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 to sit inside while buckling up. The main restroom is also here. We overheard one visitor leaving the restroom say to her friend sitting on a bench, “You got to go see the johns!”—gold-plated fixtures, fresh flowers, a hand lotion dispenser on the sink, a rack to hold your gloves in every stall and over every urinal, and a full-time staffer who makes sure nothing runs out and regularly runs a squeegee over the sink counters to keep them dry. The walls are tile and rustic wood, the floors tile.
DV’s ski instructors specialize, getting extra training to match instructor to student age and ability. The staff who take little kids, Bambi and Reindeer, spend all their time taking care of and teaching only little kids.
Another option for lessons, guided tours of the resort, and somebody to talk to is to hire an instructor for a private lesson-- $125 an hour, and yes, some people do this all day long for their entire trip. The popular ski school employs 500 instructors to serve no more than 6,500 daily skiers at the resort.
Deer Valley recommends advance reservations months ahead for Christmas and President’s Day weekend (888 754 8477 or 800 424 3337), and reservations at all times. Although the numbers taking lessons shrinks in the spring, so does the number of instructors, as the ones who are college students on summer break from New Zealand and Australia have go back to school.