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Rating: 4.33

Address: 2250 Deer Valley Dr S, Park City, UT, 84060

    Address: 625 Main St, Park City, UT, 84060

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      Comments (109):

      1. James F.
      what a shitty ass resort, no snowboarding? what is this 1980?

      06/10/08 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      2. Rebecca H.
      A little too well-groomed.  The snow quality can suffer from all of the snowcat mowings and the slopes sometimes feel crowded, but on a day without new snow, when every resort in the area promises to be crunchy anyway -- a day at the luxury mountain can be superb.  Don't miss the chance to rest in the snowbeach chairs on a sunny day or to eat from the awesome salad bar and bakery in the lodges.

      24/02/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      3. scott P.
      Hey this place is a good as yo get, why not 5 stars you ask?  NO SNOWBOARDING!  C'mon wake up deer valley.  Hey the will complimentary hold your skis and poles overnight , the food is very good for a ski resort and the runs were fantastic I believe about 2300 ft of elevation, fast lifts lots of quad chairs.    A little skimpy on the pretty people though, ah heck we are here to ski right?

      31/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      4. Paul E.
      Empire Lodge for lunch is inspiration itself.  After schussing on wonderfully groomed slopes all morning, why not enjoy real food instead of burgers, fries, and chili?  For the exactly the same price as a burger at the neighboring Park City Mountain Resort's Mid-Mountain Lodge  you can savor fresh fish tacos made with large succulent fillets of fresh cod, a gently grilled tortilla, shmeared with fresh guacamole, enlivened by spicy shredded cabbage, and all nestled in a huge bed of very fresh dark greens, lightly tossed in olive oil.   For just a little more than a large cellophane-wrapped cookie at PCMR you can die and go to heaven at Empire Lodge enjoying a chocolate almond torte (served, characteristically, on china).  If you're paying close to a hundred dollars a day to ski, why should lunch take a back seat to extraordinary scenery and snow?  Deer Valley appreciates that food can enhance the day.  I suppose if you're Alta Ski Resort and you really are keeping the prices low with simple (but solid) fare, that's one thing -- but Deer Valley treats its captive mountain consumers with dignity and style.  Enjoy!

      10/04/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      5. Todd K.
      Great place to make some high speed turns on corduroy.

      03/02/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      6. Sandi P.
      Like skiing at Nordstrom.

      09/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      7. Douglas D.
      The first time that my wife and I took the kids to Deer Valley was during the Olympics.  I had purchased a small package of a few venues and we wanted to get some skiing in.  The kids were young and I read that Deer Valley was well maintained (groomed).  What I read was correct.  The trails are very well maintained.  Being an East Coast skier I could never imagined how big and well maintained a resort could be.  I have skied many times in Vermont where the conditions are hit or miss.  One day you could be skiing packed power and the next you could be skiing icy crud.  Deer Valley is expensive but you get what you pay for.  The resort has trails for every skier's availability.  The second time we vacationed in Utah the kids were older and we decided to mix the week up between Park City and Deer Valley.  After skiing a few hours at Park City I wish that I had not pre-purchased my lift tickets because there was no comparison.  The lifts were better and the trails were wider, more challenging, and just plain more fun.  There is a reason why this place gets voted year after year number one resort in North America.

      13/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      8. Ligya A.
      Best skiing ever.  This is my favorite resort.

      11/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      9. Anstrum J.
      My father has been telling me for years how he has been getting in 30,000 feet of skiing before noon every day he has skied at Deer Valley.  He is a retired 70+ year old university professor, an NCAA skiing champ, and a season pass holder.  I had a chance to go up with him this past week and it was amazing.  The resort does everything right.  It has grooming down to a science, its restaurants are world class, and the mountain and lifts are fantastic.
      We were the milkmen on the lift right as the resort opened and immediately stated bombing down the corduroy at unreasonable speeds on the upper mountain.   By 10:30 after doing about 20 nonstop runs, I was getting tired. By Noon, I was ready for some of that famous Deer Valley Chili.  After a late lunch we took it easy, did some sightseeing, enjoyed the weather, and went home early.
      Yup - its pricey.  But worth the indulgence.

      16/12/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      10. Edward B.
      Best skiing in North America by a long shot.  Makes Whistler look too weatherd and wet. Steeps and deeps a plenty and a staff to store everything for you in the condo.  Best grooming on the the slopes.  The net jets pilot hadn't landed at our strip before...ooops!

      09/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      11. Michael O.
      Proof that although some things are expensive they can still be a great value. The service at deer valley is exceptional from the valet drop-off, to the shuttle from the parking lot, through the army of green-clad support team seemingly everywhere they are needed at the resort.  The snow is typically great Utah powder and the number of options for novice through advanced skiers is very broad. Although we live in the bay area we bypass the crowds of tahoe and hit deer valley.

      26/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      12. Anna S.
      I actually give Deer Valley 4 and 3/4 stars. The resort is hands down beautiful. I mean, how can you really say it isn't? It's spread throughout 4 mountains and is just gorgeous. They basically do anything for you. That is why it's consistently ranked the most luxurious ski resort. "Excuse me sir, can I ski the mountain for you?"

      The only reason I deduct it, is because there is no fitness facility to appease non-skiers! I was shocked! For that price, each house should have its own! But not even to have one available in one of the lodges I found to be ridiculous.

      As for the food - EXCELLENT.  I could not believe how gourmet and delicious the food is at the lodges here. We all met up at the Silver Lake lodge for lunches and it was oh so good. You have a huge variety to choose from and for those that want to be healthy no worries - unbelievable salad bar.  

      Then, we hit the seafood buffet one night. Yowzers! I ate so much dungeness crab, oysters and shrimp I almost began to grow my own shell.  Oh, and let us not forget the dessert station. I completely killed it.  I decided I deserved it since I had totally thrashed my knees on the slope that day.  Chocolate Rasberry Mouse and some vino please!

      30/03/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      13. Anthony L.
      Withholding half a star because mormons regulate my shot pours.  Withholding another half a star because frankly, its not whistler (though I will concede the powder is better).

      Best time to go was during sundance-- amazingly, NO ONE is on the slopes during sundance because they're all too busy watching movies.

      Have friends in high (they know someone) or low (they're the bouncer)places in park city to get into the industry parties-- they're hot.

      17/11/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      14. John O.
      Country club skiing - no snowboarders allowed!  Great food on the hill, I really loved the signature turkey chili.  There are plenty of groomed blues and high speed chairs.  My only complaint with Deer Valley Resort is the ridiculous amount of kids on the hill.  I've never seen so many kids anywhere.  They ski slow and erratically while I ski really fast.  Better look out kiddies.

      16/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      15. Katie F.
      Deer Valley is the Bentley of ski resorts!  For skiers only, they have four mountains that vary in difficulty.  Perfect for beginners and experts.  The mountains have restaurants right on the runs.  You know it's good when the Olympics choose a few runs to use!

      29/09/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      16. Lalu B.
      I don't have much to compare this place to since this is the first time I've been skiing in 20 years.  The service and lessons here are absolutely excellent.  All of the instructors, the people who man the lifts and the magic carpet, office staff, childcare staff are so helpful and nice -- almost clairvoyant as to one's needs.  My son attended the ski school and just loved it.  I can't imagine a better or more effective training program.  In just one hour he was snow plowing down the Magic Carpet run and that afternoon was riding the chairlift on his own!  I am an adult learning to ski and my lessons have been good too.  If you decide to take lessons here, Alyce is very talented and did a great job making me less nervous.  

      My only complaint is that although the food in the Snow Lodge is tasty, it is ridiculously expensive!  I spent $30 for a plate of roasted turkey with potatoes and veggies, a small plate of fruit, and a cookie!  Everything else here is expensive too -- the lift tickets, equipment rentals, etc., but totally worth it because there are no snow boarders and no crowds!

      About the dude who said there were lots of little kids -- you'll only see them in the beginner runs near the Snow Lodge.  This place has a different mountain where the more advanced people can go.

      11/03/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      17. Lisa R.
      Deer Valley is my favorite ski resort and I've been to a lot of ski areas in the Western states and Canada.  They have great restaurants including the Stein Erickson lodge.  The buffet there is amazing!   Every chairlift has a leg rest and most of the chairlifts are high speed.  They don't allow snowboarders and they groom to perfection!  The mountain staff are very friendly and helpful.  They limit the number of tickets they sell per day so it's advisable to buy your tickets online.

