Deer Valley Resort

Ron Thompson
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Ron Thompson
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  • Skiers only
  • Fanastic long groomed trails
  • Fast and efficient lift system
  • Abundance of reliable snowfall
  • Amazing customer service
  • Skiers only
  • Expensive place to ski
  • Not much snow in the early season
  • Limited nightlife during the week; shops and restaurants close early

Another skiers-only resort in Utah, Deer Valley is all about the pampering. From ski valets to four and five diamond lodging, the 5-star service here fits hand in hand with their incredible skiing over five separate peaks. To top it all off, the abundance of famous Utah powder that falls at Deer Valley makes it an unmissable ski resort.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

February to early March

February to early March are the best times to visit Deer Valley as the early season doesn’t see much snow. The same goes for anytime after mid-march when the weather gets warmer and crowds flock in for spring break.


Salt Lake City International Airport


Deer Valley Resort (45 minutes - 1 hour)

Base of Deer Valley (Walk)

  • Accommodation including ski-in/ski-out lodging available in Snow Park Area
  • Suitable for large families or groups
  • Expensive yet more affordable than lodging around Silver Lake Lodge

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On-mountain Deer Valley (Walk)

  • Lodging in Silver Lake area (mid-mountain) and Empire Canyon area (upper-mountain)
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation and slopeside condos
  • Expensive

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Park City (1-2 mi)

  • Wide range of dining, shopping and affordable to luxury lodging options
  • 5-10 minute drive to Deer Valley
  • Free bus system to take you around town and the resort

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Salt Lake City (33-35 mi)

  • Plenty of dining and shopping options
  • Wide range of affordable and luxury lodging
  • 45 minutes drive to Deer Valley

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For beginners

With green trails across 4 of its 5 mountains, beginners will have no trouble finding suitable trails here! Never-evers can start off in beginner area near Snow Park Lodge while Success off the Carpenter Express and Ontario off Quincy Express great long runs for practicing twists and turns. For those looking to take it to the next level, Bandana off Ruby Express is a bit steeper, making it a nice progression trail.

For intermediates

Deer Valley spoils intermediates with ideal steepness and grooming on every mountain peak and chairlift! The best variety of groomed blue runs can be found off the Northside Express. The Sterling Express offers access to tons of challenging runs but beware they get a little icy and moguly later in the day. Of all these runs, nothing is like our favorite, the Jordanelle, a double-blue that's long and fast!

For experts

While there's more extreme terrain over at Snowbird, advanced and experts will find something to enjoy at Deer Valley! The scary steepness of the Daly Chutes will keep experts on their toes while the runs off Empire Express are plenty of fun serving up tons of vertical and fresh powder thanks to its high altitude! If you're a fan of bowls, Empire Bowl and Lady Morning Bowl are not to be missed.

Find freshies

No snowboarders mean snow stays fresher for longer! While Deer Valley isn't the largest resort, freshies don't actually get tracked out easily but you should still consult the daily grooming map before heading out for the ungroomed runs. If you love a bit of tree skiing, our pick for the best spot to find freshies is in the trees at Empire!

Ditch the crowds

The Northside Express is the busiest lift in the resort; avoid it during 10:30am to 2:00pm. Instead, opt for the less crowded areas around Jordanelle Express Gondola, Sultan Express, Mayflower and Lady Morgan Express. For beginners, the Ontario green run gets packed in the afternoon with slow tired skiers so head over to Bandana run instead!

Non skiers

There is not a lot to offer for non-skiers other than snowmobile and snowshoe tours at the resort but off-mountain, there is tubing at Gorgoza Park! Nearby Park City also has a ton of activities and sights, as does Salt Lake City though it's much further away.


Deer Valley is great for families with plenty of easier trails around Flagstaff Mountain. There are also a range of varying difficulty runs that lead back to the Empire Canyon Lodge, making it a perfect spot for families with different abilities to meet up at the end.

Deer Valley Resort vs
Deer Valley ResortAlta
beginner27 %25 %
intermediate41 %40 %
advanced27 %35 %
expert5 %-
total runs101 116
ski area2,026ac 2,200ac
summit elevation9,570ft 10,550ft
total lifts21 11
child lift ticket$32 $54
adult lift ticket$145 $104
back country
value for money
average total snowfall153″ 270″
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Deer Valley Resort Reviews

Superb 4.7 / 5
based on 33 reviews

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Very Good!4 / 5Apr 05, 2013
We especially loved the fact that no snowboarders are allowed. The food is also the best that we've had at any resort. Love the women's bathrooms too!
Superb!5 / 5Apr 05, 2013
There is something here for everyone. You can find challenging terrain and there is lots of advanced terrain that intermediates can enjoy too because of the excellent grooming
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 03, 2012
They have lots of blue terrain, very professional staff, great food and wonderful powdery snow.
Very Good!4 / 5Sep 30, 2012
Snow is great as are the people. The mountain is posh, the best. Never dissatisfied here.
Superb!5 / 5Jul 28, 2012
This resort is the best skier-only mountain around for the intermediate skier. Better than Park City and the same price to boot. I will keep visiting Deer Valley as long as I can ski!!
Superb!5 / 5Jul 15, 2012
We enjoy this resort because of the all ski terrain it has. The facilites and food are excellent. We highly recommend people coming here with their family.
Very Good!4 / 5Apr 14, 2012
I skiied Deer Valley for the first time recently and was pleasantly surprised. It had a nice mix of challenging runs, and runs that I could just "turn and burn" down...
Very Good!4 / 5Mar 14, 2012
The terrain is varied enough to satisfy my group of skiing friends. The service, beauty and accomodations (i.e. amazing food!) make it a more superlative experience!
Superb!5 / 5Dec 14, 2011
Well conditioned slopes with a variety of skiing, particularly for advanced intermediates. Excellent travel time, great Dining.
Superb!5 / 5Jun 12, 2011
the BEST service anywhere-but again, service is not why I picked crested butte-your study wasnt designed to colect random data

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