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Deer Valley Offers Kid-Friendly Fun   by Jesse Fisher

A vacation in Deer Valley during any season provides opportunities for kids of all ages to have a good time. This is a family-friendly place to visit. Deer Valley Resort operates a Children's Center where non-skiing children ages 2 months to 12 years can spend a fun day while their parents hit the slopes. This center is licensed and provides activities such as story-telling, crafts, singing, and play-time with toys.

For kids who are ready to ski, Deer Valley offers a variety of runs that are suitable for young skiers. The resort also offers professional lessons to kids as individuals or in groups. Deer Valley instructors are specially trained to work with children, so the experience will be fun and help the child improve her skiing. This is a great way for kids to enhance their skills while their parents challenge themselves on more difficult terrain. Lessons are available for kids as young as three.

For visitors venturing into Park City proper, there are many activities offered both winter and summer at the Park City Mountain Resort. For small children, Little Minors Park offers fun such as a merry-go-round and choo-choo train. This little park is a great way to include even the tiniest tot in the fun. This area also boasts the human maze where kids can work their way through a larger-than-life-labyrinth. The daring child can harness up and try his skill at the climbing wall or jump and flip on the trampolines of the Legacy Launcher.

This area also has an Alpine Slide that is open to kids as young as two with an adult. This summer attraction includes a chairlift ride up the mountain followed by sledding down a track to the bottom. It can be a gentle ride or quite fast depending on how liberally you apply the brake. A newer attraction is the Alpine Coaster for those who want the thrill of an amusement park in a beautiful mountain setting. The whole family can also engage in a round of miniature golf on an 18-hole course. For families venturing a little further, just miles from Park City's center is the Utah Olympic Park with its' own thrills to offer.

Regardless of the season, this area offers fun for kids of all ages. There are activities available to meet every price range and budget. Hiking and biking in the summer and snowshoeing, sledding, or skating in the winter are fun, inexpensive things to do as a family. The downtown area boasts kid-friendly dining and plenty of places to buy an ice cream cone or sweet treat to top off a day of fun.

About the Author

Jesse Fisher, a skier and 27-year resident of the Rocky Mountains, enjoys writing about topics of interest. He serves as Webmaster for Blooming Resort Rentals which offers Deer Valley lodging, private home and condo rentals, in the Deer Valley / Park City ski resort areas of Utah.

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