      12/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      18. Sean B.
      Pack up your skis and remortgage your home it's time to head to deer valley.  All joking aside, this place is awesome- all skiers, good snow, and great runs.  The lines are not bad at all so you can get a ton of runs in- if you want to let loose on awesome snow and have some cash to burn this is the place to go.  Nice staff, awesome ski patrol (not that I have ever needed ski patrol *cough*), and awesome food (if you can fork over $18.50 for a turkey and avocado sandwich, which I thought I could do as a punk teenager before I became a poor college student).  Also, the scenery is amazing and the entire environment is very calm and serene.  AKA no small children screaming because the did french fries on the downhill when they should have made a pizza with their skis- this leads me to believe the instructors are probably pretty good too.

      23/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      19. J W.
      By far, the best ski resort that I've ever been to.  It should get 5 stars simply because they don't allow boarders so you won't to have avoid the hoards of teen boarders either sitting or falling down in the middle of the run. The food here is fantastic, and I dare say the short ribs that I had for 12.50 tasted better than the 40 dollar rib eye I had at Taliskers the night before. It's not even more expensive than that food you'll find at most other nice ski resorts, but definitely better prepared.  The staff were all friendly and helpful and you never get the feeling that they are trying to nickle and dime you for anything.  The marquee run is definitely Stein's way which is a mod blue, easy black run that has beautiful views of the reservoir.  The resort is designed perfectly with very few flat areas and easy access to all parts of the mountain.  If I do decide to go to park city again next year, this will be the only place I'd ski.

      06/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      20. matt w.
      Nothing compares to the overall experience. Plus no boarders.

      11/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      21. Matthew D.
      After two years, we returned to Deer Valley, and were very favorably impressed with the amount of terrain which, in a terrible year (so far) for snowfall, they managed to have open for intermediate-advanced skiers.  Very little of the solid expert stuff (including bowls) which simply needs a deeper base, but 90%+ of the blues and double blues, many of which are (in DV's system) easily scored black diamonds at other resorts.

      08/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      22. t d.
      We've been coming here since the early 90's and it is consistently excellent.  Although I'm a huge fan of Vail Resort in Colorado, I must say Deer Valley may surpass Vail as a great skiing experience.  I'm always impressed with the level of service, amenities, facilities and quality.  All of our experiences here have been great.  The management deserves to be commended.  This is an excellent skiing experience, far superior than other ski resorts.  Over the years, I've been to most of the other ski resorts in Utah more than once, and none come close to Deer Valley, although I do love the snow and atmosphere at Alta.  No details has been overlooked at Deer Valley.  Most lifts are high speed, with foot rest.  The lifts are well placed in convenient areas to accomodate skiers and provide accessiblity to the whole resort.  There are few catwalks or flat areas, if any.  Getting from one lift to another is very easy and straightforward.  The service is top notch.  There are mountain hosts sprinkled throughout the resort to help guests.  They are friendly, knowledgeable, accomodating and helpful.  The lodges are beautiful, clean and well-maintained.  The food is excellent.  I actually enjoy all my meals at the resort.  My favorite cookie in the world is Deer Valley's oatmeal raisin.  I have one at every lunch.  My kids think it's kinda a crazy.  We come back year after year.

      18/02/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      23. Stacy M.
      This resort is great winter or summer. In the winter I like that it is Ski only; and they limit the number of people they allow on the slopes. Everyone we have met there was awesome. Can't wait to get back in 2010.

      04/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      24. Anita B.
      Back at Deer Valley for Christmas and it is still as good as ever. I personally am thrilled that Deer Valley continues to be a SKI ONLY resort. I am not interested in sharing the mountain with boarders so this is perfect for me. If that doesn't describe you, you may want to venture over to the Canyons or Park City. The only place you'll find a ton of kids are on the beginning runs. If you go higher up, it isn't an issue... but yes, around Snow Park, you'll run in to a lot of them. It is what it is. Food options here are fantastic, but definitely not budget friendly!
      For those of us who don't want to be run off by snowboarders, Deer Valley is the perfect escape.

      23/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      25. Jen T.
      Considering this was my first time ever seeing and being in snow, it was a good experience. Maybe a little too good. The snow was very white and very groomed. I went on Vday weekend, so it was crowded with a ton of families as it was Presidents Day weekend as well.

      It was skiing only so I guess that was good since Ive heard stories of rouge snowboarders.

      It was my first time skiing and the slopes made me nervous. I think because it was so crowded that weekend. But they did have one that I manage to get down.

      The highlight of my day was lunch at Snow Park. The food was great!

      13/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      26. T S.
      Greatly enjoyed our time at DV. Slopes were well groomed and varied. Lift lines were short despite the holiday week. Service was impeccable. And the instructors taught to the level and kept things interesting. The food in the lodges? It was good but frankly we were there to ski, so we didn't pay much attention to the food.

      31/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      27. Scoop A.
      The people that love Deer Valley are the people that a) want to sit around and eat and just look like they are skiers, b) think they're skiers but don't want to find out they're not or c) want to have a fabulous meal on the slopes in Park City. The food and presentation in Empire Lodge and Silver Lake Lodge are outstanding but this isn't a skiers' mountain.
      It's the best choice for families with small children who love zipping in and out of mellow trees or women and seniors who don't want to work that hard for their turns. The resort is groomed beyond logic making every run icy and treacherous by day's end. The blues from the top of Bald Mountain are packed with skiers that think they're better than they are who don't have the skills to be skiing that fast. I felt like a defensive lineman trying to avoid a pummeling from Joe Blow in his Bogner suit. If you can get off-piste, do it. If you can't, take a lesson and learn. You'll be safer.
      The off-piste terrain isn't bad except the runs are SHORT. SPOILER ALERT: The vertical advertised is not consistent vertical- meaning, you can't ski top to bottom. You have to ride a ton of chairs and download just to get back to your car which is parked half a mile away if you're at the base..
      You can get some vertical over in Empire Canyon but it takes an hour to get there and you'll have to navigate crowded and icy cattracks.  One other thing, the kids school is a joke on the holidays. 12 kids to a group??? It's their way of coercing you into giving your child a high-priced private lesson after they complain about the cluster that was their day. If you want them to learn anything in ski school and it's Christmas, try PCMR or Canyons where they limit the class size.

      30/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      28. Arthur F.
      Nothing compares to the quality, class, and finesse of deer valley. Unsurpassed ski run quality, food, and atmosphere. 14 years visiting and running, will be back again next year.

      12/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      29. Jesse R.
      I'm a fan!  It's a little pricier to ski here than the surrounding resorts, but for me it was worth it.  I prefer groomed runs, and Deer Valley does a great job of that.  and best of all no snowboarders!  We kind of followed the sun while we were there, the sun is always hitting a few different areas and that made for really nice 'spring' skiing in February.  I do wish they groomed more of their advanced runs.  I believe only 1 or 2 of the black diamonds are groomed regularly.  I understand many people prefer this, but I'd like some groomed runs with a steep pitch.  The staff here is so friendly and helpful, I love the free overnight ski storage, just made things the next morning a little easier.  The food in Deer Valley is reason on it's on to come.  We did a few dinners, lunches and breakfasts in the resort.  Breakfast can be as fancy as you'd, even the oatmeal gets fancy touches. The lunch crowd gets packed, but the food is worth taking a break for.  They do specialty meals, our first lunch was shrimp, venison sausage, fingerling potatoes and heirloom carrots. But they also have standard soup, and chili.  Dinners here are out of this world.  We did both the Fire Side Dining and the Seafood buffet.  Both wore the trip after a long day skiing.

      02/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      30. Charley R.
      If you have kids that snowboard, you can't take them here.
      If you have a wife or husband who snowboards you can't go here with them.  
      If your friends snowboard you can't go here with them.

      If you're a 75 year old dude who has a little bit more money than most people and a little less brains and athleticism than most people, then this may be ideal for you.

      I'd be embarrassed to ski here when Alta, Snowbird and The Canyons are nearby.

      04/03/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      31. Andrew S.
      This is a review of the Deer Valley Summer Music Series not a review of Deer Valley or their lodges.  

      We attended the Pink Martini concert yesterday evening at Snow Park Lodge.  It is a beautiful location in the Canyon and at the base of the run that ends where Snow Park Lodge Sits.  It is a gorgeous setting.

      If you purchase lawn seating I highly recommend that you arrive by at least 5:30 or about 1 and 1/2 hours prior to show time to secure a good spot.  We did and we found our perfect location in a short time.  It does feel a bit like the rush to homestead and you speed through the venue to the blanket or short chair lawn seating areas and you will have a crowd to work with, even at 5:30.  

