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Deer Valley

Ski Resort in Utah, United States


Deer Valley is an alpine ski resort in the Wasatch Range, located 36 miles (58 km) east of Salt Lake City, in Park City, Utah, United States. The resort, known for its upscale amenities, is consistently ranked among the top ski resorts in North America.

Nestled in Utah's picturesque Rocky Mountain Wasatch Range, Deer Valley is unashamedly upmarket, offering exceptional service and fantastic skiing on varied terrain spread over four mountains. The resort appeals to a mostly upscale clientele and offers something for every skier, but boarding is not allowed.

Once a beautiful mountain where silver miners enjoyed weekend diversion by sliding about on crudely-made wooden skis, today Deer Valley Resort offers the highest standards of service and amazing attention to detail both off and on the slopes. The varied terrain covers 1,750 acres (708 ha) and was home to the 2002 Olympic slalom, moguls and aerials events, and the 2003 Freestyle F.I.S. World Ski Championships. The ski season runs from the first Saturday in December to the first Sunday in April (conditions permitting). Peak season is December 26-January 1 and President's Day weekend in February. Low season is December 7-25 and from April 1 until the end of the season.

The fine selection of award-winning restaurants at Deer Valley offering outstanding gourmet cuisine, reflects the resort's commitment to quality and customer service. And it is this service and attention to details that makes Deer Valley so special. The sight of green uniformed attendants hurrying towards you to carry your skis is very welcome at the end of a long day on the slopes. Deer Valley is a resort to be truly savoured.

Snowboarders are not allowed to ride in Deer Valley.

Deer Valley info card

Resort Altitude2003m
Highest Lift2917m
Longest Run4km
Total Lifts21
Drag Lifts1
Snow Parks1

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.

Deer Valley Snow

Deer Valley has the lowest average annual snowfall of the Utah ski resorts, although it still receives a very respectable 7.6 metres (300”). The powder that falls is generally dry but the elevation of Deer Valley is lower than that of many other Utah resorts, and the powder can get a little heavy after a couple of days.

A whopping 30 percent of the terrain has the cover topped up with artificial snow, and a significant proportion of the ski terrain has the world-famous, award winning Deer Valley grooming.

With the terrain spread across various mountains, the runs have a variety of aspects although the slopes are mainly northeast to northwest facing. The groomer off the Lady Morgan Express chair is east facing and can have sub-par snow quality. Ditto for the groomer to the Jordanelle day base area that goes down to an elevation of only 6,570 feet.

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!

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Flights into the Salt Lake City International Airport are frequent. The drive from the airport only takes 40-60 minutes by road depending upon conditions, so the Deer Valley Ski Resort is very accessible.

From the airport there are a wide range of ground transportation companies to take you to Deer Valley.

By car

Alternatively there are lots of car rental options at the airport. When driving from the airport, the route is incredibly well sign posted and is via I-80 and highway 224. If driving to the upper parts of Deer Valley, the roads are somewhat steep, so you might want a 4WD.

Many Deer Valley guests don’t find it necessary to rent a car, because there are buses, on-demand hotel shuttles, and plenty of taxis to get around the area. The exception to this might be if you plan to undertake lots of non-skiing activities. Another exception may be for those staying in private accommodations (e.g. condos, houses) in the upper areas of Deer Valley, where the lodging doesn’t provide its own shuttle service.

Day trippers arriving by car at the Snow Park Lodge area of Deer Valley Resort (recommended for families, beginners and those that require ski rentals) are greeted by the green men (and women) who assist with the unloading of the vehicle. The ski valets also help load the car at the end of the day.

Day trippers can also park at the Jordanelle parking lot. The Jordanelle run is a double blue run, but beginners parking here have the option of downloading the Jordanelle gondola.

Transportation - Get Around

Most Deer Valley lodging is in close proximity to one of the many lifts, so only a short walk (or ski) is required to get to the slopes. However the various lodging areas and villages of Deer Valley are rather spread out, so whilst it’s easy to get between the various areas via skiing, it’s not so easy on foot or via road.

Road distances from Snow Park Lodge (the main base area and the location of the St Regis Hotel):

  • Silver Lake Village (e.g. location of the Stein Erikson Lodge, Goldener Hirsch Inn, The Chateaux) – 3.5 miles
  • Empire Pass area (e.g. location of the Flagstaff Lodge) – 4 miles and 4.7 miles to the Montage Hotel

To get between the Snow Park and Silver Lake and Empire Pass areas of Deer Valley, non-skiers can get a free public bus, but these only come every 30 minutes (hourly in the evenings).

