Deer Valley set to open Dec. 2
Deer Valley will fire up its lifts and open its runs to skiers this weekend on its projected opening date of Dec. 2.
With the recent flurry of snow, the resort will open nine of its 21 lifts, giving access to 12 of its 91 runs. Deer Valley Spokesperson Erin Grady said they hope to continually open more terrain as the snow falls.
"We hope we just keep going just as long as the storms keep coming in," she said. "We’re all just really excited to get open."
Open lifts will include Burns, Snowflake, Carpenter Express, Silver Lake Express, Homestake, Viking, Quincy Express, Sterling Express and the Wasatch Express.
Adults will pay $58 for a full-day lift ticket, $40 for a half. Senior prices are $40 and $28, children are $34 and $27 and toddlers are $15 and $10 until further notice.
Grady said Deer Valley officials are planning for a large opening crowd, similar to those seen at Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons when they each opened a week and a half ago.
"It’s going to be a good opening," she said. "We’re not sure of what kind of numbers we’ll have , but we hope it will be great with the Celebrity SkiFest."
The Celebrity SkiFest, an annual tradition at Deer Valley, will feature ski races between stars, including Buzz Aldrin, Glenn Close, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., Larry and Lori David, Joe Pantoliano, David Arquette, James Blunt, Nicole Miller and Hill Harper, along with athletes Phil and Steve Mahre, Heidi Voelker, Hillary Lindh, Tommy Moe and Tanner Hall.
"We’re hosting our Celebrity SkiFest, which is a tradition that we do," she said. "But it will actually be a little bit different this year because the promoter is working in conjunction with the Water Keeper Alliance. We’re getting a lot of great celebrities coming this year."
Races will take place at Silver Lake at noon on Saturday and Sunday, but Grady said there will be "action happening most of the day."
The Water Keeper Alliance is a national environmental advocacy organization that seeks to protect water sources from pollution.
Before the ski terrain opens on Saturday, Mariposa, Deer Valley’s premier restaurant, will open for dinner on Friday. The mid-mountain eatery located at Silver Lake Lodge will feature a 2-for-1 entrée special through Dec. 15.
The Mariposa offers a blend of classic and current cuisine, as well as vegetarian and tasting menus. It will be open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner only from 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are necessary, please call (435) 645-6715.
Silver Lake and Snow Park Restaurants will both open Dec. 2, Open daily for breakfast and lunch
One of Deer Valley’s new offerings this year is SlopeTracker, which Grady said is "basically a GPS unit you take onto the mountain with you that you can pick up from the Snow Park information desk."
"They are $30 to use for the day and when you bring it back at the end of the day you get a map that includes where you skies, your vertical, miles skied, top speed, calories burned, as well as other statistics and information," she continued.
SlopeTracker will be available on opening day.
For more information on open terrain, restaurants or events at Deer Valley, visit http://www.deervalley.com.
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