Riding High in Park City

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the canyons Located five minutes down Parleys Canyon from Park City lies The Canyons Resort, with its scheduled ski season running from Nov. 27 to April 11, 2010. With over 3,700 acres of skiable terrain, the Canyons Mountain area represents Utah’s largest single ski and snowboard resort. Recommend clients stay at one of its world-class lodging properties located in the heart of the Resort Village, just steps from the Gondola. On the 3,700 acres of widely varied terrain, skiers can snowride over 163 trails, 17 lifts, and two cutting-edge terrain parks. Additionally, there are myriad ski schools for riders of all levels, including children’s schools for ages 2 to 14.

For accommodations, there are three world-class lodges, including the Canyons Grand Summit Hotel, a AAA four-diamond property featuring everything from standard guestrooms to luxury penthouse suites. Amenities include heated outdoor pool, full-service spa and health club, fine dining, nightlife, high-speed wireless Internet access and an in-house daycare service.

The Silverado Lodge is the newest addition to the Resort Village offering hotel rooms, studios and 1- and 2-bedroom suites. Amenities include four season outdoor pool/hot tubs, fitness facility and heated underground parking. The Sundial Lodge, meanwhile, located in the heart of the Resort Village, also offers a variety of accommodations, including standard rooms, studios and 1- and 2-bedroom suites. An ultimate way to experience the Canyons is to reserve a space in its First Tracks program and enjoy special guided access to portions of the mountain a full hour before it opens to the public.

There’s a Canyons Resort Winter Playland package available from Dec. 4 to April 7 that includes over $500 in free amenities with a reservation at one of the official Canyons properties. Clients can choose any three of the following gifts—3-day adult lift ticket; two First Tracks passes; 3-day sport equipment rental package; full-day adult or child group ski/snowboard lesson; $150 resort dining credit; or a 50-minute massage at the Grand Summit Spa. A minimum 4-night stay is required. Rates vary by property.

deer valley resort Five minutes up the Canyon in the opposite direction from the center of Park City, is one of the most critically acclaimed ski areas in North America. Deer Valley Resort—whose season this year will run from Nov. 21 to April 11, 2010—provides the ultimate in first-class service skiing.

“Deer Valley consistently provides exceptional customer service both on and off the slopes,” says Kerkela. “It is pampered skiing at its finest with lots of personal attention [such as ski valets and onsite childcare] and exquisite dining options. Many also enjoy the fact that it is a skiing-only resort—snowboarding is not permitted here, which creates a sense of exclusivity.”

And although limited to skiers only, the mountain does offer over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain over six separate peaks.

Deer Valley provides complimentary morning and afternoon mountain host tours for both intermediate and expert skiers, while complimentary daytime and overnight ski storage facilities are also provided at the base of the mountain. Deer Valley Resort limits the number of lift tickets sold each day and therefore one never senses the mountain is even remotely overcrowded and is able to avoid long lift lines.

When skiing Deer Valley, tell clients not to miss cruising down Stein’s Way, the ultimate groomer named after the famous skier, Stein Eriksen. The run provides jaw-dropping views of the Jordanelle Reservoir from the top leading to steep and rolling terrain all the way down the spine of the run and represents one of the longest sustained pitches in Utah. For freeriding terrain, recommend the resort’s TNT (Tricks ‘n Turns) Park with a variety of snow features for freestyle moves. There are even lessons available for those who want to become acquainted with the latest tricks and techniques.

Once a skier fully experiences the comforts and delights of Deer Valley Resort, they’ll truly feel spoiled. In fact, the Deer Valley ski experience can’t be used as a basis to compare to any other mountain. The place is simply unsurpassed in terms of luxury, comfort and groomed-to-perfection slopes, topped off with gourmet dining in three elegant day lodges.

Among several excellent restaurants in Deer Valley, there’s the highly recommended Resort’s Mariposa Restaurant. Also, the seafood buffet at Snow Park Lodge is not to be missed. It offers a vast array of fresh seafood, including sushi, chilled shellfish, oysters on the half-shell, fresh salads, hot seafood appetizers and entrees along with pasta, roast duck and prime rib.