Alternatively if you’re staying at one of the upscale hotels, you can use their private on-demand shuttle services to get you around.

Accommodation & Hotels

Montage Deer Valley opened December 2010 in the year-round community of Park City Utah North America s finest mountain resort destination. Reminiscent of great mountain lodges this refined Mountain Craftsman resort is less than five minutes from Park City s celebrated Main Street and an easy 40-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport SLC. Engaging all-season indoor and outdoor activities include true ski-in ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort named North America s number 1 ski resort by Ski magazine for an unprecedented five consecutive years 2008-2012. The 154 deluxe guestrooms and 66 suites and private residences ranging from one to four bedrooms all feature fireplaces and expansive views of the majestic Wasatch Front. The resort also offers extensive 24-hour services; several inventive dining options; a gourmet gastro-pub with regulation bowling lanes darts and nostalgic arcade games; a sushi bar; a 35000-square-foot alpine-inspired spa; outdoor pool and whirlpools; outdoor terrace with fire pits; one-of-a-kind retail shops and 55000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor event space for executive meetings and special events. Year-round activities including hiking biking golf and fly-fishing. Montage Deer Valley offers guests shopping dining cultural events recreation and festivals all just minutes from the resort.

    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Spacious rooms
    • Friendly service
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Stein Eriksen Lodge is the premier resort destination for discriminating travelers. The European-style lodge is named after legendary Olympic Gold Medalist Stein Eriksen. Guests experience the highest level of customer service, finely appointed guest rooms and suites, two restaurants,24- hour room service, full-service spa, outdoor heated pool, ski locker room, ski valet services, valet parking, complimentary property-wide wireless internet, knowledgeable concierge, conference facilities, catering services, and abundant year-round recreational opportunities. Few places provide the same impeccable, personalized service that has become the standard at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. Each room at the Park City hotel offers luxury and beauty. Lofty comforters and plush soft goods, private jetted tubs and soft terry cloth robes are a sampling of the world-class amenities. luxury suites offer gourmet kitchens, elegant living rooms, stone fireplaces, master bedrooms, over sized jetted tubs and private outdoor hot tubs. The other amenity includes ballroom, billiards, children facilities, drycleaning, lobby, plunge pool, reception, ski locker room, ski and bike shop. Stein Eriksen Lodge is a smoke free hotel.

    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Great menu
    • Great view
    • Nice building
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and food.

This is where rustic meets refined. The Silver Baron Lodge offers guests unparalleled accommodations in the most beautiful settings both inside and out. Located in the Snow Park area of Deer Valley Resort, just 200 yards from the lifts, the Lodge is serviced by a complimentary in-resort shuttle. The Silver Baron Lodge delivers seamless integration of modern elegance and historical heritage. From the architecture to the amenities, it offers a lavishly contemporary feel while maintaining historical mining elements, culminating in an innovative collection of beautiful condominium residences. The hotel offers daily continental breakfast in winter (7 am to 10 am), the General Store (open 7 am to 9 pm), Deer Valley Ski Rental Shop, front desk available, on-site concierge services, complimentary ski storage, 24-hour fitness center, year round outdoor pool and hot tub, heated complimentary underground parking, daily housekeeping, overnight laundry services, business services including FEDEX center, complimentary local shuttle service and bellmen services.

    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
    • Good shuttle service
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
    • Clean rooms
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 12% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and comfort.

Discover paradise in the mountains of northern Utah at our Park City resort hotel, where modern luxury meets the charm of an old world ski resort. Located alongside world-renowned ski slopes and an 18-hole golf course in Park City, Utah, our resort has been rated “top ski hotel” by Conde Nast Traveler and received a 2015 “certificate of excellence” from Trip Advisor. Each of our 100 suites features a cozy fireplace, King-size beds, jetted tubs and a private balcony or patio with gorgeous views of the mountains, golf course and outdoor pool. AAA Four Diamond Rated – Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Winner -Smart Meetings 2009 Platinum choice - Utah Business Magazine Most Admired Company.

    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Great view
    • Nice building
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 10% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and food.

