The term “self-contained” resort can stir up some concern when planning off-mountain activities, but not to fear, Deer Valley offers a laundry list of unbeatable experiences. Adventurers have a plethora of outdoor activities to choose from, as do history buffs with mining-era Park City down the road. And those looking to relax and take it all in, have plenty of spas to choose from, or more low-key outdoor activities like sleigh riding. The whole family will love a trip to Park City’s Jupiter Bowl, an ultra-modern bowling alley with three pool tables and an arcade room.
If you can’t get enough outdoor winter fun, Deer Valley offers guests snowshoeing tours through the Wasatch and Uinta Mountain Range backcountry, sleigh rides through six bowls, dog sledding, Nordic skiing on designated, groomed tracks, and hot air ballooning, which offers unrivaled views of the spectacular Wasatch and Uinta Ranges.
With 27-percent beginner terrain and several designated “slow skiing” zones, the Deer Valley beginner skiing is at the top of the list; much like every other experience to be had there. Beginner skiers have tons of options from “learn to ski” areas to easy, breezy groomed runs perfect for meandering down and taking in the magnificent Wasatch views.
Deer Valley beginner terrain comprises a significant chunk of the total skiable acres, at 27-percent. At many resorts “slow skiing” zones are designated to “learn to ski” areas, but all beginner or green circle runs are marked as “slow skiing,” perfect for novices looking to explore the mountain and feel comfortable doing so. Beginner skiers at Deer Valley don’t have to worry about advanced to expert skiers zooming by at high speeds, which can be common at other mountains where beginner trails are scattered throughout the mountain. For long, easy cruisers check out Bandana off of Ruby Express lift, Ontario off of Quincy Express lift and Success of Silver Lake Express. For a windier, playful trail,head to Homeward Bound from the top of Sterling Lift which snakes around looker’s right side of the resort and provides some incredible vistas.
Deer Valley is all about personalized attention, from their complimentary ski valet and parking shuttle to their plush amenities, so it’s safe to bet that learning to ski at Deer Valley will not only be enjoyable, but you’ll feel at ease. Deer Valley ski school instructors provide an incredible customized experience in both their acclaimed private lessons and “Max 4” lessons, which never exceed four people, so you can learn the basics at your own pace. And once you’ve learned to make wedge turns and stop, Deer Valley has impeccably groomed easy runs all over the resort so you can explore the whole mountain.
To learn more about Deer Valley beginner skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
As host of the 2002 Winter Olympics events in freestyle moguls, slalom and freestyle aerials you can bet that Deer Valley packs a memorable punch for expert skiers. There are steep groomers, moguls, chutes, glades and several bowls scattered throughout 27-percent of Deer Valley’s 2,000 skiable acres. Plus, don’t forget Deer Valley prides itself on keeping the crowds under control by limiting daily ticket purchases, plus, the vast majority of Deer Valley skiers are intermediates, so expert skier’s will truly feel like they have the mountain to themselves.
Naturally, you’d assumed that the best expert skiing is at the top of the mountain, and there certainly is plenty of that at Deer Valley, but don’t miss a run one of the 2002 Winter Olympic venues, which are located off of Carpenter Express. Champion run featured the freestyle mogul competition, the slalom event was held on You Don’t Know and White Owl held the freestyle aerial event.
Expert skiers should head to looker’s left side of Bald Mountain, there you’ll find black and double black terrain. Ruins of Pompeii into Triangle Trees is a great run featuring steeps and expert glades. Be sure to ski Perseverance Bowl for wide, open skiing or Mayflower Bowl, which is a little further down the ridge from Perseverance. Mayflower also features double-black diamond chutes for expert skiers looking for some extreme terrain. From there you can take Morning Star to the Mayflower lift. Expert skiers should be sure to head to Empire Bowl for double black bowl skiing. Those looking to get a little “gnarlier” should head to Daly Bowl and Daly Chutes, which are sure to get the adrenaline pumping.
Lady Morgan Express lift also features a slew of world-class black diamond terrain, including Argus, Magnet and Hillside. Double-black Centennial Trees are also a great option for steep, well-spaced glade skiing.