      If you enjoy people watching this is also the place to do it.  It seems that a lot of people in Park City attend these concerts to be seen and not because they know of the band that just may be interrupting the conversation they are holding.  I determined this as the people got louder as the music got louder.  So you get the watch the privileged mingle with the rest and that can be really fun, but if you have to carry a giant logo'd Chloe Lane bag to advertise that you paid too much for your jeans then you really aren't one of the privileged....

      The sound is perfect here, crisp and even and bounces nicely off of the ski runs and condos that surround the venue. Dancing is allowed, but in a very limited area.  This is really a sit down and enjoy the music kind of place.  Lawn seating is $30 after fees and folding ground chairs will run you $60.  I recommend bring your own stuff and taking the lawn option.

      Pink Martini was awesome as always and provided an evening of loungey, fun, quirky music as only they can do with their 14 man orchestra/band.  They covered songs from every one of the three albums they have produced. Many have been written by China or her band mates themselves and some are covers of folks like Carmen Miranda.

      All in all this was a wonderful evening on a blanket under the stars with a great bottle of wine and picnic we brought.  Yes, you can bring your own food and beverage, but they also have concessions for those who do not want to prepare something in advance.

      15/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      32. Terra S.
      Besides the pampering and excellent food, this resort is the warmest in Park City.  They didn't build their high speed quads in wind tunnels and most of the resort gets sun which makes for a more pleasant experience.

      Also, for kids this resort has it figured out.  The ski school is wonderful and so is the day care.  My son has spent a few days at DV from the age of one to three and I really felt he was in very capable hands.  The kids instructors are wonderful and guarantee your kids will have a good day on the slopes.  

      I avoid Park City, their ski school, and mostly their crowds like the plague.

      24/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      33. Jeremy S.
      25 Dec 2009

      Skiers only.  No snowboarding allowed!

      Curb-side ski valet service helps you load and unload.

      Complimentary overnight storage.

      1/2 day = $60, though the price varies depending on season (ex. 1/2 day went up to $64 on 26 Dec).

      Empire Lodge - Turkey Chili Cheese Fries with optional (but in my opinion mandatory fixin's of) jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, red onions.  Effin' delicious and THE way to go for re-charge snack between runs.

      Even though there was light coverage, the effort put into maintaining skiable conditions was admirable.   Artificial snow-making equipment and snow cats were in full effect.

      Mountain hosts at the tops and bottoms of lifts are VERY helpful.  They are not only knowledgeable experts on the terrain, open areas and lifts, but also facilities throughout the resort.

      26/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      34. Andrea R.
      Like Andrew S's review this is for the Deer Valley Summer Music Series....although I hope to get the opportunity to ski here as well one day!

      I visited Deer Valley Resort twice in the past week. The first time was for the free concert night, which occurs every Wednesday night.  Hundreds of people come on out with their families, picnic, and dance to the music....good times.  

      And there were even more people (I'd estimate 5,000-6,000) for last night's Jewel concert.  My dad was unable to get reserved seats when he bought tickets back in May (apparently you have to be pretty speedy each April when they go on sale), but we rented chairs and got pretty good seats on the lawn.  The concert itself started at 7:30, but we arrived around  5:15 to get a spot...which was the perfect time to arrive.

      If you're in Park City I'd suggest buying tickets for one of the upcoming concerts (or attending free concert night on Wednesdays), packing a picnic basket  (although looks like you can purchase a delicious looking grilled chicken sandwich if you forget your dinner), and making a spot for yourself  at Deer Valley Resort. And  don't forget a sweater....because it gets chilly here at night!

      22/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      35. Mindy S.
      Out of the three resorts we visited in Park City, Deer Valley was our top favorite, hands down!

      The beginner/intermediate/advanced intermediate runs were amazing and incomparable, no flat spots. We took an hour long instruction with Scott Z. who changed our entire vacation, we told him it was the best hour of skiing on our vacation yet!

      Tons of people are around, even at the tops of lifts and in front of all the big maps, to help.

      They swept off our lift seat when it started to snow.

      The hot chocolate was amazing too, steamed milk with chocolate syrup and complete with marshmallows and whipcream of course!

      We simply had the best time ever here, unfortunately our snow board friend couldn't join us, but we definitely enjoyed just being among skiers.

      It also helps that they limit their ticket sales, meaning they only allow so many people in. Get there early because the ticket windows closed 20 minutes after we got there!

      23/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      36. Sarah F.
      Let me start off by saying I'm a huge wimp when it comes to anything physically challenging and I had never skiied before coming to Deer Valley a few years ago, yet I keep coming back.  Yes, it's very expensive, but I love Deer Valley so much.  

      Reasons why Deer Valley is better than everywhere else:
      -heated walkways up to the slopes
      -easy ski check right at the base of the slopes
      -amazing instructors
      -pretentious people in ridiculous leopard print jumpsuit-style ski outfits
      -people practically force you to let them help you with your skis
      -pretty awesome nightlife on main street
      -no snowboarders
      -much less crowded than most everywhere else
      -great restaurants nearby

      31/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      37. Yu H.
      I was not all that impressed with the customer service Deer Valley is known for to be perfectly honest. Then again, I was resort-hopping so I did not need to use their storage services. With that said, I love the blue runs that DV offers, especially off Bald Mt and Flagstaff Mt. The descent off Bald Mt is especially exhilarating as you can cruise all the way down at really high speeds. Since I'm not that advanced of a skier yet, I appreciated all of the grooming that DV does on most of the trails. All the mountains are close to each other and easily accessible, which is a big plus over the Canyons. However, I doubt I will find myself back here in the future simply due to the price difference. Even compared with the other 2 Park City resorts (let alone BCC or LCC), you can get discount tickets at $68/day whereas DV is $88/day. There's simply nothing here that warrants paying the extra $20, unless you just hate snowboarders that much since it is a ski-only resort although I'm not sure how much longer that's going to last.

      08/02/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      38. Liz D.
      We skiied there 03/10/2010.  I have been skiing since 1956.  Back in the day for me, the black diamonds were the goal and you only stepped down when you were tired or "wimping out".   Nowadays, I only tackle black diamonds when conditions are favorable -- good light, relatively carvable snow, and moguls on the smallish side.

      I'm glad we went, and we had a good day of skiing, but I've satisfied my curiosity about Deer Valley, and I won't be back.  I'd like to try a couple more of the Park City resorts, but I won't be in a hurry to do so -- it's all the same mountain range and the terrain is probably similar.

      I'd heard a lot about Deer Valley, that it was the #1 resort, etc; that not having snowboarders is wonderful, and so on.  Don't get me wrong -- it was a great day skiing-- but I think I'd be a bit bored after a day or so, plus in terms of lift prices,  I think that Snowbasin is a better value.

      The runs are relatively short (from my California & Idaho point of view)  as are the lifts, which is either a plus or a minus, depending on your stamina. There are a number of runs which we took that would be labeled a "catwalk" -- not steep and just serve to get you from one actual ski run to another, (Pearl on Lady Morgan, for example).

      Compared to (say) Sun Valley (Idaho) or Northstar at Tahoe, the blue runs are  unchallenging.  Even the "double blues" are not so challenging.  Given that this was our last day, not so disappointing -- my legs were grateful even if my desire for challenge wasn't.

      The mountain is a bit confusing.  The signage -- where you are, and how to get from here to another run -- is particularly unsatisfactory. This seems to be true for all the Utah resorts.

      And the lack of snowboarders?  Not an issue for me, especially since I had the nearest miss of the season at Deer Valley,  from a skiier wearing headphones who turned into me.  Good thing I can still manage that short-radius evasive turn. Self-absorbed adult skiier man did not appear to notice that he'd come within touching distance of another skiier.  If I'd been less startled I'd given him a hip-check, and carried on.

      We ate lunch at the "Silver Lake Restaurant" which is a cafeteria.  We both had the "natural buffet" which was pretty good.  What I really wanted was soup but the choices were pathetic.  Of course, all on-mountain eateries are over-priced, but there you go.

      10/03/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      39. Lily W.
      I have never stayed at the resort, but I love the Royal Street Cafe, Silver Lake Lodge salad bar, and especially the private skiing lessons. The lessons certainly don't come cheap ($490 for 3 hours for up to 5 people, but I just split it with one friend so that we could have more guidance) but completely worth it if you're a novice like I am. I could barely get down a bunny slope when I first arrived, but Dave M. was an amazing instructor and had me going down the greens with confidence by the end of the lesson -- and I was able to tackle some blues on my own the next day as well! I am looking forward to taking another lesson when I go back next year as a refresher and to hone my skills, and will definitely request him because he was so knowledgeable and explained things in a way that really clicked with me!

