heber ctity, Utah
November 12, 2004
My only complaint is that you can’t order a medium-rare burger. Burgers are cooked when ordered, all to medium-well, per the Department of Agriculture's recommendation, because the Department of Agriculture allows contaminated meat into our food supply. All the grill sandwiches can be topped with chili, bacon, cheese, onions, and BBQ sauce at no extra charge.
Check your skis (free) at the coral between the lodge and the Ruby Chair. Deer Valley limits lift ticket sales so that everyone can get a seat for lunch between 11:00-2:00. 3.2 beer is available.
Empire Lodge is very popular -- especially the large outside deck in sunny weather, with impressive views of Empire Canyon. It's the only one of the lodges with restrooms on the same floor as the cafeteria.
Access: at the base of Empire Canyon runs and Bandana (Beginner). Try the pretty
Luck Jack cut off.
NOTE: There are free demos at the Rossignol tent behind the ski coral.
The Empire Canyon Grill also serves a dinner buffet one or two nights a week, but reservations made weeks ahead are essential. You can arrive by horse-drawn sleigh.
From journal Ski Deer Valley, Expensive but Worth It