Overview of Deer Valley Ski Resort
Deer Valley ski resort is one of the world’s newer ski destinations. Established in the early 1980s, it had, from the start, a mission to bring higher service standards than the norm, to the US ski industry.
That means that it can describe its base lodge as ‘elegant,’ that on-mountain dining can be described as ‘gourmet’ and that everywhere you turn an army of polite, smiling employees are ready to carry your skis for you when you enter or leave the ski area, or open a door for you as you enter any building.
As a result Deer Valley keeps besting the likes of Vail and Whistler in an annual poll for ‘best ski resort’ in one leading US ski magazine. That’ recognition is probably not for its terrain, great though it is but still less than half of either of those two, despite having a neat 100 trails spread over six snowy bowls and served by more than 20 chairlifts, many of them high speed quads. Deer Valley has also managed to clock up an Olympic heritage in its short life too, staging freestyle and slalom events for the Utah winter Olympics in 2002. It was here that Alain Baxter won Britain’s only ever Olympic ski medal, the bronze in the slalom.
On your Deer Valley ski holiday you’ll discover the resort is one of the three ski areas located around the town of Park City (the other two being The Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort itself). The three could merge their ski areas, but there’s no real sign of them doing so despite many years of talk, so you need to drive between them, but international guests can purchase a pass that’s interchangeable at all three and at several other Utah resorts within an hour’s drive.
Park City is only 36 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport with access by a fast Interstate Highway, so Deer Valley is one of the quickest and easiest resorts for international guests to reach, with hundreds of connecting flights arriving there daily. It’s often possible to get on to the slopes the same day that you arrive.
A final point of note is that if you have snowboarders in your party you will need to segregate your group and send the boarders to Park City Mountain resort or the Canyons if they want to get on the snow. There is a terrain park at Deer Valley but boarders aren’t permitted on the slopes.