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Trip Report - 19th - 26th February 2013 - Salt Lake City resorts - Day 2 Deer Valley

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Deer Valley has a reputation as being full of people dressed in Prada, skiing over-groomed slopes.  I have to say, I drove to the resort to meet up with friends - this reputation had meant that I had initially overlooked it as an option on our week long trip - and when we pulled up to the resort car park, I was suprized to see how attractive it was.

 

The first thing that struck me was the expense of the tickets.  It was the most expensive ticket we purchased all week, at $102 for an adult pass.   I now realize that if I had purchased the ticket from a SLC ski shop, I could have lowered this to $80, which would still have it as the most expensive place to ski, but only just.

 

We met up with friends who had been skiing Deer Valley all week, as they had family who worked there.  This played into our hands because it meant we didn't really need to explore - after all, that had been done for us already.   The thing you realise straight away about Deer Valley is the pistes are immaculate -  they feel very grippy indeed and I couldn't wait to get up the mountain to really put them to the test.   As I traveled up the Silver Lake express lift, I suddenly realized why the pistes were in such good condition - there are no snowboarders!  Now don't see this as a anti-snowboarder rant, but I skied two areas where they are banned in my week in Utah; Alta and Deer Valley, and the pistes in BOTH were immaculate.  No hardpack, just lovely, grippy snow.

 

From the top of Silver Lake Express I lapped the Solid Muldoon run a few times.  Its a lovely, wide leg burning run - great for getting your legs warmed up before heading out to the rest of the mountain - along with Big Stick, it would be my favourite run in this part of the resort.

 

From Bald Eagle Mountain, we proceeded over to Empire Canyon Lodge which we used as our base for the rest of the day (incidentaly the Turkey Chilli is AWESOME - try it).  From here you can access a number of green tree lined runs which the kids loved.  You know the type of things, you stay on the trail, steadily building speed up on the faint incline whilst avoiding the whooping, screaming kids launching themselves out of the trees on each side...  Of  course, that isnt what I was looking for so, having had a good look at the trail map and secured myself some brand new S3's to try out (there is a great demo center at the lodge) I made my way up the Empire Express lift to ski some of the harder terrain that it served.

 

I should mention that by the time I made it up the Empire Express lift, the skies had opened and deposited about   2 inches of fresh powder all over the mountain - it made for some fun skiing and I had a great time skiing the bumps of Conviction and Solace whilst traversing over to Orion to get into the trees.  I looked across to the Daly bowl and Chutes and considered moving over there, but 2 inches of powder just wasnt enough to make me make the journey across (a friend had skied it earlier in the day and intimated that it was pretty bumped up)  I can imagine that it would be a blast after good snow though.

 

The rest of our day was spent with the kids around this area and I'm sorry to say I missed a LOT of the rest of the resort.   Following a couple more laps of Big Stick, I was done for the day and enjoyed the awesome service that Deer Valley provides by taking advantage of the free Ski store and the awesome apres ski bar!

 

All in all, a great day out.  Deer Valley turned out to be one of the kids favorite days skiing and it certainly ranked up there on mine.  A really nice resort which should definately be visited.

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sounds like you had a blast.

It really does make a difference when there are no boarders . Most people have either forgotten what it was like before the board or too young to have been skiing then.Don't get me wrong.. 2 of my kids board and ski ,... as do a lot of my friends but it does make a difference.

 

How about those perfect moguls at DV ???

 

 

My son at 13 heading down Daly's.  (hop you can see him once I hit submit...)

1000

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DV really is a trip. For that certain skier it is the perfect hill. They can groom a rock into creamy perfection. But just a short hop from the white carpet are the Daly Bowl and Chutes which are the real deal. I have been told that it is the steepest in-bounds skiing in Utah. I have no way to know if that is true and do not much care. But it is true that if you fall, and you go down all the way. I saw it happen - not to me, thankfully. Turkey chili to die for and DV will store your skis overnight for free. Nothing wrong with that.

I just got back from 8 straight at Powder Mtn which is on the other end of the evolutionary scale. Funny, but when asked if I had ever skied Utah before, I acknowledged the only other time was at DV, and quickly added it was because I have a pal who had free digs. Not sure why I felt like I had to give a "oh, that's why." All I know is that it is PM, not DV, that I dream about.

David

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All in all, a great day out.  Deer Valley turned out to be one of the kids favorite days skiing and it certainly ranked up there on mine.  A really nice resort which should definately be visited.

 

DV is the spot. I ski UT every year with friends who live in PC and have PC season passes.  I get them to DV for a couple days by offering to buy lunch and, if on my own, always go to DV.

 

Bambi Basin to locals but mostly a sour grapes cause it costs so much and the skiers only thing though most skiers will secretly agree with it. Lots of tree skiing if you like it. Lots of steeps and moguls if you like. Lots of groomed top to bottom boulevards which the former racer kids love to bomb on.

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Walk up lift tickets are $102 at DV and PC right?
$105 at Canyons.

Of course there are liftopia deals for canyons.
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Had a great day at DV...but still prefer Alta or Snowbird. just more variety of off piste and more snow.
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What has happened with Canyons pricing?  

 

Skied there in 2009 and the price was $108, for all day lift tickets plus a burger and a beer for lunch, for TWO of us!

 

Was an online deal, but was directly through the Canyons website and not a second hand reseller.

 

Mike

 

 

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Walk up lift tickets are $102 at DV and PC right?
$105 at Canyons.

Of course there are liftopia deals for canyons.
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