Powder, terrain, proximity, excellent food and service are all reasons why Deer Valley ranks at the top of every skier's favorite mountain list. And if you are traveling with kids, you will be thrilled with the exceptional ski school program, family friendly restaurants and activities.
Skiing Deer Valley
Deer Valley has terrain for every ability level and preference. Bumps, steep groomers, tree skiing, chutes, or long mellow blues and greens. Here are a few of the must-hit spots (depending on your ability level and conditions):
On Bald Mountain Nabob is a favorite. When it is freshly groomed and the sun is out you can blast down that thing and show off your racing stripes.
Heading down to Bald Eagle Mountain, try Big Stick or take Solid Muldoon to show the passengers on the Carpenter Express Chair overhead that well dressed ladies can carve. A must do on every trip is Success to Last Chance for a mellow scenic run to view the life sized wood and bronze animal sculptures decorating the private homes along the trail.
For a mile-long scenic run and relaxing ride to follow, ski the Jordanelle run down to the gondola.
Next move on over to Flagstaff Mtn for laps on the Silver Strike and Northside chairs and the many blues beneath. Popular for all ability levels and especially great when the wind is blowing or the light is flat.
But Deer Valley isn't all about groomers and scenery. Let's move on to the big stuff.
On any powder day, try to start on Empire. Laps can be taken down the Daly Chute and then move along over to X-Files. If you don't want to make the hike to X-Files you can take quick runs down Anchor Trees (head through the gate toward the chutes, stay on the traverse for a bit until you find a nice opening in the trees and drop right in).
Next, scoot over to the Lady Morgan chair and if your quads are in shape and nerves in check give Centennial a try. This can be extremely tight and steep tree skiing in spots so beware. Stay high and to the outside as you enter for some more maneuverability.
After you leave the Empire area, ski Ontario Bowl. Easiest point of entry is via the traverse on Hidden Treasure. Stay high and to the right to find the entry point.
Finally traverse back over to Bald Mountain to ski Sunset Trees.
Skiing with kids? After one day of ski school, they will be giving you the tour around the mountain introducing you to legendary spots like Bucky's Backyard and Ruby's Roost off Bandana, or Oompa Loompa Land accessed off the Red Cloud chair (just ask your kids for directions). Another favorite is the bumps directly underneath the Silver Strike chair off Sidewinder. These are great spots to introduce your kids to big mountain tree skiing and bumps in smaller, safer doses (also fun for adults).
Skier's Lunch & Après
The on mountain food situation at the Deer Valley lodges is pretty notable. While there is an excellent salad bar, it is hard to turn down the fish tacos up at the Empire Lodge, or Deer Valley's famous turkey chili.
For the ultimate skier buffet, hit up Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge.
You can also ski right into the St. Regis for lunch at Brasserie 7452. This spot is also great for après or dinner. You can also end your day here and take the funicular back down to the Snow Park base area.
For a true Bavarian mountain experience, head to The Goldener Hirsch midway up Deer Valley mountain in Silverlake Village. This is a great spot for a ski lunch or après. The cheese and chocolate fondues can't be beat.
Up at the top of Deer Valley at the Empire base area sits the Montage. For lunch reserve a table at Apex. At the end of the day, for a Slim Aarons style experience, head to the Veuve Clicquot Après Lounge.
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