The Chateaux Deer Valley is located in the heart of Deer Valley Resort's mid-mountain Silver Lake Village. The Chateaux is a full service hotel offering quality amenities, as well as a variety of finely appointed and spacious room types including hotel rooms, studios, and multi-bedroom suites. Simply walk out the door of The Chateaux and you are steps away from the chair lifts at the beautiful Deer Valley Resort. Guests will love the full service spa, Cena Ristorante and lounge, complimentary shuttle to historic Main Street, and the convenience to the Salt Lake City International Airport. In addition to skiing at a world class resort, guests can enjoy an abundance of year round activities including, snowmobiling, dog sledding, golf, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, and fine dining. Hotel also provides the facilities of ballroom, dry cleaning, lobby, plunge pool, reception and smoke-free hotel. Please note that the hotel's Bar and restaurant will be closed until June 1st and the spa will be closed until December 6th.

    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Good shuttle service
    • Friendly service
    • Comfortable beds
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 90, this hotel is one of the top 6% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

Waldorf Astoria Park City Hotel is a popular choice amongst travelers in Park City (UT), whether exploring or just passing through. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night's sleep. To be found at the hotel are 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas. Guestrooms are designed to provide an optimal level of comfort with welcoming decor and some offering convenient amenities like television LCD/plasma screen, whirlpool bathtub, air conditioning, heating, desk. Enjoy the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, fitness center, outdoor pool, skiing, spa, before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest. Discover all Park City (UT) has to offer by making Waldorf Astoria Park City Hotel your base.

    • Guests recommend this hotel for golfers.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Nice building
    • Impressive bathroom
    • Friendly service
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, food and amenities.

Wyndham Park City is a popular choice amongst travelers in Park City (UT), whether exploring or just passing through. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour front desk, Wi-Fi in public areas, concierge. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer air conditioning, heating, mini bar, alarm clock, telephone to ensure a restful night. Access to the hotel's fitness center, outdoor pool will further enhance your satisfying stay. Wyndham Park City combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Park City (UT) unforgettable.

    • Room service could have been improved
    • Modern Hotel
    • Good kitchenette
    • New rooms
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 17% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.

Property Location: With a stay at Newpark Resort Hotel & Conference Center, you'll be centrally located in Park City, steps from Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and minutes from Snyderville Basin Recreation Center. This ski resort is within close proximity of Redstone and Monkey Mountain.

Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of the 120 air-conditioned rooms featuring fireplaces. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include safes and refrigerators, and you can also request cribs/infant beds (complimentary).

Amenities: Spend the day on the slopes, or enjoy recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and an indoor pool. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, ski storage, and shopping on site.

Dining: Grab a bite to eat at one of the resort's dining establishments, which include 4 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. This resort has 7500 square feet (697 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.

    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
    • Spacious bathroom
    • Great shopping
    • Nice balcony
    • Impressive bathroom
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 87. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.

Main & SKY offers all-suite and residence luxury hotel accommodations in the heart of Historic Main Street, the epicenter of Park Citys vibrant, sophisticated charm. Steps from restaurants, nightlife, galleries, boutiques and abundant cultural offerings, Main & SKY guests enjoy high-end resort amenities coupled with the energy of Main Street.

    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Good restaurants & bars in the area
    • Great shopping
    • Spacious rooms
    • Impressive bathroom
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

Ski Area

The layout of the Deer Valley skiing is somewhat unconventional because the 2,026 acres (820 hectares) of terrain is spread across six mountains. Officially there are 914 metres of vertical, but it is not possible to ski the vertical continuously as there is a “big dip” in the middle of the ski area. Getting across the different mountains takes a bit of time and multiple lifts, but the signage to aid orientation is impeccable.

The main base is at Snow Park, and there are also many facilities and chair lifts at the mid-mountain Silver Lake area.

The Deer Valley ski resort has terrain for all ability levels but it is not particularly well suited to experts. The resort has undergone some expansion in an effort to cater to the expert skier, but the choice of terrain is still somewhat limited.

Needless to say the most obvious thing about Deer Valley skiing is the lack of snowboarders. Die-hard Deer Valley advocates will espouse the many benefits of a true “ski resort”: the runs seem less crowded and safer because skiers snake in smaller arcs; the bumps are beautifully rounded instead of being really long and oval-shaped; and the lift queues move easily with everyone pointing their snow equipment forward. It’s amusing to ask a Deer Valley regular why a skier-only resort is better, although be warned that the discussion might go on for a long time!