      25/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      40. Mike B.
      I really want to like Deer Valley more than I do, but there were just a few bad things that I experienced.

      -Skiers only
      -Lots of areas and variations
      -Groomed fresh if you get there first thing
      -ski check
      -lifts everywhere,,, really, everywhere...

      Bads (that I experienced)
      -No mid-day or progressive grooming. This was killer, as their only groomed black run (stein's way) was like skiing through a war zone, it was so cut up by noon that it was impassible, and I went down a connecting double blue instead. All other runs too were cut down to hardpack after just a few hours, the greens were like skiing through mashed potatoes, and all the terrain upped in difficulty due to varying conditions.
      -Expensive. You really feel it here. $7.50 for a small cup of chili. ~$75 daily lift tickets (we skiied three days, for two, that's almost $500).
      -one access road for the main lodge, we watched the world cup aerials, and spent an hour trying to get out of the parking lot and down to the city.
      -Vibe. This is me being picky, but I hate seeing the stereotypical "Rich Bitch" with her fur coat, yappy dog, and cell phone glued to her ears that are holding up her ridiculously huge sunglasses, not even there to ski. But it seems I saw more of that here than at any other place we were at in park city or in the wasatch skiing. It just made me feel like I wasn't "entitled" enough to ski here...

      Like I said, I *want* to like it better than I do, maybe if the conditions and snow had been better and deeper, than that would have made up for it, but as it was, I've got some base repair to do from the rocks and sticks I went over now....

      18/01/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      41. Consumer X.
      First off, a disclaimer: I live in the Bay Area so I'm very familiar with Tahoe.  I've been to pretty much every resort there at least once so my point of comparison will be against the Tahoe resorts.  Another disclaimer: I love this place so damn much that I've never been to another resort in Park City or Utah, so again, my comparison is really only against those resorts in Tahoe.

      There are a lot of things that make this resort awesome - great snowfall, huge mountains, gourmet food, extensive kids programs. But what makes this really stand out above all the rest I've been to is the customer service.  There are dedicated people during the morning drop off that help you take your gear out of the car (never seen in Tahoe).  There are people that clean up your table after eating at the main lodge, not just their fancy restaurants.  There are people all over the resort to help with whatever you need help doing.  I've had people just come by suddenly and get on their knees and help the kids put on their boots while I was in line getting their tickets.  LOVE IT!!

      Access is super convenient - drop off and pick up is directly in front of the ticket booth and main quad (unlike the hellacious trek Northstar makes you go through just to get to their first lift).  There are shuttles to to and from the parking lots.  And the mountains - absolutely beautiful!  There are four peaks so that no matter the amount of people, it never feels crowded as long as you move away from the first, main peak that filters into the bunny slopes.  I've been there the week before Christmas and during Presidents' Day Holiday.  Both times, the kids' programs have been filled to capacity but the mountains still felt spacious and completely uncrowded (caveat: I'm an advanced intermediate so I tend to stay on those runs furthest from the entrance of the resort which is always the most crowded because they have the most beginner runs).  

      The kids' programs are superb.  The people are conscientious of the fact that you pay a LOT of money to put your kids in their ski school so they make sure everything is up to your liking and your kids are treated top notch.  Evidently, the kids' programs are very popular because they have almost always sold out on the days I've been so reservations are definitely recommended.  Their cancellation policy is a bit harsh with zero-penalty 48 hours in advance and a pretty steep penalty on cancellations after that.  

      Regarding pricing, this place is pricey.  Lift tickets are about $5-10 more than the big resorts in Tahoe which I consider reasonable for the extra servicing.  The ski school, however, is a bit on the extreme side. Depending on the age and program (mine are all under 10), the prices vary just a little but average about $185/day.  The program includes lunch, snacks, and for the under 5, childcare after lessons.  Drop off is around 9am and pick up around 3:45pm. That pricing is pretty steep if you have three kids and plan to be there three days.  I've been to resorts in Tahoe that had kids ski school programs range anywhere from $59 to $159 but had steep discounts for multiple days (Deer Valley does not offer any discounts whatsoever for kids programs).  

      No one can claim that skiing is a cheap sport, but if you're going to dish out that much to ski anyways, might as well do it at the best.  For me, it's definitely Deer Valley.

      11/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      42. James L.
      We love this resort!!!! This was our second year to Park City.  Last year we hit all three mountains, PC DV and the Canyons. This year we didn't even bother. We skied six days in a row at Deer Valley.  It was presidents week yet we had very few lines due to the fact Deer Valley limits tickets sales and they have four high speed quads going to most peaks.... I think they have a total of 11.

      The other think we love is the food. It is expensive as we find at all ski resorts but it is very good. The bathrooms are extremely clean...less like a ski resort and more like a hotel.  The mountain is very well groomed and a pleasure to ski on.  They do not allow snow boarders and if you are a skier this is a plus.....if your a snow board...not so much.  

      All and all we are already planning our trip back next year and we have only been back in the NY for a few hours!!!

      27/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      43. Brent W.
      This is the best ski resort in America.  You pay for the privilege, but guests get treated like gold throughout the mountain.  The staff is sooo personable and works very hard to make the trip a pleasure.

      They will pick up your skis and store them overnight.  They refund lift tickets if you get injured.  The food is VERY good - not your standard burgers and fries (unless you want them).  Gourmet meats and cheeses, baked goods, and full meals.

      04/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      44. Howard G.
      While this can have the reputation as a soft resort, DV has the best of all worlds.  The advanced runs and chutes are seldom used so the lifts and runs are wide open.  The food is the best of any resort in N. America.  Last year was a poor snow year, yet DV made huge amounts of snow so the winter season was more than above average.  Salt Lake is easy to get to and the resort is 45 minutes away by car.  There are no snowboarders, which is an added bonus.  Definitely one of the top 3 resorts in N. America.

      14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      45. Joe Y.
      Summer time drive up the mountain 4 miles to Silver lake village and pay $13 for a round trip chair lift on Sterling express to get to the summit. Breathtaking view of Jordanelle Reservoir and Heber city. There are many biking and hiking trials as well.

      28/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      46. Kelly Anne R.
      This is the Creme De La Creme of skiing destinations. Manicured runs, beautiful scenery, and the best hot toddies I have ever had - this is the place to take your budding newbie skier. This destination has some perks I have not seen in my travels including limiting the number of guests into the park and (sorry snowboarding buddies) allowing only alpine skiing which fosters a sense of security for those getting their ski legs under them.  I also skied Park City on this outing and did not make it to the Canyons.

      01/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      47. Ashley B.
      Love, love, love! Now maybe my opinion is a little shaded by the fact 28" of snow fell in the 3 days I was there in February, but this place is fabulous. I hadn't been in over 12 years when I went back this February. I was young when I first went, so it was the first time all over again.

      I love the fact they limited the number of lift tickets, so the mountain never gets overcrowded. All the employees were super nice. Great having a ski valet right when you come off the slope since my hotel was a short walk away. I find the mountain incredibly easy to navigate. There is something for everyone, so makes for a great family place or a large group with varying levels. I personally don't stop for lunch, but everyone in my party agreed, best on mountain food.

      Few places out West are cheap, but this is certainly pricey. However, it is pure bliss and the money is worth it.

      Hint: finding things a little over-skiied and a few too many people, head to Mayflower. Never a line and conditions are always better.

      30/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      48. Tom S.
      DV is for people who only ski once in awhile and don't mind paying over $100 for a day on the slopes.  They groom EVERYTHING, even on powder days.  Lamest runs in Utah by far.  It's more sightseeing than skiing.  Not allowing snowboarders is supposed to be some badge of honor.  I wouldn't want to snowboard on that lame ass hill.  I'm happy to spend my time and money elsewhere.  So don't get your jammies in a bunch, we don't care!  DV sells themselves on being named best resort by skiing magazine, in most mags, DV isn't in the top 25.  The staff is made up of retirees and foreigners, not locals.  Most of the skiers are NOT locals, we tend to ski at the BEST ski areas not the one that boasts they are number 1, who cares.  The restaurants and amenities are pretty nice, hence the 3 stars, but I wouldn't attribute that to the resort, most eateries are not on the mountain.

      18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      49. Melissa H.
      Definitely a must if you're in park city! Its the only place I ski at and my husband really enjoys biking here. Staff is superb, helpful and very knowledgable. Summers are also nice and we love the free Wednesday's concerts. Highly recommended!

      22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      50. Shelly L.
      The Empire area is the best place to stay in Deer Valley if your a skiier.  Arrowleaf condo's are great for families and it's ski in/ski out.

