Ski Holidays – 10 Myths Exposed

If you are new to skiing, the whole idea of ​​going on a ski holiday can be quite daunting. On a number of occasions I have seen people who have never skied before worry about things which just are not true. So, here I expose the top 10 ski myths: 1. A skiing holiday has…

If you are new to skiing, the whole idea of ​​going on a ski holiday can be quite daunting. On a number of occasions I have seen people who have never skied before worry about things which just are not true. So, here I expose the top 10 ski myths:

1. A skiing holiday has to be expensive

Things have changed in the world of skiing – no longer is it an elite sport for the rich. It is quite possible to take a family of beginners skiing and for it not to break the bank. How?

– Go self catered. Self catered ski accommodation is often excellent and does not cost very much per head. You can also choose to squeeze more people in on sofa beds to bring the price down even more. Do not book via large tour operators – go directly to local estate agents or independent property suppliers.

– Drive. With four people in a car, and if traveling to areas in the Northern Alps, driving is a very cost effective way of getting to a ski resort. – Try and avoid the main school holidays (Christmas, New Year, Half Term) if at all possible.

– Keep an eye on when budget airlines release their flights and book early!

– You do not need to go to the world's biggest ski area if you are beginners. Go to a smaller resort where you will find everything in resort (lift pass, ski hire etc) to be a lot cheaper.

2. Skiing is dangerous

Although skiing does involve traveling downhill on planks of wood without any breaks, the vast majority of skiers who learn to ski with instructors and ski within their limits will have a happy lifetime of incident free skiing. Yes accidents do sometimes happen, but more often than not ski related accidents are less to do with the actual skiing and more to do with amounts of alcohol consumed and not taking care on icy surfaces etc. If you learn to ski properly, you will also learn to ski safely.

3. The weather is cold and horrible when skiing

Well, yes, the weather is usually cold. And sometimes it can be snowing. That is a fact about holidaying in the mountains in winter. However, when the sun comes out in the mountains there is nothing like it. Alpine sunshine, clear blue skies and temperatures of -5 degrees can certainly feel a lot warmer than a UK winter day when the temperature might be 10 degrees. That is why people come back from ski holidays with sun tans!

4. I will not understand what the ski instructor tells me

Gone are the days when your only choice of ski instructor would be a mustachioed instructor who's only English was “Bend ze Knees”. Now there are many progressive English speaking ski schools and independent instructors, indeed there are many excellent British instructors working out in the Alps.

5. If I do not enjoy the skiing, my holiday will be rubbish

If for any reason you do not get on with the skiing side of a skiing holiday, wintering in the Alps is still an excellent experience. Most resorts have plenty of non skiing activities on offer such as dog sledding, snow shoeling, thermal springs, ice diving, para gliding. Plus many alpine resorts are very picturesque and so sightseeing and shopping are not out of the question.

6. Because of global warming, there will not be much snow

It is true that global warming was blamed for the bad winter of 06/07 in the European Alps. However, this was down mostly to lazy journalists not researching their facts properly. The bad winter that year was down to the weather, and not the climate. Plus, the skiing was not actually bad – it just was not as good as it could have been.

The last few years have seen some of the best winters for skiing on record. Global warming MAY start to affect European skiing over the next 50 years, but at the moment there is no real evidence that it has started.

7. It is a lot of hassle on a ski holiday

It does not have to be any hassle. You can opt for a catered chalet holiday where all you need to do is get yourself to the airport. The rest is taken care of by the chalet hosts. You are picked up at the airport and taken to your chalet, they arrange your lift passes and ski hire, they cook for you, they clean for you and they take you to the slopes every day. Where is the hassle in that?

8. My kids will have problems in French speaking crèche / ski schools

Like the point about ski instruction, things have changed a lot in the world of Alpine childcare. Creches and kids' ski school usually have English speaking staff, and it is not unusual to find a number of British kids in classes during the school holidays. Teaching your kids to ski at a young age is one of the greatest gifts you can give them!