To learn more about Deer Valley expert skiing call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
The vast Deer Valley intermediate skiing terrain is largely responsible for the resort’s ranking in SKI Magazine as the No. 1 resort in North America. Deer Valley is an intermediate skier’s dream with wide-open groomers, glades and bowls and world-class grooming capabilities. And it’s only getting better with each coming year. Deer Valley recently expanded snowmaking capabilities to more terrain in Empire Canyon and purchased additional low-energy, air-water snowmaking guns and five additional Prinoth Snowcats, including one Beast Groomer.
A whopping 41-percent of Deer Valley terrain is designated as intermediate. Trails are groomed daily, and it’s safe to say that snow conditions are generally as perfect as they can possibly be. If you’ve recently progressed to skiing intermediate runs, Little Baldy is a great zone, with shorter, wide intermediate runs that lead to easier green runs to give your legs a break. Just don’t take Jordanelle, which is a double-blue or advanced intermediate. The blues off of Silver Lake Express lift also intermingle with beginner runs, providing new intermediate’s with a rest and the perfect opportunity to advance their skiing in a comfortable way.
Bald Mountain is an intermediate skier’s paradise with long, pristine blue-square groomers like Nabob, Keno and Tycoon, which is a double blue-square run. Be sure to ski down Stein’s Way, which flanks Perseverance Bowl, allowing intermediate’s to explore bowl skiing. All the blue-square trails off of Northside Express is also don’t-miss terrain. For more intermediate bowl skiing you’ll want to head to the top of Empire and cruise down Orion or Supreme which border Empire Bowl.
Since Deer Valley does have double blue-square, or advanced intermediate terrain, and bowl skiing that features both expert and intermediate skiing, a complimentary mountain tour is highly recommended to better acclimate first-time visitors. Tours meet at 10 a.m. at Carpenter Express or 1:30 p.m. at Sterling Express.
To learn more about Deer Valley intermediate terrain call, or chat with, one of Ski.com’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.
Deer Valley Resort is the pinnacle of a North American luxury ski vacation; expansive chic modern lodges with European flare, incredible fine-dining options on-mountain and off mountain, a plethora of high-end ski in, ski out lodging experiences and unforgettable skiing. If you’re looking for a ski vacation with top-notch amenities and unrivaled service then Deer Valley is a must.
The St. Regis Deer Valley is a truly indulgent experience. This high-end ski in, ski out hotel offers exceptional convenience for both accessing Deer Valley’s slopes and the world-class shopping and dining to be had in historic Park City Boasting a ski lounge, ski valet service and a ski "beach" for European-style après-ski. Relax and indulge in the split-level heated swimming pool, 14,000-square-foot Remede spa or with signature service from a St. Regis Butler.
The Stein Eriksen Lodge is renowned, not just because of its medal-ed namesake, but also its magnificent accommodations, impeccable service and memorable alpine setting. Located mid-mountain, at 8,200 feet, the European-style Lodge offers 68 suites and 112 guest rooms, all of which are distinctive and include lavish amenities, and some offer private hot tubs. Guests find that Stein Ericksen Lodge provides ultimate hospitality, fine dining—at The Glitretind and Troll Hallen Lounge—and spa services. The cathedral ceilings and more than 145 stone fireplaces throughout the property provide the perfect setting for quiet post-skiing cocktail.
Montage Deer Valley is one of North America’s finest mountain resort destinations. Resort guests can enjoy ski in, ski out access as the property sits mid-mountain, atop Empire Pass. After a day on the mountain, guests can relax in the 35,000 square-foot alpine inspired spa, featuring an indoor mosaic pool, and 29 treatment rooms. Fine dining is elevated to a form of art at Montage Deer Valley which features the refined, indoor setting of Apex complete with its own mountain side terrace and the relaxed atmosphere of Daly’s Pub & Rec featuring its own bowling alley.
Deer Valley boasts a handful of acclaimed fine-dining restaurants; but at the top of the food chain you’ll find two restaurants that have received the most notable accolades. Mariposa, rated the No. 1 restaurant in Utah in the Zagat Restaurant Guide, features an eclectic European-inspired menu from vegan small plates to fresh seafood and fish to prime cuts, chowder, pasta and salads. Diners can enjoy small tasting menus, which feature the chef’s favorites. Mariposa’s vintages are also not to be missed, having earned accolades by Wine Spectator.
