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Ski Deer Valley, Expensive but Worth It

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A March 2004 trip to Park City by Wasatch

Goldener Hirsch Restaurant Photo, Park City, Utah More Photos
Quote: We tried 62 ski resorts, then moved 1,800 miles to ski Deer Valley all the time. Imagine a deluxe luxury hotel transformed into a ski resort –- that’s Deer Valley. Try it, and you’ll find that $73 lift tickets and $9 burgers can be a bargain.

Jean-Louis Restaurant

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Restaurant | "2009-2010 Winter Menu"

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Jean-Louis, long among the best and most expensive Park City restaurants, has changed its style from fine French nouvelle cuisine to something more like Brasserie food. What this means in practice is that menu items are about $3 lower than they were, and lower than what you will find at the competition. At the worst, this change resulted in some somewhat simplified dishes, but with no loss in quality. This makes Jean-Louis the "best buy" for Park City dining, hands down.Consider the roast lamb shank, now $29, previously $32. If anything, it is better than it was because it is more traditional and traditional dishes are almost always better than the hyped up modern versions chef...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 2, 2010

Jean-Louis Restaurant
136 Heber Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 200-0260

Ski Deer Valley, Expensive but Worth it

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Overview

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NO SNOWBOARDS ALLOWED. A limited number of lift tickets are sold. Expect sell-outs, but not crowds, for Christmas, Presidents Day, and sunny or snowy weekends. Call ahead and reserve a lift ticket. There are six parking lots at Snow Park Lodge, at the end of Deer Valley Drive. All but Lot One, right in front of the lodge, have trams that pick you up at the side of the parking lot, opposite the entrance, and take you to the lodge. Going up the stairs, ski rentals are the first left, restrooms (a must-see) are the second left, and lifts are to the right. Stop in front of the lodge, and the DV staff will unload your skis and carry them to a ski rack. There is covered, indoor parking at the mid...Read More

Empire Canyon Lodge

Restaurant

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Open for lunch and the occasional dinner, Empire Lodge is one of Deer Valley's three on-the-mountain cafeterias with identical food, which are not-to-be-missed eating experiences. They will change your mind about what is possible in cafeteria dining. Tables and chairs -- no backless stools or benches. Free refills on coffee. We have tried everything on the menu, and nothing is less than top quality. The best deal is soup or stew with a handful of fresh baked bread for $6-7. Several choices, with daily variety. Some items, like coffee, are a little more expensive here than at the base cafeteria. My only complaint is that you can’t order a medium-rare burger. Burgers are cooked when ordered, all...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2004

Empire Canyon Lodge
1375 Deer Valley Drive
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 645-6632

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Restaurant | "Silver Lake Lodge"

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Open for lunch and breakfast only, Silver Lake Lodge cafeteria is one of Deer Valley’s three on-the-mountain cafeterias with identical food, which are a not-to-be-missed eating experience. (See Empire Canyon Lodge entry) Silver Lake, at the mid-mountain base, is the largest of the three cafeterias. The serving line is at the left side of the building, looking at it from the slopes in front, behind the main dining room. Ski directly there via Ontario-Homeward Bound from Flagstaff Mountain and Empire Canyon, or take either of the two lifts running in the opposite direction as Quincy from the Quincy base area. Get there via Birdseye from Bald Mountain. From the lower mountain or Deer Crest, eat ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2004

Silver Lake Lodge Dining
Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 645-6252

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Open for lunch and breakfast only, Snow Park Lodge Cafeteria is one of Deer Valley’s three on-the-mountain cafeterias with identical food, which are a not-to-be-missed eating experience. (See Empire Canyon Lodge entry) Snow Park Lodge is the base cafeteria, between the lower mountain runs and the parking lot, and is the least busy of the three cafeterias. By a small margin, it has the most pleasant interior. Check your skis (free) at the open door in the side of the lodge (facing the high-speed chairs), go through two sets of doors, and bear left at the fireplace. Deer Valley limits lift ticket sales so that everyone can get a seat for lunch between 11am and 2pm. 3.2 beer is availabl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2004

Snow Park Lodge Cafeteria
Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah
(435) 645-6625

Glitretind

Restaurant | "Glitretinde"