9. I do not like mountain food

Nowadays, eating out in ski resorts is not all about cheese and ham (although there is plenty of that on offer for those who look forward to their annual fondue or raclette). Most resorts now sport a wide variety of restaurants – some with real cosmopolitan ambiance and menus. And if you do not want to eat out every night, a trip to the local supermarket will reveal that the gap between French and British food shopping has narrowed considerably over the last few years.

10. I can not take a baby skiing

All ski resorts have excellent crèche / nanny facilities. And for those people who worry about the cold / altitude etc, do not forget that babies are born in the mountains every year and they do OK!

Hopefully the above will help to dispel the main concerns of a nervous first time skier. And if you never try it, you might never know what you are missing!

How to Save Money Skiing in a Recession

With the recession tightening its stranglehold on the UK, here are some ways in which you can save money on your next ski holiday. First of all, why not consider a self catered holiday? In this day and age, self catering does not automatically mean tiny studio apartment s with fold down beds and people…

With the recession tightening its stranglehold on the UK, here are some ways in which you can save money on your next ski holiday.

First of all, why not consider a self catered holiday? In this day and age, self catering does not automatically mean tiny studio apartment s with fold down beds and people sleeping in the lounge. There is now a wide selection of excellent large self catered chalets available online, often with hot tubs and saunas. Self catered holidays tend to be quite cheap per person, as long as all bedrooms are filled.

Another excellent way of saving money is to drive to your ski holiday. Cross channel ferries seem to consistently have low prices in order to compete with the budget airlines, and with a full car you will pay a lot less than if you fly – especially over the main holiday weeks.

Another good reason to drive is that you can fill the car with provisions bought in the UK. This will stop you from losing money in resort because of a poor exchange rate. If the exchange rate recovers, having a car will still save you money because it will allow you to shop at the larger (and cheaper) out of town supermarkets rather than the smaller more expensive ones in the center of the resort.

Once in resort, you should consider buying a local area lift pass rather than the full wider area one. Most people tend to buy the most expensive lift pass which covers the greatest area. In reality, for 6 days skiing, the local area is often enough. It is also good to get to know the local area really well, rather than just skiing every piste once in the wider area.

Another mistake that many people make is that of pre-booking their ski hire online. Very often, the prices are no cheaper and indeed are often more expensive than if you walk into a shop off the street, and the equipment they give out is often of a low quality. Furthermore, once you have handed over your credit card details online you are also tied to that one particular shop. A better option is to talk to your tour operator and see what sort of deals they have for you in resort. Chances are they work with a particular shop because of the good service, good equipment and excellent pricing on offer.

In order to keep costs down as illustrated above, it is important to get your destination right. There is no point in planning to economise and then booking a holiday in Courchevel! Resorts such as Chatel, in the Portes du Soleil will help you save money for the following reasons;

1) The resort, although a major ski resort in the world's largest ski area, is actually very reasonably priced since it is still predominately visited by the French – it is an undiscovered treat of a resort.

2) The resort is located in the Northern French Alps so is one of the first ones you can get to driving from Calais.

3) Because all the accommodation is chalet style, there is a huge selection of well priced high quality self catered accommodation.

Although part of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area, the local Chatel ski domains has some fantastic skiing to explore in three main areas – Super Chatel, Linga & Pre La Joux.

5) If you decide to ski the whole area, the lift pass for the whole Portes du Soleil is a lot cheaper than some of the other big domains, sometimes the Trois Vallees or Verbier.

However, all of this does not mean that Chatel is some kind of second class resort. It is a beautiful alpine resort with a highly sophisticated skiing infrastructure in place.

In summary, just because money is tight does not mean that you have to put your annual ski pilotage on hold. You just have to choose your ski resort well.

