Overview: It has a posh reputation—and undoubtedly the clientele doesn’t struggle—but what Deer Valley really should be known for is industry-leading customer service, immaculate grooming, and the best lodge food in skiing. They take the guest experience so seriously that they’re the only resort in the country that caps skier numbers before the mountain is too busy to enjoy. It’s also a fine ski hill. Most of the peaks hold family friendly terrain, but there are ripping groomers off Bald and Little Baldy. And the steep north-facing chutes of Empire Canyon hold chalky cold snow for days after a storm. Powder day? Head far skier’s right on Bald Mountain for a series of runs that vacationers overlook.
What’s New: Deer Valley was recently purchased by the same, as yet to be named, resort company that bought Steamboat and Intrawest. Expect a comprehensive pass product by spring. A slew of new efficient snow guns will save energy and money in the early season snowmaking push.
Local’s Take: “Deer Valley doesn’t get hammered by gripped bros like the Little Cottonwood areas,” says Aldo McDonald, who’s skied DV each of the last three years. “And most of the out-of-town guests avoid skiing in the trees. You can still find powder here late in the day.” —Marc Peruzzi
skier Amie Engerbretson | photo Scott Markewitz