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Deer Valley

2250 Deer Valley Drive South Park City, UT 84060 us 800-424-3337 website:
Always a guest-pleaser, Deer Valley Resort has the terrain, service, and programming to earn its No. 3 rank.
By SKI Magazine

Reviewed by SKI Magazine

Aug 06, 2015

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It’s all in the details at No. 3-ranked Deer Valley, a fact not lost on our shrewd readers. After all, you don’t get No. 1 rankings in Service, Access, On-Mountain Food, Lodging, and Dining (and No. 2 in Grooming) without making darn sure all the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted. (Or, in Deer Valley’s case, the emulsions are properly emulsified and the reductions are sufficiently reduced.) Says one satisfied customer, “It’s hard to find something wrong when the resort constantly pays attention to every last detail to ensure that every guest has the best possible experience.” Once again, we’re salivating while perusing reader comments, from the “amazing turkey chili” to the “delicious pastries” baked in-house. Readers are less effusive when it comes to issues of the wallet (Value, No. 41). “Very spendy, but hey, once a year!” Visitors’ perceptions of the resort’s terrain continue to be grim, with Variety coming in at No. 35 and Challenge No. 40. But one reader thinks he’s got it dialed: “Deer Valley is so famous for its grooming that everyone skis the groomed runs. There’s no one on the ungroomed blacks. Except me!” With Overall Satisfaction coming in at a respectable No. 5, he’s not the only one pleased with the Deer Valley experience. “If I go to heaven when I die, it will be a demotion.”

Family Experience 

Dinner isn’t usually an “experience” per se, but Fireside Dining, at Empire Canyon Lodge, is the exception. Swiss raclette, leg of lamb, soups, stews, and a chocolate fondue to die for. 

Must Do

While you’re in town, Kimball Arts Center, in downtown Park City, is a ski-town cultural gem.

Mandatory Run

Take in the views of the Jordanelle Reservoir from Tycoon or Stein’s Way, off the Sultan chair. Tahoe-esque.


GO: Where to stay

  • Black Diamond Lodge

    This ski-in/ski-out location is ideal for the whole family.

  • Lodges at Deer Valley

    Deer Valley Resort aims for the stars. And it often reaches them, especially where lodging is concerned.

  • The Grand Lodge

    The Grand Lodge spared no expense on décor, with hand-hewn alderwood beams, Brazilian slate floors and Italian marble countertops in its 27 residences.

Apres: Your guide to eats & drinks

reviews of Deer Valley
My Rating:
I worked at DV several years ago. Beautiful environment to start! The people you meet working there - from all over this planet - are wonderful and makes it such an enjoyable place. The guests (as well as the workers) are all there to have a great time which makes it even better. Looking back at all the employers I've worked for in my life, DV was the best. I worked at the hospital at the U of Utah subsequently because I needed to be able to pay my bills (seasonal ski tech couldn't quite make it :P), but DV rocks. I'm not surprised in the least they made the 2011 50 Most Engaged Workplaces ( It's a winter wonderland.
My Rating:
I am lucky enough to ski any resort I choose. I find myself returning to Deer Valley more and more. I consider myself an expert skier (among the top Nastar racer in my age group.) Unless you ski there and know the resort well, dont knock it. It is 20 steps from the shuttle van to the Gondola, and never a line. The best areas are served by high speed lifts, the best powder isnt skied (the clientele stick to the groomers) There are cornices, chutes and cliffs I dare any youngster to follow me. The steep groomers are THE best. So what if it is a country club atmosphere, does that hurt the experience? A good lunch on china on a clean table for the same as a hot dog on a paper plate at Vail. A gentleman takes your skis and stores them for lunch or for the night, FREE. Hats off to Deer Valley, 5 years running and deserve it.
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