Chapelco Mountain, Magical Snow Forest

This wonderful ski resort is located at 21 kilometers from the picturesque and beautiful city of San Martin de los Andes, inside mountains Chapelco and counting with forests in the middle of the ski runs, so you can ski through forests covered with lichens, like magical veils that decorate the snow. San Martin de los…

This wonderful ski resort is located at 21 kilometers from the picturesque and beautiful city of San Martin de los Andes, inside mountains Chapelco and counting with forests in the middle of the ski runs, so you can ski through forests covered with lichens, like magical veils that decorate the snow.

San Martin de los Andes zone has all the charms of a patagonian city, with the exquisite gastronomy and its specialties such as chocolates, lamb, deer, jabali among others; and a exuberant andean flora, with species of trees such as pine, cypress, rauli and ñires, most of them inside of the incredible Lanin National Park.

Located at 2000 meters above the level of the sea and with a base at 1250 meters, in Chapelco Mountain there is snow during the whole winter, so you can practice white sports from the beginning of season.

The ski resort counts with 140 skiable hectares and 29 ski tracks for every level, being the longest of them of 5,6 kilometers. The beginners slope has 20 degrees of inclining, which increases until get to the 45 degrees in the black and red ski tracks, for expert skiers.

One of the main attractions of Chapelco Mountain are its ski lifts and the lift cabin, for six passengers, which ascends to 1600 meters. There are another eleven lifts to get to every ski track in the mountain.

Chapelco Mountain also has an excellent base, where the visitors can find the best restaurants with excellent patagonian specialties, stores, rental of ski and snowboard equipments, drugstore and a free parking area. It counts with a Kindergarten too, for children from 3 months to 6 years old.

The ski resort is not just the perfect place to practice ski in every of its styles or walking in the snow. Chapelco also has a Snowboard park, located in the highest part of the mountain, with all the needed bumps and obstacles for parallel slalom, big air, half pipe, among others.

The mountain offers the ideal excuse to enjoy of gastronomy, counting with three excellent restaurants, including the restaurants near the hotels and lodgings. La Base restaurant has a warm environment with two chimneys and capacity for 240 passengers. The coffee shop Abuela Goye is distinguished by its delicious cakes, infusions and sandwiches and at 1600 meters above the level of the sea, there is the Antulauquen restaurant, with variety of menus and the best view of the mountain, for 400 people.

Chapelco Mountain has many entertainments not only in winter time. During the summer there are canopy, mountain bike in a Bike Park, Mini golf court, Archery, horseback riding and an exciting andean tobogan, which descends 800 meters from the 1700 meters of height, through ski track Los Pioneros.

Other activities for the most adventurer ones are trekking, mini quads circuits in quadricycles through paths inside the forests, climb through nets and bridges in the trees and ascensions to Lanin volcano, Lacar lake and the Villarrica and Choshuenco Chilean volcanoes.

Enjoy the beauty of Andean forest and the adventure with the best facilities and amenities in Chapelco Mountain Ski Resort.

Cerro Castor, Ushuaia – Ski at the End of the World

Located in a dream place, Cerro Castor Ski Resort is the most exclusive winter center of Argentina, located at the south hill of the mountain, where is protected to the winds and its excellent snow can be compared to the snow in Moscu, Russia. The ski tracks in Cerro Castor counts with the best preparation…

Located in a dream place, Cerro Castor Ski Resort is the most exclusive winter center of Argentina, located at the south hill of the mountain, where is protected to the winds and its excellent snow can be compared to the snow in Moscu, Russia.

The ski tracks in Cerro Castor counts with the best preparation for winter, and from the 600 meters above the level of the sea, the ground is planed with grass to retain the snow when the defrost starts. In its 600 hectares, the ski resort has 24 ski runs and a snowpark, with a slope of 800 meters.

In Cerro Castor, everyone can learn the winter sports. It counts with a team of 60 instructors to teach ski and snowboard in individual or collective classes, or also more extreme styles, like ski off piste and mountain guides service, where the students will learn rescue techniques and risk management.

For children, Cerro Castor offers a Ski School until 12 years old. There are also a Snow Kindergarden for kids from 3 to 5 years old and an excellent nursery for babies from 2 months old to two years old, located in front of the ski runs.

