There are three reasons to ski Deer Valley. You want a civilized vacation, it hasn't snowed in a while and you're 'over' beating yourself up at off-piste resorts like Alta and Snowbird. With more than 100 runs and 2000 acres of mostly groomed, intermediate terrain, families find something for everyone (so long as there are no snowboarders in the bunch. DV is for skiers only.) Kids will love the miles of beginner ski tracks through the trees, moms appreciate the attentive ski instructors and dads can be heroes on groomed black diamond runs.
The short runs are less intimidating than those at DV's neighbors and there's always a grand mountain lodge nearby to rest your thighs and sate your palate. (The vertical is not a true 3,000 feet as reported by the resort because you can't ski it from top to bottom.) The powder's not as deep as you'll find in the Cottonwood Canyons but then most of Deer Valley's clientele prefer the groomers anyway leaving plenty of fluff for the powderhounds.
Kleenex boxes at each of the 21 lifts, free overnight ski storage, ski valets to grab your skis from the car, three cafeterias, a lounge and a sit-down restaurant, snowmaking, ski school, two rental shops, two signature stores, a public pay race course, and three evening restaurants.
Deer Valley, Utah, is one mile north of downtown Park City and 36 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport via I-80. Exit at Park City/SR224, head north to Deer Valley Drive and take a left. The road brings you to the resort.
The first weekend in December through mid-April, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. DV is also open in the summer for lift-served mountain biking and hiking,
(435) 649-1000, (800) 558-3337
1375 Deer Valley Dr.
Park City UT 84060