Deer Valley Skiing for the Beginner

First-timers and novices generally hang out on the Wide West run near the Snow Park base. The run is protected on either side by two chairlifts, and has a very gentle slope. There is a reasonable jump to the next progression which is any of the green runs off most of the mountains at Deer Valley. All these runs are slow zones, which is necessary as most of them have blue or black runs feeding into them. A “dark green” run only suitable for confident beginners is the Bandana off the top of Flagstaff Mountain.

Ski Deer Valley for Intermediates

Deer Valley is absolute heaven for the intermediate with blue runs galore on awesome steep fall-line groomers. The distinction between blue and double blue runs allows for easy progression of skills on steeper slopes. Big Stick on Bald Eagle Mountain may be a bit hair-raising for lower level intermediates, but is fabulous fun for more experienced skiers. Sometimes black runs are also groomed, including Champion and Know You Don’t, which seems somewhat ironic considering it was the Olympic mogul run! High end intermediate and advanced skiers alike will enjoy hooning down these slopes.

For intermediates wanting to get off piste, the area between the groomed runs on Northside can be a bit of fun for powder exploration.

Advanced Skiing Deer Valley

Bald Mountain is one of the best areas for advanced skiers. Off the Mayflower lift are potential mogul runs on traditional piste. Those wanting to explore the steep ungroomed powder should head to the north-facing slopes of Bald Mountain where there are fabulous gladed areas. The Empire Express provides various black runs which are typically open at the top and continue down to glades. There are also various glades to explore on Flagstaff Mountain. The Lady Morgan chair also has some very good advanced terrain.

Expert Deer Valley Skiing

Deer Valley desperately tries to promote themselves as having expert terrain, and whilst they do have expert terrain, it is rather minimal so experts would only be entertained until 10:30am after which they’d need to head for early après ski drinks. There are a few double black glades across the mountain that are somewhat challenging, but it is debatable as to whether they are worthy of double diamond status.

The most commonly talked about expert terrain is the Daly Bowl and Daly Chutes that require a traverse off the Empire Express through the trees. The snow quality in here is generally very good. The drop into the bowl can be challenging if a small cornice is present, and the trickiness of the chutes is dependent on how much snow cover there is. Chute 4 in particular can be very gnarly if there isn’t lots of snow.

Skiers’ left off the Lady Morgan chair has some challenging runs with trees and rock features and cliff-ettes for launching off, and the aspect makes for nice snow quality.

Ski lifts & pass

Deer Valley offers all-mountain accessibility, with movable lift towers and terminals. Deer Valley is one of the first ski resorts to implement a lift system that was engineered specifically by a mountain engineering firm, in 1981. This lift system was designed to allow for all-mountain accessibility, which translates into a consistent fall line and minimum traversing. Constant assessment makes the system work even better: for example, a lift tower or terminal may be moved to improve the flow of the lifts and to keep lift lines to a minimum. The lifts run from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm.

There are 20 chairlifts (eleven high-speed quads, seven triples and two doubles) and one gondola, carrying around 43,500 skiers per hour onto the mountain. To ensure a quality skiing experience, and avoid overcrowded trails, the number of skiers is limited, avoiding long lift lines as well as long lunch lines. Get there early to reserve a lift pass!

Ski Pass

Regular RatesAdults (13-64 yrs)Seniors (65+ yrs)Child (5-12 yrs)Tot (1-4 yrs)
Full day$135$94$84$32
Afternoon (12:30-4:15 p.m.)$111$81$69$27
2 of 10 Days$270$188$168$64
3 of 10 Days$393$270$213$96
4 of 10 Days$508$356$280$128
5 of 10 Days$620$440$345$160
6 of 10 Days$714$522$408$192
7 of 10 Days$826$602$469$224

Holiday RatesAdults (13-64 yrs)Seniors (65+ yrs)Child (5-12 yrs)Tot (1-4 yrs)
Full day$145$106$93$32
*Afternoon (12:30 - 4:15 p.m.)$121$90$77$27

Facilities & Services

The service at Deer Valley is amazingly first-class. All the staff are well trained in the mantra of the DVD (Deer Valley Difference) such that guests expect and deserve the best service. The ski valets who carry skis from the car are quintessentially Deer Valley. The ski hosts are only too happy to give you advice about which runs to take, and the culture of the great service spreads to the staff in ski school, the restaurants, the basket and locker storage area, and the Deer Valley ski rentals shop.

