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SKI FACT: DEER VALLEY

Resort: Deer Valley

Elevation: 7,200 to 9,400Number of Runs: 55

Number of Lifts: 1 double, 9 triples, 1 quad

Ticket price: $41 adult, $26 children

Base Facilities: Restaurants, ski shops, rentals, accommodations.

Year opened: 1981

Runs

Most popular runs: Birdseye off Sterling Lift runs below the lift, is groomed often and has the perfect pitch skiers like.

Most difficult run: Ruins of Pompeii located off the Sultan Lift has a very steep slope that is a tight tree-lined run at the top and drops into some nice tree skiing at the bottom; and Morning Star off Mayflower Lift offers some steep chute skiing in Mayflower Bowl.

Best ego run: Success run off Carpenter Express lift on the lower mountain, is a nice, long run on a groomed slope that winds between houses for a good view for all.

Longest run: Sunset run bleeds into Onterio run, which goes to the bottom and is about two miles long. You get to Sunset off Sterling Lift.

Special Programs: Teen Equipe is for teens who want to improve their skiing. The class runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and covers those areas of skiing that teens are interested in. Then there's the Black Diamond classes designed to help advanced skiers with the more challenging skiing -- chutes, bumps, crud. Each day there is a Style and Elegance clinic that runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and works on taking the roughness out of the turns and adding style. The Beginning Adult special includes three days of lessons and lift passes for the new skiers entering the sport at a price of $219. For racers there is the Medalist Challenge that is open each day. It is a timed course that offers side-by-side challenge races and an opportunity to win a medal -- gold, silver, or bronze.

Special Events: March 19-22 is Music in the Mountains. During this time different bands, ranging from jazz to rock 'n roll, will play in different parts of the Park City area, including Deer Valley.

Unique Features: Noted for its elegance and quality, visitors will find the food and the service second-to-none. Out on the hill skiers will find the slopes as sommth and groomed as is possible.

Next week: Sundance.