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post #31 of 54
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
just from biking around Beaver with tromano I want to ski there so lets make it 11...

FYI you show me the goods in Beaver and Tony Grove and Ill treat you to a free bird pass.
You got a deal, although I'm not sure how you'd be able to leave Snowbird to come north. Maybe a day-after-storm weekday when the crowds haven't been too big and there's still a bit of the good stuff tucked away in corners and crannies.
post #32 of 54
I've had MANY great skiing experiences at Deer Valley... too many to mention here. I love the place and I really think they "get it" as far as skiing is concerned.

Other than Alta, they're the only ski resort that HASN'T given me a hard time about walking/skinning up to ski before the lifts open in early winter.

Stein kicks butt and always has.

The tree skiing at DV is among the best anywhere.

And finally, they know how to treat customers.

I love the place.
post #33 of 54
I thought Deer Valley was great. I went to Deer Valley, PCMR, The Canyons, and Alta last year on one trip, and DV was my favorite. Great terrain, lift lines manageable, logical mountain layout, really great snow, no snowboarders- (Alta was death cookies the only day I was there). The food was awesome, and really, the only thing I didn't like was the high price of a lift ticket. I never noticed any snootery or snobbery and that's coming from a small town Midwestern skiing background where I skied in rain and sleet half the time.

Great resort- I don't think it should be #1, but it was one of my favorites I've ever been to.

And just to spit into the wind a little...Alta is fine, but I don't see what the big deal is. Especially when people are bashing DV for terrain. Alta's great if you like taking a half mile single-trak behind 15 people and then climbing up a mountain side-stepping about 300 feet, wasting half your day - just to get to a slope with some challenge. Sure, its fun when you get up there, but you'll be lucky to get 5 runs in before lunch. And there's little in between. Its either "Holy shhhhhh" or flat and boring.
I'll go back when they stick a lift straight up that high rustler area. Pure blasphamy, ehh?
post #34 of 54
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Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
I'll go back when they stick a lift straight up that high rustler area. Pure blasphamy, ehh?
Try Snowbird. Your kind is more welcome there, and you'll like it better.
post #35 of 54
I loved the tree skiing at Deer Valley. Empire Canyon was great.

Short lift lines and long lunch lines!!
post #36 of 54
This thread was started just to be silly and mirror the corresponding Vail thread. But since it seems to have drifted into being taken seriously:

1) The Daly chutes are great. There isn't all that much acreage of that stuff, but what they have is very nice.

2) At least when I was there, the single black under the Empire chair had the best teaching bumps I've ever seen. Nice and round, even rhythm, not too tall, good snow surface. And long enough to get some real practice on a single run.
post #37 of 54
What happened to this thread??? Back to reality. DV blows!!
post #38 of 54

word association

That reminds me - blow dry - Stein's perfect hair!
post #39 of 54
DV - Why isn't there a snoring emoticon?
post #40 of 54
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
I'll go back when they stick a lift straight up that high rustler area. Pure blasphamy, ehh?
This threads about Deer Valley, not how to sound like a gaper. Back OT, gaper.
post #41 of 54
All bashing aside, hitting DV early in the morning with 8" of fresh on top of those perfect groomers is pretty close to heaven, The straight, steep fall lines and the cord underneath make for some super creamy big turn maching. It wasn't very long ago that the "clients" would stay inside during a powder day leaving everything to the locals. Now, between Polo sport, Bogner discovering Gore Tex, fat skis and guys like Bushwhacker teaching them how, the guests are poaching our powder. :
post #42 of 54
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Originally Posted by Mr. Crab View Post
and guys like Bushwhacker teaching them how
LOL, I bet he's going to love being part of the problem.

