The St. Regis Deer Valley kicks off the holiday season every year on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Both locals and visitors take the opportunity with family and friends to enjoy this free evening of holiday cheer. The visit begins with a trademark ride on the funicular tram, which shows off gorgeous views of Deer Valley Ski Resort and after dozens of times in the tram I am still hypnotized by the scenery.
Upon arriving to the top, we travel past the St. Regis Bar and the J&G Grill and on into the lobby. On the patio, fire pits are alight and surrounded with people nestled on couches. Inside the lobby, is an array of goodies for both the kids, parents, and families to indulge in. Among the options are frosted sugar cookies, brownies, and my personal favorite, the buttery sweet blondie.
Everyone’s cup was filled with the in-house crafted hot chocolate which was rich and velvety with the option to top with marshmallows and, another homemade delight, whipped cream.
With the guests indulged and satisfied with their sweet treats, two local families form a choir to serenade us with jolly entertainment. Kris Kringle himself took time out of his busy schedule to help light the St. Regis’ Christmas tree and take pictures with the little ones.
Amidst all the excitement, at 5:30 p.m. the nightly ritual of the champagne sabering was not forgot. The audience was regaled with the history of the tradition and the showmanship of the act (with actual sabers!). Throughout the year the sabering tradition can be enjoyed on the St. Regis Mountain Terrace’s outstanding patio with more unparalleled views of Deer Valley and Park City.
Before launching back down on the funicular, many families and couples stop in the St. Regis Bar for a signature 7452 Mary mixed with local High West vodka and topped with wasabi-celery foam and black Hawaiian sea salt.
Although the tradition of the tree lighting comes around only once a year, the practice of après skiing at the St. Regis happens daily. Stay warm and cozy on the Mountain Terrace with its heated patio seating and stunning Fire Garden. Après like a pro, inside at the bar or outside, with specialty hot chocolate and crafted cocktails like the grapefruit gimlet or whiskey fizz and enjoy locals’ favorite bites like the delectable Black Truffle Pizza.
Whether you were out on the slopes all day or hanging out in the lodge, there’s no better way to end the day than with a specialty crafted cocktail, some tasty eats, remarkable views, and good company.