Just a mile from the end of Park City's Main Street, Deer Valley is overtly upmarket - famed for the care and attention lavished on the slopes and the guests, though equally it is unpretentious - not somewhere you go to see and be seen. The resort prides itself on pampering its guests, with valets to unload your skis, immaculately groomed slopes, limited numbers on the mountain and gourmet dining. For most people, Park City town is the obvious base; but there are some seductive hotels at Deer Valley's mid-mountain Silver Lake area. The resort, much like others in the Park City area received a substantial boost thanks to the 2002 winter Olympics, with Deer Valley hosting the slalom, moguls, and aerial events. 
Though the terrain has options for all abilities, the resort is best suited for intermediates seeking a great range of immaculately groomed pistes. There are some glades and bowls for more advanced skiers, though those looking for anything decidedly extreme will leave wanting. Despite an uphill lift capacity of 50,000 the resort limits itself to 7,000 tickets sold per day, meaning you will never encounter lift queues. Any skier staying in the Park City area should definitely ski Deer Valley for at least a day, though snowboarders are banned. 

Pros

Good snow and varied terrain

Brilliant free black-diamond tours

International visitors can buy a pass covering Park City/Canyons too

Many fast lifts and no queues

Cons

Expensive, even by US standards

Mostly short runs

Snowboarders cannot enjoy the slopes as they are banned

Quiet at night, though Park City is right next door

Getting there

  • Salt Lake City airport: 30 minutes

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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