There may well be a paparazzi streak in all of us, and Deer Valley Resort wants to get that urge satisfied as soon as possible.
Some of U.S. ski racing's most famous blasts-from-the-past and a host of actors and activists will go head-to-head Dec. 4-5 in the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest. Expected to take part are U.S. Olympic alpine racing standouts Steve and Phil Mahre, Tommy Moe, and Heidi Voelker. Among the television, radio and print celebrities signed up to take on the gates are Virginia Madsen, Bobby Kennedy, Rob Morrow, Joey Pantoliano, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
The fundraising event features two giant slalom races, but primarily aims to bring in cash for Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit watchdog group that seeks to protect water quality.
On-the-course spectators can get a live view of the competition at 1 p.m. on Birdseye each day. They then can relive the excitement on CBS, which will broadcast the races after the NFL football games Sunday (Dec. 5).
That weekend also marks the 30th anniversary of the resort in Park City, Utah. Owners Edgar and Paula Stern opened Deer Valley in 1981 and touted it as the first "luxury" ski area in the United States. Through the years, the terrain has grown to 100 runs served by 21 chairlifts. The mountain has hosted six World Cup freestyle events, the 2002 Olympic freestyle competition, and the 2003 FIS Freestyle World Championships.