Bansko is No Turkey – Exclusive Audio Review

How does Bulgaria compare to Turkey and other countries for skiing? A personal review from English speaking Serap from Istanbul, Turkey, shows that whilst not everything was perfect, the Bulgarian mountain resort of Bansko can compete with not just Turkish resorts- but more prestigious alpine resorts too. Serap gives her first impressions of Bansko, making…

How does Bulgaria compare to Turkey and other countries for skiing? A personal review from English speaking Serap from Istanbul, Turkey, shows that whilst not everything was perfect, the Bulgarian mountain resort of Bansko can compete with not just Turkish resorts- but more prestigious alpine resorts too.

Serap gives her first impressions of Bansko, making comparisons with Turkish and other resorts, and talks about what she liked the most – and the least.

Of particular note are the Visa requirements for Turkish visitors. A visa to Bulgaria from Turkey only costs EUR60 per visit but at present is a cumbersome process. This, she believes, seems to be affecting tourism in Bulgaria from Turkish visitors. It's worth noting that there is no visa requirement for passengers originating from other EU countries.

Turkish skiers pay higher prices in Turkey than Bulgaria. In Turkey skiing is still considered the preserve for the wealthy – so Bulgaria's ski and mountain tourism has an important price advantage.

But What About Quality? Serap has high standards. But can Bulgaria and Bansko deliver the skiing satisfaction that will bring her back to Bansko?

From airport transfer, to accommodation, lessons, restaurants and service: she believes Bulgaria and Bansko comparably favorably both Austrian and Turkish ski resorts.

She sensibly took advantage of doing her research before traveling to Bulgaria. She avoided the traps. Traps which await the unwary. She used quality transfer operator, and utilized the internet to find accommodation just next to the gondola. She avoided overpriced restaurants and poor exchange rate booths, as well as some in supermarkets those in the know avoid.

But being prepared was the key for a positive first experience. And because of this, she came back again later in the season with her daughter. Being prepared this second time, came in useful in an unexpected way. Her daughter was ill late one evening. But, the doctor's telephone number was at hand. He arrived promptly and found him very capable. She found Bansko to be child friendly, and would have no hesitation in recommending her friends to try Bansko.

As an all round resort many will be arriving for the largest event of the year, the Bansko Jazz Festival. This annual festival starts on 8th August and runs until the 13th, Bansko could be welcoming record visitors for this free summer event.

Bansko and Bulgaria are destinations for those who are keen for a change whatever the time of year. Like Serap advises … do your research and you could well be coming back for more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

World’s Best Ski Resorts

The world's best ski resorts can be rated on many factors, whether it be towering mountains featuring exceptional conditions, length of trails and vertical drops, fabulous apres-ski with exclusive glamor factor or all-round international appeal and popularity. The places that often get voted as the world's best ski resorts, for whatever reasons, all promise the…

The world's best ski resorts can be rated on many factors, whether it be towering mountains featuring exceptional conditions, length of trails and vertical drops, fabulous apres-ski with exclusive glamor factor or all-round international appeal and popularity. The places that often get voted as the world's best ski resorts, for whatever reasons, all promise the same thing – an amazing ski experience with the most spectacular winter sports scenery in the world.

Here's the Top 10 of the world's best ski resorts, in alphabetical order, chosen by Snow Menu. You will not regret a visit to one of these!

Are – Sweden

Are village is the only ski resort in Sweden with a genuine Alpine atmosphere. The cable car takes to directly up to the top of the mountain and you can ski all the way down to the square. The range of pistes covers everything from advanced skiing on demanding slopes to relaxed skiing on easy slopes. If you are a keen shopper you can find all the latest trendy gear and the ski service here is top class. There are many restaurants, some ten on or around the square alone, offering delicious and characteristic food from all over the world. There is nightlife for any taste, every night and one of the largest stages in the mountains presents the best Swedish artists.

Aspen / Snowmass – USA

Aspen / Snowmass, anywhere else would be four separate vacations. It's not just one mountain – it's Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. With four choices and 5,303 acres, decide which mountain fits your passion. Snowmass, so many runs, so much variety – cruisers, steeps, glades, off-piste, terrain parks, superpipe and the longest lift-served vertical rise in the United States. Rising out of the heart of downtown Aspen and famous for its steeps, bumps and incredible views, Aspen Mountain and its double-black and tree runs are fun for skiers and snowboarders alike.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc – France

High mountain scenery, the sheer beauty of which will take your breath away, majestic ice falls and glaciers, one of Europe's highest cable cars, cog railways that take you on a journey through time, a beautiful alpine town, witness to 250 years of mountaineering history, traditional villages and hamlets scattered along the 20km long valley and above all a heart and soul, beating to the rhythm of all those that live and love Chamonix!

Cortina d'Ampezzo – Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo is the most charming ski resort in Italy, near the north-eastern border with Austria. The village, reflecting a thousand-year old remarkable historical background, has nearly 7,000 inhabitants. It attracts visitors from all over the world for its lively international atmosphere, its fashionable shops, and excellent restaurants. It is surrounded by forests and wide ski slopes, below the towering craggy red rock mountains. It offers something for everyone and most keen skiers will be willing to visit it.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is located at the foot of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany (2,962m / 9,724ft), and is both one of the principal climatic health spas in the Bavarian Alps and Germany's premier winter sports metropolis. The city hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics and the 1978 World Championship and offers pristine nature, secluded spots, cultural and culinary highlights, new experiences, relaxation, wellness, and upscale shopping. A wide range of sports is available in both summer and winter. You can also pamper yourself with spa treatments such as ayurveda, thalasso, natural hay baths, and numerous health therapies.

