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DEER VALLEY

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Deer Valley UTAH is known throughout the USA as an exclusive ski resort with exceptional customer service and perfection to detail both on and off the slopes. Deer Valley is a ski resort only – snowboarding is not permitted.

Deer Valley Ski Terrain

The skiing terrain at Deer Valley is spread across four mountains; Bald Eagle Mountain, Bald Mountain, Flagstaff Mountain and Empire Canyon. Terrain ranges from steep ungroomed bowls and chutes to moguls, treed terrain, long linking intermediate trails and beginner only areas.

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley Ski Resort

Deer Valley Advanced Skiing

Advanced skiers flock to Bald Mountain for steep ungroomed terrain. The deep powder runs in Mayflower Bowl and Mayflower Chutes lead down into tight heavily treed terrain. For big moguls try the Narrow Gauge, Paradise and Morning Star trails.

The Ontario Bowl on Flagstaff Mountain is not groomed often and has perfectly placed trees just perfect for powder slalom turns.

Empire Canyon has the steepest terrain at Deer Valley. In 2007 a new quad chairlift the Lady Morgan Express was installed creating 200 acres of additional treed terrain and nine trails. On a fresh powder day the double black Daly Chutes and Daly Bowl is the place to be for waist deep steep powder turns.

Deer Valley Intermediate Skiing

Intermediate skiers can comfortably explore the four mountains skiing on corduroy groomed trails. The Deer Valley trails are marked both intermediate and advanced intermediate; the advanced intermediate trails are generally only slightly steeper than the intermediate trails.

On Bald Eagle Mountain start the day off with some quick runs up and down the Big Stick trail before moving up to Bald Mountain. The trails under and around the Wasatch Express Chairlift are both intermediate and advanced intermediate; long and fast.

In the 2006/2007 winter season the Sultan Chairlift was replaced on Bald Mountain with an extended high speed detachable quad chairlift opening an extra 75 acres of intermediate skiing.

For a challenge go to Empire Canyon and head down the Orion and Solace trails into the trees, a good introduction to off piste tree skiing.

Deer Valley Beginner Skiing

Beginners head straight to Bald Eagle Mountain for gentle wide slopes. The protected beginner area above the Snow Park Lodge is called the Wide West; where first time skiers are taught to turn and stop; two chairlifts service the area.

Once confidence grows catch the Silver Lake Express Chairlift up to the top of the long Success trail that is always immaculately groomed.

Beginners are not restricted to Bald Eagle Mountain, the Ontario trail on Flagstaff Mountain is really long and while it is steeper than the trails on Bald Eagle Mountain it is still very manageable by confident beginner skiers.

As well as normal day ski passes Deer Valley offers a Silver Passport ski pass which is able to be used at the surrounding resorts of Park City and the Canyons.

Deer Valley Terrain Park

The Tricks ‘n’ Turns (TNT) Terrain Park located in Empire Canyon at the top of the Little Chief Chairlift is well suited to all ability levels. It has small boxes and jumps for beginners as well as large jumps, rails and boxes for advanced skiers.

Deer Valley GPS Ski Tracking

Deer Valley has the ‘SlopeTracker GPS’ system available to skiers. It works by guests wearing a tracking device which automatically records every turn; trail skied, speed, calories burned and vertical feet travelled in one day using global position system technology. At the end of the day skiers receive a poster showing all the trails they skied in order and a print out of their speed and vertical statistics. The cost is $30 per day and is available at the Snow Park Guest Services Desk.

Deer Valley Snowcat and Heli Skiing

Snowcat and heli skiing is operated by Park City Powder Cats & Heli Ski in the nearby Thousand Peaks Ranch. The Ranch is spread over 40,000 acres of privately owned land.

A typical heli skiing day consists of six runs between 8,000 and 12,000 vertical feet with one experience guide per three guests. A typical snowcat skiing day consists of 8 to 12 runs between 8,000 and 12,000 feet with two experienced guides per group. Gourmet picnic lunches and avalanche transceivers are provided.

Other Activities

Off the skis activities at Deer Valley include snowmobile tours, snow tubing, sleigh rides, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hot air ballooning.