      16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      51. Jai W.
      It would totally get 5 stars, if I didn't have to shell out $105.- for a day's skiing.

      10/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      52. S K.
      This is a particularly awesome mountain for beginners and  intermediate skiers, with lots of wide, well-groomed greens and blues and even some doable blacks for those intermediates ready to take the next step. Really enjoyed skiing in for lunch at the St. Regis one day and Empire Canyon Grill the next.

      Highlight of my trip: The excitement and enthusiasm in my son's voice when he expressed his new found love for skiing after 2 days at the Deer Valley ski school. Priceless and mission accomplished.

      06/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      53. Kristin K.
      I'm surprised by all the 5 stars other Yelp users gave Deer Valley. Is this resort really rated #1by Ski Magazine? Does anyone at Ski Magazine actually ski?

      If you like very short, easy runs it wouldn't seem so bad. The groomed runs were icy by 10:30am so even those weren't fun. I guess on a powder day it might have been better.

      Most food and drinks are overpriced at ski resorts, but did my small hot chocolate from a machine really need to cost $3.50?

      I will say that the customer service was outstanding compared to any ski resort I've been to. That's why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1.

      Go to nearby Alta or Snowbird instead. Both have better snow, better terrain, aren't pretentious, and cost less.

      01/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      54. Pete E.
      TOP SKI RESORT - 10 straight years.  

      Skiers Paradise.
      Best Snow in the World - Fluffy    
      No crowds or lift lines
      Ton's of groomed runs, speed speed speed
      Lot's of perfectly spaced trees for powder runs
      World class kids ski school
      Three ski in ski out Luxury Hotels ( St Regis, Stein's and Montage)
      Cordon Blu quality food & wine in all 3 ski lodges (Snowpark, Silverlake & Empire)
      Service, Service, Service
      Great summer program, hiking, mountain biking and concerts
      Plus two other Resorts (Canyons & Park City for you snowboarders), golf courses and world class dining all in town
      Easy access via SLC airport and a 30 minute shuttle.

      Deer Valley/Park City is world class vacation spot

      24/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      55. Amanda S.
      This resort is skiers only. Mostly caters to the upscale and local crowd, but very nice facilities. I found the staff to be 50/50 on friendliness, most were willing to help, some were just plain snotty. Get there early for the best parking spots, and you can buy lift tickets and rentals in the same place instead of waiting on separate lines in the cold.

      Rentals were the most expensive I've ever paid $60 a person for mid-range equipment so I recommend doing your researching and renting from a different shop. Lift Tickets for the day are $96-- average rate for Park City.

      Slopes were mostly groomed powder. I would not recommend this site for beginner skiers, some of the easier trails were still a little challenging even for us (Well versed Intermediate skiers). I HIGHLY recommend taking the Homeward Bound Trail from the summit of Bald Mt, this is a Green Circle Easier trail but it has some of the most scenic relaxing skiing ever. Highly recommend for all ages and levels, very easy ride. SharpShooter Photographers are at the top to get your picture.

      Food was great, I'm not sure who/why you would eat Filet Mignon on the slopes during a midday ski session, but if you want it they have it. Turkey and Brie sandwich was awesome.
      Visited February 2012

      18/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      56. Star B.
      I kept thinking to myself "this is where the stars stay when they come to Sundance!"  It's gorgeous (welp, all of PC is), but ya gotta do the hike to Bald Mountain & you'll know what I mean.

      26/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      57. samatha p.
      We came into the restaurant on the Saturday night of sundance and they were absolutely packed. However, Jason the general manager, was absolutely wonderful and so accommodating. He brought us a bottle of wine while we waited for a table and checked on us throughout the evening. The food was delicious, however the service blew us away! Can't wait to return. Jason is the best!

      19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      58. Damon L.
      $53 for a 4-year to ski? Are you smoking something?

      I have always been willing to pay the premium for the rest of what Deer Valley offers and I would have them 4-stars before children. But this is the type of policy that is clearly about gouging wealthy customers than building relationships.

      They should be building lifetime relationships, not trying to eek out profit from 4-year olds that are going to spend 2 hours on the bunny hill.

      21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      59. Josh P.
      Every year I ski at Deer Valley I always come away thinking that THIS is the place to come ski.  The staff are always courteous, the food is consistent and the runs are always great.  I'll be back again...and again.

      02/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      60. Diana H.
      Best service  and food at any of the ski area's in Utah. The salad bar is great !

      17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      61. Jennifer B.
      We came here for work this past week and thoroughly enjoyed our room. It was very clean, and had all of the basic amenities we needed and them some. I would absolutely recommend the Silver Baron Lodge. We had to call down to the front desk due to children in the room above us being obnoxious, and they handled the situation quickly. Will be back!

      27/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      62. Heather H.
      Deer Valley is one of my favorite places to ski. I just got back from a holiday ski trip in Utah, and I am truly spent, but very sad to be home :(

      While there the week after Christmas they had great snow, despite an overall low snow year (thus far). Deer Valley is a great place for intermediate skiers. They have lots of blue runs of varying difficulty that are wide, groomed and easily accessible by short lift rides (with minimal lines). Their blue and green runs are relatively long, despite relatively short lift rides. The double blue runs are also a good opportunity for intermediate/cautious skiers (like myself) to transition into some more difficult terrain.

      Silver Lake Lodge is a great place for lunch (and warming), too! I take great pleasure in the fact that they had water jugs in the lodge, which beat water fountains any day! Another huge plus, they have BOOT WARMERS!!! Also, Jans is a great place to pick up last minute ski essentials like smart wool and hand warmers, they have a great selection for a ski lodge.

      Deer Valley is a bit expensive compared to other area resorts, but it's definitely worth it on a good day. Get the full day ticket and explore different parts of the mountain, and you will not be disappointed. If you drive into the Jordanelle Gondola, you can ski down to your car at the end of the day, which is super convenient after a hard day of skiing. Stop in Park City for a beer and some food to end a perfect day on the slopes.

      Oh what I wouldn't give to have one of those outrageously beautiful cabins nestled in the Deer Valley resort! In this respect, Deer Valley also serves to motivate me to get back to work after the holidays, so that one day I might make this dream a reality.

      02/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      63. Lisa D.
      I just returned home from a gorgeous Christmas ski week at Deer Valley and want to cry I'm so sad! Despite the lack of snow, Deer Valley had most of their lifts operating and runs open. As I said in my earlier review, Deer Valley is full of wide beautifully groomed runs. The only lines we ever encounter are down at the bottom at Carpenter Express. You can bypass this lift and take the Silver Lake Express which never has a line and save yourself the wait.

      Hmmmm.....I wonder if I can talk Papa D into taking me back for Sundance?

      26/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      64. Susan S.
      I've been going to DV with my family since 1993 and seen it change from a friendly welcoming resort to a corporation.  For us, it was a family tradition with generations growing up skiing DV.   We love it, so this review is bitter sweet.  They've changed and what I remember is the DV that "tried harder" rather the one that has been #1 for so many years.

      Unless you're rich and want to be exclusive, it is no longer the place for you.

      25/12/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      65. Greg N.
      I'm no Olympic skier, but I've skied all over Colorado, California, and Utah. My first trip to Deer Valley was a few weeks ago and it was phenomenal!  The resort has everything, perfectly groomed runs, super friendly folks, good food, you name it.

      And I'll just say it -- I did NOT miss the snowboarders!  How awesome it was to finally ski at a place that wasn't filled with snotty-nosed 15 year old psychos with a death wish.

      In fact, I was going up one of the lifts and noticed....just how quiet it was.  It was then that I realized that I didn't hear that god-awful SCRAPING sound everywhere from snowboarders.

      LOVE IT!  

      Nothing against snowboarders, I'm sure I'd love it if I tried it, but at this point in my life, I love skiing way too much to go to the 'dark side'.

      16/02/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      66. Caitlin F.
      If you are a fan of nice groomed runs with some challenging terrain thrown in, Deer Valley is the place for you. Remember, Deer Valley only allows skiers, so you'll have to ditch your snowboard if you want to spend a day here.
      I have skied other resorts in Utah, including Snowbird and The Canyons, multiple times. If you are looking for the best place to go on a powder day, I would recommend heading over to Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon. But on those sunny, blue bird days, Deer Valley is the perfect place to be. The whole resort is very ritzy, but it is home to vacationers and locals alike.
      One thing that is definitely worth the money is having brunch at Stein Eriksen Lodge. The food is phenomenal. They have everything from steak to pancakes. It is the perfect way to spend the morning before hitting the slopes.
      Overall, Deer Valley is a good resort. For those seeking extreme skiing, I suggest you look elsewhere. But if you want a fun day at an upscale resort, Deer Valley meets the criteria.

