- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 0
Pros: Skier's only, easy transitions, impeccable grooming
Cons: Dining options are pricey
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Family Friendly
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2011
Took an extended weekend trip to Park City in January with the intention of skiing Deer Valley, Park City Resort and The Canyons. Needless to say I fell in love with Deer Valley and didn't bother with skiing the other resorts.
Everything about this resort is first class. The availability of Mountain Hosts at the top of every chairlift makes virtually impossible for a skier to be confused about trails and the directions needed to traverse the mountain. The complimentary ski valet/storage is great while you grab lunch or leave the slopes for the night. For a modest fee, you can have your skis waxed at the end of day and have them ready for you in the morning. Additionally, the staff at Deer Valley is extremely helpful/friendly and were always ready to assist to make your day an enjoyable one.
One of my favorite discoveries during the trip was the Rossignol Demo Ski Hut that allowed you up to 2 hours a day testing various skis for free. Definitely had fun trading up for some fatties on a powder day and finding ways to rip untouched parts of the mountain. Recommendation is to make this a priority if you are looking for new skis or want to trade up your rentals on a powder day. Be sure to get there early to beat others with the same idea.
The dining options in the mountain lodges are virtually identical at all locations during lunch. The cafeterias do a great job of offering healthy gourmet options in addition to the typical burger and pizza fare. That being said, expect to spend around $15-20 for a burger, fries, drink and a cookie.