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Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Resort   |  Scott Markewitz
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As one of Utah’s most popular luxury mountain resorts (in the summer, too), Deer Valley Resort goes out of its way to ensure the best skiing experience possible. Some would argue it is impossible to have a bad day at Deer Valley thanks to their customer service and consistently excellent skiing. Deer Valley limits the number of lift tickets sold in a day, grooms like a champion and keeps their season nice and tight to ensure premium ski conditions. Once you travel to this luxury skiers-only resort, you don't have to lift a finger or worry about the details because they've thought of everything. You just have to ski.

Plan Your Ski Trip

Run Highlights

Daly Chute #10 | Black Diamond

The Daly Chutes at Deer Valley have some great steep and deep chutes that never disappoint. From the Empire Express, ski down Orion and then cut into Anchor Trees. A short, easy hike is required after passing Daly Bowl. After signs for Chutes #5, 6 and 7, a gentle slope takes you to a crater-looking cornice. Jump in or enter from the side. The chute is wide open up top, but narrows in the midsection and finally opens into a gentler slope dotted with trees.

Supreme | Blue Square

This trail allows intermediate skiers a great way to see the Empire section of this luxury resort, which is otherwise mostly advanced and advanced-intermediate runs. Take the Empire Express to the top of the mountain at 9,570 feet and hit Supreme. You’ll cross under the lift at mid-run and ultimately end up where you started — at the Empire Express lift.


Run tip: Start off slow on Flagstaff and Bald Eagle, or for the intermediate to expert skiers, head straight to Empire and Bald Mountain.

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.



  • Deer Valley's recommended best options for your culinary adventure.
  • Dining Spotlight: The Brass Tag -  "Inspired brick oven cuisine" which also features gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus.

To see more of what Deer Valley Resort has to offer, browse its resources (lift status, trail conditions, maps and complimentary guest services). Worried about the weather? Check out the resort's web cams. 

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