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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
An unidentified snowboarder catches some air off a rock at Powder Mountain resort.

If the concrete jungle is getting you down, there is a cure.

Getting away from it all doesn't mean skiers, snowshoers or hikers have to leave the state. Some of the country's best resorts are right here in Utah.

Here's some information on how to find awesome deals and interesting ideas:

Ski Utah offers a website that allows skiers to find the latest deals at all Utah ski resorts. The website is www.skiutah.com/whitesale. Check out the "Hot Deals" located on skiutah.com to ensure great savings on winter vacations.

If you're looking for a more unusual getaway, try experiencing a yurt. It is a portable structure used by nomadic tribes for thousands of years. It's round, with a dome and while it has the feel of a tent, it is more stable and warm.

Two resorts offer the chance to ski to and dine in yurts in Utah — Park City Mountain Resort and Solitude.

Park City

Conde Nast Traveler Magazine called the Viking Yurt, now located at PCMR, one of the best 100 in the world. It seats up to 40 people and offers private dinner menus as well as corporate party opportunities and weddings.

It's rustic, and combines elegant dining with the great outdoors. While everything is hauled in on a snowmobile, there is a highly touted chef and a baby grand piano. Information and reservations are available at www.thevikingyurt.com or 435-615-9878.


The Yurt offers one of the most unique dining experiences in Utah. Guests cross-country ski or snowshoe less than a mile distance through the moon and lantern lit forest to a Mongolian yurt, where a chef prepares an exciting and unforgettable five-course meal right before your eyes.

During summer, a quick hike will work up your appetite as you watch the sun set with a four-course menu.

Seating is limited to 22; reservations are required. Adults 13 & over. Price includes corkage and guide. Phone: 801-536-5709 or e-mail: yurt@skisolitude.com.

Deer Valley

Stay at Lodges at Deer Valley and kids ski free and save 25 percent on ski rentals with this package. Receive up to two complimentary lift tickets for children 12 and under with the purchase of two adult lift tickets. Receive up to two ski rental vouchers valid at any Deer Valley owned and operated rental shop for children under 12. This package is offered Dec. 4-17, 2010; Jan. 3-13, 2011; Jan. 19-Feb. 9, 2011, and March 27-April 10, 2011.

Stay free/Ski free: Book an early or late season trip and save 25 percent off lodging and lift tickets. Call now and also receive a free day of skiing for each paying adult and one night of free lodging.

Free lodging and skiing may be added to qualifying packages of four or more nights with three or more days of skiing. Offer is valid Dec. 3-17, 2010, and March 27 through April 10, 2011.

Pre-Holiday Special: Guests who book pre-holiday lodging will save 25 percent from Dec. 18-25, 2010, on select properties in the Deer Valley Resort area.

Sundance Film Festival Special: Guests who buy three nights will get the fourth night for free at select Deer Valley properties during the Sundance Film Festival.

This offer is valid Jan. 19-31, 2011. Guests must mention the Sundance Film Festival when they contact Deer Valley Resort Lodging and Reservations.

Powder Mountain

This Ogden-area resort offers several ways to see the back country.

Snowcat Powder Safari Guided excursion to 3,000 acres of exclusive glades, chutes and open bowls.

Guided Backcountry Tours Shred up to 25,000 vertical of steep and deep backcountry.

Powder Mountain Adventure Tour Guided inbound tours feature hidden powder stashes for all levels.

Mention Ski Ogden when you book one of the tours above and receive one free ride to 700 acres on the Lightning Ridge Snowcat. Book today at adventures@powdermountain.com.

Ogden Valley Lodging

Discover the "secret" that locals already know. Heavy snowfall, followed by bluebird days, creates amazing uncrowded powder days at Snowbasin and Powder Mountain. Book a minimum four nights lodging in a condo, townhome or private home and receive a 10-percent discount on lodging and 20-percent discount on Powder Mountain and Snowbasin lift tickets. Visit www.BasinviewLodging.com for lodging details. Call 877-686-4733 and ask for the White Sale Package. Heli-skiing or cat-skiing packages are also available.

Accommodations are also available in the Ogden Valley, offering a 10-percent discount on nightly rental rate of privately owned, fully equipped, luxury vacation properties with no black-out dates. Prices start at $110 per night. Discounted lift tickets are available, as well as a scheduled complimentary shuttle service to the area ski resorts and much more. Other restrictions may apply. Call 877-346-7829 and mention "Whitesale" or visit their website at www.valleyescapes.com and choose "whitesale" to book your vacation home today.


Alta Lodge and freeskiing champion Gordy Peifer team up to offer an All Mountain Ski Adventures camp for advanced skiers. Alta Ski Area continues to offer "Ski Free After Three." The iconic ski area opens the RFID gates at 3 p.m. on the Sunnyside lift, allowing skiers to access five beginner runs, two intermediate and one advanced run for free.

Beaver Mountain

Beaver Mountain continues to operate as one of the nation's only family-owned and operated resorts. The resort offers great value, terrain and a laid-back atmosphere.


At Brighton Ski Resort, kids age 10 and under are free when the adult buys a season pass or a pack of discount tickets. Busy women will also love the new, one-day all-women workshops.


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Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort's Early Bird Stay and Ski Packages start at $99/person, based on double occupancy, and include lodging at the Cliff and a tram pass. Valid from Nov. 18-Dec. 22, with a minimum three night stay. Kids 12 and under ski free for each night's stay.


Jump off the plane and ski. A same-day boarding pass lets visitor's ski free that afternoon at The Canyons, Deer Valley or Park City Mountain Resort. The Park City QuickSTART program continues to capitalize on the incredible accessibility of Utah's resorts, saving guests both money and time.