2. Deer Valley
Deer Valley is a skiing experience like no other in Utah, with first class facilities, a good mix of terrain for all levels of skiers, and staff that go out of their way to make sure your skiing experience is fun. This skiers-only resort is just two miles up the road from downtown Park City and about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City.
Although it is known largely as a family resort, the mountain has a surprisingly varied terrain that will keep even the most advanced skiers occupied. More than 100 runs are spread out over 2,000 acres and six mountains, with long and wide, family-friendly groomers on Flagstaff, Bald, and Empire Mountains, and steep glade adventures on Lady Morgan Mountain. The runs here are all well laid-out with good fall lines. To ensure the best skiing experience and minimal lift lines, Deer Valley limits the number of skiers to 7,500 per day, meaning at peak holiday times, the mountain is never too crowded to enjoy. Also worth noting, since much of the clientele at Deer Valley come here looking for groomed runs, it’s often easy to find untracked stashes of snow long after a snow storm has subsided.
Customer service is a big deal at Deer Valley. Nice touches like free ski storage, gear and accessory storage for a nominal fee, and immaculately maintained facilities set this resort apart. Deer Valley is also one of the few mountain resorts to have a state licensed child care facility for non-skiing children.
Another wonderful aspect of the Deer Valley experience is the fine, on-hill dining. Luxurious day lodges with wood burning fireplaces, towering windows, and comfortable seating offer a range of menus, with everything from casual to sit-down white table service. Accommodation options at Deer Valley swing towards the luxury end of the scale, with ski-in/ski-out hotels and condominiums. For day trippers, there is ample parking, and you can drop your skis off at the base area, park, and walk or take a free shuttle back to the lodge.