Deer Valley to open Dec. 5 |

Deer Valley to open Dec. 5

Adam Spencer

When Deer Valley Resort opens for the winter season next Saturday, Dec. 5, it will do so with a familiar event.

For the 24th year, Deer Valley will host the Celebrity Skifest. Held Dec. 5-6, the event will feature four teams of celebrities, each led by an Olympic athlete. Deer Valley Ambassador of Skiing Heidi Voelker will lead one squad, while Phil and Steve Mahre and Tommy Moe will lead the others.

Celebrities like Nicole Curtis, Dylan Bruno, Cheryl Hines and JB Smoove will be in attendance, along with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the founder of the Waterkeeper Alliance, the organization the event will benefit.

Deer Valley President and General Manager Bob Wheaton said the Skifest is a great way to kick off the winter season.

"It’s fun because of the festivities and excitement that event brings to opening weekend, not to mention the outstanding benefit it brings to the Waterkeeper Alliance," he said. "They do great work around the world."

The Waterkeeper Alliance is a grassroots environmental movement that "helps to defend communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water — from law-breaking polluters to unresponsive government agencies."

Elsewhere on the mountain, Deer Valley will announce what terrain will be open for opening day either Tuesday or Wednesday at Wheaton said the resort is ready to get the winter season started.

"The atmosphere is pretty positive, to say the least," he said. "We’ve had a fair amount of natural snow and snowmaking has been great. The snowmaking crew has been awesome."

Communications Manager Emily Summers said snowmaking is on schedule.

"We always bring the snowmakers back around the last week of October. The temperatures have been great. November’s been nice and cold. We’re used to running [the snow guns] at night, but there have been days when we’ve been able to run them all day as well."

There are a few new opportunities to check out in terms of dining this winter, Summers said.

"The first restaurant at Deer Valley to open is the Mariposa," she said. "That opens Friday, Dec. 4, and they’ll be doing a promotion — two for one small plates. That runs through the 17th.

"Silver Lake Lodge has new lunch offerings. We have Bald Mountain Pho instead of Bald Mountain Pizza. They’re also going to be having a street taco station in Silver Lake Lodge."

Deer Valley will again host a Freestyle World Cup event this season, featuring aerials and moguls competitions.

"Our biggest event is the World Cup," Summers said. "What’s notable this year is people kind of got used to it being in early January, but it’s back to a more traditional schedule and it’s Feb. 3-6."

Deer Valley season passes are still available for purchase. Summers said this year’s passes offer great benefits.

"Deer Valley and Solitude season pass holders get four days to each," she said. "What’s really cool for Deer Valley pass holders this season is your benefits include four days to Solitude and, because of the relationship we have with the Big Cottonwood pass, you also get two days to Brighton. Then, because of the Wasatch Benefit pass we’ve been doing for a few years, you get three days to Alta and three days to Snowbird. If you’re a Deer Valley pass holder, you get tickets to every Cottonwood resort. That’s the best added value we’ve ever had."

For more information on Deer Valley’s passes or events, or to check lift status, visit .

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