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Deer Valley Resort, in historic move, advances opening day

Early snow conditions allow the resort to open on Nov. 29

A group of skiers are all smiles as they ride a lift at Deer Valley Resort on opening day in 2021. This year, it was moved up from Dec. 3 to Nov. 29
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One ski resort in Park City opened this week, but its neighborhood rival is not far behind.

Deer Valley Resort on Wednesday announced historic early snow conditions will allow the resort to open early for the first time in decades. Opening day was moved up four days, from Saturday, Dec. 3 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

“The start of ski season always brings a lot of energy and anticipation and it’s even better when Mother Nature delivers ideal conditions right away,” Deer Valley President and Chief Operating Officer Todd Bennett said in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to have the snow for one of our earliest openings ever while still providing the exceptional on-mountain experience Deer Valley is known for.” 

Bennett and Deirdra Walsh, the vice president and chief operating officer of Park City Mountain, on Monday indicated the recent snowfall and cold temperatures were good omens for the season to come. Park City Mountain opened on Wednesday, two days earlier than planned, because of the ideal winter weather conditions.

Deer Valley received over 60 inches of natural snowfall over the last three weeks and also had exemplary temperatures for snowmaking, according to a press release from the resort. Resort officials said they wanted to use the “unique opportunity …  to provide early mountain access and quality ski conditions” as thanks to Parkites and resort staff.

There will be multiple chairlifts and ski runs across Bald Eagle and Bald mountains. Additional terrain will continue to open as quickly as possible through snowmaking.

Deer Valley season pass holders will have exclusive access to the mountain for a special preview at noon on Nov. 28, the day before opening.

Daily conditions and status updates on lifts and runs are available all season on the resort’s website.

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