      08/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      67. Geoff G.
      The layout of the mountain(s) makes it accessible to all ability levels. You can take a lift to the top and have options everywhere. I think this helps the place seem much less intimidating to the first time skier. We usually do Park City or the Canyons, but wanted to try something new this go round. Easy drive from the Kimball Junction area as a homebase.

      - Awesome kids program with great instructors.
      - Everybody is friendly and eager to help
      - Excellent quality and offering of food at the lodge, albeit super expensive ($11 hotdog...nuff said)
      - free overnight ski storage

      You might even see a celebrity or two if you like that kind of thing.

      11/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      68. Shari S.
      I'm a huge fan of Deer Valley and here's why:

      - No snowboarders careening out of control
      - The no. of lift tickets are controlled so you can get a huge number of runs in (if you so choose) and not spend 30-40 minutes in each ski maze
      - Great food and restaurants on mountain. My favorites are Empire Lodge for lunch, Stein Erickson for mid-afternoon hot chocolate and an apres-ski cocktail on the sunny terrace of the St. Regis
      - Groomed runs where you can pick up some nice speed
      - Amazing scenery, among the best is the lookout at the top of Stein's Way on a sunny day
      - No oldies rock blaring over crackly loud speakers like at Park City Resort

      In short, if you want a civilized place to ski some awesome groomed runs, eat well and generally feel pampered, DV is your place!.

      07/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      69. Kelly R.
      Great skiing!

      19/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      70. Gus J.
      Have skied them all and nothing compares to DV.  This is the 5 star of ski resorts.  We had a picture perfect groomer day.  The mountain hosts and the restaurants on the mountain are simply the best.  Everyone is so kind and informed making this a wonderful and effortless ski experience.

      16/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      71. Charles S.
      1 Star for wintertime... yah, I'm a snowboarder. You don't like me. I don't like you!
      4 stars for Summertime. The Park City Food and Wine Festival event here is awesome! The concerts are amazing.

      30/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      72. Joshua S.
      the more and more i visit deer valley (usually for summer outdoor concerts), the more i love the location. having stayed at the St. Regis this past year, i'm convinced that Deer Valley is Utah's premier destination resort.

      This past saturday, i went to Utah Symphony's Deer Valley Music Festival, featuring Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. The sound of cannon fire in the canyon was amazing. The ambience couldn't have been better. And the conductor was very entertaining and informative.

      14/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      73. James B.
      The food on the mountain is great turkey burgers etc


      The food in Park City blows, sucks, and is plain awful American fatty burrito fake Japanese awful French you name it.

      Better food at Whistler
      WAY Better

      If you like to eat, THINK TWICE

      23/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      74. Bonnie C.
      **Rating based on Deer Valley Snowmobiling

      Despite the fact that this is a skiiers only resort, very few people know that Deer Valley also offers snowmobiling at Graff Ranch! For $99/hr, or $129/ 2hr, they offer a great experience for snowmobiling. This includes both guided trails, and an open range for free for all riding! In addition, our guide was awesome, and took us out on a "first of the season - side trail" where you could tell (obviously by snowmobile tracks) that no one had ever gone before :)

      27/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      75. Jeff T.
      Every year in recent history this resort is voted #1 resort in Ski Magazine. Fair? Oh yes. I spend a lot of time in Park City and Deer Valley never gets old.

      I park at the Deer Crest gondola at J8 on the I-40, you have to get there early (before 9-30) to be certain of grabbing 1 of about 60 parking spots in the lot. As you unload your gear, a shuttle turns up, man jumps out and loads your skis and poles and then drives you the short distance down to the gondola station. Before you know it, the driver has unloaded your skis and carried them into the station where they are placed in ski racks. Quite splendid.

      A consideration for parking here is your day end. There is no cafe/restaurant for a refreshment and the last run back down ( Jordanelle ) is a fairly steep double blue run. If you're too tired for that run then you can simply take the gondola back down.

      Deer Valley resort is exceptional, they hire really well. Staff are mature, well groomed and super polite. EVERYONE. The runs are groomed well, tickets are limited so it's never too crowded. There are easy runs and very challenging bowls and all inbetween.

      The food at any of the lodges is exceptional, my preference is The Royal Street Cafe where the food is fine and you have a good chance of seeing someone famous. Alternatively you may see wealthy attractive parents complete with multiple nannies, beautiful children, ski instructors and expensive watches! People watching at its finest.

      There is a Ritz-Carlton, a new hotel named Montage right on the slopes as well as multiple multi million dollar homes. Quite spectacular. The view of the Jordanelle reservoir is a fabulous backdrop as you ski the noth side of the resort.

      Lift tickets are currently $96 which is the same as Park City's other resorts and there are no snow boarders allowed.

      On a sunny day atop of Deer Valley with plenty of snow, life is pretty flipping good.

      30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      76. Angelica W.
      Was here for a summer wedding and WOW.  Everything about this place is spectacular.  Will love to come back during ski season.

      for those who suffer from allergies, remember to bring an antihistamine if you go on one of the hikes

      24/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      77. Michael L.
      I'm a snowboarder  who haven't touched a pair skis in 16 years but was forced to put them on for just one day.  My wife and daughter insisted that we spend at least a day here.  

      Surprisingly, I really enjoyed skiing and the slopes were fantastic.  They were well groomed and very scenic.  This was my wife's favorite out of:

      Deer Valley
      Park City

      I had forgotten that skiing was actually easier/more comfortable than snowboarding but certainly not as exciting, imho.   I also noticed how quieter it was without the boarders scraping and scratching but maybe the slopes were just not as crowded.  

      You certainly pay the price for the little things such as Kleenex's at the lift lines, higher quality foods, and nicer bathrooms.  However, the whole atmosphere was a little too sterile and little too "stiff collard" for my taste.  Hardly anyone between the ages of 16 to 30 and no rowdy conversations with beer in hand.  

      Nevertheless, you got to try this place out even if you're boarder.  My daughter had a kick seeing me on skis and my wife just had a great time cruising on wide, groomed, soft snow.

      04/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      78. Alyssa K.
      Yes this place is pricey, but it does earn it.  Deer Valley is an exclusive resort and only allows skiers, no snowboarders.  The customer service here is outstanding.  The lift operators are friendly, the workers in the restaurant greet you and clean up your table and everyone makes you feel welcome.  
      The food here is great, but the prices are a bit ridiculous.  So if you plan to eat on the mountain, be prepared to spend a lot.
      I really like the setup of the slopes and lifts here and it seems like you can get from one side of the mountain to the other in only 2 or 3 lifts which is impressive.  It has a good setup for intermediate skiers and there are plenty of runs to keep you busy all day.
      I highly recommend taking one of their mountain skiing tours which take place every day.  They will show you show really good places to ski and you can get a better feel of the layout of the peaks.  
      Bonus: the views here can't be beat.

      21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      79. Sofia H.
      Who would have thought that a trip to Park City would be one of my top five favorite trips!

      I loved the Deer Valley Resort!  Our house was amazing!  It slept 11, had daily housekeeping, all dishes were done and hot tub was checked.  The resort had house cars (Cadillac Escalade) that would pick you up and drop you off ... then pick you back up when you were done doing what ever it was you were doing!  

      I was incredibly impressed with the service and will *absolutely* be back!

      27/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      80. LISA M.
      Just simply wonderful ,Great service very well kept you will be spoiled when you leave and planning your next trip at least my kids are the best family vacations happen here .Its worth a little extra ..

      24/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      81. Stephanie R.
      Deer Valley has been ranked the #1 ski resort in the country by Ski Magazine for its fifth year in a row.  We have been coming here for the past 7 years and love everything about this mountain.  We actually enjoy that the mountain does not allow snowboarding.  You can still snowboard at many of the other mountains nearby, but for us it is nice to have only skiers on the mountain.  They also limit their sale of ski lift tickets each day.  This makes for a comfortable amount of skiers.  It is never too crowded and there is plenty of space to relax and not feel stressed out.  This mountain is luxury all the way.  The chairlift attendents wipe your seat down before you get on the chair lift and they even have tissues in every chairlift line.  Deer Valley  also has the best food for a ski resort!!!  You can't go wrong with any of the lodges.  

      For us this mountain is easy to get to...only 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport.  We love walking around Park City (only a few miles down the road) and you have many other ski resorts to try when you are ready for a change (Park City, Canyons, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, Snowbasin etc..)

