Ski resort Deer Valley rocks the holidays

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on November 23, 2009 7:46 am

When the Deer Valley ski resort does anything, they do it right.  Well this holiday season is no different as Deer Valley guests, locals and visitors alike get to experience the Resort’s annual holiday events, which have become traditions for the entire Park City community. 

To celebrate Christmas, Santa Claus himself will visit Deer Valley on Thursday, December 24, 2009. The jolly old elf will be found in the Snow Park Lodge area at the Resort base from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., and from noon to 1:30 p.m., 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 Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 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 base of Wide West ski run and complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served on the Snow Park Plaza.

When shopping for holiday gifts this season, remember to consider Deer Valley Resort’s Signatures and Deer Valley Etc. merchandise. Choose the Jumbo Cookie Mix or gift items such as fleece vests, Deer Valley logoed coffee mugs, ornaments, jewelry, wine glasses and more.  Also, available as is the beautiful coffee table book, Deer Valley: The Quest for Excellence.

Deer Valley 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during ski season); and Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge (open daily 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during ski season). Deer Valley Etc. is open daily during ski season in Snow Park Lodge, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To order Signatures items online from Deer Valley, log onto  To order via phone, call (800) 833-2002. Gift certificates are also available.

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. 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 – 10 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 through Saturday, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Call 435-645-6632 for reservations. 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 – 9 p.m. Guests will savor raclette, stews, fricassees and dessert fondue, all served from the Resort’s grand fireplaces. Call 435-645-6632 for reservations.