Make a Note
1. Olympic History
Skiers interested in a little Olympic nostalgia at Deer Valley have two trails on Bald Eagle Mountain to choose from. Know You Don’t and Champion were sites for 2002 Olympic slalom and mogul events. There’s no need to pick one or the other — just ride back up on the Carpenter Express for a second chance. Champion is where local skier Shannon Barhke won silver in 2002, and it’s a favorite run for another local, 2010 mogul bronze medalist Byron Wilson.
2. Snowshoe to Dinner
The lifts are closed for the day, but you still want to get in some exercise before dinner? Go out on a moonlit or starlit snowshoe tour with All Seasons Adventures, and work up an appetite while stomping through sparkling powder fields. Get dropped off for dinner at Fireside Dining at the Empire Canyon Lodge, where four-course dinners are served from stone fireplaces. Even if you stick to appetizers and don’t get beyond the warm Swiss raclette cheese, the experience is a true win for living well.
3. Bring the Skis
Deer Valley is a skier’s mountain — one of only three resort destinations in the country that doesn't allow snowboarding (the other two are Alta, also in Utah, and Mad River Glen in Vermont). That helps to cut down on crowds a little, and leaves Deer Valley’s annual average of 300 inches blanketing its six mountains (Little Baldy Peak, Bald Eagle, Bald, Flagstaff, Empire and Lady Morgan) to the two plankers.
4. Après in Style
Kick up your après a notch at the St. Regis Deer Valley, where you can enjoy fine libations at the St. Regis Bar and Lounge. Perhaps you want to try a signature 7452 Mary: a blend of the property’s famous Bloody Mary mix and the fine oat-distilled Vodka 7000 from the local High West Distillery. Additionally, a visit to the Fire Garden on the outdoor terrace will keep you toasty despite the temperature. Stick around for the nightly champagne sabering, or head over to the library for gourmet hot chocolate. Families may prefer the nightly s’mores ritual over by the fire pits.