The Ski Resort
Deer Valley is THE first class ski resort in Park City, Utah and is the immediate neighbor to ski resorts Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons. It´s one out of two US ski resorts that denies to allow snowboarders on their trails. But if you are a skiing-fan you will have a blast here - guaranteed! It won the award ´best ski resort in the US´ many years in a row. So it´s not a huge surprise that countless A-list celebrities are frequent guests and stars like Gene Hackman, Lisa Kudrow and Dustin Hoffmann even own houses here.
Deer Valley´s vast terrain seems to be endless as it stretches over nothing less than six mountains and 820 ha. Sales of lift tickets are limited to 6000 a day in order to avoid overcrowding. So it´s fairly easy to enjoy the wide trails and lift waiting times are not too crazy.
The resort is considered to be ideal for families. Located right at Snow Park Lodge is a training area where little ones can make their first curves. Little Baldy Peak, Bald Eagle Mountain and Flagstaff Mountain boast many wide-open beginner trails that are gentle greens. Great are the slopes Ontario, Success and Deer Hollow.
Deer Valley is an intermediates skier´s dream by featuring tons of opportunities and challenges. Bald Mountain has great blues like Legal Tender or Nabob. Plus there are more than enough blacks that will even make best skiers think twice. The black Diamond runs are also oriented to needs of skiers that love to challenge themselves and is a must for everyone making a ski vacation in the US. Narrow Gauge, Morning Star and Reward are just a few to name. Bald Mountain also gives you access to the famous Stein´s Way run, that got its name by the Norwegian Olympic Stein Eriksen.
Lady Morgan´s summit features more black trails, that should only be conquered by experienced skiers. You can also go off-piste in the whole resort and experience some tree-skiing in the birch forest. If you are an backcountry skiing enthusiasts, then hit the bowls and moguls to have an adrenaline rush. Enjoy the powder snow that made this ski resort so popular by hitting Daly Bowl, Mayflower Bowl and more. Those leave you tempted to explore new spots and make new tracks in the snow.
- It is among the 5 most family-friendly ski Resorts in the USA.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 2999 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in the USA is 1204 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The ski resort takes you to an elevation of 9570 ft.
- Average snow depth during the season is 55 " at summit elevation and 55 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 62 " at summit elevation and 62 " at the base.
- Deer Valley features 83 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in the USA is 58 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 26 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 3 sunniest in Utah.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Cafeteria-style, great service or just a snack to go - the different restaurants cater to everyone´s wishes. Check out the Roxal Street Cafe in the Silver Lake Logde to have a lunch time on the more sophisticated side. Less fancy but equally fantastic is the Bald Mountain Pizza, that is also inside the Silver Lake Lodge and satisfies your cravings for a proper pizza. In addition, you´ll find two other restaurants: Cushing´s Cabin at Flagstaff Mountain and Snowshoe Tommy´s at the peak of Bald Mountain.
If you decide for the holiday spot par excellence, you have to hit the legendary trail Stein´s Way. The trail is named after Stein Eriksen. The 1952 Olympic Games gold medal winner in giant slalom stayed in Deer Valley after his successful skiing career. He made the ski resort to what it is today and actually was Deer Valley´s manager for many years. Stein´s Way is the run that he skied down every single day until his health didn´t allow it anymore. The trail is mostly blue but has a black marked part. This part can actually be avoided by taking the blue by-pass.
No matter how phenomenal the skiing is, definitely check out the non-skiing activities as well. Romantic sleigh rides through the snowy winter landscape are perfect for leaving your busy everyday-life behind and recharge your batteries. If you still have energy left, go and explore the Wasatch Mountain with your snowshoes. The Bowling Center is a blast for the whole family and also features pool and air hockey. Further, plan a day trip to Park City, especially the old town is worth a visit.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Enjoy one or the other drink, attended by good live-music at the EBS Lounge in Snow Park Lodge.
Big screens broadcast all the important sport events and the bar is pumping by then. If you want to be right in the Apres-ski center, head down to Main Street in Park City. This is the treasure chest of town and bars are lining here. You can even find a real whiskey distillery.
Dining and Restaurants
The only thing that tops the skiing experience in Deer Valley is eating out here. Some of the best restaurants are located directly inside the resort. Mariposa was voted Utah´s best restaurant. Stein Eriksen Lodge is an other highlight and welcomes their guests with a dignified ambiance and an haute cuisine menu.
Deer Valley lies about 30 minutes away from Salt Lake City Airport in Park City. That´s why it´s best to come here by plane and after take Park City Transportation shuttle service into town. Alternatively, you can rent a car and get to Park City by taking I-80.