2018 Resort Guide: Best In The West #1
Look who’s back at the top. It’s been six years since Deer Valley graced the No. 1 spot in our survey, but this “world- class” resort wears the title like a favorite sweater. For the resort’s many return visitors, the Deer Valley experience itself is much like that cherished woven dud: Comfortable. Familiar. Welcoming. “Deer Valley is the ‘easy button’ of ski resorts,” chimes one reader. “All-around outstanding resort,” says an- other. This season, however, the longtime-family-owned resort ventures away from the familiar as it’s acquired by a new entity controlled by KSL Partners and the owners of Aspen Ski Co. Can it retain its Deer Valley-ness? We hope so. Because that’s what sets it apart from other resorts.
Founder Edgar B. Stern conceived Deer Valley as a place where customer service reigned supreme. Why can’t a ski resort offer the type of five-star service found at a hotel, he asked. Turns out it can. Top scores in Grooming, Lodging, and of course, Service, sup- port Stern’s vision. Deer Valley also nabbed the coveted No. 1 family resort amidst some stiff competition, a likely result of a great ski school and that pervasive all-guests-are-family vibe (“Skiing here is like coming home”). The resort gets knocked for Challenge, though one reader disagrees: “People think Deer Valley does not have extreme terrain—they just don’t know where to find it.” But whether you come for the F&B (“blueberry mojito: two thumbs up”), the lack of knuckle-draggers (“No snowboarders are a big plus!”), proximity to “fun, funky, nearby Park City,” or the best grooming in North America, your needs are sure to be met. “Deer Valley is the standard to which all other resorts should aspire.”
Sunset Glades, on Bald Mountain, for perfectly spaced aspens and plentiful pow at a moderate pitch, perfect for those testing the tree-skiing waters.
Snag a spot on the patio at the Terrace Café at the St. Regis with a view of the stunning Fire Garden and soak in the sizzling vibes.
Hot pretzels with three dipping sauces (the fig mustard is a must-try) and a Squatters Double IPA at The Brass Tag.
The Mariposa—excellent small plates and a thoughtfully chosen wine list in an intimate space in Silver Lake Lodge.