Deer ValleyOh my God, what an incredible freakin’ day today.

Pal Scotty and I went up to Park City to ski Deer Valley (my first time at any of the Park City resorts) … and I cannot believe how incredible a day it was.

The sky was blue, the sun was out, the temps were warm-ish (about 40, I think), and the runs were groomed to absolute perfection.

We skied pretty much the entire resort from Empire to Flagstaff to Bald Mountain, as well as dropping down to the Jordanelle Gondola before having a late-ish lunch at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. Drank a fabulous 2006 Foxglove Cabernet, with the Triple Ham (Berkshire, serrano, and prosciutto) sandwich, washed down with Voss still water, followed by a single shot of espresso with a lemon twist.

Saw the man himself, as well.

Then back out on the slopes for easy carving to finish out the afternoon … mostly off the Northside Express (on Flagstaff) and Carpenter Express (at the base) lifts, until my legs were complete noodles.

I can honestly say that if I were told that I could ski every day at the ski area of my choice for the rest of my life, but that I would be limited to skiing groomers and could never go off-piste, then Deer Valley would be my resort of choice. This was as close to a perfect ski day as I’ve ever had.

Many, many thanks to Scotty (of Bottleneck Wines) for being my tour guide and picking up the lunch tab (as a business expense, of course, as we discussed figuring out how to set me up as a distributor of premium mixers), and to Mama T. for providing me with the pass to get on the mountain.

Photo above taken at the top of Stein’s Way, overlooking Jordanelle Reservoir.