Because of its features, Cerro Castor offers one of the longest ski season, going from june to the middle of octuber, with enough snow to practice ski and snowboard, always at -5 degrees to 5 degrees.

Cerro Castor is also the ski resort most visited by international ski teams, who train in its excellent ski tracks, with perfect snow. To guarantee this, the mountain counts with 10 canyons to generate artificial snow from the 480 meters to the base, so the thickness in the soil is always the ideal one.

It has the best ski lifts, with capacity to carry 2700 passengers, and the ski runs together have a length of 24 kilometers.

Cerro Castor also counts with Castor Ski Lodge, a wonderful lodging with 15 cabins, full equipped with services and amenities like bathrooms with hydro massage, living with chimney and satellital television, with different capacities depending on the number of passengers, from two to ten people .

In the mountain you can also enjoy the exquisite gastronomy of Patagonia, with excellent restaurants such as Morada del Aguila, the place of the after ski, which is located in Villa Castor at the base of the mountain, with the patagonian lamb as its specialty . Snowbar is a coffee shop that is also in the base, with capacity for 80 people. Parador Cota 480 is distinguished by its delicious sweet preparations, buffet service and desserts and also its Sushi Bar. Parador La Barra is highest in the mountain, at 600 meters and exclusive for skiers.

Beside of these excellent services, Cerro Castor is located at just 26 kilometers away from Ushuaia, offering the possibility to visit the city and its lodgings, restaurant, artisan fairs and different activities. Discover Castor Mountain and the heights at the southernmost point of the world.

Cerro Catedral – The Best of Winter in Bariloche, Argentina

Cerro Catedral is probable the best image of the winter atractions in Bariloche. This magnificent mountain has two sides, the southern one with many stone needles that gives to it the name of a gothic temple and are the perfect place for mountaineering; and the northeast side, with smooth slopes, where is located one of…

Cerro Catedral is probable the best image of the winter atractions in Bariloche. This magnificent mountain has two sides, the southern one with many stone needles that gives to it the name of a gothic temple and are the perfect place for mountaineering; and the northeast side, with smooth slopes, where is located one of the best ski centers in Southamerica, Antonio Lynch Winter Center, most known as Cerro Catedral.

For its characteristics, Cerro Catedral is one of the best places for winter sports. It counts with a slope of 60 degrees and its longest ski run brings a descend of 9 kilometers without interruptions. The highest track off piste is at 2180 meters over the level of the sea, so the expert skiers can slide through it admiring the overwhelming landscape, from the top to the base.

The whole mountain elevates over 2300 meters and has 600 hectares of surface, with ski runs, ski lifts, beautiful forest and the area of ​​the base, where is Villa Catedral, a place with excellent services and many hotels with 3, 4 or 5 stars of category, with all the amenities and services needed for the visitors.

Inside Villa Catedral there is Las Terrazas Shopping Center, with a commercial gallery, stores and a food court with different kind of menus. Other commercial spot is Paseo Plaza Amancay, located inside the Amacay chairlift. Here there is a big restaurant, ski rental stores, ski schools and the lobby of some hotels of the base. And for the amusement of the visitors by night, there are also a disco and a Casino, inside the Hotel Club Catedral.

Cerro Catedral offers many stores for ski rental, with the best equipment and excellent technology. The Ski Resort has 7000 ski equipment and 1500 for snowboard, plus sledges and snowshoes for hiking in the snow, so the visitors only need their enthusiasm to slide across the perfect 53 ski runs of the complex, full condition for the best experience, counting also with artificial snow machines to create the ideal thickness in the ground.

The ski center counts with ski runs of different levels for every kind of skiers. The highest of the ski tracks is located at 1950 meters above the level of the sea. To get to the tracks, Cerro Catedral has 39 ski lifts, among chairlifts and media drag to get to every corner in the mountain.

