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Each peak has it's own personality. Explore the perfect one for you at Deer Valley.

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We dedicate 17 hours of every day to creating exquisitely groomed carpets of snow on over 50 percent of our slopes, so you can say we know corduroy. But there’s more: From powdery bowls to perfectly spaced glades to serious steeps, you’ll find what you came looking for.

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It’s hard to go wrong when you want to cruise on beautifully groomed snow, but here are some quick tips. First, pick up The Inside Edge daily grooming report, which lists all freshly carpeted ski runs. Second, join a complimentary ski tour with one of our Mountain Hosts at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at Snow Park or Silver Lake. These two-hour intermediate excursions hit the day’s best blue groomers without ever unfolding a trail map. Do-it-yourselfers can also make it easy—the best pods for mellow cruising runs can be found off of the Northside, Wasatch, and Mountaineer high-speed chairlifts.

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On a powder day, and in the days after one, Deer Valley’s expansive bowl skiing can’t be beat. Start with Lady Morgan Bowl, accessed by the Empire Express chairlift. It’s wide-open at the top, inviting skiers to choose their own lines so the bowl doesn’t get tracked out too quickly. It funnels into sparse trees, holding a medium pitch the whole way down. Another great option is Ontario Bowl. Slightly off the beaten path—you’ll have to traverse about a quarter-mile—this black diamond has a nice pitch that keeps you moving even through knee-deep powder.

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Little-known fact: Deer Valley has almost 1,000 acres of tree skiing. Some of the best is in Sunset Glade, on Bald Mountain. This gigantic glade spans about a third of a mile and offers west-facing tree shots that are immensely fun to ski. Triangle Trees, on the other side of Bald Mountain, features north-, east-, and south-facing aspects. With one launching point and dozens of lines, these trees can take days to track out. Not on the trail map but worth hunting down, X Files requires a quarter-mile traverse past Daly Bowl, but odds are you’ll have these pitch-perfect trees all to yourself.

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You know that the go-to spot for steeps is Empire Canyon’s Daly Chutes, but let’s get specific. Chute Four starts with a natural halfpipe that narrows into a no-fall-zone funnel before emptying into a wide apron. Chute Seven is technically challenging, an evergreen-lined double black diamond with a sharp pitch in the first half. In Daly Bowl, stay skier’s far right for a fun steep shot. Likewise in Mayflower Bowl, skier’s far right provides a challenge. (Ask a Mountain Host about our complimentary expert tours.) On the front side, Champion is one of the steepest World Cup mogul courses on the circuit.

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