The services and facilities of Deer Valley ski resort are located across multiple base areas. There are three day lodges: the Snow Park Lodge at the main base which has many facilities; Silver Lake Lodge is the secondary centre mid-mountain; and the new Empire Canyon Lodge (at the bottom of Empire Canyon). There are also limited facilities at the Jordanelle ticket office.

Deer Valley Ski Rentals

Deer Valley Resort rental equipment is available downstairs at the Snow Park Lodge, Silver Lake Plaza, and at The Lodges at Deer Valley. The Deer Valley ski rentals operation is well organised and they can even cope with the mayhem of Xmas time. Only Rossignol gear is rented out, and prices are outrageously high.

Other options for ski rentals at Deer Valley are Christy Sports or Ski N See in the Chateaux (Silver Lake area).

A cheaper alternative is to head to one of the Park City ski rentals shops.

Eating On Mountain

The quality of on-mountain dining at Deer Valley is impeccable. Tray service and buffet style meals are even made to seem incredibly glamorous at Deer Valley. The “Deer Valley currency exchange” is applied to meals at Deer Valley, but the extra you’ll pay is for the high quality.

The Snow Park Restaurant has gourmet buffet meals for breakfast and lunch, as does the Silver Lake Restaurant. There are outdoor tables as well as deck chairs where you can have a sunbake in European style whilst watching the skiing action. At the Silver Lake Lodge, there is also the Bald Mountain Pizzeria and the Royal Street Café for waiter service, award-winning cuisine and fine wines.

The Empire Canyon Grill is open for breakfast and lunch, with a traditional grill as well as coffees, baked goods and yummy paninis. Another on-mountain eatery is Snowshoe Tommy’s on Bald Mountain, and there is a skiosk at Cushing’s Cabin on Flagstaff Mountain.

Facilities for Children

The state-licensed facility at Deer Valley Resort provides activities for non-skiing children from 2 months to 12 years. The child care facility is located on the main level of the Snow Park Lodge, and pricing is in line with other Utah ski resorts.

Other options are childcare centres in Park City or babysitting services such as Ski Town Sitters that can provide in-room care. Baby with Altitude and Baby’s Away can provide rental equipment for babies.

Deer Valley Ski School

The Deer Valley ski school may be award-winning, but it’s doubtful that any award has anything to do with the very ugly green uniforms that the 500 instructors wear! At least their skiing style is very stylish, and if you want to look just as good (at skiing anyway!) a lesson or ten might be a great way to perfect the technique.

Adult group lessons are held in a semi-private format with a maximum of 4 students per 3 hour lesson. You pay a lot for the extra attention with prices at DV being significantly higher than other Utah resorts.

Various full day ski school programs are offered for children. Three and four year olds receive a combination of ski tuition and childcare, with 1:1 or 1:2 instructor to child ratios. For 5-12 year olds, group lessons are held from 10am to 3:45pm. Prices for ski school for children are also incredibly high, but many people expect to pay this much for the Deer Valley experience.

Private lessons are also held for children and adults. There are no first-timer packages, and needless to say, they don’t run snowboard lessons at Deer Valley! Reservations are required for all ski school programs.

Restaurants & Nightlife

The Deer Valley nightlife is rather quiet and many folks choose to hole up in their condos at night time or have a quiet drink at their hotel bar.

Deer Valley Restaurants

There aren’t a large number of Deer Valley restaurants, and these are largely located within the hotels and lodges. With Deer Valley restaurants, it’s about quality not quantity.

One of the premier restaurants of Deer Valley is Mariposa, located in the Silver Lake Lodge. Elegant, with gourmet cuisine and fine wines, it is a favourite amongst Deer Valley regulars.

The nearby Royal Street Café has great, reasonably priced food and the décor is delightfully casual with comfortable pine booths.

Bistro Toujours in The Chateaux has French inspired cuisine with a romantic feel to it, whilst Glitretind at the Stein Eriksen Lodge also has fine dining for special occasions (or if you’re lucky enough to be staying there, every night is probably special!).

Down at the Snow Park Lodge is the evening Seafood Buffet. Whilst a buffet dinner doesn’t sound too sophisticated, this is definitely no ordinary buffet with an abundance of gourmet fare on offer.