While the name isn't fancy, nor does it inspire a lot of motivation when you’re 700 miles from the ocean, Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet is rated as one of “America’s Top Restaurants” by Zagat Restaurant Guide. So don’t let the name deter you. Even the most critical foodies will be impressed with quality, quantity and freshness. The Seafood Buffet features several specialty bars: the natural bar with fresh shucked West coast oysters, Pacific white shrimp and much more, a carvery station and a mouth-watering dessert bar.
Deer Valley Resort is home to two spas that are not to be missed: the Stein Eriksen Spa in the Stein Eriksen Lodge and Remède Spa at St. Regis Deer Valley. The deep tissue massages and Alpine Glow body wraps are just two examples of the opulent treatments available at the Stein Eriksen Spa. The spa menu at Remède Spa boasts a wide selection of facials, body treatments, and beauty services. Per usual, the m.o. at Remède is tailoring treatments specific to the individual. Since every guest is unique, Remède customizes treatments based on your own needs and desires.
Top-notch accommodations are the name of the game in the Deer Valley lodging scene. You can expect gorgeous lodges with world-class amenities, services and convenient ski in, ski out locations. That said, you won’t find many affordable lodging options in the Deer Valley base area, however you can stick to your budget if you opt to stay in nearby Park City.
The newly remodeled Foxglove townhomes are a great option for families and anyone looking for a convenient locale. The property is located on the free shuttle route and just one-half mile from Deer Valley. It's one of the few lodging options that is reasonably priced. The revamped units now features a fully equipped kitchen, a cozy fireplace, cable TV, DVD player, a private garage, and most will have an outdoor hot tub.
The Stein Eriksen Lodge also provides an exceptional location. The hotel sits mid-mountain, at 8,200 feet, offering incredible views and ski in, ski out access. The European-style Lodge affords 68 lavish suites and 112 guest rooms, and many feature private hot tubs. Guests find that Stein Ericksen Lodge provides ultimate hospitality, fine dining—at The Glitretind and Troll Hallen Lounge—and spa services. The cathedral ceilings and more than 145 stone fireplaces throughout the property, provide the perfect setting for quiet post-skiing cocktail.
For a more rustic experience, The Lodges at Deer Valley provides charming Western ambiance. The condos offer all the comforts of home and set the tone for a very unique experience. While the units may have a rustic look, the services offered will make you feel like a million bucks. The property provides friendly 24-hour front desk, concierge services, complimentary shuttle service, Bellmen services, underground parking, ski storage and overnight laundry services.
From its ritzy bathrooms to tissues at every lift lines to world-class dining options, it’s no secret that Deer Valley was designed--and currently operates--with the monied crowd in mind, but that doesn't mean that a Deer Valley budget ski vacation is impossible. Lift tickets and lodging are easy to save money on via Ski.com’s travel packages, or you can simply opt for affordable, and nearby, Park City lodging.
Deer Valley dining is generally price, so pack a sandwich and enjoy it on the chairlift or grab a simple cup of Royal Street Café’s renowned turkey chili to the tune of $8. Located at the Silver Lake Village mid-mountain area, Royal Street Café is among the most affordable options if you choose to eat at Deer Valley with its entrees range from $31 to $50. You can also score some affordable après-ski grub and beers at EBS Lounge at the Snow Park Lodge base area.
Condos and townhomes are generally the way to go if you’re looking to save. Foxglove townhouses are a little less than a mile from Deer Valley’s base area and provide easy access to Park City’s historic Main Street, shops, clubs and restaurants. Built in 1997, all townhouse units are individual in design and offer a feeling of spaciousness and privacy. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchen, cozy fireplace, cable TV, DVD player and a private outdoor hot tub for post-skiing relaxation. Plus parking is never an issue because Foxglove provides an underground garage.
The decision to book a Deer Valley family ski vacation is a no brainer thanks to its varied, well-dispersed terrain, which accommodates skiers of all ages and ability, and its numerous family-friendly services− including a state-licensed children’s center. Kids and parents, alike, will truly enjoy skiing at Deer Valley.
While the Deer Valley dining options trend heavily towards the expensive and gourmet, there are some great options for families. For a nice, sit-down lunch the whole family will enjoy, be sure to stop in at Royal Street Café. There are a couple kid-friendly options like chicken quesadillas and cheeseburgers. Bald Mountain Pizza is also sure to please the whole family, with gourmet pizza, soups, salads and scrumptious Panini’s.
