With natural snow already on Deer Valley’s peaks, temperatures dropping this week and plenty of snowmaking going on, Deer Valley Resort’s 2008/2009 winter season will commence this Saturday, December 6th. The Resort will kick off the season by celebrating the life of its founder, Edgar B. Stern Jr., who passed away in October at the age of 86.

The ceremony, “A Celebration of the Life of Edgar Stern,” is open to the public and will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 6th on the Snow Park Lodge (base area lodge) Plaza. Speakers will include Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley Resort president and general manager, Gil Williams, president of Deer Valley’s parent company, Royal Street Corporation, and Dr. Robert Winn (Winnie), a longtime Deer Valley supporter and friend. A ski run near Perseverance Bowl will be named in Edgar Stern’s honor, photos and video of Edgar will be displayed throughout Snow Park Lodge, and guests will be invited to sign a guestbook, located in the Snow Park Lobby, for the Stern family. Dixieland Jazz will be performed by the Park City High School Jazz Allstars from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Snow Park Plaza.

The Snow Park Lounge will be re-dedicated and re-named this winter in honor of the Resort founder. The “Edgartini” will be the featured cocktail in the lounge that afternoon/evening, made Edgar’s favorite way – with Beefeater gin, straight up, extra dry, with a twist. From 3 to 6 p.m., featured entertainment in the Lounge will be the Salt Lake City Saints, also performing Dixieland Jazz. At 4:15 p.m., the Deer Valley synchronized ski team will perform on the lower mountain, best viewed from the upper deck of Snow Park Lodge.

Thirty percent of ticket sales from Deer Valley Resort’s opening day will be donated (10% each) to the Stern family’s chosen charities:

University of Washington Medicine”

Box 358045

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98105

...with a memo reference in the check "Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in memory of Edgar B. Stern, Jr."

“The Alzheimer's Association”

12721 30th Ave., NE

Suite 101

Seattle, WA 98215

...with a memo reference in the check "In memory of Edgar B. Stern, Jr."

“The United States Ski Team”

P.O. Box 100

Park City, UT 84060

…with memo reference on the check “In memory of Edgar B. Stern, Jr.”

For more information on Deer Valley’s opening day or the Celebration of Edgar Stern’s life, please contact Resort Communications Coordinator Emily Summers at 800-424-DEER (3337) or (435) 645-6518, or visit the Resort website at deervalley.com.