Going Local: Deer Valley Resort

The perfect Deer Valley corduroy grooming which leads down to the Silver Lake Lodge. Photo credit: Dan Campbell; dancampbellphotography.com
The perfect Deer Valley corduroy grooming which leads down to the Silver Lake Lodge. Photo credit: Dan Campbell; dancampbellphotography.com

In 1981, Edgar Stern oversaw the development of a small ski area in Park City, replacing a previous area which had closed in the 1960s after several decades of operation after the Works Progress Administration constructed some trails. The area is now known as Deer Valley Resort, easily one of the most famous names in skiing.

At high-end resorts, everything is either nice, or it is nice. Deer Valley is certainly the latter. The 2,026 skiable acres are draped across several high peaks in the Wasatch Range, all of which are accessible by chairlifts. The Deer Valley chairlift network is very modern and very fast, with a gondola and a myriad of detachable lifts to keep lines at a minimum. The resort also caps the number of lift tickets it sells every day for additional crowd control.

Accompanying the lift network are the lodging options. These include (but are not limited to) The Grand Lodge, Lodges at Deer Valley, Black Diamond Lodge, Flagstaff Lodge, and the Silver Baron Lodge. In addition to these properties, Deer Valley is also home to two very exclusive hotels.

We love taking our clients to Deer Valley! Behind the VIP Limousine Black Hummer H2 is the funicular railway from the Deer Valley parking lot and valet up to the St. Regis Hotel. Photo credit: Nick Martin
We love taking our clients to Deer Valley! Behind the VIP Limousine Black Hummer H2 is the funicular railway from the Deer Valley parking lot and valet up to the St. Regis Hotel. Photo credit: Nick Martin

The first of these is the St. Regis Deer Valley, a world-class hotel run by Marriott Hotels which is located next to the slopes as well as the parking lot for convenient access all-around. This beautiful property overlooks the mountains and has some spectacular luxuries. Guests can valet their vehicles at either the top via the backside of the hotel or at the bottom next to the Deer Valley base area; with the latter, one then takes the funicular railway up to the hotel while enjoying the stunning views of the resort and the surrounding area.

Nestled in a canyon on the western side of Deer Valley, the Montage Deer Valley offers a private, luxurious getaway. Photo credit: deervalleyspecialists.com
Nestled in a canyon on the western side of Deer Valley, the Montage Deer Valley offers a private, luxurious getaway. Photo credit: deervalleyspecialists.com

The other standout location is The Montage Deer Valley, tucked up higher in the western part of the resort. This 220-room palace also offers ski-in/ski-out access for guests and a view down into Park City. It has large event spaces and quick access to much of Deer Valley’s best terrain, including the newer Lady Morgan Expansion.

What else is there to know about Deer Valley? A great deal. This former Winter Olympics venue is still used for training and competitions today by athletes from around the world, and the Olympic legacy lives on at the resort lodges. Guests can ski down the runs utilized by Olympians, which are labeled on the trail maps. Many of the runs are carefully groomed for a great cruising experience; however, if speed is not your thing, there are also areas the locals love which are home to plenty of Utah powder.

Deer Valley holds a unique position in skiing. It is consistently rated #1 or near #1 for resorts in the United States, and the guest experience shows. This place, with its beautiful wintertime ambience and fun summertime activities, including the Deer Valley Music Festival, is a favorite destination for VIP Limousine and for people from around the world.

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