by: Ben - 22nd January 2010

  • 5
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 5Nightlife
  • Terrain Park
  • Value
Snowfall, grooming, service
No snowboarding, terrain somewhat lacking, expensive, terrain park lacking big features

Full review

Let me preface my review by saying this: Deer Valley is one of the best resorts in America. It has impecable service, amazing grooming, is very well laid out, has great tree skiing, is whole heartedly geared toward serving families, and always has consistent snowfall. That being said however, there are some problems. First, you are going to pay out the wazoo for this place. Granted, it is very similar in price to comparable resorts like Aspen or Sun Valley, but personally, I don't like paying for frills, so this is a pretty big negative for those just seeking a thrill. Second, don't come here if you are a jibber. Park City is right next door, and they cater to that whole heartedly. The TNT terrain park is pretty much geared towrads kids, much like the resort is very well catered to families. Third, the terrain wont take your breath away. You can certainly find a challenge here if you try, especially up top where the crowds thin out, but Snowbird or Alta are going to offer you much more in that arena. Finally, this resort doesn't allow snowboarders. This has to be the most short sighted decision that could have been made by a resort that claims to be catering to families. Taos made the best observation when they decided to open their mountain to snowboarders. They said that they were turning far to many families away who just happened to have one kid or adult that snowboarded. It was bad for business and it didn't really make a whole lot of sense. Granted, snowboarders have two world class choices right next door with the Canyons and especially Park City, but this policy is a stigma from a bygone era. Frankly, I don't even think they should have a legal basis for excluding snowboarders if their lease is primarily on public land, which I imagine it is. The wholefeeling about how snowboarders have bad attitudes is missing the point. It's not snowboarders, its just people, a few people, and they can choose either skis or a snowboard. The method of transportation doesn't define the person. As a skier, I would whole heartedly support forcing the resort to open its lifts to snowboarders. This policy is asinine and reeks of stereotyping filth.
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