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Deer Valley 2.0: Mayflower and Deer Valley Resorts Merge

Mayflower Resort Construction

Huge news for Deer Valley Resort this week. Alterra Mountain Company, owners of Deer Valley, announced Wednesday that Deer Valley Resort will expand to more than double its terrain following a land agreement with Extell Development Company. The expansion involves the Mayflower Resort which is under construction just east of DV’s Bald Mountain and west of the Jordanelle Reservoir along Highway 40. Extell purchased the property in 2017 and although it was never stated officially, any local would tell you that the new area would never have been fully viable without Deer Valley’s operational support. There’s not a lot of snow action on that side. Never has been. Now, however, Mayflower will have DV’s snow making team along with all of the other world-class amenities from staffing to food and beverage.

So let’s cut to the chase- the answer to the number one question on every guest’s mind- nope, snowboarding will not be allowed. There will be 16 new chairlifts, including a 10-passenger gondola, 135 new runs, a new village and portal area with a skier services facility to house a ski school, children’s programs, rentals, and retail, a new on-mountain lodge with Deer Valley operated food & beverage outlets, and additional day-skier parking. There will be a 3000-foot vertical drop from the highest point on Park Peak and most of the new runs will be wide, fast, groomed, north-facing, blues. All of this for skiers only. Wah wah wah.

The plan is to get the majority of the new area open by 2025/26 with 2900 of the 3700 proposed new acres ready to roll. When Mayflower and Deer Valley resorts merge and open, DV will be the third on the list of the largest ski areas in North America- behind Park City and Big Sky. There is also talk of three luxury hotels, condos and a mountain village with an ice ribbon.

Deer Valley Expansion Map

The expansion is separate from the planned redevelopment at Snow Park base which is still seeking city approval. The Mayflower development, on the other hand, is relatively greenlit with partnerships with Wasatch County, the Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA), and now Deer Valley. Extell donated a patch of land to MIDA and agreed to build them an MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) hotel for military and their families to vacation. One hundred of the nearly 400 rooms will be available at a preferred rate for active duty and retired service members. In addition, there will be a tax for regular guests that will go towards Hill Air Force Base’s MWR account.

The MWR hotel broke ground in 2021 and is set to open next December. The first phase of the Deer Valley expansion will be in 2025/26.

More Mountainbiking In The Summer

Mayflower Resort in the summer

Something super cool was that behind the scenes, Extell agreed to commit more than 3,100 acres of the future ski area to a conservation easement that will be overseen by Utah Open Lands. The easement known as the Forty-Fifth Star Conservation Preserve will link Bonanza Flat and Wasatch Mountain State Park in the summer and prevent future developers from swooping in and decorating the land with more expensive hotels and second homes. By the way, the name gives a nod to Utah’s rank as the 45th state in the union.

The first trail connects with the Spin Cycle trail to form a loop, is expected to open in September and there are plans for 50 more miles of trails.

The Essential Packing Guide: What To Pack For Your Incredible Ski Adventure

Are you planning a Ski trip with your family? Looking for the essential lists to take with you? Are you confused about what to pack for Ski? Planning a ski trip is an exciting endeavor that promises exhilarating adventures on the slopes and breathtaking views of snowy landscapes. To ensure a comfortable and enjoyable skiing experience, it’s essential to pack the right gear and essentials. 

In this blog post, we’ll provide a comprehensive packing guide, helping you prepare for an unforgettable ski vacation.

Let’s start the guide with clothes and you can follow the write-up to have all kinds of ideas. 

Ski Clothing:

  • Carefully pack thermal tops and bottoms made of moisture-wicking material to keep you warm and dry.
  • Include fleece jackets, sweaters, or down jackets for added warmth.
  • Opt for waterproof and breathable pants designed specifically for skiing.
  • Choose a durable, waterproof, and insulated jacket to protect you from the elements.
  • Pack multiple pairs of moisture-wicking ski socks and warm, waterproof gloves or mittens.
  • These versatile accessories provide extra warmth and protection for your neck and face.

Necessary Ski Equipment:

  • If you have your own equipment, make sure to pack them securely. Otherwise, consider renting from a reliable ski shop.
  • Essential for balance and maneuverability, pack adjustable ski poles suitable for your height.
  • Prioritize safety by packing a well-fitting helmet designed for skiing or snowboarding.
  • Protect your eyes from the sun, wind, and snow glare with ski goggles and sunglasses.

Other important essentials:

  • The sun’s reflection on the snow can be intense, so pack a high-SPF sunscreen and lip balm with UV protection.
  • A small backpack is handy for carrying snacks, water, extra layers, and personal items on the slopes.
  • These disposable warmers can provide extra comfort on particularly cold days.
  • Protect your phone from snow and moisture with a waterproof case or pouch.
  • Don’t forget essentials like toiletries, medications, and a travel adapter if needed.

The attires and necessities include the following:

  • Pack cozy sweaters, warm pants, and comfortable footwear for après-ski relaxation.
  • If your ski destination includes hot tubs or spas, bring swimwear for ultimate relaxation.
  • Bring books, magazines, or electronic devices for entertainment during downtime.
  • Pack energy bars, trail mix, or other snacks to keep you fueled on the slopes.
  • Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle that can be easily refilled.
  • Carry some cash for emergencies and ensure you have proper identification and travel documents.

