Acres: 2,026 | Vertical: 3,000’ | Snowfall: 300” | deervalley.com
I once après skied a bit too long only to find Deer Valley’s ski valets staying overtime to watch over my gear in their racks. The place is well known for its first class service, gourmet lodge food, impeccable grooming—and diligent ski valets. But it’s also a toned down skier’s hill with less of the bustle of its neighbor Park City. Smooth groomers abound, but DV is also a sleeper for powder days as the high-end crowd it attracts often isn’t looking for untracked snow in the trees. This season the resort upgrades its operations with enhanced snowmaking on four trails and lower emission snowmobiles.
Can’t-Miss Run: After a fresh snowfall, head towards Ontario Bowl, Lady Morgan Bowl, and the Daly Chutes.
Resort Bite: A new chef-driven menu at The Brass Tag restaurant features gourmet brick oven cuisine. Need to eat healthy? The salad bar at the Silver Lake Lodge is the polar opposite of the greasy resort food at your home hill.
Local Advice: Three-time Olympian and Deer Valley local, Heidi Voelker, likes to work the mountain east to west. “If it’s a powder day, I jump into Mayflower Bowl,” she says. “On a sunny groomer day I begin on the ridge of Mayflower with Steins Way then head west to Empire Canyon. The vistas at the top are my favorites.” —Erme Catino
From the Early Winter 2016 issue.