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December 20, 2010

Elite Holidays in Deer Valley

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Deer Valley, Park City, Utah – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Deer Valley’s magical holiday events have become beloved annual traditions for the entire Park City community, locals and visitors alike. Deer Valley makes coming up with gift ideas a synch with products from their Resort stores, gift cards and more. To celebrate Christmas, Santa Claus himself will visit Deer Valley on Friday, December 24, 2010. The jolly old elf will be found in the Snow Park Lodge area at the Resort base from 9 to 11 a.m., and from noon to 1:30 p.m., and will visit guests in the Silver Lake (mid-mountain) area. Guests are invited to bring a camera and have their picture taken with Santa. Another highlight of Deer Valley’s holiday season is the annual torchlight parade. The parade takes place Thursday, December 30, 2010, at dusk (approximately 6 p.m.).

The Resort’s renowned Ski School will dazzle with torches, synchronized skiing and all sorts of “illuminating” moves. The parade takes place on Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain and is best viewed from the plaza area of Snow Park Lodge, where complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served. When shopping for holiday gifts this season, remember to consider Deer Valley Resort’s Signatures, Deer Valley Etc. and Shades of Deer Valley merchandise. Choose from food items like the Resort’s famed Turkey Chili Mix or Jumbo Cookie Mix; and gift items such as apparel Deer Valley logoed coffee mugs, ornaments, jewelry or wine glasses and top quality sunglasses, goggles and accessories. The top-selling Resort cookbook, Chocolate Snowball: and Other Fabulous Pastries From Deer Valley Bakery , (now in its second printing in paperback) is available as is the beautiful coffee table book, Deer Valley: The Quest for Excellence. Guests may shop at Signatures in person at three locations: 625 Main Street, Park City (open daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. year-round); Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Village (open daily 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during ski season); and Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge (open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during ski season). To order Signatures items online from Deer Valley, log onto To order via phone, call (800) 833-2002. Gift certificates are also available. Deer Valley Etc. is open daily during ski season in Snow Park Lodge, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Shades of Deer Valley, located in Snow Park Lodge, is open daily during ski season from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Deer Valley Gift Card is also a fabulous and flexible holiday gift idea. The Gift Card can be used at any of Deer Valley’s operations; for lift tickets, Ski School, restaurants, Signatures Stores, child care or ski rental. Cards can be purchased for any amount, and are reduced by the amount of each purchase until all money has been used. Cards may be used while at Deer Valley Resort, or for phone orders for Signatures merchandise. Gift cards can be purchased online at or in person at Deer Valley Signatures . Don’t forget that Deer Valley’s award-winning restaurants are open during the holidays with options perfect for either an intimate dining experience, or large-group fun.

The elegant Mariposa, winner of a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and a #1 Zagat survey placement, is open in the Silver Lake Lodge at mid-mountain, Tuesday through Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m. Call 435-645-6715 for reservations. Seafood Buffet, listed in the Zagat Restaurant Guide in “America’s Top Restaurants,” is located in the Snow Park Lodge at the Resort base and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Royal Street Café, open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., is located in the Silver Lake Lodge at mid-mountain. It features a casual but cosmopolitan menu and atmosphere. Call 435-645-6724 for reservations. Fireside Dinners are served at Empire Canyon Lodge Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Offering local favorites from the European Alps, Fireside Dining features four courses served from our five stone fireplaces including melted raclette, stews, fricassees, fire-roasted meats and dessert fondues.

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