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Sun Valley, ID – November 16, 2010 – As Sun Valley’s 75th winter and Thanksgiving opening draws near, the resort’s calendar of exciting commemorative events expands through the season.

As previously announced, Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek will star in the Silver & Gold Ice Show on Sun Valley’s opening day of December 21 at 6 pm. However, the show now boasts even more silver and gold medalists and will include Brian Boitano, Olympic Gold Medalist, Sasha Cohen, Olympic Silver Medalist, Ryan Bradley, U.S. Silver Medalist and Nathan Chen, 2010 U.S. Gold Medalist (novice). The grand finale will be a torchlight parade on Dollar Mountain and fireworks immediately followed by a Meet And Greet Autograph Party in the Limelight Room.

This Commemorative Week also offers a gala gourmet dinner in the Sun Valley Lodge Dining Room December 21, the Third Annual Christmas Concert December 23 and Sun Valley’s traditional Christmas Eve festivities on the Lodge Terrace, December 24. A special Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet also is set for the Sun Valley Club.

Prior to Commemorative Week, Sun Valley plans the 75th Season Rail Jam Exhibition and barbecue at Dollar Mountain’s Terrain Park Friday, December 17. The event is expected to draw star athletes anxious to ride the Park’s unique 75th season Quad Wall to be unveiled during the exhibition party. The next day at 2 pm, River Run Plaza will be the place to be when a Vintage Ski Party and Contest will highlight Sun Valley’s glamour and style through the decades. That same evening Sun Valley’s traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place in the Village celebrating the arrival of the sensational Sun Valley Carolers.

And, even more events are planned for earlier in the season and at season’s end.

On the eve of opening day, Thanksgiving feasts will be featured throughout the Village and will include the traditional Thanksgiving Buffet in the Limelight Room (included in the Thanksgiving Ski Package), gourmet dining and live music in the Lodge Dining Room, family fare in Gretchen’s Restaurant, Thanksgiving specialties at rustic Trail Creek Cabin, and a seasonal menu also will be served at the historic Ram Restaurant with Larry Harshbarger on the piano.

The next evening the Boiler Room boasts a special gourmet dinner buffet and a special showing of Forever Plaid, the hilarious family musical. This same night and the next night, November 26-27 Warren Miller’s “Wintervention” will be shown in the Opera House.

While daily events will continue throughout the season, (check www.sunvalley.com calendar of events), the season’s end will include the 33rd Annual U.S. Collegiate Ski Association Championships March 8-12, Dollar Mountain’s Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam March 19, and finally a week-long celebration with the International Skiing History Association and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame beginning Sunday, March 27. This week promises to bring skiing greats back to where it all began and will end with the Ski Hall of Fame’s grand Induction Ceremony Saturday, April 2 at 6 pm in the SV Inn Limelight Room at which time Sun Valley Resort owner Earl Holding and Olympian Muffy Davis will be inducted.

For additional information on all 75th commemorative events and ticketing please call 208-622-2135 or visit online www.sunvalley.com. To make reservations or to book the Silver & Gold Ice Show Package ($120 per person), or the special 75th Season Stay & Ski Free Package, ( $129 per night per person), please call 800-786-8259.

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Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Canyons

Posted: November 16, 2010 in Newsroom

Canyons Grand Summit Hotel Thanksgiving Buffet
November 25, 2010 – 11:00am – 8:00pm

$39 per Adult, $15 per Child
Kids Menu Available

Reservations Recommended (435)615-8060. For more information click here.

Bed and Breakfast Packages start at $125 per night!

ZION NATIONAL PARK, November 16, 2010 – Zion Lodge in Zion National Park will host several special events and offer packages during the upcoming holidays.

The lodge’s Red Rock Grill will offer traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas Day buffets. The Thanksgiving buffet will be constructed around the traditional turkey while the Christmas buffet will have prime rib and ham as the main entrees. Both will feature soup, salads, some half-dozen side dishes and a wide variety of desserts.

Prices for the buffets are $24.95 for people 13 and older and $12.50 for those three to 12 years old. Dinner reservations can be made by calling the Red Rock Grill at 435-772-7760.

