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Deer Valley Resort, Park City - Travel Destination

Luxurious Skiing on Utah's Picturesque Slopes

by Alain Gayot

Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah — perfect skiing, perfect lodges, perfect vacation
Deer Valley Resort, Utah — perfect skiing, perfect lodges, perfect vacation

Deer Valley Ski Resort Review

Deer Valley ski resort in Park City, Utah, has come a long way since it first opened its doors in December 1981 with just five chairlifts, 30 trails and two lodges to its name. Today, Deer Valley Resort boasts scores of lodges, 99 trails spread out over 2,026 acres, and is one of the United States' elite skiing areas. For the 2007/2008 ski season alone, Deer Valley Resort has invested over $9 million with the creation of a new chairlift and nine new ski runs.

But it didn't happen overnight. Much of the credit to the area's success is due to Edgar Stern (of Sears, Roebuck fame) who first visited the mining town of Park City in 1968 where he found a small, struggling ski resort. With the impending construction of Interstate-80 making Park City the closest ski resort town to an international airport anywhere in the country, Stern's company, Royal Street, purchased the property in 1972 and began developing condominiums. The resort was sold and work was started on what is now Deer Valley Resort and the Utah Senate has officially proclaimed Stern the father of the Utah ski industry.

People flock to Deer Valley not just for the great powder,  luxury accommodations and its proximity to Salt Lake City International Airport (36 miles from the resort), but also for the uncrowded, relaxed skiing experience the resort offers. Deer Valley Resort makes a point of limiting lift tickets to 6,500 per day, which can be purchased in advance online. The limited tickets ensure that there is no waiting for the ski lifts and the slopes are never too crowded. In addition, no snowboarding is allowed at Deer Valley, guaranteeing you won't run into boisterous groups.

One of the most recognizable names at Deer Valley is Stein Eriksen, who serves as host of Deer Valley's Stein Eriksen Lodge and director of skiing at Deer Valley. The 1952 Gold and Silver Olympic medalist celebrated his 80th birthday in Deer Valley in 2007, while his namesake lodge celebrated its 25th anniversary. The lodge is also renowned for its spa — a beautifully intimate European sanctuary designed to prepare guests for alpine activities. Everything from wellness treatments and healing wraps to pedicures and deep tissue massages are on offer.

Olympic medal skier Stein Eriksen hits the slopes in Deer Valley with two ski afficionados Fire roasted meals are available at Empire Canyon Lodge's fireside dining restaurant

With so many places to stay, it can be difficult to choose, especially when there's a lodge to cater to every whim. However, if you're looking for the ultimate ski-in, ski-out location to Deer Valley's pristine slopes, then the Black Diamond Lodge is the perfect choice. Black Diamond Lodge provides a warm and inviting ambiance in a custom mountain home. The condominium hotel offers two, three and four bedroom accommodations and has everything from private hot tubs and underground heated parking to a skier's lounge and locker room and an in-resort shuttle. Yet Black Diamond Lodge is just one Premier Resorts' Deer Valley properties. The company also runs the Silver Baron Lodge, the Silver Star and The Chateaux at Silver Lake which boasts one of the largest meeting spaces in Park City, spanning 9,000 square feet. Yet whatever your choice of accommodations, you can book them through Deer Valley Resort's handy central reservations system.

No great ski vacation is complete without great food. After you've worked up a hearty appetite on the slopes, you'll have a range of dining options to choose from, whether it be a quick snack, a hearty breakfast or an elegant dinner. Each winter there are ten on-mountain restaurants open offering everything from casual dining to gourmet fare. Empire Canyon Lodge's Fireside Dining features European Alpine cuisine including warm Raclette cheese, simmering stews and fire-roasted meats every Wednesday-Friday evening.

Biking trails at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah Hiking at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah

If you're searching for something a little less formal, you can try the Royal Street Café, located mid-mountain in Silver Lake Lodge where you can have a Chipotle BBQ burger or homemade brownies, or enjoy fine dining at The Mariposa, also at Silver Lake Lodge, which has great offerings for both carnivores and vegetarians. Snow Park Lodge hosts an extravagant seafood buffet and if you're just looking to grab a bite or a drink between ski runs, there's always SnowShoe Tommy's at Bald Mountain or Cushing's Cabin at the Flagstaff Mountain summit. However, if you're looking for a high-class fancy dinner or a leisurely Sunday brunch, then head to Stein Eriksen Lodge's Glitretind.

There are also plenty of après-ski options in Park City with dozens of clubs and entertainment venues, many of which are open late into the night on Main Street. Shuttles will take you into the old silver mining town where there's plenty of shopping to be had. The historic Egyptian Theatre also on Main Street offers live theatre, and of course Park City is home to the annual Sundance Film Festival in January.

Whether you're a newbie a regular returnee, Deer Valley Resort continues to maintain its commitment to a top quality all-round experience of skiing, dining, relaxing and recreational activities.

For more information visit www.deervalley.com

A Taste of Deer Valley
Signature Foods Available at the Resort's Online Store

Fireside Fig Grain Mustard

From dressings, glazes and marinades to seasonings and cookie mixes, you can now take home the taste of Deer Valley by purchasing some of the resort's signature foods at its online store.






Dressings
If you're looking for something to dress up your salads, you can choose between the Honey Dijon Vinaigrette made with balsamic vinegar and pure Utah honey accented with fresh lemon, or the Sherry Pecan Vinaigrette made with fresh roasted pecans, sherry wine vinegar, olive oil, Vermont maple syrup and seasonings. Actually, you don't have to choose at all. Buy them both in 13oz bottles.

Glazes, Marinades & Seasonings
With these latest offerings, you can add some originality to everyday dishes. The Cilantro Lime Glaze is a perfect complement to fish, chicken, and meats if you're planning on roasting or grilling. Alternately, you can go with Deer Valley's very own grilling marinade. And if you're looking to add a little oomph to your meals, then you can purchase it. “Oomph” is Deer Valley's Southwestern seasoning that gives "oomph" to chicken, fish, meats and vegetables.

You can also spice up your meals with the Turkey Chili Mix or add a dash of flavor to your creations with the latest addition to the Deer Valley Signature Food family:  Fireside Fig Grain Mustard created by the resort's chefs and used in the Fireside Dining Restaurant.

Cookie Mix
For those with a sweet tooth, finish off your meal by baking Deer Valley's famous cookies at home. All you need to do is add one stick of butter and one egg to the mixture and presto — you'll be the most sought after baker on your block.

For more information, visit the online store at www.deervalley.com


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