Condos and townhomes are the best bet for families on a Deer Valley ski vacation, they offer plenty of room, all the amenities of home, including a washer/dryer and a two car garage, and plenty of privacy. Lakeside town-homes offer spacious common areas, outdoor heated pool and hot tub, making this unit an ideal choice for families. The townhomes recently received a remodel, and now feature new kitchens, bathrooms and furniture. The property is only a fourth of a mile from the Deer Valley base area, and just a short drive to downtown Park City.
Families can explore the mountain together and even make a game out of finding the historic “mining” markers and children’s adventure zones together on the map. There are also several race courses scattered all over the resort that both parents and kids can participate in. Plus if everyone is in the family is an expert skier, be sure to take a run on one of the 2002 Winter Olympics venue runs.
Flagstaff and Lady Morgan are great areas for families with varying degrees of ability, as there are beginner, intermediate and expert trails that intersect and meet back up at the chairlifts. Flagstaff is also chalk full of children’s adventure zones, which are tree trails that have wildlife and environmental education information for kid’s enjoyment and learning. Families should also check out the interactive Children’s Trail Map, which provides little tidbits about the area’s mining history and wildlife.
Kids, just like adults, experience a world-class instruction via the Deer Valley Children’s Ski School. Children will have an absolute ball while they learn to improve their skiing; friendly instructors will show them natural and man-made features, meandering tree trails and help them spot Deer Valley’s fuzzy mascots. Deer Valley Children’s Ski School is committed to instilling wildlife and environmental awareness as a part of their on-mountain instruction, which adds another element of fun and learning for kids.
If fresh seafood, acclaimed restaurants, traditional European Alps cuisine, renowned views or fireside dining in a chic lodge sound like a dining experience you’d enjoy If fresh seafood, acclaimed restaurants, traditional European Alps cuisine, renowned views or fireside dining in a chic lodge sound like a dining experience you’d enjoy then the Deer Valley dining options are sure to please. Sure, Deer Valley restaurants trend towards high-end and expensive, but the quality is unrivaled and the experience unforgettable.
You haven’t properly experienced Deer Valley grandeur if you don’t have at least one lunch at Royal Street Café. Located at 8,100 feet, just below Bald Mountain, Royal Street Cafe affords you epic view sophisticated comfort food, like their maple bacon bbq bison burger or house pulled pork sandwich, Dungeness crab and classic ski lunch eats like turkey chili. Fireside dining at Empire Canyon Lodge is another don’t-miss dining experience, where you can enjoy classic European alpine fare, like Swiss onion soup, raclette, duck confit and seared rabbit, and more modern fusion dishes as well. Fireside is open for dinner only.
It just so happens that Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet is one of Zagat Restaurant Guide’s “America's Top Restaurants.” So, throw any preconceptions about buffets or the freshness of seafood—since Utah is 700 miles from the ocean—out the door. The Seafood Buffet is like no buffet you’ve ever had, the quality and freshness is mind-blowing and the natural bar, which features favorites like freshly shucked west coast oysters and pacific white shrimp, and the carving station and dessert bar spare no expense.
After-hour activities in Deer Valley are generally reserved for dining, as there are virtually no nightlife options save for a quiet drink at a hotel bar, and the après-ski scene is namely a sit-down affair. Party-goers generally hop on the free public bus and partake in the Park City nightlife scene.
You won’t find a true bar scene at Deer Valley, the resort’s demographics prefer otherwise. But you will find that Troll Hallen Lounge at the Stein Eriksen Lodge is an exceptional place for post-skiing, pre- and post-dinner drinks and appetizers. Stein Eriksen Lodge boasts 10,000 bottles of wine in their cellar, so it’s also a good place to pick a sommelier’s brain.
If you’re looking for rowdy conversations, party-fueled music and brimming hot tubs, then Deer Valley isn’t the place for you. The après-ski scene is quite mellow, and keep in mind that cocktails and beer in Utah are weak in comparison due to the state’s liquor laws. If a more relaxed setting suits your après fancy, head to the Royal Street Café at Silver Lake Lodge which serves drinks and appetizers until 5:30 p.m., and the Snow Park Lodge in the base area serves until 6 p.m. The Snow Park does have a patio, which is quite lovely on a warm spring day.