Ski Industry News

Head to Deer Valley for an Upscale Ski Holiday

by Dan Giesin | January 11, 2022

The Wasatch Mountains of Utah are known around the ski world for three things:

  • Bottomless powder
  • Challenging terrain
  • Unsurpassed luxury

You can find any of the first two items at any of 11 resorts that are scattered throughout the range, but you only can find the last item at one place: Deer Valley.

For the past 40 years or so, Deer Valley has set the bar high for an upscale winter Alpine experience, winning numerous industry and consumer awards for its grooming, customer service, lodging, dining, etc. along the way.

With such 4-star hotels as the Montage, St. Regis, Silver Lake Lodge and Stein Eriksen Lodge offering ski-in, ski-out options as well as top-drawer accommodation and dining options, it’s so easy not to get spoiled at Deer Valley.

 

A magical winter sleigh ride at Deer Valley | Photo credit: Megan Robinson Photography

Six Mountains of Fun

And once you’re on the hill, it gets even better.

Deer Valley’s 2,026 skiable acres are spread across six distinct peaks — Bald, Flagstaff, Bald Eagle, Little Baldy, Lady Morgan and Empire — with 3,000 feet of vertical accessible by efficient lift system that consists of a four-passenger gondola (with leather seats, no less) and 21 chairlifts, 12 of which are of the detachable, high-speed variety.

There are 103 named runs, many of which are groomed on a nightly basis, four bowls and 930 acres of gladed skiing. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of Deer Valley’s runs are rated intermediate level and above, but the quality of the grooming that creates a smooth dance-floor feeling makes the trails seem a bit easier than expected. Check out the fun stuff off the Sterling and Wasatch Express lifts (Nabob, Keno and Tycoon are favorites), or the long, long Jordenelle run that parallels the gondola, or Hawkeye run off the Northside Express.

The Really Fun Stuff

That’s not to say Deer Valley is a toothless ruminant. Check out the Daly chutes and bowls off the Empire Express quad or the Mayflower chutes and bowls off Mayflower triple if you want steep — and often deep — terrain.

As befits a resort that was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics moguls competition, Deer Valley has great assortment of delightful and challenging bump runs, e.g. Morning Star, Thunderer and Paradise off the Mayflower and/or Sultan Express lifts, Three Ply and Square Deal off the Red Cloud lift, or Champion and Know You Don’t off the Carpenter Express.

Ironically (or perhaps sadly, depending on how you look at it), a resort that hosted the Olympic freestyle events (moguls and aerials) 20 years ago and continues to host World Cup freestyle competitions on a regular basis, does not have a terrain park. Which should not be too surprising as Deer Valley is one of three resorts in the United States that bans snowboarders. (Deer Valley visitors who have boarders among their group can get their kicks at, literally, next-door Park City Mountain Resort.

Apres … and Beyond

Deer Valley is recognized as a gourmet’s oasis, with fine-dining restaurants, cozy bistros and charming eateries just about around every corner.

Some favorites include The Maraposa, for rustic elegance (think beef, elk and bison); Fireside Dining for Euro-Alpine style meals (think raclette); The Brass Tag, for fine Italian (think gnocchi and ravioli dishes), and Glitretind, for Sunday brunch (think seasonal localvore menus).

 

Luxury by the slopes at Deer Valley

Build Your Own Ski Vacation Quote

More from the Blog

The Best Glades in the West

“Cut a path through the trees. Then, in the spring, cut down every tree with blood on it” – Réal Boulanger Ever since our man Réal, one of the founders of the fabled Mont Sutton in Québec, had the inspiration to ski through the trees, they have been a ‘if you know,...

Grand Targhee – The Hidden Marvel!

Never Neverland, Wyoming The holidays have passed, and with them have gone some of the crazy lift lines that happen because of the ever-increasing popularity of skiing. But what if there were a place where locals consider a “busy day” to be one where there are even...

Ski Areas with the Best Man-Made Features

Where to find the best of mankind's contributions to the skiing experience As so often happens in January, most resorts in the west are in the middle of a lull as far as the fresh stuff goes. This is the time of year where it really pays off to be creative with how...

5 Ways to Avoid Driving Like a Jackass in a Ski Town

Let's be clear about something. Being a tourist in a ski town is not a bad thing. It's easy to point the finger at tourists as the source of all things bad when you're a local. In a lot of ways, yes, there's a reason for the finger pointing--tourists can commit some...