Unsurprisingly Deer Valley’s ski school is highly regarded for excellent tuition and well designed beginner programmes. First-time skiers will most likely take their initial lessons on Bald Eagle Mountain in a protected beginner area, Wide West, which is accessed by two chairlifts, Burns and Snowflake. Separated from the thoroughfare of more experienced skiers you can just concentrate on your lessons.
Deer Valley has six mountains which do not add up to a huge area, but there’s still plenty for the regular recreational skier to enjoy, in a total ski area of about 2,000 acres and you can always spend a day at one of Park City’s other ski areas a short drive away for a little more variety.
One of the key sectors for regular recreational skiers on Deer Valley’s slopes is Bald Eagle Mountain where many intermediate runs are located, allowing skiers to enjoy the gentler Last Chance or the steeper Solid Muldoon and Big Stick ski runs. Flagstaff Mountain, which has four high-speed quads also has some of the resort's most popular intermediate runs.
Bald Mountain is a one of the main areas for advanced skiers with some of the resort’s steeper, ungroomed trails on its north-facing slopes and glade areas including Sunset and Triangle Trees. Skiers are advised to consult a mountain host or a ski patroller for advice on their current status before entering these areas. There are more glades on Flagstaff Mountain, or for chutes head for the steep and challenging Daly Chutes on Empire mountain. Lady Morgan also offers predominantly advanced and expert skiing and the Centennial area there, accessed by the Lady Morgan Express lift, offers 65 more acres of expert gladed terrain. Little Baldy Peak is the training base for the University of Utah’s ski team, and heli-skiing can also be arranged in the region.
For those looking to experience a bit of Deer Valley’s Olympic heritage, advanced and expert skiers can challenge themselves on the 2002 Olympic Winter Games runs on Bald Eagle Mountain. These include Champion, the site of freestyle moguls; Know You Don't, the site of the Alpine slalom and White Owl, the site of freestyle aerials.
Snowboard / Freestyle Skiing
Deer Valley is one of the three remaining resorts in the US, and possibly the world, that still bans snowboarding.
For freestyle two-plankers the Tricks 'n' Turns terrain park is available to get some air, but it may feel rather strange to be in a terrain park, which really owes its existence to the sport of snowboarding, in a resort that bans boarding.
Deer Valley has no cross country skiing of its own but there are several cross country ski areas nearby.
Park City’s golf course is the home of White Pine Touring (+1 (435) 615 5858) in the winter months which maintains 20km of trails suitable for both classic and skating styles. The company also offers tuition if required.
A little further afield Soldier Hollow was the venue for Nordic events at the 2002 Olympics and has 25km of maintained cross country tracks. The Homestead Resort (+1 (435) 654 1102) maintains another 12km of trails.
Average Snow And Weather Conditions
Being located within the state that has trademarked the promotional term, “the greatest snow on earth,” and won a legal battle with a famous circus over the use of it, Deer Valley has, as you’d expect , generally excellent snow conditions, often powdery. The resort receives more than 7.6m (nearly 23 feet) of snow annually and has a huge snowmaking arsenal of towards 1,000 snow guns covering the key third of the slopes.