What's New for 2003/2004
Deer Valley Resort has spent a total of $81.5 million dollars in improvements since the 1990/1991 season, with annual improvement amounts ranging from $1 million to $18 million a year. The dedication to maintaining Deer Valley’s guest and employee space, slope grooming, gourmet cuisine, equipment, and snowmaking capabilities never wavers, as the $6 million Deer Valley invested in the resort this year indicates.
"Some years we spend more than others in improvements," says Deer Valley President and General Manager Bob Wheaton, "but we’re always reinvesting in the Resort. We never want to rest on our laurels and are constantly looking for ways to improve and be the best we can be. The focus of this year’s improvements was to expand the Snow Park Lodge at our base, adding much needed space for our state-licensed Children’s Center and Rental Shop, in particular. The additional space and renovations will make our base lodge even more user-friendly for guests and more comfortable for our hard-working staff."
The following improvements were made for Deer Valley’s 2003/2004 ski season:
- A major expansion of the Resort’s Snow Park Lodge includes additional space for the Rental Shop, Children’s Center, staff space and kitchen improvements. The expansion also includes an expanded Deer Valley Signatures store and an additional store that will offer confectioneries, necessities, sundry and gift items.
- Empire Canyon Lodge will feature Fireside Dining every Thursday evening during the winter season. Guests will be treated to three courses, all served from the grand stone fireplaces, including: wheels of warm Raclette cheese accompanied by steamed new potatoes, pearl onions, cornichons, cured Italian and Swiss meats and freshly baked baguettes; veal and wild mushroom stew, beef bourguignone or vegetarian stew served with a field green salad garnished with assorted winter vegetables in Bermuda onion vinaigrette; and chocolate and caramel fondues served with strawberries, bananas, apples and dried apricots, cinnamon pound cake and almond biscotti along with French roast coffee and hot chocolate. Freshly baked breads and specially selected wines will also be available to compliment the meal. Guests will be seated at tables, but approach each fireplace for the various courses at their own pace.
- Additional glade skiing was added in the Empire Canyon area.
- The Resort also added six snowguns and replaced four existing snowcats and 12 existing Mountain Operations snowmobiles. Snowmaking capacity was expanded in the Empire Canyon area.
Fresh powder and fresh air aren’t the only things Deer Valley guests have come to anticipate at the Resort. They’ve come to expect fresh approaches as well; newly conceived menu items at the restaurants, additional ski programs, new amenities and improved services. After 23 years, three elegant day lodges are up and running, the finest in snowmaking and grooming equipment is in place, and service-oriented staff is established. With all of that under our belt, this year the Resort turns its focus to fine-tuning programs and introducing new ones that concentrate on fun and convenience for guests. An array of new programs and facilities being introduced this year for guest enjoyment include:
Rental Shop Improvements
As part of a major expansion of Deer Valley’s base facility, Snow Park Lodge, the Rental Shop was renovated and expanded this summer, creating an additional 1,860 square feet of space. The expansion allows the technician staff to increase from eight to 15 each day and the sales staff to increase from five to nine. The boot-fitting area is now doubled in size. The inventory of Rossignol skis and ski boots has expanded from 1,700 to 2,000 sets of rental equipment.
New Telemark Tuesdays
Free the heel, free the mind! Deer Valley is pleased to introduce a completely new adult specialty program this season; Telemark Tuesdays. Running five consecutive Tuesdays (January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 2004), this full-day, co-ed clinic is for all ability level telemark skiers looking for an alternative to alpine skiing. Twenty-five of Deer Valley’s 460 ski instructors are certified telemark instructors. Telemark gear is not available for rent at Deer Valley itself, but Skier Services will provide referrals to local ski shops that carry telemark equipment. The cost for the program is $500 and advance reservations are necessary.
Dartfish Video Enhancement Technology
Deer Valley skiers enrolled in full-day private lessons will enjoy complimentary Dartfish Video Enhancement Technology. The Dartfish technology is what many of us television viewers enjoyed during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. "Simulcam" video enabled us to see one skier or ice skater superimposed on another, making for vivid athlete comparison. Dartfish technology also provides a freeze-frame photo montage ("StroMotion"), another very helpful tool for the skier bent on improving his/her technique. This service is offered at no additional charge on a first-come, first-served basis to full-day private lesson takers, conditions permitting.
New Sundries Shop
As part of the Snow Park Lodge expansion completed during the fall of 2003, Deer Valley guests can now enjoy a sundries shop offering confections, necessities like sunscreen or tissues, pain relievers and gift items. The new shop will be located at Snow Park Lodge, on the Plaza level.