Deer Valley is the fairy princess of Utah skiing – a perfect fit for skiing families, “the fairest of them all” in most any skier’s storybook. Deer Valley is everything most families are looking for in a ski resort; often rated #1 resort by Ski Magazine readers, for four and five diamond lodging, award-winning on-mountain cuisine, ski valets that carry your skis from your car, gorgeous groomers and great service.
Snowboarders are not allowed and lift ticket sales are limited daily to ensure everyone has a seat at Deer Valley’s luxurious lodges. What’s not limited is the terrain, with five separate peaks spreading over 2,026 acres, 3,000-vertical served by 22 lifts including 11 high-speed quads and a leather-upholstered gondola. Deer Valley has announced a Major Terrain Expansion including 3,700 acres, 16 new lifts, with a 10-passenger gondola, and new skier services at the base area, plus a new Village on Route 40, having merged with Exxtel’s Mayflower Resort. Deer Valley is expanding to 5,726 acres, compared to the 2,026 currently. Deer Valley ski photos.
Start your day riding The Silver Lake Express to the upper mountain and head for gorgeous groomed cruisers on Bald and Flagstaff Mountains, and powder-filled aspen groves tucked in between like Triangle Trees. Kids will love Deer Valley’s adventure zones and on mountain mascots, plus the super friendly Deer Valley Ski School.
Deer Valley trails like Hidden Treasure and Legal Tender reflect the silver mined in these mountains in 1868. Deer Valley slopes coined over $400 million in silver, today the gold rush is in real estate, as magnificent mountain mansions hug the hillsides of the buffed slopes. Stein’s Run is named for Olympian Stein Eriksen, his Stein Eriksen Lodge and SER residences grace the slopes, Stein has since passed away after skiing into his 90’s here.
Empire Canyon is Deer Valley at its peaks, 9,570’, here in Daly’s Bowl this pampered paradise gets double black diamond steep with chutes and tremendous tree stashes. For more mellow terrain, ski the scenic run to Deer Valley’s Jordanelle Gondola passing by magnificent mountain mansions and the St Regis Deer Valley.
Daily Complimentary Tours are offered at Deer Valley, guided by Mountain Hosts, a great way to meet skiers and get to know the terrain a little better from a pro. Meet at the top of Carpenter Express.
Deer Valley’s lodging is extensive and elegant, whether you choose the delightful Austrian Goldener Hirsch, Stein’s or The Lodges at Deer Valley, The St Regis or the swank Montage at Deer Valley.
Deer Valley’s on mountain dining, we recommend going to Burgers and Bourbon at the Montage for ski in ski out lunch at this monstrous ski hotel.
For après ski go to the St Regis Terrace, sip and watch the Champagne Sabering and the Fire Garden spark. Deer Valley takes splendid care of ski families, as long as there are no snowboarders in your clan – if so they need to hop a shuttle bus to the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort next door.
Deer Valley and Solitude Mountain Resort in nearby Big Cottonwood Canyon are now merged with Alterra Mountain Company – an Aspen ski resort collection, part of the IKON pass, so stay tuned for changes to this Utah ski resort.
Deer Valley Stats:
Summit Elevation: 9,570′
Ski Acreage: 2,026-acres
Average Snowfall at Deer Valley: 300″
Opened in 1981