Magazine article Sunset

The Rockies in December

Magazine article Sunset

The Rockies in December

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TIPS & TRIPS

* PARK CITY, UTAH Ski and dine Built in 2001 primarily as a day lodge, Deer Valley's cedar-and-stone Empire Canyon Lodge is opening its doors to all guests one night a week. Glide up on cross-country skis or stomp in on snowshoes and enjoy a four-course fireside meal that includes warm raclette cheese, stew, and chocolate fondue. For the less ambitious, horse-drawn carriages also make the trip, or you can simply drive up. Thu only; $40 adults, $22 ages 11 and under. Reservations required. (435) 649-1000. * BIGFORK, MONTANA Ride in a carriage Every year, this lakeside village is transformed by nearly 300 Bigfork "elves" into something out of Currier & Ives. The two-block downtown boardwalk-lined with great art galleries, restaurants, Electric Avenue Books, and the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts-is hung with hundreds of pine boughs, red-ribboned trees, garlands, and lights. Bigfork Christmas kicks off November 22, when the elves bring out the festive decorations. There's a Christmas parade on December 6, and visitors can take $3 horse-drawn carriage rides or visit Santa at downtown's Twin Birch Square each Saturday afternoon until Christmas, www. …

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