In Cerro Catedral the visitors can practice every kind of ski, nordic ski, alpine ski and snowboard, using tracks specifically conditioned with bumps and obstacles, like the Terrain Park, a place where sports event are developed such as the Big Air Reef, Rip Curl Winter Search, among others.

During the summertime, those same ski runs are used to practice mountain bike or mountain board, sliding in special boards with rubber wheels. Other activities that the mountain offers are rappel, climbing, trekking, canopy for children, horseback riding and skating in a skate park.

After an excellent day at the snow, in Villa Catedral the visitors can enjoy the gastronomy in the exquisite restaurants of the base, which prepare delicious patagonian plates and international cooking. There are also coffee shops in higher spots to take a break and eat a sandwich or a hot drink.

Cerro Catedral is located at just 19 kilometers from Bariloche, so the visitors can also discover this enchanting city in argentinean Patagonia, that also counts with transfers to the Ski Resort. Take the adventure and visit this wonderful place, with incredible summits, forests and landscapes.

Perfect Runs on Fresh Powder

Utah is known throughout the world as being home to the best powder snow anywhere. The light fluffy snow that falls in the mountains of Utah is unique to the region. Most snow is wet and heavy, when computed it forms ice and is slushy to drive on, but Utah snow is different. Light flakes,…

Utah is known throughout the world as being home to the best powder snow anywhere. The light fluffy snow that falls in the mountains of Utah is unique to the region. Most snow is wet and heavy, when computed it forms ice and is slushy to drive on, but Utah snow is different. Light flakes, of what is termed powder, is a dryer snow that does not have the weight of the heavy slushy snow falls of the East Coast. The powder makes a snow pack that is unbeatable for creating perfect ski conditions and perfect conditions means the Utah ski resorts are packed with plenty of people.

Each year millions of visitors flock to the slopes of Utah mountains to ski the perfect run on the perfectly formed powdered snow. With each new snow fall skiers race to the top of the mountain to be the first to glide through the white powder. Because of its consistency, skiers a buried above their knees in a light dusting of snow as they slalom down the hills and runs of Utah ski resorts.

Resort destinations in Utah attract skiers from around the world who come to ski on the greatest snow on earth. The US Olympic ski team is headquartered in the mountains of Utah and spends their winters practicing on the slopes of the states many resorts. During the summer the team travels to Switzerland where the snow capped mountains of the Alps enjoy welcome skiers year round. Meanwhile back in Utah the ski resorts host many activities over the summer months with rides and downhill events that can be enjoyed where it is winter or spring.

Ski Holidays 2010 – Book Early to Get the Best Deals

It has been a funny old year. Recession hit the UK, the pound crashed against the Euro, holidays in the Eurozone became a lot more expensive for Brits, and the Alps received some of the best snowfall for 25 years, with the season opening in style in November and continuing with fantastic conditions until the…

It has been a funny old year. Recession hit the UK, the pound crashed against the Euro, holidays in the Eurozone became a lot more expensive for Brits, and the Alps received some of the best snowfall for 25 years, with the season opening in style in November and continuing with fantastic conditions until the end of April. So a bit of a mixed bag for British skiers – great snow conditions vs expensive European holidays.

It was not all bad news however. The sheer number of catered chalets available coupled with a significant drop in clients booking early meant that there were a lot of amazing deals available as increasingly desperate chalet operators dropped their prices in an attempt to fill their beds.

With an uncertain climate still anticipating through the British Isles, and based on what happened last year, skiers would be forgiven for thinking that the best thing to do for 2009/2010 would be to wait until the last minute, and try and get a reduced deal. However, if you are serious about your skiing, that could prove to be a mistake.

Based on the poor performance of many chalets during the winter 08/09 season, many chalet operators have dramatically reduced the number of chalets that they will be operating. In simple terms, this means that there will not be enough chalets to go around, especially during the peak weeks. Demand is predicted to massively outstrip supply which could result in price rises of between 10-30% as the season approaches.

