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Deer Valley

2250 Deer Valley Drive South Park City, UT 84060 us 800-424-3337 website:
Class act. Five stars. For an overall ski experience, you can’t beat Deer Valley

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Jan 06, 2010

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It’s unclear whether the reader was applauding or shaming Deer Valley with his comment that a vacation here is like “skiing in the lap of luxury.” No matter. Because it is clear that Deer Valley’s faithful fully embrace the resort’s pampering ethos, which is the basis of its repeat no. 1 ranking. Its consistent success is built from the bottom up, as “these guys understand how important it is to manage the details." To that end, the mountain crew coddles the snow as if each flake were a Fabergé egg. Not surprisingly, ripping down groomers is “like driving a Ferrari.” And more often than not, dining out is akin to visiting a four-star hotel. However, Deer Valley’s particular insight isn’t that service matters—that’s no secret—nor is it the fresh dill chèvre, nor the army of smiling ambassadors perpetually at the ready. The difference here is the sincere business belief that attitude and effort trump all. Yes, that’s the president of the resort stopping to reunite you with your skis after a tumble in the Centennial glades. To be sure, Deer Valley’s top ranking—fueled by setting the standard in Grooming, Service, Dining and Lodging—peeves alpine purists, who would rather measure a mountain’s success in vertical feet skied and toenails blackened. Fair enough. On the other hand, “this is a resort that perfectly knows its niche.” There's no shame in that. —Greg Ditrinco

Off-the-Map Trail » Venture into the unmarked X-Files glades. Go left off the Empire Express and follow Orion as it slides by Daly Bowl and the Daly Chutes. The trees—and the conspiracies— thicken on your left. Drop in.

Après Spot » Ride the Funicular from Snow Park Lodge up to the St. Regis Deer Valley and head to the Terrace Café’s outdoor patio. The views are spectacular, and we’ll let you see for yourself how the Garden of Fire got its name.

Don’t Miss » Fireside Dining at the Empire Canyon Lodge is one of those experiences you take home. Dishes from the Alps are served from five stone fireplaces as you circulate from hearth to hearth, wondering why you would ever want to leave.

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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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