Deer Valley, Utah: Mountain Tour


A mountain tour around Deer Valley, Utah.Skiing with Stein Eriksen can be the high point of a Deer Valley visit. He can be spied most mornings leading VIP guests on fast tours. The next best option is to follow his preferred route. As soon as the lifts open, take the Wasatch Lift from Silver Lake to the groomed smooth-as-porcelain Tycoon, followed by warm-up runs on Stein's Way, Perseverance and Orient Express.

Work your way west, first to the Quincy chair and then to the gladed chutes of Ontario Bowl or the charms of Hidden Treasure. On powder days, head down Bandanna to the Empire Express as soon as the patrol has lowered the rope. The center of Empire Bowl will have been groomed for steep, yet smooth, excitement with serious mogul fields down each side. Supreme and Orion are great options for upper intermediates. The top of Empire is the take-off point for the Daly Chutes, the resort's most demanding area. Or head over to never-groomed Lady Morgan Bowl for an Alta-style powder dance.

Belying its reputation as a resort for the weak-kneed, 35 percent of Deer Valley's 87 runs are black or double-black. There is even an experts-only trail map. Hosts guide small groups, divided by ability, on free tours at 10 am and 1:30 pm; meet at the ski corral at Silver Lake. Deer Valley continues to ban snowboarders, but there are shuttle buses to next-door Park City and to The Canyons five miles away.


Well Steeped

Deer Valley's New Sharp Edge

The dining is divine and the service impeccable, but the skiing has always been as pampered as the guests. America’s most lavish ski resort, however, has quietly been toughening up its terrain. We sent a former U.S. Ski Teamer to investigate.