      15/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      82. Jeffrey S.
      See those four dollar signs ($$$$) up in the business listing? They earn them. But what they represent is a world-class skiing and summer destination. This is the Cadillac (the Lexus? The top shelf?) of Utah resorts.

      From the food, to the service, to the mountain, Deer Valley does not disappoint. The dining options abound and some of the nicest (read: spendy) meals come from the resort.

      As a non-skier (but aspiring to pick it up as a hobby in '13-14) I can appreciate a place that sticks to the skis. In a time when snowboarding got big, they stick to their guns. Now that boarding is on the decline, they've not wavered one bit.

      Summertime rocks here. It's gorgeous, cooler than the SLC valley, and they really try to put something together--reasons to visit--with lots of regularity. The high note, as mentioned by other Yelpers, is when the Utah Symphony comes up to play in open air. It's also on my to do list this year.

      You get what you pay for. A 5-star experience. But you also pay for it. So splurge!

      14/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      83. WestlakeMa M.
      Deer Valley is the best. It has spoiled me for all others.

      I have been joking that it's hard to go back and ski like a "commoner" at other ski resorts. Mountain hosts are every where, falling all over themselves trying to help you. The skiing is nice too.

      Make sure to eat lunch there. I recommend the the Deer Valley Chile and those famous cookies.

      23/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      84. Darin B.
      We took a little family weekend in the summer and stayed at the Deer Valley Comstock Lodge. The condo was fantastic, well furnished and stoked with every kitchen item you would need for an extended stay. We took the lifts up the mountain hat lunch then and took a beautiful hike down. At night we drove higher up into the mountains and stargazed. It is a beautiful resort. I would give it a 5 star if they aloud snowboarding in the winters, but that do not, so Deer Valley will only be a summer stay for us.

      20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      85. Wes T.
      Love the curbside ski valet service.  If they could just carry me to the ticket window that would be perfect..... Just kidding.   Most of the hired help are older people which means the staff are very helpful and friendly.   The food service is much better than most resorts.   The open faced venison sandwich was very good.   Had the beef bourguignon another day.   Wow that was good too.   Definitely a 5 star ski resort without the snob attitude.

      27/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      86. Lexi S.
      This review is for the outdoor concert series and a few stays in the summer. I love it up here!
      The setting is picturesque, the service is top notch, and the concert venue is relaxed and always a good time. Bringing some wine and a few snacks while being surrounded by natural beauty; throw in the Utah Symphony and it's a perfect evening. If you haven't come up for a concert, it's definitely something to try. As far as lodging, catch it on a summer deal and have a little stay-cation. I have yet to ski here but hopefully that will be accomplished this winter.

      01/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      87. Kris B.
      Came on a bluebird day during a dry spell for some cruising on groomers.  I couldn't believe how many groomed runs there were, how empty the resort seemed, and the friendliness of the staff. Try to get to empire at the beginning of your day to get the most corduroy.

      31/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      88. Denny H.
      Deer Valley Seafood Buffet

      Deer Valley is a pretty "woo-woo" place, as the locals in Park City would describe it.  I'm a snowboarder, and part of Deer Valley's guidelines are NO SNOWBOARDERS.  I rented a pair of skis to see what all the fuss was about (as I'm a pretty competent skier too), and couldn't see how they differed really from other high end resorts like Beaver Creek in Colorado.

      Anywho, I digress.  The seafood buffet is $65 dollars a person. Contrary to most buffet's, I strongly suggest reservations.  My friend Dora and I drove up from downtown Park City on a whim, and had to wait about 30 minutes before we were seated by the hostess - who told us that they normally operate on a reservation basis.  Honestly, it was not that busy, and there were more than a few tables open.

      The food was okay, but not quite worth the $65.  There are better buffets in Las Vegas for a lot less.  The most recent trip to Vegas, I stopped at Wicked Spoon in the Aria Hotel, and for a lot less money, there was fresher food (ex: truffle fries, bone marrow, etc), more variety, and higher end food I would have expected at Deer Valley.  To their credit, they had some wild game meat like venison, but it was prepared well in advance to when we arrived.  (We arrived at 7:30 PM, seated at 8:00 PM.)

      I would say, at the price point, you're better off going somewhere else in downtown Park City for a meal.

      23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
      89. Sergey K.
      Absolutely awesome resort.

      Be prepared to pay a price for it, though. Lift tix and rentals are 15-20% more expensive then, say, PCMR right next door.

      However the mountain has a luxurious, new mountain design feel. The runs are beautifully wide and ornate with fur trees to the sides and even in middle of runs (compared to relatively barren PCMR for example, again). On some runs you are skiing next to beautifully designed ski-in / ski-out houses. Lodges have much much more of a lodge feel rather than just an eatery house - everything decorated with wood and fireplaces are burning real wood which is crackling as you come in from freezing cold.

      Food is more expensive and in a couple of lounges there are "premier" options such as gourmet salads, gourmet sandwiches, soups or healthy foods.

      Views are just Epic. Make sure you make your way to the Empire peak - highest peak of the mountain for some incredible views (they all seemed incredible from many of the peaks until I got to this one!)

      This is skier only resort. 90% of runs are groomed every day, which makes for a very enjoyable skiing even in low snow (which was the case for me).

      Enough said - if money is not such an object - this is one of the best resorts in the nation.

      05/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      90. Kathy C.
      If you are a skier, Deer Valley is the only place to be for exceptional customer service.

      11/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      91. Jess T.
      Was here for Christmas 2013 and the service was amazing! The instructor was very knowledgable and patient with our group and the blue slopes offer you enough of a challenge to get your adrenaline pumping but also go through their nice long steady rides that allow you to enjoy the breeze! Alt bought the cafeteria is pretty busy in peak hours if you gave a moment try the gluten free cookies at the counter! They taste home made!

      04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      92. Ryan F.
      For those who have skied Colorado, Deer Valley is best thought of as Utah's Beaver Creek.  As others noted, Deer Valley is positioned as a high-end ski resort (no snowboarders allowed here!)...but what's that all mean?  Lots of runs groomed daily, plenty of tree skiing, upscale but cozy lodges, a few world-class on site resorts, and probably the best turkey chili I've ever chowed down on a ski resort!  All of this and their top notch customer service, and yes, Deer Valley certainly "earns" those four $$$$ that Jeffrey S. noted!

      There are a good variety of blue and black runs here, with some tasty double-blacks accessible off the two small bowls atop Empire and Bald Mountain peaks.  Although I found Alta, Snowbird, and Park City all to be more challenging, Deer Valley was our last stop on our four-mountain "Utah ski tour," and a perfectly luxurious "cool down" mountain after skiing the other three.

      03/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      93. Carlos A.
      I agree with Sofia H:

      "Who would have thought that a trip to Park City would be one of my top five favorite trips!

      I loved the Deer Valley Resort!  Our house was amazing!  It slept 11, had daily housekeeping, all dishes were done and hot tub was checked.  The resort had house cars (Cadillac Escalade) that would pick you up and drop you off ... then pick you back up when you were done doing what ever it was you were doing!  

      I was incredibly impressed with the service and will *absolutely* be back!"

      06/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      94. Chun M.
      Even with the great snow conditions, the endless number of groomed cruising trails and the fantastic weather, what do I remember most?  The food!  If you're used to the crappy foil wrapped heat lamp burgers, dogs & fries at other ski areas, you're in for a surprise at Deer Valley.  The cafeteria serves some first class resort food.  We had a plate of fajitas, steak & potatoes & some excellent chili.  When I say plate, I mean a real honest-to-goodness porcelain plate, not Chinet or Dixie.  I've never had this at any ski resort, except maybe at a sitdown restaurant at Vail, Beaver Creek or Whistler.

      Another thing that stands out?  The bathrooms!  Everything is covered in real wood, not laminated formica or powder coated steel.  The walls, partitions, the countertops, all stained wood and they have wood shelves to put your gloves, goggles & helmet while you do your business.  I was expecting finished wood toilet seats too, but alas no.  I am spoiled and will never look at other resorts the same again.

      Add to all this that the resort is a short drive from Salt Lake City.  You don't have to stay on the mountain, but do try to get here as early as you can because the parking lots fill up quick.  Like other resorts in the area, if you arrive at SLC airport early and get to the resort, you can get a free lift ticket for the same day by showing your boarding pass!  Another cool thing for skiers like me is that Deer Valley (like Alta) is for skiers only, no snowboarders.  No boarders sitting around blocking up the trails or hitting you in the head when they grab some "air".  My friend still has the dent in his helmet to show for it.

