There are ski trips, and there are ski vacations. These are two very different animals. At Deer Valley, Utah 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?
No. 2 in the West: Deer Valley, Utah
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Deer Valley is on the Ikon Pass. Ikon Pass holders get 7 days at the resort; Ikon Base Plus pass holders get 5. Deer Valley is not accessible on the Ikon Base pass.
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The new Burns Express chair debuts this season, offering expanded access to the Snow Park base area learning terrain as well better connectivity to the Little Baldy terrain. Not a super sexy addition for more advanced skiers, this update a big win for learners as well as ski school groups needing to navigate in and out of the learning area. Bonus: The Burns Express is one of the first lifts in North America with an automatic restraint bar.
Already known for its dining scene, the resort brings in new Executive Chef, Peter Menteer, who will lead the charge across all mountain dining options. New for 2022-’23, Cast & Cut is a seafood and steak restaurant that will open in Snow Park Lodge.
For a breathtaking challenge, traverse out to the imposing Daly Canyon. Chute 4 will get your heart rate going.
For a fun evening, snowshoe to a crackling fire with All Seasons Adventures’ Snow and S’mores tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stash your skis overnight at the complimentary Ski Valet “barn” at the Snow Park base. Yep, it’s the little things.
Sunset Glades, on Bald Mountain, for perfectly spaced aspens and plentiful pow at a moderate pitch, perfect for those testing the tree-skiing waters.
Hot pretzels with three dipping sauces (the fig mustard is a must-try) and a Squatters Double IPA at The Brass Tag or the Salzburg-inspired Goldener Hirsch offers Austrian Gemütlichkeit in the Wasatch.
The Mariposa—excellent small plates and a thoughtfully chosen wine list in an intimate space in Silver Lake Lodge.
You came to ski. But you have to eat, right? It might as well be the type of food you’ve come to expect on your vacations. Our chefs, servers, growers and suppliers come together to provide an impeccable dining experience in every corner of the resort. Featured here are three of our signature restaurants. Join us and taste the difference.