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This is incredible and huge, place with great skiing and good snow. The food and lodges are great, and it is a pretty luxury kind of resort. The RIFD is nice, the empoyees are great and it is a amazing ski resort. It works for full family, with ok expert terrain and great intermediate and beginner terrain.... Full Review
I live so close to Deer Valley that I can see it from my window, but had never skiied it until this year, when I bought an Ikon pass that gave me seven days there. I was so excited to finally try it after hearing great things. What a letdown! I usually ski Park City Resort (and have skiied it 15 times so far this season), and I totally regret my wasting so much money to add on a week at Deer Valley. The runs are insanely icy for such an abundant snow year, and there are all kinds of black diamond runs that never get groomed all season, so absolutely nobody is using them. This puts the speedy skiers on the groomed Intermediate runs, which is dangerous. Given the clientele that I have observed there, none of them are there for mogul skiing, so why not groom some expert runs? At Park City I have my choice of more than a dozen groomed expert runs every day, and the snow is much softer with far less ice. I was also hoping for less lift stoppages because there are no snowboarders and they use expediters, but the lifts stop more often than at Park City - there were also two mechanical failures in the same day that resulted in long delays and slow lift speeds. The crowds are worse than at Park City, in spite of the claim that they limit ticket sales, and there are way more children skiing unpredictably. This resort seems geared to people who don't really want to ski, but want to drop their kids off at a ski school while they sit in the lodge and eat really expensive, mediocre food. The lodges are quite nice, but I am there to ski, not sit around using boot dryers and charging my phone. I have used two of my seven days and am actually dreading having to go five more times, but I am going to teach myself a lesson and tough it out. How this resort has been consistently voted best in the country is beyond me. ... Full Review
Great groomed runs and impeccable grooming and service on the mountain! Great snow!... Full Review
Can't beat the grooming and staff is very friendly. None of the ticket kiosk machines would work for anyone the day we were there, so had to wait in line to get RFID ticket. The price selling point of controlling crowds by limiting tickets is really not a benefit during the week. We did enjoy the day, but not sure the value is there for the price and overall the resort has declined in my mind in recent years. ... Full Review
Deer Valley has changed dramatically since Alterra took over. Virtually all services and experiences have declined. It's still good, just not great like it used to be. Everything from the cookies to the grooming to the snowmaking to the food to the value to the overall experience has dropped to a level closer to many other resorts. It no longer stands alone in a league of its own!!... Full Review
The normal knock your socks off experience of friendly staff and a welcoming helping hand was not present March 2022. The new card readers seldomed work on the first time or even correctly at all. The cost continues to climb but the value seems to have declined versus or experience in February 2020. Love that its a ski only mountain still. ... Full Review
DV used to be spectacular. Now it is crowded, poorly groomed, over-priced, and under-staffed. Buildings are dated and worn. Parking is gone by 10am. Alterra and Ikon have killed the golden goose. Ski somewhere else. Anywhere else.... Full Review
Deer Valley used to be incredible. The grooming was the best I'd ever experienced. This has changed for the worse very little grooming now. Lodge food is below average - it used to be amazing (fresh baked pies and cookies, hot chili, sliced NY steak) now just average ski lodge food. Crowded - Deer Valley used to cap the number of skiers - now it is packed so get ready to wait in lines.
It's sad to see a once great resort go downhill so fast - it is no longer the high end, high service, customer first place - even the employees talk about the good old days before they sold... Full Review
Just visit. You will not recognize the place. ... Full Review
Deer Valley Resort was wonderful, the runs were great, and the views were spectacular. It's everything you would want in a ski-only resort. But what really sets this place apart is the staff that works there.
Our car key was accidentally locked in the trunk of our car in the parking lot. Ski School Instructor Hunter Marlon not only called AAA for us, when AAA got repeatedly delayed, he waited with us in the freezing cold weather for a total of 3 hours (AFTER his shift). He even ran late to his family dinner appointment for us. And Hunter wasn't even our ski instructor!
We couldn't have been more grateful.
The warm hospitality and patience Hunter showed us definitely made us want to come back again to Deer Valley very soon.
If you visit Deer Valley and would like an awesome person to be your ski instructor, look for Hunter! ... Full Review
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