Deer Valley Resort
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. Readers of SKI magazine consistently rate Deer Valley's guest services number one, as well as ranking it "best-groomed resort." 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.
There are a lot of ways to tackle Deer Valley's six mountains, so let's start right at the top. From the curbside ski valet, head for the Silver Lake Express and travel to the Sterling Express quad and speed up to the 9,400-foot summit of Bald Mountain. There, you have your choice of runs down the mountain while the Wasatch and Sultan Express quads at the base quickly get you back up to play on this beautiful peak. For intermediate and advanced skiers, it's worth finding your way over to Little Baldy Peak for the long run down Jordanelle, named for its sweeping views of Jordanelle Reservoir on the resort's east face. Whisk through luxury homes down the long, fast trail and reward yourself with a scenic gondola ride back up the mountain.
You can also follow in the path of Olympians, who during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games competed in freestyle moguls and alpine slalom events. Race against the clock or your friends: Deer Valley, like the other Park City-area resorts, features the Nastar Ski Racing slalom experience. Deer Valley also showcases some of the best glade skiing through seemingly perfect lines of wintry aspens.
Deer Valley Resort
Readers of SKI magazine consistently rate Deer Valley's guest services number one, as well as ranking it "best-groomed resort." Photo: Scott Markewitz
Deer Valley Resort
Between its world-famous turkey chili, locally crafted Deer Valley Artisan Cheese and an array of Zagat-rated restaurants, Deer Valley is equal parts culinary adventure and skiers-only heaven on earth.
Deer Valley Resort
Though known for its great groomed runs, there are a lot of ways to tackle Deer Valley's six mountains. Photo: Scott Markewitz
Dining and Lodging
Deer Valley boasts the best slope-side hotel lodging anywhere, including the modern and luxurious St. Regis and Montage, in addition to hundreds of condo properties right on the mountain. To help you make the most of your ski vacation, plan on enjoying a meal or scheduling a spa day to best experience all that Deer Valley has to offer. Between its world-famous turkey chili, locally crafted Deer Valley Artisan Cheese and an array of Zagat-rated restaurants, Deer Valley is equal parts culinary adventure and skiers-only heaven on earth. New for this year in the Lodges at Deer Valley: The Brass Tag's "inspired brick oven cuisine" also features gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus. A reservation is recommended.
Where to Stay Near Park City Resort
Staying in Park City is a great way to be right in the heart of the action, with on-mountain options available at Park City's base area and Canyons Village as well as Deer Valley properties. Lodging options are abundant and varied, from ski-in/ski-out slope-side luxury condominiums to hotels and bed-and-breakfasts. Montage and St. Regis at Deer Valley and Waldorf-Astoria near Park City Mountain's Canyons Village are three names that immediately come to mind for your top-tier winter home away from home. But those only scratch the surface.
Deer Valley's Greatest Snow on Earth
Top 6 Ways to Enjoy Deer Valley Resort
The people who ski at Deer Valley are dedicated to the skiers-only vibe and excellent guest service. See how many of the resort’s 101 trails you can hit in a weekend. Start off slow on Flagstaff and Bald Eagle, or for the intermediate to expert skiers, head straight to Empire and Bald Mountain.
1. Daly Chute #10 | Black Diamond
The Daly Chutes at Deer Valley have some great steep and deep chutes that never disappoint, even if there hasn’t been a storm in a while. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Bring the Skis
Deer Valley is a skier’s mountain — one of only three resort destinations in the country to ban snowboarders (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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
Deer Valley Artisan Cheese
Corine Coniglio, a native of Belgium, crafts artisan cheese on the slopes of Deer Valley.
Warm-weathered Deer Valley
In the summer and fall Deer Valley Resort boasts lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides, children's camps and music-filled evenings.