A successful ski trip starts with careful packing and ensuring you have the best ski gear and essentials. Remember to prioritize comfort, safety, and protection from the elements. By following this comprehensive packing guide, you’ll be well-prepared to hit the slopes, explore the winter wonderland, and create unforgettable memories during your ski adventure. 

Happy skiing!

Best Spring Ski Festivals in the West

spring ski festival pond skimming

It’s nearly March. The snowiest month of the ski season is only days away and places like Snowbird and Mammoth have already reached record-breaking base depths with no end to the powder days for the near future. While those who hate winter lament; those of us who live for sliding are doing the mother of all dances. And this spring will be the ultimate culmination of the best ski season since 1995. You can bet the coming festivals that celebrate spring skiing and shenanigans will rage from the energy this winter has stoked.

Spring skiing means less base layers, more sunlight, longer afternoons for apres. It’s the time for locals and guests to celebrate an epic ski season with festivals, events, tailgating parties, and pond skimming. How can you get in on the action? Check out our list of top spots to ring in the spring.

Tahoe Snowfest, Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe SNOWFEST is one of the largest winter mountain festivals on the west coast. The annual 10-day event celebrates the best of North Lake Tahoe from ski town nightlife to outdoor family-friendly events. Get ready to party March 2-12 with parades, laser show and fireworks, pancake breakfasts, live music and concerts, bar parties, ski races, dog and pet events, ice carving, a polar bear swim and much more. 

Subaru Winterfest, Snowbird and Woodward

The concert and mountain lifestyle tour is a winter playground for music fans, skiers, snowboarders, and dog lovers alike. It gives you an excuse (do you really need one?) to get outside and gather with fellow winter lovers as you celebrate the move towards spring and warmer days with live music, giveaways and vendor booths. The tour visits Woodward, Park City, first on March 18 with headliner the Spazmatics and then moves to Snowbird March 24-26 and music from SunSquabi and Simba Sax.

Spring Gruv, Park City/Canyons

Park City Mountain’s annual spans a whopping 16 days, starting with Oakley Week on March 23 and culminating with a 100-foot pond skim on April 8. Anyone can enter and there are prizes for the biggest splash, best costume, and best overall skim, plus tons of raffles and giveaways. There’s live music every afternoon and most evenings along with jugglers, magicians, s’mores and backyard games.

Rendezvous Spring Festival, Jackson Hole

The Jackson Hole Rendezvous Spring Ski Festival is a two-day music festival on March 31 – April 1, 2023, that starts in downtown on Friday night but finishes in Teton Village on Saturday afternoon. Chart-toppers The Revivalists will headline with ZZ Ward and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Then Yellowstone crooner Ryan Bingham headlines alongside Elle King plus Futurebirds and Dumpstaphunk. Tickets are free but you have to reserve on Eventbrite and it’s first come-first serve.

Bonus, skiers and snowboarders who own a valid 2022-23 winter resort season pass ANYWHERE in the world who travel to Jackson Hole during Rendezvous Fest can receive a 50% discount on lift tickets!

Altitunes, Big White

Canada’s biggest mountain music festival is back for two days of music, skiing, and an array of outdoor activities with your crew, March 31-April 1. The tunes are curated for a fun blend of folk, pop & alt- rock, and a full day of upbeat dance music on Saturday.

WinterWonderGrass, Steamboat & Palisades

Bluegrass, jamgrass and roots music and beer. What more could you want? Oh, yeah, great skiing. This pair of three-day festivals will be held in Colorado and California, March 3-5 and March 31- April 2, respectively. Headliners in Steamboat – Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon and Paul Gauten and more will perform on four stages, over three days.

WWG part 2 will take place at Palisades Tahoe on March 31-April 2, with Trampled By Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass and Marcus King topping the bill.

Day passes start at $109 and include three hours of complimentary beer and spiked seltzer tastings.

World Ski and Snowboard Festival, Whistler

Hands down the most off-the-hook spring ski festival in North America. Known to locals as WSSF, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival combines spring energy with a week of non-stop events and action on and off the slopes. Ski and snowboard competitions like Big Air and Slush Cup, music, art, photography, action filmmaking and exciting nightlife will happen April 10-16.


The country’s top multi-multisport event to benefit of Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation will have racers gearing up May 13 in Bend, Ore. Anyone can enter as individuals, pairs, or teams at

Since 1976 the event which features ski (alpine and nordic), bike, run, canoe/kayak, sprint legs annually attracts thousands of competitors from throughout the Northwest and beyond, and stretches from the slopes of Mt. Bachelor to the finish line in Bend’s Old Mill District.

Whether you are a less-competitive racer who wants to join a team for fun, have an active day with friends or family, or an elite multi-sport athlete, the SELCO PPP has a place for you.