Because the news of these chalet cuts have yet to filter through to all the smaller chalet operators and owner run chalet operations, prices at the moment tend to be comparable with last year, or in some cases even cheaper. However, as the season approaches and it becomes clear that it is a seller's market, prices for remaining weeks and beds are predicted to rise sharply. At the moment, there are still some good deals to be found for next winter, even for the New Year and half term weeks. The shrewd skiers are booking now. Says Liz of independent ski holiday portal, All Mountain Holidays;

“Many people think that the thing to do this year is to book late. However, traffic on our site is currently high, and most of the quality chalets are already booked for Christmas, New Year and half term. For many chalet owners, Easter is also selling fast. I think it is going to come as quite a shock to people who leave it until the autumn to book a ski holiday during the school holidays – there will be very little availability, and what will be left will be phenomenally expensive . Even the non school holiday weeks are going to suffer price increases as the season approaches and availability becomes more limited. ”

In order to avoid disappointment next winter, if you can afford to, get a deposit down on your 2009/2010 ski holiday as soon as possible. If you leave it too late, you may find that there is not much choice!

Deer Valley Condos Are Great Lodging Options For Summer and Winter Vacations

The Deer Valley Resort in Park City Utah is primarily a ski resort, however they are also able to welcome guests to spend the summer months with them. Unlike many other ski resorts which are only open in the winter skiing season, this resort also provides non-stop activities and accommodation in the summer months too.…

The Deer Valley Resort in Park City Utah is primarily a ski resort, however they are also able to welcome guests to spend the summer months with them. Unlike many other ski resorts which are only open in the winter skiing season, this resort also provides non-stop activities and accommodation in the summer months too.

They provide an exceptional level of customer service and it is the commitment to this which makes summer fun just as engaging as the winter time. In the summer months you are able to enjoy lift-served hiking, 55 miles of mountain cycling trails, national and local mountain biking races, scenic chair-lift rides, the Park City Jazz Festival, a free locals Summer Concert series, performances by the Utah Symphony and Opera and a whole multitude of other musical entertainment. In short, you will find ample entertainment no-matter what time of the year at Deer Valley Resort.

Summer Deer Valley lodging packages for accommodations are available, and they are reasonably priced with a good variety of different lodging options available. The majority of the lodging options are condominiums, but lodges, private residences and some hotel accommodations are also available. The quality of the accommodations also varies, but there are many options to choose from.

The Summer Adventure camp and Deer Valley Academy preschool provides care and activities for all youngsters aged from two months to twelve years. This means that older children and adults will be free to pursue the adventures of their choice at the Resort. With so much to do and see, you can enjoy a relaxing as well as an active vacation.

The accommodations at Deer Valley Resort are all individually managed by property management companies. There are central reservations booking companies as well as websites which allow you to search property managers and contact them directly. Contacting the property manager directly will often result in the best deal.

Typical season dates and pricing vary from management company to company. Value season dates generally run from early January through the first week of February and again in late March through late May. High season is from December 21 to January 6 and the second week in February through the end of March.

Although summer is great at Deer Valley, winter really has some gifts in store for you. The resort is well known for having revolutionized the ski resort industry when it changed its approach to service more than 27 years ago. This was when Deer Valley became North America's first ski resort to provide the same kind of service as that of a first class hotel.

During winter you will find the amenities even better than in the summer months, when ski valets are offered to guests, the pristine slopes are groomed to world-class standards and both rentals and lessons are available from their award winning ski school. This ski resort is a favorite with visitors from the United States and also internationally because of its high standards of customer service and attention to detail. Deer valley is an award winning resort and they even hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic games for three events.

Deer Valley Resort also offers additional services during the winter including a NASTAR race course, the Tricks' n Turns Park, the Deer Valley Academy, which provides care and activities for babies and children aged two months to four years, and more than 7,000 acres for snowmobiling.