      30/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      95. Mad I.
      The upscale resort lives up to its name! Great 'beach ' area, good beer (the whole 3.2 alcohol still puzzles me) nice, long, fast runs.
      P.s-fanciest bathroom at a ski place to date

      01/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      96. MaryLiz S.
      Posh and pricey. If you love to feel pampered, this is your place. If you prefer to rough it, you might feel odd at every turn.

      When you emerge from your car, somebody offers to carry your skis. Hey, if I can't carry my own skis to the lift line, how am I going to ski all day? But some people might love the convenience. Can't blame the guys for wanting to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

      The skiing is great, if you're a beginning to intermediate skier. Nice, wide runs so that you don't have to go anywhere near those pesky trees. But there is some glade skiing. You really have to search for a challenge at this place.

      We were staying in a condo for a week, so we made our own dinners, but the lunches were better than the usual ski resort fare. Great salad bar, lots of choices for soups and sandwiches. It was very pleasant to sit by the fire to warm up my tushie, and the neat thing was that the cooks were using the fireplace to roast leg of lamb for that night's dinner. It smelled delicious as the legs were slowly turning in front of the fire.

      The faucets in the rest rooms were *gold.* Yes, *everything* is posh here!

      I had a cold, so I actually appreciated the kleenex in the lift lines. If I worked the timing right, I could grab two as I slid by.

      I never felt like the lift lines were getting crowded. There is plenty of room for everyone to ski.

      If that sounds good, run on down to experience Deer Valley's legendary hospitality. If you prefer roughing it, see you at Alta.

      17/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      97. Deano G.
      One of my favorite spots for sure. Summer Concerts, skiing, food & beverage...  It's all better in Deer Valley!

      13/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      98. nick k.
      $35 for boot rentals, come on deer valley. that and your rental department has some of the worst customer service, especially the bald headed older man thats the rental supervisor. Aslo I was extremely disappointed  in your food (it was better I thought a few years ago). I ordered a burger and its was extremely overcooked. and also the lift operators were not friendly. It seems your trying to hirer older people (more experienced or whatever) to cater to your older demographics there. but they are not friendly (or most) get some young blood in there. now the skiing was just nice and thats what I come for. But $122 a ticket spending $35 on boots because mine are getting packed out. now thats just ridiculous.

      11/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
      99. Craig M.
      There have only been a couple of times where I thought I was in heaven and this was one of them.

      30/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      100. Kelly C.
      Deer Valley ski resort is all about excellent customer service (and prices reflect it as well).  Relative to other mountains, Deer Valley has few people on the mountain as guests and lots of friendly staff to help direct you to where you want to go.  Expect to pay ~15% more than other resorts for the "exclusive" access to snowboard-free slopes and prevalence of staff.

      In terms of the actual skiing, I would give it three stars.  The terrain is pretty - skiing through birch trees and views of some very nice homes from the chairlift.  However, it's not that challenging of a mountain for hard core skiers and it is closer to base level so it can get heavy and wet in the spring.  

      As you should know, there are no snowboarders allowed which does make it a difficult mountain for anyone with a mixed party of skiers and boarders.  This is a big negative in my mind because I didn't observe anything that makes it extra special as a skiers only resort that is above and beyond other resorts.

      07/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
      101. Bill S.
      What more can I say about Deer Valley that has not been said before.

      Simply stated, this is one of the finest and most enjoyable skier mountains in the world. they have runs for everyone teens that want to shred except terrain parks.

      If you are into black runs, don't laugh, but yes there are some pretty nice runs here, but nothing as tough as Alta.

      01/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      102. Susan S.
      This restaurant is wonderful, as it should be in Deer Valley. Glutten free food options and G-free beer, try the famous turkey chili or one of the sandwiches. The price is comparable to other restaurants in D-Valley. Not cheap but worth the price.

      16/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      103. Thomas G.
      I have been skiing at Park City for almost 10 years. I have owned a vacation home here for seven. I am a fan of Deer Valley. It is a very nice mountain that is extremely well run. It has a reputation of being like a country club. Is it? Not really. There are three things that set it apart from the other PC resorts.

      1. The food is far superior.
      2. They manage their snow better than any other resort in the US.
      3. They help you with your skis when you drop off. Is this a big deal? Not really. But people get excited by this. Frankly it is a nice touch.

      They do not ski for you at DV. They do not cater to every whim. But they provide a lot of nice touches that add up to a good experience. For example, they are the only PC resort with a decent sized locker room. They provide free boot warmers and overnight ski storage and there are no snowboarders, which a lot of people like. I take no position but I am of the school that boarders wreck the snow and have the annoying habit of sitting in groups below the crest of a slope thereby blocking it to a skier cooking along at a high rate of speed.

      The terrain at DV is the least challenging of the PC resorts. But the slopes are immaculately maintained. During periods of little snowfall or during the spring, the DV slopes will be in the best condition without question. They are magicians in snow management. The one thing that vexes me is that I have never seen the steep end of Typhoon in any kind of good condition. It is always a mess.

      I think the best terrain is located around Stein's Way. There are some nice steeps with wonderful views.  The area around Lady Morgan is OK but nothing to write home about. I like the cruisers that run off the chair near Silverlake (when it is not crowded).

      The food at DV is very good. The turkey chili is amazing and the circular salad bar is excellent (a little tip from my niece: they put the cheap stuff at the front and the good stuff at the end so you load your plate with salad and have no room for the good stuff. You have been warned!). The cookies are excellent. I can't comment on the rest as I stick to turkey chili or salad when I ski the Deer.

      Parking is very convenient and organized. There is also a shuttle that takes you right to the lodge so there is minimal hiking.

      The clientele is very family oriented. Do they have money yes. But most people who ski do, that is the reality. There is no snobby attitude.

      As far as quality of skiers the DV crowd falls into the average range. You can really spot the people who learned at the ski school, it is uncanny how their ski style is similar to the DV instructors.

      Tip: if you see somebody skiing near you wearing Bogner clothes stay away. They will invariably be lousy skiers who will jam up your run. Bogner is to skiers what Volvo is to drivers!

      30/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      104. Nihal C.
      We spent 4 days at Deer Valley. I learned how to ski in three days under supervision of ski instructors Ceylan and Kevin, who were very friendly and professional. I thought I would never like skiing, thanks to these talented instructors!

      06/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      105. Liz B.
      We were here during summer season.

      Unlike Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley does not have alpine slides or carnival rides at the base of the mountain. No sir, this is a classy establishment and they like to keep it that way by keeping the price-point high and offering only traditional mountain activities without all the wristbands and riff raff. Your basic options are: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, paddleboarding or riding the lifts around to each eatery and getting a buzz on at 8-9,000 feet.

      Having three children with us, we chose to do some scenic hiking. You must purchase your lift rides up, but rides down are complimentary. There are miles and miles of trails to choose from, either at base, or mid-mountain, and even up top. The views are picturesque and the wildlife is pretty cool - especially if you're lucky enough to see a moose. We chose to lift up to mid-mountain, have lunch at the Royal Street Cafe, and hike down the mountain. What a lovely afternoon. We filled our bellies and spent the next few hours enjoying the breeze through the aspens and looking at all the gorgeous homes and properties tucked into the mountainside. There are guided hiking tours (for a fee) and a complimentary Historical Hike that is only available on specific dates.

      Next summer I really want to try the mountain biking. Deer Valley offers biking school, plus rentals. It's basically your summertime equivalent to downhill skiing. After seeing all the people zipping down the mountain, I am intrigued.

      Also available are kids' adventure camps for ages 2 months-12 years and outdoor concerts at Snow Park amphitheater, where a picnic basket is encouraged.

      Yes this place is buttoned-up and pricey, but you get what you pay for in terms of quality, posh atmosphere, and service.

      19/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
      106. Kate V.
      We loved Eilleen our server and we were very happy with our nachos and the Mediterranean appetizers! Thanks for the hospitality and the amazing views!

      27/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      107. DIANE M.
      Dear valley has some of the best ski to find in all of the US the mountain to Well groomed so well that even when the base is low there are so many runs still open and quality skiing is abundant

      09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      108. Victoria G.
      Had a great time at Deer Valley Ski resort.
      In hopes to escape the weekend crowd we decided to pay a little more and ski at this location. Was a great decision. The amenities are on a whole other level than others resorts around. I saw no long lines at the lifts even though it was on a weekend. The staff do above and beyond to accommodate the guests. Even food selection is much better..

      08/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
      109. Mark B.
      Went here for après ski, the outside patio bar. Eileen "to the left" was an awesome server and the Mediterranean trio and nachos were great.

      Eileen made this place for us!!!!

      27/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0