Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, Deer Valley is an upmarket ski resort renowned for its outstanding service, immaculately groomed slopes and varied terrain to suit all abilities.
Easily accessible from Salt Lake City, Deer Valley is situated just outside the historic mining town of Park City and is considered to be one of the top ski resorts in North America. The emphasis really is on ‘ski’ here, since snowboarding is prohibited, and the resort certainly does the utmost to make sure skiers have an enjoyable and stress-free experience.
Home to over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain spread across six mountains, Deer Valley offers
excellent snow reliability, great powder and varied slopes, making it a fantastic playground for all types of skiers. What really sets Deer Valley apart though is the impeccable service it offers, from ski valets who help unload and carry skis to perfectly groomed slopes and high speed lifts. There is also a limit to the number of lift tickets sold each day so queues are practically non-existent and the slopes are never overcrowded.
The resort itself is fairly spread out with the Silver Lake area being the main focus. Accommodation varies from 5* hotels to condos and there are plenty of outstanding ski-in/ski-out luxury chalets in Deer Valley too.
“Dining is of great importance in Deer Valley and there's something to suit every taste and budget from slick self-service restaurants and casual cafes to gourmet grills and fine dining establishments.”
Royal Street Cafe
Situated just below Bald Mountain at 8,100 feet, Royal Street Cafe is open daily for lunch and has an eclectic menu of creative American and international cuisine. Enjoy specialities such as ‘Maple Bacon BBQ Bison Burger’ and ‘Dungeness Crab Tower’ from the scenic deck.
www.deervalley.com/royal-street-cafe / +1 435 64 6724
Situated mid-mountain, in the Silver Lake area, The Mariposa is the place to go for fine dining. Relax by the crackling fireplaces whilst enjoying a variety of small dishes from the tasting menu which encompasses fresh fish, seafood, salads and prime meats.
www.deervalley.com/mariposa / +1 435 645 6715
Fireside dining at Empire Canyon Lodge
For a unique dining experience head to Empire Canyon Lodge where guests enjoy four themed courses each served at a different fireplace, ranging from European alpine classics to fire-roasted leg of lamb, raclette and for dessert, chocolate fondue.
www.deervalley.com/fireside-dining / + 1 435 645 6632
Seafood buffet at Snow Park Lodge
Situated at the base of the ski area, Snow Park Lodge is home to a spectacular ‘Seafood Buffet’ offering a staggering choice of fresh seafood including crab, shrimp, oysters and sushi, accompanied by various salads, entrees and fine wines. If you’ve got any room left we recommend the speciality ‘Chocolate Snowball’ for dessert.
www.deervalley.com/seafood-buffet / +1 435 645 6632
“The nightlife in Deer Valley is fairly subdued and for more choice head to nearby Park City.”
Edgar’s Beer and Spirits Lounge
Named in honour of Deer Valley’s founder, Edgar B. Stern Jr., Edgar’s Beer and Spirits Lounge is an atmospheric bar at the base of the slopes, serving draft beer, fine wines and cocktails with live music on weekends and holidays
www.deervalley.com/ebslounge / +1 435 649 1000
St Regis Bar and Lounge
Enjoy a drink in the cosy St. Regis Bar and Lounge in front of the wood burning fire, or admire the magnificent views from the terrace whilst sampling their signature ‘Bloody Mary’ or perhaps a cocktail from their extensive drinks menu.
www.stregisdeervalley.com/st-regis-bar / +1 435 940 5700
“With varied slopes, good snow, fast lifts and perfectly groomed pistes, skiing in Deer Valley has something to suit all abilities.”
The main skiing in Deer Valley takes place on three linked peaks beyond Silver Lake Lodge – Bald Mountain, Flagstaff Mountain and Empire Canyon. The nursery slopes are situated at the resort base and at Silver Lake lodge and there are plenty of gentle green runs for beginners. Intermediate skiers are well catered for and there are a variety of glades, moguls and a few bowls for those more advanced. The resort also offers free mountain tours for different abilities.
Deer Valley Ski School
Deer Valley has a an excellent ski school for adults and children of all abilities. The ski school offers tuition both privately and in small groups and they also run specialist clinics that focus on refining particular skills.
www.deervalley.com/whattodo/skischool / +1 435 645 6648
Experience the thrill of fresh powder with First Tracks, a programme that offers pre-arranged, private early lift access and guided skiing from 8-9 a.m from the Wasatch Express chairlift.
www.deervalley.com/winteractivities / +1 435 645 6507
“Whether you’re a skier or not, Deer Valley has plenty of activities to keep you entertained, from dog sledding to hot air ballooning and more.”
Explore the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains with a guided snowmobile tour run by Deer Valley-operated Summit Meadows Adventures. The tours take place on 7,000 acres of private land and last 1-2 hours.
www.deervalley.com/whattodo/winter/snowmobiling / +1 435 645 7669
Experience a unique adventure that’s suitable for the whole family with a tour of the snow-covered meadows of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountain ranges in a dog sled pulled by a team of Huskies. Learn how to ‘mush’ and admire the scenery along the private trails.
www.allseasonsadventures.com/dog-sledding / +1 435 649 9619
Keen photographers and walkers alike will enjoy the scenic snowshoe tours around Deer Valley. High end equipment is included, and tours range from 2 hour local tours to 4 hour tours of the Uinta National Forest and Wasatch Mountains. You can even snowshoe under a moonlit sky on the ‘Star Gazers’ tour, taking in a restaurant stop en-route.
www.allseasonsadventures.com/snowshoeing / +1 435 649 9619
Hot Air Ballooning
Watch the sunrise as you fly thousands of feet above the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in a hot air balloon, taking off from neighbouring Park City. Sunrise flights take place between 6 a.m and 8 a.m depending on the time of year and last around an hour.
www.skywalker.at/utah-ballooning / +1 801 824 3934