Nearby at the St Regis Hotel (via the hotel’s own funicular) you can access various dining options.

Deer Valley Bars & Nightlife

An après ski drinking culture is almost non-existent at Deer Valley. The Snow Park Lounge is only open until 6pm and does “après” but it’s very ho-hum. It’s a sit down affair, and in typical Utah style the cocktails are weak, and you have to order appetizers to get a drink. The sedate atmosphere is certainly not conducive to social mixing, although the deck during spring can be a bit of fun.

The Royal Street Café at Silver Lake Lodge serves beverages and appetizers in the late afternoon and early evening, but it’s still a very quiet après ski scene.

There are sophisticated bars in the Deer Valley hotels for an après ski drink or night cap. Examples include the Buvez bar in The Chateaux on the lobby level with great views of the village and the slopes, and the Troll Hallen Lounge at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. Even though it doesn’t feel like Utah, this is Utah, so some strange liquor laws still remain. Be prepared to have to eat in order to get a drink, or at least pretend you have intent to eat .

Considering that the Deer Valley nightlife is very quiet, party animals should catch the free public bus (or your hotel shuttle) to the Park City bars for a bit more excitement.


On initial arrival it looks like there isn’t much in the way of Deer Valley shopping. There are just a couple of tiny “villages” and no main shopping street, so there’s no obvious spot to stroll along and peek into the shop windows. However there are lots of lovely Deer Valley shops. It’s just that they’re spread out across various areas of the Deer Valley Ski Resort (which are most easily explored via skiing not walking) and many are hidden inside the upscale hotels.

Of course there’s also the fabulous Park City shopping! With Main Street Park City only a couple of miles away, you’ll be spoiled for choice as you look to spoil yourself with a new purchase!

Deer Valley Ski Shops

There are various Deer Valley ski shops located in the Snow Park Lodge and Silver Lake Village, as well as glamorous ski shops in the luxurious hotels such as Stein Eriksen Lodge and Montage Deer Valley.

Jans Mountain Outfitters have three Deer Valley ski shops. A small store downstairs at Silver Lake Lodge sells ski accessories and gifts, whilst the larger store at Snow Park Lodge has a wide range of skis, boots (including a great boot fitting service), some lovely apparel, and accessories. There’s also a large ski shop at the St Regis Hotel.

Cole Sports has a large and beautiful shop at Silver Lake Village at Deer Valley, full of hardwear and loads of glitzy apparel (many with fur), après boots and ski accessories (some that are rather foofoo and some of course with fur!). They also have their huge ski shop in Park Avenue, Park City, which is equally glamorous but it also has a selection of ski wear for powder hounds and backcountry types.

Christy Sports at Silver Lake Village is also lovely, but my favourite Deer Valley ski shop is Arcs (Ski N See). It’s a smaller version of the Coles Park City shop and has great equipment, and a mixture of upscale spiffy apparel and more functional and backcountry skiwear with brands such as Mammut.

There is a kids’ ski shop at the Snow Park Lodge which has a plethora of cute Spyder outfits for little people and some bling bling type ski gear for up and coming princesses.

Deer Valley Souvenir Shopping

Deer Valley souvenirs and merchandise can be found at the Deer Valley Signature Stores across three locations: Snow Park Lodge, Silver Lake Village and Main St in downtown Park City. The souvenirs are wide and varied, including glasses, food items, photo frames, caps and clothing. Some of the logo apparel is possibly a little on the dowdy side!

Most of the ski shops also sell a range of Deer Valley souvenirs, and some of the gift stores in the hotels have DV souvenirs as well as their own logo merchandise. For example, the Bjorn Stova gift store in the Stein Eriksen Lodge sells Stein souvenirs.

General Shopping

Other Deer Valley shopping opportunities are somewhat limited. Shades of Deer Valley in the Snow Park Lodge (lower level) sells sunglasses and ski goggles, and Deer Valley etc is a sundries store and internet café.

There are also various small Deer Valley shops and boutiques hidden inside some of the hotels.

Deer Valley Groceries

The Deer Valley Grocery Café in the Deer Valley Plaza building in the Snow Park area has a small selection of gourmet grocery items, ready-made meals, and limited beer, wine and liquor. For substantial grocery shopping, you’ll need to head to one of the Park City supermarkets. Alternatively there is a grocery delivery service company in the Park City area who can do all the shopping for you.