Lindsey Vonn Skis the Streif

American speed queen becomes first woman to ski legendary Streif course.
Interviews courtesy Redbull Content Pool
Lindsey Vonn strapped back into her skis and became the first woman to ever ski the Streif – and the first to ever dare to do so at night. The Streif is considered the greatest challenge on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and it is a race Vonn could never compete in due to only men’s downhill races being held in Kitzbühel.

The American won everything there is to win in the sport before retirement in 2019 but one last dream goal eluded her in her illustrious career, the fearsome Streif in Kitzbühel, Austria. The 38-year-old said: “Only when you ski the Streif are you a real downhiller. The Streif is the pinnacle of all downhills, the most difficult course in the world. Nobody believed I could do it. After all my injuries, to now get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to kick out of the starting gate here and fulfil my dream is incredible…I’ve always had respect for the men that raced down the Streif, but I have even more respect now, because it’s one thing to go down it and another thing to ski to win; and now I can fully understand what that means. It has given me greater perspective how truly amazing these men are.”

Vonn had not raced a downhill course in four years but pushed out of the start gate and entered the notorious Mausefalle (Mousetrap), with an 85% gradient. Setting off in the dark from the original start in preparation for the iconic race, Vonn crowned her career in spectacular style.

How Vonn trained for the Streif

She prepared intensely in preparation to push herself to the limits once again despite the severe knee injuries suffered in a career that brought Olympic gold, 82 World Cup victories and saw her crowned a multiple World Champion. Vonn borrowed the skis from US star Ryan Cochran-Siegle and had them prepared by her former service man Heinz Hämmerle. Hitting speeds of more than 100km/h at night added further drama to an already intense occasion.

“I felt like I was jumping over the edge of the world,” said Vonn. I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous before a start in my life. I’m a thrill seeker. I’m an adrenaline junkie, and I love pushing myself to the absolute limit; being on the verge of being scared. I live for a challenge like this.”

Vonn was coached by her compatriot Daron Rahlves, himself a course winner in 2003. He said: “To see Lindsey finally have a chance to ski on this track in this kind of situation is incredible. I had no doubt she could ski it, but I was questioning if she was going to really ski it with a lot of determination – I was really impressed that she did. This is true downhill, if you make one mistake, you can have some bad outcomes. But the way she just came out to own it was really impressive.”

Vonn also revealed she took on the challenge for her mother Linda, who passed away in August. She said: “I knew she was watching me and was there as a guardian angel to help me accomplish this dream. I know she is proud of me. As she always ways.”

– Watch Vonn’s run here:

Utah’s Ski Area Opening Dates

park city with snow

Park City and the upper Wasatch range finally have snow! It feels early and not just because we’ve had this colorful, record-warm fall that swiftly ended with one storm. The clouds passed over us Sunday leaving up to 25 inches in the higher elevations. We went from yellow to white in a finger snap. Even the streets of Salt Lake City saw a dusting. Utah’s ski area opening dates have been some of the earliest on record. Is this La Nina toying with us? Lots of early snow only to strip us of everything from the holidays to March? Let’s be optimistic instead and believe that we have a entered a neutral phase.

Utah's ski area opening dates
Mayflower side of Park City- photo courtesy Bonnie Maclaurin

There’s another little storm coming tomorrow but then sadly a high pressure moves in. According to local snowcasters, there does happen to be a storm brewing off the Pacific for Halloween and the first weekend in November but, honestly, that’s so far out that the predictions are bound to change. Suffice to say that the ski season is but a month or so away.

Don’t blow the confetti and horns just yet. Last season’s opening was beyond lackluster. That infamous “white ribbon of death” on those two or three manmade, groomed trails, catering to thousands of hungry season pass holders became brown ribbons of death from exposed dirt and rocks that pretty much lasted through the Christmas holiday. Still, the ski stoke is running high in these parts now that the annual ski porn has premiered, Park City has a white cap and most resorts have announced their “official” opening dates.

Utah’s Ski Area Opening Dates

Alta Ski Area

November 18, 2022 (Estimated close April 23, 2023)

Beaver Mountain

Dec. 8, 2022

Brian Head Resort

November 04, 2022 (estimated close April 16, 2023)

Brighton Resort

November 11, 2022

Cherry Peak Resort

Dec. 8, 2022

Deer Valley Resort

November 29, 2022

Eagle Point Resort

December 10, 2022 (estimated close April 2, 2023)

Nordic Valley

November 23, 2022

Park City Mountain

November 18, 2022 (estimated opening April 9, 2023)

Powder Mountain

December 9, 2022

Snowbasin Resort

November 18, 2022


November 18, 2022

Solitude Mountain Resort

November 11, 2022

Sundance Mountain Resort

December 3, 2022

Woodward Park City

November 18, 2022


The Ski Utah Passport program for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders is on sale now for $49. The pass is in its 24th year of offering three days at each of the 15 resorts in the state but there are some big changes this season.  Every participant will get THREE days of skiing- even the 6th graders- at each resort but all resorts will black out: Dec. 26, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2022 | Jan. 14-15, 2023 | Feb. 18-19, 2023. For more information, check out 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Ski Utah Passport – Ski Utah.

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