Discover Deer Valley Dining

Catering for one of the premium level ski resorts in the Wasatch region, Deer Valley restaurants are renamed for their quality. This is true of both service and food, as they cater for a more discerning palette, used to the delights of fine dining, and exclusivity. Such an approach settles well with the upmarket focus…

Catering for one of the premium level ski resorts in the Wasatch region, Deer Valley restaurants are renamed for their quality. This is true of both service and food, as they cater for a more discerning palette, used to the delights of fine dining, and exclusivity. Such an approach settles well with the upmarket focus of the resort, offering such luxury service as ski valets and shopping boutiques.

Within the resort itself, there is a selection of three fine dining restaurants to choose from. The most respected of these is the Mariposa, which has won several highest awards, and is often named as one of the best restaurants to visit in the skiing world. Only open through the ski season, patrons are able to enjoy both contemporary and classical dishes. Also offered are signature tasting menus, allowing the kitchen team to showcase all that is best about them. With attentive staff, exuding comprehensive knowledge about the food and its provenance, you are assured a memorable experience.

No fine dining collection would be complete without a seafood representative in the stable. And Deer Valley resorts Seafood Buffet delivers here. With a focus on presenting diners with only the best quality food available, they are committed to sourcing sustainable stocks wherever possible. Offering a more relaxed atmosphere than some fine dining restaurants afford, guests from the local area vote this as one of their favorite restaurants.

Ending the list with a flourish is the Fireside Dining restaurant, that delivers Alpine charm, and introduces a novel concept to dining that is fun. Diners are invited to explore the delights on offer, with a tour around four fireplaces. The first offers tempting appetizers including homemade bread, cheeses and chutneys. The second and third fireplaces, present Swiss inspired main courses, with succulent meat dishes, game, poultry and authentic vegetarian options. At the final fireplace, you are invited to select from a temptation range of desserts to finish the meal and partake in the bar offerings.

Whilst the restaurants within the resort are popular, and worthy of attention, it is wise not to ignore other restaurants in the surrounding area.

First amongstst these is the amazingly popular Goldener Hirsch Inn. The winner of many awards, and often booked up for extended periods of time, diners will receive service that is parallel to that offered in the resort.

Other Deer Valley restaurants to consider if vacationing in the area include The Glitretind, and the Stew Pot. The Gliterand provides an exceptional regional experience, while the Stew Pot provides a homely, more traditional approach. Again, these restaurants are open year round, and are worth visiting during the summer, to take in the breathtaking views.

If you are lucky enough to be vacationing in Deer Valley this ski season, you are sure to not be disappointed, with high quality restaurants at every turn. However, be sure to check out those restaurants away from the resort, particularly if you intend visiting through the summer.

The World Came to Utah to Ski

Utah is a wonderful state to live in. The state enjoys each of the four seasons and is home to the Wasatch Mountains that tower above the valley floors and offer canyon scenes that are unparallel anywhere in the country. The summers in the mountains of Utah offer hiking and camping or fishing in the…

Utah is a wonderful state to live in. The state enjoys each of the four seasons and is home to the Wasatch Mountains that tower above the valley floors and offer canyon scenes that are unparallel anywhere in the country.

The summers in the mountains of Utah offer hiking and camping or fishing in the lakes of the high country while the winters in the state give way to some of the best skiing conditions in the world and by far the best powder snow skiing available anywhere. Once the snow begins to fall avid skiers and snowboarders can be found on the slopes of one of the many sky resorts that made the area famous for having the greatest snow on earth.

Back in 2002 the Olympic Winter Games were held in Utah where visitors flocked from all corners of the globe to witness the championship competitions of the world's foremost athletes. In preparation for the games the ski resorts put up millions of dollars to groom the slopes and add the necessary events for the additional winter sports associated with the Olympic Games. The ski resorts nestled high in the mountains planned, prepared and prayed for snow conditions to be perfect for visiting visiting dignitaries and athletic representatives coming in from the participating countries.

Neither the resorts nor the visitors were disappointed with amount of fresh snow that fell just just weeks before the start of the three week event. Touting the best conditions for downhill and cross country skiing, Utah residents know that the state is far and away the only place for serious skiers to practice their sport.