Resort Report Early Winter 2012


Celebrate the holidays on a mountaintop with these festive happenings at local ski resorts.


New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade

Alta Resort LogoCome watch or participate in Alta’s annual torchlight parade on New Year’s Eve. To participate you must be an intermediate skier or above and you should bring goggles. Lifts will load at 5:15 p.m. The parade and fireworks begin at 6:00 p.m. Goldminer’s Daughter is a good spot to watch, or park along Hwy 210. Bring non-perishable items to donate to the Utah Food Bank.


Beaver Mountain Resort LogoBeaver Mountain is closed on Chrismas Day, but will be open on New Year’s Day.


Free Ski Day

Brian Head Resort LogoOn Thursday, December 13, the resort will offer FREE rentals, FREE lift tickets, and FREE lessons to all visitors. Plan to visit on this day and experience Southern Utah skiing. Just a four-hour drive from Salt Lake.


Quad Wednesdays

Brighton Resort LogoSki or ride for just $20 on Wednesdays in December (5, 12, 19) by supporting charitable organizations with donations of toys, winter clothing, and food. Specific details on dates and donations are available online.


Santa on the Slopes

Canyons Resort LogoFrom December 22–25, Santa will ski at Canyons, delivering candy and treats to everyone on the Nice List. Look for Santa at the Ski Beach and throughout the entire resort from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Chanukah Concert with Lipa Schmeltzer

Celebrate Chanukah at Canyons with a private concert by Lipa Schmeltzer on December 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Red Pine Lodge. Tickets are $50 per person and a kosher BBQ will be available for purchase.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Watch Canyons’ annual, free fireworks show at 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Look online to come about additional event activities too.


Santa Claus Visits Deer Valley

Deer Valley Resort LogoCome on Christmas Eve and visit Santa in the Snow Park Lodge area from 9:00-11:00 a.m or from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Silver Lake Lodge area. Bring a camera and have your picture taken with St. Nick.

Torchlight Parade

Begins at about 6 p.m. (dusk) on Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain. Complimentary hot cider and cookies will be served on the Snow Park Plaza. For more information, please call 435-649-1000.


Ski Free Thursdays in January

Eagle Point Resort LogoEscape crowds and ditch lift lines while enjoying a day of free skiing or snowboarding at this new Southern Utah resort every Thursday in January.


Holiday Season Kick Off

Welcome Santa, Rudolph, and the other reindeer to Park City on December 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Towne Lift Plaza. The evening will feature hot chocolate, holiday treats, and caroling while waiting for Santa to fly in on the Town Lift.

Torchlight Parade And Christmas Eve Celebration

Celebrate Christmas by listening to holiday music while enjoying hot beverages and cookies at sunset as the ski and snowboard school snake down PayDay trail for a traditional torchlight parade. Admission and refreshments are free. Event held on Resort Plaza on December 24.


Night Jam

Powder Mountain Resort LogoAfter the holiday frenzy winds down, head up for a nighttime park jam under the lights in the Sundown Terrain Park on January 9 at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy friends, music, fun park features, and a friendly jam format competition. Skiers and snowboarders welcome. Prizes will be awarded after each event, followed by a product toss around the fire pit at Sundown lodge.

Military Appreciation Ski Day

Military skis free at Powder Mountain on January 11! Just present your military ID at the ticket window and receive a complimentary day pass. Spouses and dependants ski for half price.


Holiday Gala

Snowbasin Resort Logo Celebrate the holidays in style with a gala at this majestic mountain lodge on December 7 at 6:30 p.m. The night includes appetizers, diverse buffet, and live music by the Svengali Jazz Quartet. Tickets are $55 each. Call 801-510-7477 for details or to purchase.


Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade & Firework

Snowbird Resort Logo The Torchlight Parade begins at dusk on Christmas Eve, approximately 6:00 p.m. Following the parade is the fireworks display. The best view is from the Plaza Deck. A Candelight Christmas Eve Service follows the fireworks at Snowbird Center.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks

The Torchlight Parade begins at dusk on New Year’s Eve, approximately 6 p.m. A fireworks display follows. Event is free.


Solitude’s 4th Annual WinterFest

Solitude Resort Logo When skiing Solitude from December 22—January 1, check out avalanche dog demonstrations, s’mores parties, ice skating, carolers, alphorn players, magicians, ice carvers, and more at this annual fest.

Santa Visits Solitude Mountain Resort

On Christmas Day, look for Santa on the mountain as he hands out candy canes to kids. Later, meet up with him for photos by the fire pit in the Village.


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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