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You can get a fine meal at the Glitretinde Restaurant if you are careful. The regular menu regularly disappoints. For lunch, I ordered an $18 hamburger medium-rare. It was served well-done. A burger ordered well-done came with a pink center. Otherwise, it was an excellent burger with fine onion rings, but for $18, why can’t they deliver what was ordered? Stuffed pork tenderloin had a nice flavor but was way overcooked and dried out. Other lunch dishes from the menu were similarly flawed, and that should not happen in place with a five-star reputation and six-star prices. Dinner was pretty much the same—flaws abound for a supposedly top-ranked eatery, but we did have one superb buffalo dish. Bas...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 1, 2005

Glitretind
7700 Stein Way
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 649-3751

Gondola Grill

Restaurant

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We haven't eaten at Deer Valley's newest eatery, but the low cost makes it worth a look by those on a tight budget.

Price of burger:
Gondola Grill - $5
DV Lodges - $8.75
Goldner Hirsch - $9 (the best, and it includes chips or fries)
Stein Eriksen Lodge - $17

They have a limited menu. They possibly only have outside tables or a stand-up option.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

Gondola Grill

Park City, Utah

Goldener Hirsch Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Goldner Hirsch Inn Restaurant (Lunch)"

Goldener Hirsch Restaurant Photo, Park City, Utah
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Chef Jean-Louis Montecot’s menu for the 2004-2005 ski season makes the Goldner Hirsch the top choice for lunch when skiing at Deer Valley, and for dinner in all of Park City/Deer Valley. A lunch recommendation at DV is a tough call. DV’s three cafeterias redefine cafeteria food and are a not-to-be-missed experience. The skier’s buffet ($27) at Stein Eriksen Lodge is superb and also should not be missed. That said, the Goldner Hirsch is the best lunch spot. The $8.75 hamburger at the cafeterias is excellent. The Hirsch’s $9 burger is even better, and the extra quarter gets you incomparable fries or Terra Chips, making for a fully satisfying and very filling lunch. (Burger at Stein’s: $17....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2005

Goldener Hirsch Restaurant
Deer Valley Mountain Base
Park City, Utah

Goldener Hirsch Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Goldener Hirsch Restaurant (Dinner)"

Goldener Hirsch Restaurant Photo, Park City, Utah
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 Chef Jean-Louis Montecot’s menu for the 2004-2005 ski season makes The Goldner Hirsch the top choice for lunch when skiing at Deer Valley and for dinner in Park City/Deer Valley. The seafood tower ($32) is a pile of tomato slices, grilled halibut, shrimp, Portobello mushrooms, salmon, and red potatoes that almost looks too good to eat. The halibut—slightly overcooked—was spectacularly broiled under a high flame that gave it a crisp crust on top. Salmon was cooked to perfection—flaky to the touch but still moist—and all was as fresh as seafood can be 800 miles from the nearest ocean. The mushroom and balsamic demi-glace perfectly accented the fish. Should lamb shank braised in molasses ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 17, 2005

Goldener Hirsch Restaurant
Deer Valley Mountain Base
Park City, Utah

Bistro 412

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Restaurant

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Advertised as a French-American bistro, the menu at Bistro 412 takes good advantage of its French heritage. Easily the most interesting menu in Park City, Bistro 412 offers a nice range of choices. Trout encrusted in almonds was super. Nicely cooked fresh fish–neither is easy to get in Utah–was buried under a fine toasted crust of almonds and accompanied by a large serving of carrot mashed potatoes, with the carrots giving the potatoes a nice yellow color and just hint of carrot flavor. The second side was julienne veggies, mostly carrots and zucchini, which was properly cooked, an unusual finding in a Park City restaurant where the local culture regularly produces undercooked vegetables. The vege...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2005

Bistro 412
412 Main St.
Park City, Utah
435/649-8211

Easy Street Brasserie

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Restaurant | "Easy Street Brasserie"

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We first ate at the Easy Street Brasserie in 2005. It was so good we went back not too long after. Then Easy Street closed for 2-3 years while a hotel was more or less built on top of the restaurant. By 2009, it was open again, and back we went. The interior looks much like the same attractive setting we remembered. I’m of the view that one visit to a restaurant is not sufficient to judge it’s quality. You may be fooled by the chef having an unusually good or bad day, or changes of staff in the kitchen, or by the accident of what you ordered. Properly judging a restaurant requires several visits and several dishes. There is a puzzle about how many times we have eaten at Easy Stre...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Easy Street Brasserie
201 Heber Avenue
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 658-2500

Bistro 412

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Restaurant | "Bistro 412 II"

