Almanac: Deer Valley, Utah

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Getting There Deer Valley is 45 minutes from the Salt Lake airport. All Resort Express (800-457-9457) costs $25 per person, one-way.

When To Go Christmas and spring breaks are family times. February and March offer the best sun and snow.

Sleeping In High End: It doesn't get any better than the Stein Eriksen Lodge (800-453-1302), starting at $475 per night; Moderate: The Park City Marriott, in town, starts at $269 per night; Bargain: The Hampton Inn, a six-mile drive to Kimball Junction, starts at $139 per night. Contact: Central Reservations, (800) 558-3337; Deer Valley Lodging, (800) 453-3833; www.deervalleylodging.com.

Dining Out Lunches at Silver Lake or Snow Park lodges are among skiing's best. The Valhalla Room at Stein Eriksen's and the Mariposa are tops for dinner. McHenry's has fine family fare. The Seafood Buffet at Snow Park is excellent. In Park City, Grappa and Chimayo are favorites.

Après-Ski Park City's Main Street is the liveliest scene. Harry O's and the Alamo rock. (You'll pay $5 for a two-week membership in certain saloons; consider it a fun tax.) At Deer Valley, Stein Eriksen Lodge and Goldener Hirsch cater to more refined tastes.

Kicking Butt Head for the eight Daly Chutes off Empire Canyon, the Mayflower Bowl or Ontario Bowl.

Kicking Back Watch end-of-day skiers from a reclining lounge chair at McHenry's Beach.

Activities Enjoy the scenic Wasatch Range up close during a scenic snowshoe, cross-country or snowmobile trip. Contact the resort for reservations.

Don't Miss A ride down the Olympic bobsled run at 75 mph at Utah Olympic Park, 10 miles away ($125 for two passengers, with driver and brakeman provided), (435) 658-4200.

Vital Stats Terrain: 1,750 acres, 87 runs, 19 lifts; longest trail: 2 miles; base elevation: 6,570 feet; summit at Empire Canyon, 9,570 feet; adult lift tickets $63 per day, 6 of 7 days, $324.
Information: (800) 427-3337; www.deervalley.com; snow report: (435) 649-2000.