Lillehammer / Hafjell – Norway

Lillehammer hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1994, and is known for old farms, a modern town center and surrounding alpine skiing resorts. Lillehammer is one of Norway's oldest winter sports destinations. The Olympic town is surrouned by good alpine and cross-country possibilities. The wide variety of alpine slopes at Hafjell provide a diverse range of skiing challenges. The alpine facility is not about crisscrossing slopes, but about long and fast continuous runs. Due to the advanced and comprehensive on-site snow-making facilities, Hafjell is a resort with reliable snow and skiing conditions throughout the entire winter ski season. All the slopes at the resort lead to the same final destination at the bottom of the hill – simple and easy.

Portillo – Chile

The Portillo ski and resort experience is unlike that of any other commercial ski resort in Chile and abroad. There is no neighboring town, meaning Portillo is totally self-contained, much like a cruise ship nestled in the magnificent Andean peaks. Your skiing experience in Chile will certainly be unforgettable. But Portillo is not just for skiing or snowboarding, socializing and relaxing, it is also for renovating and restoring the body and mind in a natural environment that is nothing less than spectacular. Portillo has been South America's premier destination ski resort for more than 50 years, internationally famous for its majestic, Andean setting and powder snow. If there is a temple for ski sports in Chile, Portillo is it.

St. Anton am Arlberg – Austria

Tourism on the Arlberg dates back to the 19th century. But it was not until the advent of Alpine skiing, pioneered to a large extent by men from the Arlberg, that the region associated the outstanding reputation it still enjoys today as a winter sports center. St. Anton am Arlberg is a truly unique recreation paradise for the whole family. The cozy little town with 2,500 residents has still maintained its true ambiance and charming atmosphere. Relax and unwind at the elevation of 1,300m where crisp and clean mountain air is guaranteed! Experience genuine Tirolean hospitality and spend the most beautiful days of the year among friends.

Whistler Blackcomb – Canada

You have read the articles in the magazines, seen glimpses in the ski and snowboard movies, heard about it from your friends. Now it is your turn to experience the magic of Whistler. Get ready for the vacation of a lifetime! Whistler is a friendly ski town located in British Columbia, Canada and is home to almost 10,000 residents. One of the many things that makes Whistler so special is two unbelievable mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb. Side by side, they represent over 8,000acres of skiable terrain, rising a mile above the valley of Whistler. Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offer unforgettable skiing, snowboarding, and unlimited winter and summer activities. Find something for everyone year round.

Zermatt – Switzerland

The village and the mountain: Zermatt and the Matterhorn. Both are legendary. The Matterhorn is the most beautiful mountain in the Alps, sometimes even in the whole world. And Zermatt (1,620m), a car-free health resort and mountain village with international flair offers relaxing and at the same time action-filled holidays whatever the time of year. There's probably nowhere better to experience a high altitude mountain landscape so intensively as here. In international terms, we hardly need to point out that Zermatt is one of the most famous holiday destinations, as fascinating in summer as it is in winter.

Benefits of Booking a Ski Trip in Christchurch & Staying at a Local Hotel

If you plan on going skiing for a weekend in the South Island of New Zealand you might like to consider going to Mt Hutt located at the foot of the Southern Alps around 2086m above sea level and approximately 90 minutes drive from Christchurch (Chch). Mt Hutt is one of the many popular ski…

If you plan on going skiing for a weekend in the South Island of New Zealand you might like to consider going to Mt Hutt located at the foot of the Southern Alps around 2086m above sea level and approximately 90 minutes drive from Christchurch (Chch).

Mt Hutt is one of the many popular ski destinations in the South Island, along with Coronet Peak, Cadrona and The Remarkables near Queenstown. Flying to Chch is cheaper with flight prices as much as half the price when compared to Queenstown. Also with, Christchurch being the largest city in the South Island, it tends to have more flights scheduled, compared with the likes of flights to Queenstown ex Auckland, for example.

Flying to Chch is also a better option in terms of flight times, if you plan on going skiing for a weekend, as you could fly earlier in the morning and leave later in the day back to Auckland, then giving you more time on the slopes .

You will need to take into consideration where you are going to stay. With so many options available including hotels, motels and self contained apartments, your choices are endless, here are some reasons why booking a hotel for your ski trip is a great idea:

– They are a more luxurious accommodation option and tend to offer services and facilities such as a Bar & Restaurant – which means you do not have to worry about cooking and cleaning up.

– Beauty Spa's – where you can get a massage, perfect for your weary muscles after a day up the mountain!

– And in many cases a heated pool and spa.

Of course each differs so it depends on what facilities or services you would like.

If you are taking the self drive option from Christchurch to Mt Hutt, you will pass through the town of Methven which is just 25 km's from Mt Hutt. Methven has a range of hotels which often have deals on offer where you can (for instance) get a ski & accommodation package at a discounted rate. This can save you money and time waiting up the mountain to buy your tickets. Also with Methven being close to Mt Hutt you do not have to worry about driving back to Chch, when you might be weary from your day.

If you are catching the daily Shuttle back to Christchurch it's a good idea to find an accommodation provider close to where you will get picked up and dropped off each day. This limits the amount of time you spend traveling to and from your destination. There are plenty of hotel accommodation options in Chch, some offering short stay rates in affiliation with some of the air lines.

If you are taking off on an unexpected weekend of skiing, a good option is to check out some of the last minute accommodation websites for deals on Christchurch hotel rates as many (in the normal course of business) do not sell all of their rooms and often have these on offer on last minute accommodation websites at a discounted rate of up to 60%. This is a great option if bad weather has been predicted too, as it provides you with the option of booking your accommodation at the last minute.

This is a win-win situation as the providers are getting to sell another room and you get a discount.

So, wherever you choose to stay on your Christchurch Ski holiday, you can be sure to find a hotel that lets you sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

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.

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.

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.