Overall Rating

Deer Valley

Deer Valley3.5/59
Deer Valley3.5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
  • Recommend
    78%
  • Would Revisit
    67%

Deer Valley - Reviews

Deer Valley - Reviews

No boarders! Woohoo!

Lena23/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    December

No boarders! Woohoo!

Lena23/02/2016
I have been to Deer Valley twice now and I have loved it both times. I am from Ohio and the closest place to Ski is Perfect North. The snow at Deer Valley is so great to ski on. The best part about Deer Valley is that there are no snow boarders allowed! This is so nice because I don't have to worry about crazy boarders coming in from all directions and wiping out in front of me. I did ski school the first time I visited and I really learned a lot and got a lot more confidence on doing the more difficult runs. The line for the lifts were never ridiculously long and the workers always made sure to keep the lines moving. There are a lot of restaurants around the resort and some shopping, but I wouldn't need to spend more than a night or two. I'd much rather hit the slopes. Overall two fantastic trips and I hope to return soon!

Deer Valley Ski Rental

Doug Jones03/01/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    December

Deer Valley Ski Rental

Doug Jones03/01/2016
Christmas skiing trip. skied Deer valley and went into lunch at Main Lodge. Came out after luch to find my skis gone. Discussed with Deer Valley rental people who had no interest. Came back at 5 pm to find a set identical to mine with someone else's name. Discussed with Deer Valley Rental people who took the skis promising to call the skier and check to see if he had them. Talked to them the next day and the day afer that\. always a new person. didn't know about the problem from the day before. In the end did nothing,. Do not rent from Deer Valley Ski rental

Ban on Snowboarders

POWDERHOUNDS.COM02/05/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Ban on Snowboarders

POWDERHOUNDS.COM02/05/2015
Deer Valley is a multi-award winner and it’s easy to see why. The service and facilities at Deer Valley are outstanding, which is incredibly appealing to the upscale clientele that the resort caters to. Also, the quality of many of the lodging options is exceptional.

Even though the resort attracts well heeled guests, there is no snobbiness apparent at the resort. Everyone is made to feel welcome ….. except for snowboarders! For many skiers the prohibition of snowboarders is THE major allure of Deer Valley. Just don’t get into a conversation with anyone on the chairlift about why they love the absence of snowboarders, or you might be there for an hour!

Deer Valley suits skiers who love perfectly groomed fall-line runs. The ski terrain is not so appealing for experts, powderhounds or hard-core skiers, as the small amount of challenging terrain is generally ripped up rather quickly. Another slight downside is the lack of après or nightlife (and it’s not just a problem with the Utah liquor laws).

You have to pay a premium for everything at Deer Valley including accommodation, ski lessons, ski rental and food. It is reasonable to pay more for extraordinary quality, but there are some aspects such as the Deer Valley ski rentals where you wonder if you’re just paying for the prestige. Of course there’s no point complaining about the prices. If you have the funds for Deer Valley then enjoy. If not, go somewhere else!

You can see our USA ski resort ratings to see how Deer Valley compares to other resorts.

Better places in Utah for sure

Kody09/12/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Better places in Utah for sure

Kody09/12/2014
First off, skiing is inherently an expensive sport. However, deer valley is not only insanely expensive, its just way overpriced. Not even worth it, even if you can easily afford it.

Fantastic grooming though, best I've seen.

Good tree runs, good for any level. However, the runs are wayyyy too short. Longest one I believe is less than 5km. I'm a big fan of long runs and for a resort of this size it is slightly bizarre.

I would not recommend it, especially when you have alta, snowbird, park city, solitude and more near by. If you do not go, you will not really regret it.

Deer Valley Ski school

Jon palmen31/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Deer Valley Ski school

Jon palmen31/03/2014
We were super excited bringing our kids out west to ski for the first time and set them up with a very expensive ski school at DeerValley. Wow, were we surprised. They put my 15 year old with my 8 and 12 year old. They received no instruction and learned nothing. It was a glorified baby sitter. My 12 year old had to help my 8 year old on a number of occasions. What a waste of money and a day. I do not recommend DeerValley ski school.

Deer Valley

Leftie20/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    N/A

Deer Valley

Leftie20/10/2012
Deer Valley is a skier only resort that offers fine amenities, gourmet dining, and beautiful accommodations. It tends to attract an older crowd mainly because of its ban on snowboarding and price point. It has dedicated itself to grooming and you will find cord nearly everywhere. It's upscale and beautiful and gets all that great Utah powder and sunshine. Deer Valley is the kind of resort that really takes care of its guests—tissues and trail maps, expert grooming, great infrastructure. Deer Valley is surrounded by many other great Utah ski areas should you chose to expand your experience.

