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CEDAR CITY, UT – Several media outlets worldwide are recognizing the unique terrain, pristine powder and undeniable beauty that southern Utah has to offer in the winter. With publications world wide discovering the winter beauty of southern Utah, it’s no wonder that Warren Miller’s latest film “Wintervention” features an entire segment on south west Utah – specifically Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Australia’s #1 sports magazine “Snow Action” visited Brian Head Resort last winter, were duly impressed and will feature southern Utah in February 2011 Ski Safaris. “Snow Bomb Magazine” explored the “nether regions of southern Utah” during the summer through a Ski Utah partnership bringing top tier writers and winter devotees to experience Brian Head Resort and surrounding outdoor adventures. Most recently, the UK publication “Whitelines” October edition chronicles the adventures of several X-games participants, a writer, photographer and their tourism guides in southern Utah. The article features both back country excursions and Brian Head Resort, showing stunning photos of professional snowboarder, Dom Harrington launching off local red rocks of “False Breaks”.

The popular back country red rock excursion to “False Breaks” is located in Dixie National Forest, just east of Cedar City on SR 14. Steve Robinson, Recreation and Lands Staff Officer for the Dixie National Forest, notes about winter adventures: “The usual back country precautions should be taken by experienced skiers and boarders, including avalanche beckons. Even though there are no permits issued for these areas, this is very much a back country experience and no rescue resources readily available.” He also adds that certain Wilderness Areas are designated as “non-motorized use” areas.

If skiing off cliffs, weaving in between red rock hoo-doos (and hiking back out) is a bit extreme for your winter adventure tastes, Brian Head Resort offers over 650 acres of uncrowded skiable terrain for all levels. Deer Valley Recreation Area (up Cedar Canyon on SR 14) will expand 12 kilometers to 20 kilometers of groomed Nordic Trails. Additionally, a snowmobile excursion from Brian Head town to High Mountain Overlook of Cedar Breaks is a view in winter not to be missed.

To learn more about Southern Utah and plan your winter getaway visit: www.scenicsouthernutah.com or call (800) 354-4849

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah, October 21, 2010 – Xanterra Parks & Resorts, operator of Zion Lodge in Zion National Park, will offer the “Zion in Winter” and holiday packages this year.
The “Zion in Winter” package includes an overnight stay and features breakfast for two each morning. From Dec. 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011, this package rate for a Sunday-through-Thursday stay is $89 for a standard room, $99 for a western cabin and $119 for a suite. On Fridays and Saturdays, the rate is $99 for a standard room, $109 for a western cabin and $129 for a suite. The rates are $10 higher than weekend rates during the holiday periods of Dec. 23-30, 2010 and Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 19-21, 2011. Each additional person in the room is $10 with breakfast available for purchase separately. The “Zion in Winter” package is based on double occupancy, does not include taxes or gratuities and is not available on Dec. 31, 2010, Jan. 1, 2011 or Feb. 19-20, 2011. Guests should mention the promotion code “WNTR” when making reservations.

Zion Lodge completed a renovation to its western cabins this year to restore the original look and feel of the cabins but with modern materials as well as plumbing and electrical components and systems. Built in 1927 by the Union Pacific Railroad, the cabins are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Zion Lodge also offers its two-night “New Year’s Eve Dinner Package” with 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 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 Zion in Winter, 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, café 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.

First major facility improvement since 1987, completion expected Dec. 2010

Snowbird, Utah – The Cliff Spa at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is currently undergoing a major renovation, the first to the facility since it opened in 1987. Improvements to the Spa, located on the ninth and tenth floors of the Cliff Lodge, are expected to be completed by early December.

“For many of our guests, the experience of relaxing in the mountains is just as important to their vacation as the skiing itself,” said Snowbird President Bob Bonar. “The Spa enhancements will be a tremendous addition to our resort.”

The remodel focuses primarily on the ninth floor facilities, including the lobby, reception area, salon and retail store, main corridor, the men’s and women’s locker rooms, solarium and steam room, and the treatment hallway. New paint, tile, carpet, treatment room flooring, art, lighting, furniture and entry way design elements are all part of the improvements. In addition, a new room dedicated exclusively to Thai massage will be added, increasing the treatment room count to 21. The facilities on the tenth floor, including the rooftop pool and hot tub, fitness center and yoga studio, will remain open during the renovations.

Chase Associates, a Salt Lake City design firm, is overseeing the renovation with a strong emphasis on green products and environmentally sustainable building techniques. Elements such as stone countertops are manufactured locally, while others like cork flooring, fabrics and shower dividers utilize post-industrial and post-consumer materials.

“For years, our guests have fallen in love with our magical surroundings and incredible staff,” said Cliff Spa Director Marlen Stewart. “With this renovation, we’ll truly have exceptional facilities to match the overall experience at the Cliff Spa.”

