Deer Valley Ski Resort
The Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City Utah is a ski resort in the truest sense, because snowboarding isn’t just frowned upon, it’s prohibited. For some skiers, the ban on snowboarders is a major allure of the Deer Valley Resort. Just don’t get into a conversation with anyone on a chairlift about why they love the absence of snowboarders, or you might be there for a while!
Deer Valley Utah has an upscale and elegant ambience and has carved out a fabulous niche in the ski market. The ski resort unashamedly caters to discerning guests who desire exclusivity and don’t mind paying more dollars for the privilege of outstanding service.
Like other Park City ski resorts, the profile of DV markedly increased as a result of the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Deer Valley Ski Resort hosted the alpine slalom, freestyle moguls, and aerial ski events. Needless to say, they didn’t host any snowboarding events!
Deer Valley Ski Terrain
The Deer Valley skiing
consists of 2,026 acres (820 hectares) of terrain spread across six mountains. The size is about average for a Utah ski resort, although it’s smaller than the other Park City resorts. So whilst Deer Valley Resort will provide enough variety in itself, day trips to the nearby Park City Mountain Resort
and Canyons Resort
will provide a massive amount of terrain diversity (if you’re happy to mingle with those snowboarders!).
The Deer Valley Ski Resort has terrain for all ability levels, although it is particularly well suited to intermediate skiers considering the abundance of fabulous fall line groomed runs that are perfectly manicured. The beginner terrain is also very good, and there are glades, moguls, and a few bowls for advanced skiers. There is somewhat limited expert terrain in the form of a couple of chutes and steep trees, and any fresh powder here tends to get ripped up rather quickly.
Deer Valley Utah receives an average of 300 inches (7.6 metres) per season of “the Greatest Snow on Earth”, as well as copious amounts of manmade snow. This volume of snow is pretty remarkable, although this is the lowest of the Utah ski resorts
. Those cruising around on the groomers definitely don’t mind, and in any case, Deer Valley Resort differentiates itself in many other elite ways. One example is the fantastic lift infrastructure. The placement of lifts has been well planned and there are lots of high-speed quad chairs.
Where is the Deer Valley Ski Resort?
Deer Valley Park City is only two miles from downtown Park City Utah, which is located only 37 miles (59km) east of the Salt Lake City Airport. Access to DV from the SLC airport is quick and easy, and there are lots of options for shuttles or private transfers.
The main base of the Park City Mountain Resort
is only 3 miles from DV, whilst Canyons Resort
is 6 miles away. There is a free bus system that provides transport between the three ski resorts and downtown Park City.
Deer Valley Lodging
The accommodations are spread around the ski resort such that much of the Deer Valley lodging
is superbly ski-in ski-out. The majority of the lodging sits in the luxurious to opulent range, and includes 5 star hotels and lots of condos (apartments).
Alternatively there are lots of Park City lodging
options. Park City is just a quick shuttle bus ride from the Deer Valley ski resort, and the town provides a wide range of accommodations for different budgets.
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Deer Valley Resort Facilities and Service
The service is a stand out feature at the Deer Valley Resort. All the staff are taught the philosophy that the service has to be exceptional, and they have the mantra of the DVD – the Deer Valley Difference. Ski valets lift skis off car racks and carry guests’ ski gear, complimentary overnight ski storage is provided, and the attention to detail for all aspects of the skiing experience is exceptional.
Culture and Cost
The Deer Valley Resort appeals to a mostly upscale clientele, but everyone is made to feel welcome (except snowboarders of course!). Snobbiness isn’t evident at DV, as most people are there to ski rather than strut, so the vibe is reasonably relaxed. The presence of many families also keeps things “real”.
You have to pay a premium for everything at the resort and this includes the lift tickets, food, ski school, and lodging. Of course there’s no point complaining about the costs. If Deer Valley is within your budget then enjoy, and if not, go elsewhere!
Summary of Pros and Cons of Deer Valley Utah
- Deer Valley Resort offers fabulous skiing on groomed cruisers and is perfect for intermediates.
- If you want the ultimate in luxury then this upscale resort is definitely for you.
- You can expect exceptional customer service and amazing attention to detail.
- There are lots of upscale ski-in ski-out accommodations.
- The proximity to the vibrant town of Park City is a big plus for the Deer Valley ski resort.
- For powder skiing enthusiasts, a major bonus is the cat skiing at Park City Powder Cats.
- Due to the range of terrain and exceptional amenities and ski school, it is rather popular with families.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
- Everything is rather expensive.
- The villages are very spread out, so whilst it’s easy to get between the various areas via skiing, exploring in the evenings takes a bit of effort.
- As such, the nightlife is very quiet, but Park City is close by if you need a bit of action.
- It probably isn’t the best place to go if you’re a hard-core no-frills expert skier.
- It is definitely not the place to go if you’re a grungy snowboarding dude!
- Deer Valley limits the number of lift tickets sold each day, so it’s never overcrowded but there’s the risk of missing out if you turn up to the ticket office late in the morning (generally only happens during peak holiday periods).
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