Utah is just one of those stunning states that boast an exceptional amount of things to see and do. It is home to Zion National Park (undoubtedly one of the most stunning national parks in America and many other interesting attractions like The Tuacahn Center for the Art. Besides boasting an extraordinary amount of jaw-dropping national parks, the state is also fantastic for skiing. Utah is a state of salt lakes, ski resorts, deserts, and more all in one.

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One of Utah's - and all of North America's - top-ranked ski resorts is Deer Valley. It is located just an easy 36 miles east of Salt Lake City and is the perfect location to spend a winter vacation. While in Salt Lake City, see here for what to do in the unusual Great Salt Lake itself.

What To Know About Deer Valley

Deer Valley is one of a number of ski resorts in the area and it distinguishes itself as a more upscale ski resort catering for those with deeper pockets. It provides services like free ski valets, fine dining, and boutique shopping. It is located in the historic mining town of Park City. Nowadays Park City is a small alpine resort town of around 8,000 residents and is a stunning place to stay. Forbes has even named it one of the "20 prettiest towns" in the United States.

  • Winter Olympics: Deer Valley Was A Venue During the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Chairlifts: 21 Chairlifts (Including 12 highspeed Detachable Quads And An Enclosed 4 Person Gondola)

In a bid to limit overcrowding, Deer Valley limits ticket sales to 7,500 per day (so consider planning ahead).

  • Winter Season: 2021/2022 Winter Season Is Expected To Be From December 4, 2021, to April 17, 2021 (Conditions Permitting)
  • Chairlift Hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Like all upmarket resorts, Deer Resort boasts a spa - or four of them. They are found at St. Regis Deer Valley, Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, and Montage Deer Valley.

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Deer Valley Ski Passes

While there is no deadline for purchasing a season pass, one is recommended to purchase it sooner than later as the prices increase. Here are their passes on offer. Note that all prices are tax exclusive.

Full Season Pass

If one is an avid skier, consider purchasing a Deer Valley Full Season Pass - this allows for unlimited skiing without restrictions (even during holidays).

Season Pass holders enjoy first tracks, Deer Valley restaurant, retail discounts, and more. Note that season passes are non-transferable and there are cameras in use for fraud detection.

  • Adult: $2,550.00 (Aged 23-64 Years Old)
  • Senior: $1,910.00 (Age 65 and Over)
  • Young Adult: $1,575.00 (Aged 13-22 Years Old)
  • Child: $715.00 (Aged 5-12)

Midweek Season Pass

Midweek Season Passes permit skiing during the week (Monday through to Friday) and excludes the main holiday season from December 26 to January 1st.

  • Cost: $1,395.00

Hospitality Pass

The Hospitality Pass provides all the benefits of the Full Season Pass plus one can transfer it with other people. Share it with one's family members, friends, or colleagues.

  • Cost: $6,385.00

One can't purchase a ticket at Deer Valley on-site the day of skiing. One must purchase one's lift ticket online or at the Contact Center when one makes one's lodging or rental reservation.

Snow Boarding is prohibited at Deer Valley. It is one of only three remaining American ski resorts to forbid snowboarding (the other two being Alta and Mad River Glen). If one wishes to go snowboarding, then the adjacent Park City Mountain Resort does permit snowboarding.

Dining At Deer Valley

Being an upper-class ski resort, dining is an integral part of what they offer. Choose from a selection of restaurants spanning family-friendly cafes and grills to elegantly rustic restaurants. One can start making online reservations for evening dining starting from the 11th of October (daytime dining is on a first-come, first-served basis).

  • Covid-19 Note: Unfortunately, This Season There Will Not Be A Seafood Buffet

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Accommodation

Deer Valley boasts a lot of accommodation options - some are up the mountainside while others are in the base area. Deer Valley offers the widest variety of accommodation options in the resort area. They also specialize in customized vacation planning - see their packages and custom options on lodging, lift tickets, transportation, travel insurance, etc. Some of the accommodation options include:

  • Goldener Hirsh: Mid-Mountain (Silver Lake)
  • Lodges At Deer Valley: Base Area (Snow Park)
  • Arrowleaf: Upper Mountain (Empire Pass)
  • Black Diamond Lodge: Base Area (Snow Park)
  • Empire Residences: Upper Mountain (Empire Pass)
  • The Grand Lodge: Upper Mountain (Empire Pass)
  • Silver Baron Lodge: Base Area (Snow Park)

For a full list of accommodation options, pricing, and availability check out their website.

If one has the budget (and is a fan of skiing more than snowboarding), then consider staying at this exclusive resort next time one is in Utah.

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