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Bistro 412: second dinnerAbout a month after our excellent meal at Bistro 412, we had a second one, with some changes. In the interval, there was a change of chefs, but not in the menu offerings. She again ordered theTrout Amondine, but there were some differences from the first visit. Carrot mashed potatoes-had been replaced with plain mashed potatoes, and, although were fine, the carrots blended intothe earlier version added a nice touch. The trout wasn’t quite as fresh and the almond layer wasnot as thick and crusty. We both agreed that while it was still an excellent dish, the earlier versionwas better. The dipping oil for the nicely cru...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Bistro 412
412 Main St.
Park City, Utah
435/649-8211

Mariposa Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Cafe Mariposa"

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We have dined one to three times a year for the last 7 years at the Mariposa (open only during ski season), and, until this year, never thought the place lived up to its high reputation as the best restaurant in Utah. Yes, it was good, but flawed (see previous review). This year, it scored. The only problem with our visit was that we both ordered the same thing, so we can’t say if they finally got everything under control, or only the Mixed Grill.As for the Mixed Grill, which was much improved over what was encountered in years past, it is supurb. Still, it was not without flaws. The biggest improvement is that Mariposa seems to have finally figured out how to cook vegetables...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2007

Mariposa Restaurant
Silver Lake Lodge - 7600 Royal St.
Park City
(435) 645-6715

Goldener Hirsch

Restaurant | "Goldener Hirsch 2006-2007"

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The Goldner Hirsch changed chefs in mid-2006. We’ve eaten there once since. It did not seem up to the previous high standard as Park City’s best restaurant; more a typical good Park City restaurant, and no longer the clear #1 choice in Park City/Deer Valley. #1 followed the former chef to JeanLouis Restaurant in the nearby center of Park City.Wines are $32 to $110, also by the glass. There is an atmospheric bar between the hotel entrance and the dining room.Adding to the pleasure of a lunch or dinner at the Goldner Hirsch is the delightful decor of the restaurant. This is a place where you feel good just sitting there. Brightly lit by the sun at lunch, the dining room takes on ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 3, 2007

Goldener Hirsch
7570 Royal Street East
Park City, Utah 84060
(800) 252-3373

Mariposa Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Cafe Mariposa"

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We have dined 1-3 times a year for the last 7 years at the Mariposa (open only during ski season), and, until this year, never thought the place lived up to its high reputation as the best restaurant in Utah. Yes, it was good, but flawed (see previous review). This year, it scored. The only problem with our visit was that we both ordered the same thing, so we can’t say if they finally got everything under control, or only the Mixed Grill.As for the Mixed Grill, which was much improved over what was encountered in years past, it was superb. Still, it was not without flaws. The biggest improvement is that Mariposa seems to have finally figured out how to cook vegetables. Previously,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 3, 2007

Mariposa Restaurant
Silver Lake Lodge - 7600 Royal St.
Park City
(435) 645-6715

Spicy Lady

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Restaurant | "The Spicy Lady"

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One visit is not enough to render final judgement, but it looks like we have a new and worthycontender for the tittle of best restaurant in the Park City area. Spicy Lady serves excellent foodat reasonable prices, most entrees being under $20.Our first visit was on the evening of Dec. 25, 2007. If you ever visited Utah at this time of theyear for the great skiing, you already know this place is something special– it’s open on Christmasday (and Sundays!). The daily special appetizer ($12) was roast duck breast on a bed of arugulawith Bordelaise sauce– terrific. Tender duck, perfectly cooked, an excellent sauce thathighlighted rather than overwhelmed...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2007

Spicy Lady
139 North Main Street
Heber City, Utah 84032
(435) 654-4288

Spicy Lady

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Restaurant | "The Spicy Lady Visit 3"

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Our first two visits to The Spicy Lady were a mixed bag. The first meal, on Christmas Day, was all around superb, a terrific British style roast beef and a perfect Chicken Florentine. Our second visit was a let down and a bit of a disappointment. Although nicely flavored, lamb shanks were greatly in need of longer cooking, leaving them difficult to cut off the bone, a real battle. Our third visit had good points and some not so good. Starting with the best, the Vietnamese Spring Rolls were nice and the Kangaroo Empanadas were superb appetizers. The Kangaroo, inside a pastry shell with cheese and stuff, is not to be missed. Several of us had Crème Brule for desert. It won unanimous prai...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2008

