Deer Valley Resort: A Huffington Post Travel Ski Resort Guide
Deer Valley Resort in Utah is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Deer Valley, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsNamed the top ski area in North America for five consecutive years by Ski Magazine, Utah's Deer Valley Resort is a prime destination for skiers looking for a new challenge every day. Although the resort boasts a secluded setting, it is just 36 miles east of Salt Lake City International Airport. Skiers will not have to leave the resort grounds during their trip; the resort offers lodging, skiing, entertainment, child care and special events throughout the season.
The MountainDeer Valley Resort includes six mountains with varying elevations: Little Baldy Peak (7,950 feet), Bald Eagle Mountain (8,400 feet), Bald Mountain (9,400 feet), Flagstaff Mountain (9,100 feet), Empire (9,570 feet) and Lady Morgan (9,000 feet). The resort's ski season runs from December to April. The area sees an average annual snowfall of 300 inches, according to Ski Utah, and features powdered snow, typical of this region. The slopes are supplemented by artificial snow when necessary. The resort's terrain includes a vertical drop of 3,000 feet and its longest run is 2.8 miles.
Trails And LiftsThe resort's six mountains include 100 runs and six bowls across 2,026 acres of skiable land. Expert skiers can test their skills on Bald Eagle Mountain, where three trails -- Champion, Know You Didn't and White Owl -- played host to the 2002 Winter Olympics. The resort's trails fall into one of five categories: easy, intermediate, advanced intermediate, advanced and expert. Deer Valley Resort has 21 lifts, including 11 high-speed quad chairlifts, five triple chairlifts, two double chairlifts, two fixed-grip quad chairlifts and one high-speed, four-passenger gondola. The resort also features terrain parks, including a kid-friendly park, for skiers at all skill levels.
In The NewsDeer Valley Resort hosted the slalom, aerial and mogul events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Deer Valley Celebrity Ski Fest, which celebrated its 20th year in 2011, pairs Olympic skiers with celebrities for a weekend of skiing to raise money for the Waterkeeper Alliance. Past celebrity participants include television's Larry David and Cheryl Hines. The event concludes with a concert, which airs on national television and features high-profile artists like Mary J. Blige.
CostSingle-day adult lift tickets cost $90, senior tickets are $69, children's tickets are $60 and tot tickets are available for $21. Two- to seven-day ticket packages and season passes are available, as well. Check the resort's website for prices. Skiers can choose from a number of single and multiday equipment rental packages, which range from $51 to $72 for a Rossignol ski-and-boot package. The rental shop also rents helmets and poles, sells ski wax, and offers binding adjustments for personal or rental equipment. The Deer Valley Ski School offers private, small group and large group instruction. Customized private lessons cost $165 an hour, while small group lessons cost $155 for a four-hour session.
Apres-SkiVisitors at Deer Valley Resort don't have to go far to find fun off of the slopes. Guests can enjoy Fireside Dining, where five-course meals are cooked in stone fireplaces. Skiers looking to unwind with a cocktail can sip on an Edgar-tini at EBS Lounge, named after Deer Valley's founder, Edgar B. Stern, Jr. The lounge presents live music on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as holidays.
WATCH: Deer Valley Resort
Deer Valley Resort begins its ski season with the annual Deer Valley Celebrity Ski Fest.