Opened in 1987, the Cliff Spa was one of the first winter destination spas in the world and a vision of owner Dick Bass, who strove to operate Snowbird under the mission of “enhancing body, mind and spirit.” Today, the Spa offers more than 30 treatments and salon services ranging from massages and scrubs to hair and nail care as well as a picturesque yoga studio, full fitness center, rooftop pool and hot tub, eucalyptus steam room and a solarium overlooking Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. For more information on the Cliff Spa, please visit www.cliffspa.com.

Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird averages an annual snowfall of 500 inches and offers the longest ski and snowboard season in Utah. Opening day for the 2010/11 season is projected for November 20, weather permitting.

You can also follow Snowbird on Facebook by searching “Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort” or on Twitter under “SnowbirdSki”.

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Cedar City, Utah–One of the most unique parades in the country will take place Saturday, October 30th at 10 a.m. when 1,200 sheep will be herded from Cedar Mountain down Cedar City’s Main Street. The annual Sheep Parade is the highlight event of the Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival, providing an exciting glimpse of agricultural tradition and livestock heritage to spectators along the route.

According to Festival Chairman, Chad Reid “The sheep drive is about tradition, when cattle and sheep ranchers trailed their animals from summer range on Cedar Mountain to winter range in the valley. Cedar City is the only place in the United States that still has a designated livestock trail that runs through its city limits. Honoring our community’s western agricultural commitment is the core of this annual celebration.”

Horses, wagons, antique tractors, stock dogs, and historic and modern sheep camps also will take part in the procession. The parade route is along Main Street from 400 South to 200 North. Parade entry applications will be accepted up to Friday, October 29th. To be true to the mission of the Livestock Fest, organizers request that all entries be authentically western and/or agriculturally based. Organizers also encourage entries in memoriam of members of the livestock industry. After the parade the tractors and sheep camps will also be on display the remainder of the day at the Cross Hollows Events Center during the Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival.

The Fifth Annual Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival celebrates Cedar City’s unique livestock and agricultural heritage October 29-31st. The 2010 event features cowboy music and poetry, Dutch Oven cooking contest, Backyard BBQ cooking contest, antique tractor pull, stock dog demo, sheep camp display, Color Country Quilt Show, Grammy nominated singer songwriter Don Edwards in concert and of course the famous Sheep Parade down Cedar City’s Main Street

For more information on festival activities, visit www.cedarlivestockfest.com or call 435-586-8132

Deer Valley Resort Named Number One an Unprecedented Four Years Running

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH- Utah ski resorts topped the charts of the 2011 SKI magazine reader survey. Leading the charge, Deer Valley Resort earned the overall number one spot for an unprecedented four years in a row. Joining Deer Valley, seven other Utah ski resorts were listed among the top thirty resorts (#5 Park City, #18 The Canyons, #19 Snowbird, #27 Snowbasin, #28 Alta, #29 Brighton, #30 Solitude).

Of the eighteen evaluation categories included in the survey, Utah resorts received the top rating in ten divisions including Alta for “Overall Satisfaction” and “Snow,” Powder Mountain for “Value,” Brighton for “Weather,” and Deer Valley for “Grooming,” “Service,” “Access,” On-mountain Food,” “Lodging,” and “Dining.”

“These rankings reflect the opinions and sentiments of ski resort consumers nationwide,” said Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty. “We are thrilled to see the Utah wintersports product ranked so highly amongst such an esteemed set of peers.”

Along with incredible representation in the overall rankings, Utah resorts dominated the categories Ski Utah considers its greatest strengths – snow, access and value. As Utah is famous for having The Greatest Snow on Earth®, it was no surprise that eight of the top ten listings for “Snow” were Utah resorts (#1 Alta, #2 Snowbird, #3 Powder Mountain, #4 Brighton, #5 Solitude, #7 Deer Valley, #8 Snowbasin).

Additionally, seven of the top ten resorts listed in the “Access” category were in Utah (#1 Deer Valley, #2 Park City, #4 Brighton, #5 Solitude, #6 The Canyons, #7 Snowbird, #9 Alta).

“Value,” another vital component of Utah’s wintersports product, had five Utah resorts in the top ten (#1 Powder Mountain, #3 Alta, #4 Brighton, #6 Solitude, #9 Snowbasin).

New this season, SKI magazine added a section of Lifestyle awards where Alta was awarded best “Skier’s Mountain” followed by Snowbird in second place. Snowbird also received the title of best “Weekend Escape” followed by Deer Valley in second place. Brighton Resort was awarded as the number one “Value Trip” with Alta and Snowbird listed as second and third.

To view a complete list of Utah resort rankings Click Here. For more information on the upcoming winter season visit www.skiutah.com.

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