Deer Valley Shopping

There are only a couple of shops at Deer Valley; for the latest in ski equipment, fashion boutiques, factory outlet stores, art galleries, souvenir stores, jewellers and grocery and food markets go to Park City.

At Deer Valley ski rental equipment is available at both Snow Park Lodge and Silver Lake Lodge. The Deer Valley Signature Store located in both Villages sells Deer Valley logo apparel and accessories as well as gourmet foods.

Deer Valley Restaurants

For on mountain dining Sunset Cabin located just off the Sunset Trail on Bald Mountain serves delicious gourmet cooked lunches and fondue. For a quick sandwich or drink go to Snowshoe Tommy’s at the top of Bald Mountain or Cushing’s Cabin at the top of Flagstaff Mountain

Snow Park Restaurant located in the Snow Park day Lodge at the base of Bald Eagle Mountain serves a hearty buffet breakfast and hot lunch. The Snow Park Lounge opens at 2.30pm serving drinks and appetizers; they have live music and big screen TVs.

The Snow Park Lodge has an all you can eat seafood buffet open for dinner serving fresh seafood and cooked steaks and pastas. Bookings are required as it is very popular.

The Silver Lake day Lodge in the Silver Lake Village opens for breakfast and serves cooked roasts, sandwiches and baked goods for lunch every day. Also located in the Sliver Lake Lodge is the Royal Street Café it has award winning modern cuisine and is open for both lunch and dinner.

The Mariposa is Deer Valley’s premier restaurant. The restaurant in the Silver Lake Lodge serves classic cuisine in a beautiful setting and has a large international wine list.

For more restaurants go to Park City; it has more than one hundred restaurants and bars. The restaurants range from fine dining to take away fast food with European, American, Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican and seafood cuisine.

Deer Valley Nightlife

The nightlife at Deer Valley is very quite, those who want to party catch the free shuttle bus to Park City where the historic Main Street comes alive after dark.

The most popular night spot in Park City is The Sidecar in Main Street open late every night with dancing, DJs and live bands. They have theme nights throughout the season and serve food until late.

The Hungry Moose Pub is a sports bar in Main Street with huge satellite and cable TVs broadcasting the latest sporting news and events and a full service bar.

The Bacchus Wine Bar in Main Street has over 100 wines available by the glass and is open until midnight every night and 1am on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Wasatch Brew Pub in Main Street has 7 home brews and a hearty dinner menu to suit all tastes.

Utah, Deer Valley and Park City Liquor Laws

July 1st 2009 saw Utah’s strict and outdated liquor laws amended. Bars no longer operate as ‘private clubs’ that require paid memberships for entry instead any patron under the age of 35 has their ID scanned and saved on file for 7 days.

Low strength beer can be purchased at grocery stores in Park City but only State Liquor Stores can sell full strength beer, wine and spirits. There are three State Liquor Stores in the town of Park City, no membership is required to purchase liquor from these stores.

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G Nahmiach, Wheat Ridge/CO. It was only on my third day there that I realized I wasn't supposed to be using my snowboard. I did find it weird that I was the only one shredding about. Heck, they were even storing it for me for free. Talk about the customer always being right. Anyhoot, the snow was perfect! My kids loved the place and the food was reasonably priced. Long story short.....great vacation!!

Annie K, CO. I always said I would not go to a resort that did not allow snowboarders purely out of principle, however when I was offered a few days free accommodation with a friend I changed my mind! I know that's terrible but the snow was great! It turned out to be a nice resort, actually a lovely resort, it isn't big by any means but there is more than enough terrain to keep you busy for a few days. There is no 'hard core' terrain but bumps and steeps can be found around Empire Canyon in the chutes area as well as Bald Mt around the Mayflower chairlift. I can see how the 'older' wealthy Americans love Deer valley, no loud snowboarders, silver service all the way and gentle slopes. I did enjoy my visit but unless it was another free trip I would not return by choice, I'll stick to Steamboat for the moment

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
9,570
2,917
Base
6,570
2,002
Average Snowfall
300 inches
Lifts
22
Trails - view map
91
2,026 acres
Terrain %
advanced
33
intermediate
43
beginner
24
Halfpipe
no
Terrain Park
1
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