Zion Lodge will also offer the holiday packages during the New Year’s Eve and President’s Day weekends.

The two-night “New Year’s Eve Dinner Package” features overnight accommodations on either Dec. 30 and 31, 2010 or Dec. 31, 2010 and Jan. 1, 2011, deluxe New Year’s Eve dinner, a special late-night reception to welcome the new year, New Year’s Day brunch and breakfast buffet the second morning. Rates begin at $290 plus tax and gratuities for two people in a standard room. Guests should reference the promotion code “NYE” for the New Year’s Eve package. The New Year’s Eve dinner is available separately by calling the Red Rock Grill at 435-772-7760.

The President’s Weekend package features two nights of accommodations Feb. 19 and 20 or 20 and 21, 2011, a president-themed dinner for two Feb. 20, breakfast buffet for two each morning, Zion 2011 penny souvenir and a coupon good for a 20 percent discount on “Made in the USA” products in the gift store. Package rates start at $250 in a standard room. Guest should reference the promotion code “PRES” for the President’s Weekend package.

The New Year’s Eve and President’s Weekend offers can be booked online with the applicable promotion code or by following the link to the promotions page at www.zionlodge.com or by calling 1-303-29-PARKS (1-303-297-2757) or toll-free at 1-888-29-PARKS (1-888-297-2757).

Zion Lodge offers 81 rooms, 40 cabins, a restaurant and gift shop. The park is renowned for its sightseeing and hiking and is open year round. Most hiking trails are open throughout the winter.

Snowbird, Utah – Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC) are once again partnering to offer the second annual Freeride Avalanche Summit, Dec. 16-17. The two-day clinic is targeted towards advanced and expert skiers and riders who want practical and professional instruction on avalanche awareness, safety and rescue.

The Freeride Avalanche Summit will include a unique blend of instruction that combines the expertise of industry leading avalanche forecasters with the experience and influence of local, professional athletes. Expected participants include:

  • Members of the UAC
  • Snowbird Ski Patrol
  • Gordy Pfeiffer, professional skier
  • Jenn Berg, professional skier
  • Ben Wheeler, professional skier
  • Chris Coulter, professional snowboarder
  • Wasatch Powderbird Guides
  • And more to be announced

“Last year’s Avalanche Summit proved that there’s a tremendous demand for affordable, high-end backcountry training for advanced local skiers and riders,” said UAC Forecaster and Freeride Avalanche Summit founder Craig Gordon. “We’re excited to once again bring together leading forecasters with some of the best winter athletes in Utah for what is sure to be a premier event.”

The Freeride Avalanche Summit offers more than 20 hours of classroom and on-mountain instruction during the two day session. Topics include snowpack analysis, terrain assessment, first aid techniques, emergency notification procedures and more along with ski patrol briefings and real life line selection sessions with professional athletes. A tentative schedule can be found at www.snowbird.com/freerideavalanchesummit.html. The Summit costs $150 and is limited to 40 participants. Advanced and expert skiers and riders can register by visiting the Snowbird Activity Center or calling (801) 933-2147 Thursdays-Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (interested parties can leave a message with contact information during non-business hours).

Since 1980, the Utah Avalanche has been providing the public with avalanche and mountain weather forecasts and training to backcountry users of all kinds in an effort to help them understand avalanche conditions, avoid avalanches and perform avalanche rescues.

Snowbird Opens For the 2010/11 Season

Posted: November 14, 2010 in Newsroom

Snowbird, Utah – The 40th winter season at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort begins Saturday, Nov. 13, with skiing and riding on natural and man-made snow a week earlier than originally planned.

Snowbird will opens at 9 a.m. with the Aerial Tram accessing intermediate and advanced terrain in Gad Valley, Gadzoom chairlift accessing intermediate and advanced terrain and Chickadee accessing beginner slopes. Additional terrain will be evaluated as weather conditions permit. As of Nov. 10, the Little Cottonwood Canyon resort has received 53 inches of snow to start the 2010/11 winter season.