Spicy Lady
139 North Main Street
Heber City, Utah 84032
(435) 654-4288

Mariposa Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Café Mariposa 2007-8"

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The Mariposa, widely considered one of the finest ski resort restaurants, is only open during DeerValley’s ski season. We have eaten there 1-2 times a year for the last eight years, and for the lasttwo years, Mariposa lived up to it’s reputation. The Mariposa’s menu changes little from oneyear to the next, but this year the famous sea bass is replaced by Seared Scallops ($44) in a BrandywineApple Reduction, which we both ordered. Without question, this was the best meal we every hadat Café Mariposa, and at one time or another we have tried everything on the menu. The scallops were cooked perfectly, and the sauce was beyond impressive. Like most Californ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2008

Mariposa Restaurant
Silver Lake Lodge - 7600 Royal St.
Park City
(435) 645-6715

Stein Eriksen Lodge

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Restaurant | "Skier’s Buffet Stein Eriksen Lodge 2007-2008"

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The Stein Eriksen Lodge continues their superb lunch buffet during ski season, but not all disheswere equally successful. I once had some first rate veal in America. It was not Stein’sSaltimbacca, which was also adversely affected by a plie of corn salsa on top which coved up thedelicate flavors of Saltimbacca. Even the salsa couldn’t disguise the taste of typically inferiorAmerican veal. The swordfish entree and the scallop & shrimp salad featured seafood too longremoved from the sea. Breast of Quail rubbed with coriander had a nice flavor, but was way overcooked– well dried out. Take these shortcomings in context--...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 3, 2008

Stein Eriksen Lodge
7700 Stein Way
Park City, Utah 84060
(435) 649-3700

Spicy Lady visit two

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Restaurant

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A second visit to the Spicy Lady was a good lesson in why a single review of a restaurant shouldnever be counted on. Our first visit produced a spectacular meal (see review) and highexpectations, but Spicy Lady fell short of the mark on our second visit.Greek style lamb shank ($19.95) was nicely flavored but seriously flawed by way too muchpepper in the sauce and insufficient cooking time. Great lamb shanks are cooked long enoughthat the meat is all but falling off the bone and it is easy to strip the meat from the bone with afork. Spicy Lady’s undercooked meat was a struggle to cut with a knife. We both ended uppicking the bone up in our fingers and gnawin...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 3, 2008

Deer Valley Resort

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Attraction | "How to Ski Big Stick"

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Big Stick starts and ends as a gentle Intermediate run, but is a well deserved double blue inbetween. There is an easier opt out at the top of the Big Stick face, Little Stick, the path toyour right in the trees. Be careful about stopping on Little Stick. Experts use it and they camearound the blind curves at high speed. Going down Little Stick, you come to a big intersection,where the run ahead, Deer Hollow, gets very wide– watch for skiers coming down from theright. At this intersection, Little Stick makes a sharp turn to the left.There are several ways to ski Big Stick. After making the U-turn at the top of Carpenter highspeed quad chair, stop fac...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Deer Valley Resort
1375 Deer Valley Drive.
Park City, Utah 84060
435-645-6538

Deer Valley Resort

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Attraction | "Deer Valley for Intermediates"

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I’ve been to 62 ski resorts. None compare to Deer Valley for quality intermediate skiing. Thereis the light, fluffy snow of the Central Rockies; Deer Valley grooms better than anyone else;most of the runs are laid out to ski from top to bottom– no flat, boring spots; there is a greatvariety of intermediate steepness; Deer Valley limits ticket sales to hold down the crowds.Most of Deer Valley’s runs are intermediate. The easiest intermediate runs are off the NorthsideChair and at Deer Crest. Northside is more popular, since it is a high-speed chair. Deer Crestoffers no lift lines and empty runs.Bald Mtn. (Wasatch and Sultan quads) has steeper ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2005

Deer Valley Resort
1375 Deer Valley Drive.
Park City, Utah 84060
435-645-6538

Deer Valley Resort

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Attraction | "Going Home at the End of the Day"

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Sooner or later, you have to get back to where you started. For most, that’s the main parkinglot (Snow Park). You are somewhere on one of Deer Valley’s five mountians. How do youget from here to the parking lot, or to the bus stop or to slope side lodging?First, getting to the main parking lot. From Empire Canyon and Bandana run: Take the Ruby high-speed quad, the chair to the left as you come out of Empire Lodge. At the top of Ruby, go straight across, above the chair to the left, as far as you can to Ontario (green). On Ontario, there aretwo options: 1] branch off onto Homeward Bound (green), then ski down to Snowpark Expresshighspeed quad to ride all the way to t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 23, 2006

