr., who passed away in October at the age of 86. According to a press release, the ceremony, "A Celebration of the Life of Edgar Stern," is open to the public and will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 on the Snow Park Lodge (base area lodge) Plaza. Speakers will include Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley Resort president and general manager, Gil Williams, president of Deer Valley’s parent company, Royal Street Corporation, and Dr. Robert Winn (Winnie), a longtime Deer Valley supporter and friend. A ski run near Perseverance Bowl will be named in Edgar Stern’s honor, photos and video of Edgar will be displayed throughout Snow Park Lodge, and guests will be invited to sign a guestbook, located in the Snow Park Lobby, for the Stern family. Dixieland Jazz will be performed by the Park City High School Jazz Allstars from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Snow Park Plaza.
For more information on ski condition and the Celebrity Ski Fest, visit http://www.deervalley.com.
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