There are ski trips, and there are ski vacations. These are two very different animals. At Deer Valley, you enjoy a ski vacation—a welcome break from the travails of daily life, from things like schlepping your own equipment and taking care of your own dishes. It’s the little things, but this is what makes a Deer Valley vacation stand apart from the rest.
For starters, nowhere on the continent will you find better customer service and friendlier faces waiting to point you in the right direction. And more often than not, that direction is towards fast and efficient high-speed lifts and wide, well-groomed trails with nary a lift line or a crowd in sight. Across its 2,026 skiable acres spread over six peaks are the well-coiffed cruisers that skiers have come to know and love, but also Children’s Trails that wind through the forest on family-friendly Flagstaff Mountain, perfectly spaced glades in Triangle Trees on Bald Mountain, and knee-knocking extreme terrain in Empire’s Daly Chutes.
DV fans make much ado about the dining. For good reason: the fish tacos at Empire Canyon Lodge are divine, and Royal Street Café’s Ahi Tuna Tartare just might be unrivaled in the ski space. Ski, eat, sleep ... do it all over again. Isn’t that what vacations are all about?
Deer Valley joins the Ikon family of resorts for the 2018-’19 season. Passholders get either seven or five days at the resort depending on which pass they buy. Plus: The fixed-grip Homestake chair is replaced with a high- speed quad, cutting ride time in half.
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GROOMING Creating perfect carpets of corduroy is religion at Deer Valley; if you like your carve with a view, head to Morningstar, on Bald Mountain, which serves up lovely views of Jordanelle Reservoir.
SERVICE Stash your skis overnight at the complimentary Ski Valet “barn” at the Snow Park base. Yep, it’s the little things.
TREE STASH Sunset Glades, on Bald Mountain, for perfectly spaced aspens and plentiful pow at a moderate pitch, perfect for those testing the tree-skiing waters.
LATE-NIGHT HANGOUT 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.
APRES SPOT Hot pretzels with three dipping sauces (the fig mustard is a must-try) and a Squatters Double IPA at The Brass Tag.
DINNER RESERVATION The Mariposa—excellent small plates and a thoughtfully chosen wine list in an intimate space in Silver Lake Lodge.