St. Nick has his work cut out for him this holiday season as he descends upon Utah ski resorts all across the state. You’ll find the jolly, old man carving up turns or repelling out of trams as often as he’s lounging in the village and waiting for apres-ski to start.
Canyons – Don your best St. Nick’s attire (or Mrs. Clause, reindeer or elf costume) and head to Canyons on Dec. 22, where the first 50 holiday stars in full costume will ski or ride for free. Register at the top of the Cabriolet at 8-9 a.m. Track down the real St. Nick Dec. 22-25, where he’ll be found delivering treats to good boys and girls between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Deer Valley – Find Santa roaming Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge at 9-11 a.m. before he makes his arrival to Silver Lake Lodge 12-1:30 p.m.
Park City Mountain – Stroll over to the base of Park City’s PayDay run at sunet to take in a glowing spectacle of lights as the ski school snakes their way down the trail as part of the resort’s annual torchlight parade and Christmas Eve celebration. Holiday music, hot beverages and cookies will be provided for free.
Snowbasin – Old St. Nick will be skiing at Snowbasin on Dec. 24, but if he’s too fast to keep up, you’ll be able to catch him as he arrives at Earl’s Plaza by sleigh at 6 p.m., followed by a torchlight parade and a fireworks display. A Christmas Eve dinner will be served at Earl’s Lodge until 8 p.m., and reservations are not necessary. For more info, click here.
Snowbird – Christmas Eve festivities begin at dusk at Snowbird, where a torchlight parade will light the way for Santa’s arrival as he repels down the Tram. Celebrate his arrival from the Plaza Deck, then stay for fireworks (at approximately 7 p.m.) before heading to the Snowbird Center for a Candlelight Service and caroling.
Snowbird is also offering a Christmas Dine & Stay package, starting at $139 per person for one night of lodging and one dinner on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. For more details or reservations, click here or call (801) 933-2181.
Solitude – Get in the winter spirit from Dec. 22 to Jan. 1 during Solitude’s fourth annual WinterFest, which includes festive entertainment and events such as avalanche dog demonstrations, s’mores parties, ice skating, caroling, alphorn music, magicians, ice carvers, storytellers and other guest speakers. Don’t forget to say hello to Santa on Christmas Day, where he’ll be handing out candy canes and roaming the Village.
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