You get a special sensation arcing a turn over the pitch on Stein’s Way. It’s a true feel-good black diamond that symbolizes the Deer Valley experience. DV introduced that feeling to a lot of new guests last year (“Ikon makes Deer Valley an exceptional value”), though some might say too many. “Did seem it was more crowded but don’t know if it was a fantastic amount of snow or the Ikon Pass,” surmises one reader.But one aspect rings true again: Deer Valley knows how to take care of its guests. “Best groomed, best service-oriented, best attitudes of employees, best food, best overall skiing,” says an experienced skier.
Deer Valley leads in dining and on-mountain food, ringing true from its signature on-mountain dish (“Two words: Turkey Chili … yum.”) to innovative offerings like a pho bar and taqueria at Silver Lake Lodge. On a snowy winter evening, cozy in at Empire Lodge after a sleigh ride with Fireside Dining featuring bubbly raclette and steaming stews, all cooked in stone fireplaces. DV is near the top on grooming, but if you want to ski like a local, head into the woods. Triangle Trees, Sunset Trees, and the ever-so-secret X Files (ask around) are hidden gems. Gladed tree pods comprise 45 percent of the terrain with forestry teams clearing them every summer. Advanced skiers quickly head to Empire for some steep lines. “More advanced terrain is empty (a good thing!),” opines one expert skier. “The quality of the entire skiing experience at Deer Valley is unmatched.” — Tom Kelly
Deer Valley's 2020 SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey Rank: 5th in the West
- LOCAL TIP: Forget parking—take the bus! Three of four base areas are reachable by free transit. Just don’t tell anyone about the #9 purple line to Empire.
- DOWN DAY ACTIVITY: Learn more about Deer Valley Legend Stein Eriksen and ski powder without clicking into skis at the interactive exhibits in the Alf Engen Ski Museum.
- FAMILY EXPERIENCE: The new Champion’s Club in Stein Eriksen Lodge features a pub with wings and milkshakes, plus an entertainment center with the world’s largest Pac-Man game.
- APRÈS-SKI: Rich Dutch cocoa makes for an elegant Winter’s Dream hot chocolate by the fire at the St. Regis Deer Valley. Add Amaretto for a kick.
SKI Magazine's 2019 Review of Deer Valley, Utah
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?
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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.
- APRÈS 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.