Dear Deer Valley

“For an unprecedented fourth year in a row, Deer Valley Resort received the # 1 ranking in North America by the readers of SKI Magazine.” So began the invitation extended recently to season pass holders to attend a wine and cheese reception to celebrate that ranking. There are other little perks that the resort bestows on its season pass holders. I’d already received a baseball cap

that wasn’t just any Deer Valley cap, but bears, on the back, the story of the mountain’s past and current status.

Last night we attended the reception, along with approximately 200 other happy holders of the pass to skier paradise. True to form for DV, there was not only wine (Yellowtail Chardonnay and Shiraz as well as a variety of beers and ales) and cheese, of course, but a scrumptious crab concoction, rillettes of pork, salmon, and more. Absolutely everything this resort does is done with style.

After we’d had a chance to eat and socialize, Deer Valley President Bob Wheaton went to the lecturn. He is obviously well-liked and admired, for good reason. His comments were warmly received and often interrupted with bursts of applause.

He was followed by Greg Ditrinco, Editor of SKI Magazine. Mr. Ditrinco has an obvious gift for comedy and put it to good use, entertaining the crowd as he both made some suggestions for improvement and informed us about the rating process. One fact he shared was that the magazine has eighteen categories for the resorts it reviews; Deer Valley ranks number one or two in nine of the eighteen.

When Greg finished speaking and Bob Wheaton wrapped things up, I went up to Bob to say a simple thank you. I couldn’t resist telling him that though I had learned to ski at Park City Mountain Resort—an excellent institution in its own right—since DV opened (and they are celebrating their 30th anniversary) I have skied only one day at PCMR.

Then I asked Greg if he minded having his picture taken with me. I told him about my novel which is set in Park City/Deer Valley Resort and currently in the revision process, Slippery Slopes. He graciously agreed.

Here’s to SKI Magazine and Greg Ditrinco, and to Bob Wheaton and the hundreds of staffers and volunteers that make Deer Valley Mountain Resort the number one place to ski in North America!

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About Tricia Pimental

Brooklyn-born Tricia Pimental moved to Portugal in 2012, where she found rural life so idyllic she wrote a piece for the Living the Dream section of International Living Magazine. Today she serves as their Portugal Correspondent. The former actress and Toastmaster has written three award-winning books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, Slippery Slopes, and A Movable Marriage. Other writing credits include two travel books for International Living: The Old-World Charms of Portugal and Escape to Portugal, and a 15-part video series entitled Portugal 101. Tricia has discovered one of the best parts about living in Europe is the ability to sample the culture (especially all that food and beverage) of many countries via road trips. She and her husband Keith—and their intrepid Maltese, Carson—have traveled through Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Denmark, and more, as well as Ireland, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Balkans. After renting in various regions of the country, Tricia and Keith now own a quinta in central Portugal. She blogs at www.triciapimental.com.
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