Deer Valley

Utah, USA

Deer Valley is the ultimate in ski luxury, from its perfect corduroy groomers, to the ski valets who carry your skis from your car to the slopes, or the freshly baked choc-chip cookies at the end of the day, this resort really has thought of everything when it comes to making you happy. Sadly, snowboarders miss out – they’re not welcome at Deer Valley – and it’s this fact that makes it so attractive to many skiers.

Scout Loves

  • Perfectly groomed slopes with easy fall lines will make intermediate skiers feel like pros.
  • A resort founded on the basis of first-class service and consistently delivering on its promise.
  • Go skiing when it’s snowing and have the mountain to yourself. Due to its luxuriousness, many Deer Valley guests tend to be fair weather skiers.

Scout Tips

  • Expert terrain is fairly limited. A black diamond run here may be considered blue in some more hard-core resorts.
  • Accommodation options tend to be in the high-end, very expensive category. If you are on a tight budget you can always stay in a Park City hotel and still ski Deer Valley.
  • Deer Valley was center stage for the 2002 Winter Olympics – it hosted the moguls, aerial and alpine slalom events.

Scout Review

Deer Valley Resort is one of the newest in North America, having been founded by legendary Edgar Stern in 1981. Yet it’s quickly become one of the favorites of skiers around the world. And that’s for many good reasons. Everything about Deer Valley is based on a commitment to excellence, whether it’s the ski valets and the helpful guest services or the corduroy groomers to the luxury on-mountain dining. Everything is so well considered and looked after the only thing you have to think about is where to take your next run. The luxury continues off the mountain– some of the country’s finest ski hotels are here in Deer Valley, ensuring the pampering continues well after your last turns.

Deer Valley is perfect for families. Whether you’re skiing together or putting the kids in ski school, it will be one of the easiest ski holidays you’ll ever take. The ski school is one of the biggest in the country, with more than 500 instructors, ensuring the same high level of service will be extended to helping you improve.

All of the big hotels are geared up for kids too with places such as Montage Deer Valley placing as much emphasis on your children having a great time as on you having a relaxing one.

Crowds are never a problem at Deer Valley - lift ticket sales are limited to 7500 a day. When combined with one of the country’s highest lift capacities of 50,470 people an hour – well, you do the math.

Deer Valley Accommodation

There are many certainties about Deer Valley and one of those is the price. This level of luxury doesn’t come cheap and the hotels here are some of the most expensive ski hotels in the country – prices easily top $1000 a night for even entry-level rooms at the high-end hotels, and that’s not even during peak holiday season.  Due to the layout of the mountain, a great deal of the accommodation is ski-in ski-out. The biggest cluster of hotels is up in the Silver Lake Lodge area (8100ft; 2469m) while other big hotels such as the St Regis and Montage Deer Valley are found in other parts of the mountain.

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It’s worth making a visit to Park City downtown area at least once during your stay. As well as a bit of window shopping, there are some great restaurants and bars.

There’s a ton of activities other than skiing in the general area. From hot air ballooning to winter fishing, sleigh rides or a mountain railroad adventure, there’s something for everyone.

Getting There and Around

Deer Valley is situated just beyond Park City so getting there is super easy. It’s a 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City airport, which is huge and is a hub for many airlines, meaning there are frequent direct flights from almost every major city and plenty of small ones. Getting to the resort is easy via one of the many shuttle services with frequent shared shuttles (costing around $40pp one way) or private transfer options.

If you want to go to Park City, most of the hotels have free on-demand shuttles. However, there is also a free public transport system that operates on frequent schedules.

When To Go

Deer Valley can get frantic during holidays and accommodation prices soar still higher. The Sundance Film Festival (second last week of January) can also be a time when hotels book out.

Holiday periods that are busy are:

  • Christmas and New Year.
  • Martin Luther King long weekend, January 17-20 (2014).
  • President’s Day long weekend, February 14-17 (2014).

Facts & Figures

Mountain Information   Lifts   Terrain    
Base Elevation 6570ft / 2003m Gondolas 1 Beginner 27%  
Summit Elevation 9570ft / 2917m Express Quads 12 Intermediates 41%  
Vertical Drop 3000ft / 914m Quad Chair 1 Advanced 32%  
Skiable Area 2026ac / 820ha Triple Chairs 5      
Annual Snowfall 300in / 7.6m Double Chairs 2      
Operating Hours 9.00am –4.15pm          
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