Deer Valley Resort
1375 Deer Valley Drive.
Park City, Utah 84060
435-645-6538

Deer Valley Resort

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Attraction | "Deer Valley 2007-2008"

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Deer Valley finished #1 in Ski Magazine’s readers poll in the spring of 2007. Food, service, andgrooming scored especially high. There is a new lift for 2007-2008 expanding the resort to 2,020skiable acres, the Lady Morgan High Speed Express Chair, located on the far side of LadyMorgan Bowl which serves nine new runs, mostly black diamond. There is one Blue run, oneGreen run, and the rest expert. Uphill lift capacity is 46,500 skiers an hour. Lift ticket sales are limited to 6,500 a day, notcounting season pass holders. Lift lines are short. Lift ticket run from $13(under age three, afternoon) to $81(adult all day, Christmas week)...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2007

Deer Valley Resort
1375 Deer Valley Drive.
Park City, Utah 84060
435-645-6538

Deer Valley for kids and parents

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Story/Tip

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 Deer Valley is very popular with parents of young children, for Deer Valley will take them off your hands for the day so you can ski unencumbered – for a price. Daycare is provided for non-skiers ages 2 months to 12 years, 8:30am-4:30pm, $90. Kids ages 3-14 who want to learn to ski get lunch, lessons, and a babysitter, 8:30am-3:45pm, $140. A special teen skiers program operates during Christmas and President’s Day weekend, $140. In addition to the children’s programs, there are special ski school programs for adults, women, men, and would-be racers. Further up the stairs, on the left, is a large room with day lockers, storage baskets, and benches t...Read More
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 If you stay in Park City or at Deer Valley, you can get by without a rental car. Park City has a free bus that runs all over town and to the ski resorts. Deer Valley: Most expensive are the ski-in, ski-out lodges. Contact Stein Eriksen Lodge or Deer Valley Housing. Available at both the Snow Park and Silver Lake ( mid-mountain) bases. Next most expensive are Deer Valley condos, where you have to take a shuttle bus to the base. Available at Snow Park, Silver Lake (mid-mountain) bases, and across the expressway from the gondola (some of these do not have a shuttle bus). Salt Lake City. Car essential; it can be done by bus, but it is not pretty unless they have greatly improved the operation ...Read More
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DV lists its vertical drop as 3,000 feet. This is one of the few places where DV takes liberties with the truth. Technically, yes, the difference in altitude between the top of the Empire Canyon Express chair and the Gondola base is 3,000 feet, but you can’t ski it without having to ride lifts along the way, because the mountain(s) go both up and down along the way. DV sprawls over 1,800 acres of skiing spread across five mountains. Changing mountains requires going up one mountain, then skiing down to the base of the other. With the ups and downs, it is just over 4 air miles and 6 miles of skiing to get from the top of Empire to the gondola base. It takes at least 25 minutes to make the trip, if ...Read More

When to Come and When Not to Came

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Story/Tip

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Deer Valley is expensive, perhaps the most expensive ski resort on the planet, but there are times when it is worth it, times when it will be the best ski trip you ever had. On the other hand, there are times when it is not worth the tariff, times to stay home or go elsewhere. When Not to Come1) The first two weeks of January, during the World Cup Ski races because the race set up screws up the entire resort’s operations by blocking off three of the most essential runs– Know You Don’t, Big Stick, and Solid Muldoon– at the place. These the best places to ski on the lower mountain, so for all practical purposes, it takes of 25% of Deer Valley skiing, including 6...Read More

Some Tips and Cautions

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Deer Valley advertises a total vertical drop of 3,000 ft. Technically, this is true, and technically itis false. It is true that the top of the highest lift, Empire Canyon, is 3,000 ft. above the base ofthe lowest lift, the Jordanelle Gondola, but skiing from top to bottom requires riding at least threelifts and more likely four unless you know the key to the most efficient route. The biggest dropthat can be skied without having to ride a lift is 2,400 ft., Stein’s Way, from the top of the SultanChair to the base of Mayflower Chair (And then you have ride two lifts to get back to the top ofStein’s Way).Deer Valley limits lift ticket sales. There a...Read More