“The wait is over for what is sure to be a fantastic 40th season of skiing and riding at Snowbird,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “The combination of recent snowfall, cold temperatures and a promising forecast should help us work towards opening additional terrain leading up to Thanksgiving week.”

Snowbird will be operating the Tram, Gadzoom and Chickadee chairlifts for skiers and riders beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for Gadzoom, 5 p.m. for Chickadee with guest access to Snowbird Center and Creekside Lodge throughout the weekend. Tickets will be offered for a special early season price of $64 for Nov. 13-14, with a $20 option for Chickadee-only.

Between next Monday and Thursday, Nov. 15-18, Snowbird will operate the Tram and Chickadee at a price of $56, with a $20 option for Chickadee-only. Creekside Lodge will not operate during this weekday period.

A series of smaller storms are forecasted into next week along with cold temperatures that should accommodate snowmaking. Last year, Snowbird received 602 inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth® and offered skiing and riding from Nov. 20 to June 20, the longest season in Utah.

Early Bird Stay and Ski lodging and lift packages are currently available starting at $99/person through much of December by calling (800) 453-3000 or visiting www.snowbird.com.

For more information or to see photos of the current conditions, visit www.snowbird.com. You can also follow Snowbird at www.facebook.com/snowbirdUT or www.twitter.com/snowbirdski.

BRIAN HEAD, UT – The annual ULLR (pronounced oo-lar) Burn will take place Monday, November 15, 2010 at 6 PM in front of the fire station in Brian Head, UT. Everyone is welcome to attend. The ULLR Burn event at Brain Head is a fun sort of ritual sacrifice to the mythological Viking snow god to bring a bounty of snow to the mountain for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. ULLR (oo-lar) is commonly known as the Norse snow god among modern ski culture. Many ski resorts have similar celebrations to commemorate and recognize ULLR throughout the ski season. Attendees are invited to bring old ski or snow board equipment, gear, mate-less gloves, etc. to be burned in a big metal drum as sacrifice to ULLR.

For the past 25 + years, Bob Goldhirsch and Tim Deutschlander, of Brian Head, Utah, have a pre-ski season ritual they call the ULLR Burn. ULLR (oo-lar) is universally known as the snow god among modern ski culture, and Goldhirsch likes to believe the God of Après Ski as well. The date is never set in stone but usually takes place a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving which, pending snow – is usually opening weekend for Brian Head Resort. According to Goldhirsch who has been driving the snow cat at Brian Head Resort as a groomer for the past 20 years, “There is no set time. When it feels right – we do it. Our purpose” states Goldhirsch, “is to appease ULLR to give us a good winter season”. The celebration, designed to usher in winter, includes a big bonfire, fireworks and a toast with aptly named ULLR peppermint schnapps.

Although the origin of the name ULLR can be traced to many different historic mythologies and theories, the commonly held history is told best by the town of Breckenridge, CO.

“Ullr was so well skilled in the use of the bow and could go so fast on his skis that in these arts no one could best him. Each winter he covered the earth with snow to protect it from harm. It has been said that Ullr enjoyed the cold weather and loved traveling throughout the land, gliding along on his great skis, for pleasure and hunting.

It is also said that Ullr was such a great skier, he would streak across the sky leaving the brilliant stars as his trails (they obviously had some fine powder days). Though very skilled, Ullr guarded his knowledge closely and refused to show the other gods how to ski.” Click here for more information.

Sun Valley, ID – November 8, 2010 – Evening dining at the historic Roundhouse will make its debut for Sun Valley’s 75th winter season.

This new Sun Valley tradition will begin December 10 offering an upscale, casual dining experience, Thursday through Saturdays, 6 pm to 9 pm mid-way up Bald Mountain at 7,700 ft. Roundhouse dining will continue through March 27.

Full table dinner service may be reserved in Averell’s (for parties up to six), and in the main dining area of the Roundhouse Restaurant. Roundhouse Gondola evening transportation will be reserved for dinner guests only. Patrons are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled dinner reservation time.

Reservations are now being accepted for the winter season. Call 208-622-2012, www.sunvalley.com.