Pros: For largely untracked terrain, hit the Empire Canyon lift and run the Daly Chutes. You can usually get fresh tracks since it's pretty steep up here and it seems most of the clientele at Deer Valley are busy on the wide open cord. You will find powder stashes in the trees up there for days. It's technical and tight. You will get airtime.

Cons: It's expensive. It's a skiing corporation and it does it very well.

Deer Valley

April Oaks23/11/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Deer Valley

April Oaks23/11/2011
I've only skied at Deer Valley once but I really loved it! Deer Valley does a really great job grooming the trails and making the area nice to ski. There was one really easy trail I remember that had tons of great little jumps off to the side. I could have skied just that one trail all day long!

Deer Valley and Sundance are both known for being the resorts that would attract Hollywood stars. I think it's because both of these resorts have easy well groomed trails that help you look like a better skier. Deer Valley is bigger than Sundance however.

Deer Valley is also really close to more things that would attract visitors such as restauraunts and shopping in Park City.

Beginners traveling to Utah should pick either Deer Valley or Sundance in my opinion. Both resorts have more than beginner runs, but I'm hoping this review will help a beginner make a good choice. Beginners will be fine at resorts closer to Salt Lake (Solitude, Brighton, Alta and Snowbird) but they will be limited in the runs they will be comfortable skiing in. Deer Valley and Sundance are the best choices for beginners wanting a really great experience.

Deer Valley : Middle-aged Skiers Perfect Mountain and Ideal Learning Terrain for Young Kids

Saint03/01/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Deer Valley : Middle-aged Skiers Perfect Mountain and Ideal Learning Terrain for Young Kids

Saint03/01/2011
Let's get this out of the way, Deer Valley is expensive but Powderhounds main page observation is a tad inaccurate. Private ski lessons are NOT 80% more than Alta, Snowbasin or Snowbird, they are about 25% more expensive, and the same goes for lift tickets etc. Let's be serious, the lodges at Alta are great but are not inexpensive (Rustler or Alta lodge) etc. Yes, Deer Valley has some incredible real estate on the mountain but folks, the mountain is actually quite good for those who like ON-PISTE skiing.

The comparisons are with a few of the other SLC ski locales as it seems easier to frame observations.

The Mountain: It's pretty big. For the on-piste skier I would say the runs ON AVERAGE are longer, broader and have great steeps in comparison to Snowbird, Solitude or Alta. It's great for those who like on-piste snow, i.e. Europeans and the general public. If you are in the tiny but vocal minority (I daresay, about 5% of skiers and boarders), who are into seriously gnarly terrain and all that, well there are places in DV for you up in the Daly Chutes etc and also off of Stein's way, but on the whole the mountain is for those who like on-piste skiing. It really has rather long runs on average, and are steep enough to pick up some serious speed.

The location: not as picturesque as Alta, the Bird or Solitude and it definitely seems quite commercial with the monstrosity of an eyesore of a hotel (looks like some sort of Darth Vader/ George Lucas-esque imagination creation) now coming up near the empire lifts, and all those beautiful homes and all on the mountain, around the slopes, does make it feel like a city as opposed to a ski area. In fact, the real estate development frankly is a brutal eyesore and that is Deer Valley's biggest shortcoming. It's a bit like planting a tremendous set of ski runs through the canyons of Manhattan!

Kids: Pretty good ski school. The organization of it is a bit iffy but the instructors are cool, capable and my kid loved it. Group skiing for adults also runs ok.

Staying: Stayed at Silver Lake, no complaints, nice, convenient and you pay for being there, but can find things within the Alta/Bird range, without paying a gazillion zeroes out.

Ski Valets: Well the on-mountain help that the folks provide is an excellent idea. No one should complain and more large ski slopes should follow that model if they can generate the revenue to support it. Also the ability to store your skis for free as you finish your day on the mountain is really convenient, a pleasure for the skier and just a huge plus at DV.

Great place where good skiing is almost always assured, so a vacation there with family is a damned good bet.

Park City is nearby. We never went as we were too tired after skiing and we skied 8 days straight on the DV linked trip (3 days DV, 3 days Solitude and finished off with powder at Alta 2 days, since 3rd visit to Alta in 2010!!!)

The Best

Jim Sander29/10/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70

The Best

Jim Sander29/10/2010
This resort is perfect.