/seriously though, the place is pretty sweet and makes you feel like a hero on a snowy day...
//and yeah, they have some tasty stuff there that a small town boy like myself ain't never seen nowhere.
post #43 of 54
I have to comment on this. I've only skied a few days at DV but was very pleasently surprised. Groomers; they are for getting us from the top of the lift to the stuff we really want to ski and then get us back to the base of the lift so we can go back up. The DV groomers are unique, fantastic and actually made us want to take some runs down them to practice making those bigger arcing carves. (I flatter myself) But the snow in the groomers is perfect for that kind of skiing and was truly fun. We had no problems finding LOTS of bumped up and glade skiing that was nearly deserted! Food was no more $$ than any other major mountain and probably the most delicious we've had by far, except maybe at the 4 Seasons at JH. I can't understand slamming the people. They are very nice. Not especially nicer than people at other mountains, but just very nice, friendly, helpful when needed. And as far as the average skier goes, they're just the typical mix skiers. Some are very good, most will never get very good but have learned how to get down a run without falling, some are painful to be behind and some are scary to be in front of. Same as every mountain we've skied. If anything I'd say the average skier is a little bit less aggressive at DV. Not a bad thing. It's a great mountain and I'm surpried that expert skiers are saying they can't find lots of great skiing there. Gotta look, my brothers and sisters, gotta look.....
post #44 of 54

Who's hair is perfect?

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Originally Posted by ct55 View Post
That reminds me - blow dry - Stein's perfect hair!
post #45 of 54
Great picture! Who's the youngest looking may be up for grabs too

The guy nearly ran me over last time I was at DV and mock apologized ... it was actually kind of funny. Add that to Jer's list "at DV you might get run down by a gold medal octogenarian".

Hope I can ski like him when I'm 64 ... better yet hope I make it to 64 in the first place. I've given up on the hair you guys win (losing it already).
post #46 of 54
Stein absolutely rules! He never wears a hat- the hair keeps him warm...
post #47 of 54
I love Jer's threads and posts. Brilliant and spot-on.

However, I must say I've had some golden days at DV. The last one was a day of boredom so I snuffled onto the bus and went over (via the locker room to get my boots and skis). On the chair up the left (lookig uphill) I met a nice man, and we skiied all day. Had lunch, wherein he revealed he was a Rabbi! Skiied the afternoon too. He showed me all the good tree stuff, but more importantly, he showed me how he enjoyed DV, how he skiied it and how he approached it. It was a magic day, with great company but also seeing the place with new eyes. Gerry was off to Israel after this, to study the scripts in the original for something he was working on. DV wasn't "my" kind of place, but skiing it with someone who loved it I saw it though his eyes and enjoyed my day, and count it as one of my best days, because of this.

And we didn't do Daly Chutes.
post #48 of 54
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Originally Posted by chrisc View Post
If you are looking for a super-premium experience, Deer Valley is hard to beat.
[list][*]Food. When almost every resort charges $10+ for a burger, lunch at Deer Valley is actually always worth it. Yes pricey, but the quality is always there.

(SNIP)
OK, that's enough. Every place that I've been to where "Food" was on the top of the list of reasons to go, turned out to have crappy skiing. I'm glad that I haven't made the trek round to the other side of the mountains to ski DV. It obviously must not be worth it. Snowbird is the best, period.
post #49 of 54
one day at DV, captured it all.

hit it with the free park city pass deal after flying in that a.m., to see what was the big deal.

lunch - primo. watched an alarming concentration of obscenely wealthy foreigners and texans in fartbags falling down on their way to lifts.

first lift ride up from base. skilifts ran through what appeared to be gated communities airlifted in from orange county.

skied down the back of the first little hill on what should've been a relaxing flat run down to a lift up to the higher mountain. my two kids in front of me, gliding in a straight predictable line ... and WHAM!!! from the back, a 200 lb. out of control groomer zoomer takes down my daughter. both skis release, she faceplants, and bozo skis down to the lift without stopping. she's not hurt, but we're both freaked.

2 minutes later we've joined up with my son who's stopped up by the lift, standing sideways at the fencepost with his tips pointing into the trail. i ski inside him and stop parallel to the fence, facing up. next thing you know another a-hole skis full speed straight over his tips, missing his body and mine by a good 8 or 12 inches. kid's on 148 cms then so skiing over the tips is by definition a near miss. again, no stop, no apology.

absolutely gaper hell.

then we go up the bigger hill, the area up toward stein's run. there'd been a 10" dump overnight, we got up there at 1:30 or so, and there was tons of fresh all over a bowl and in the woods, just piles and piles of unspoiled fluff. stayed in the trees and an ungroomed bowl or two.

absolutely fresh snow heaven.

so resoundingly yes, DV blows. i'd ski there again, for free, with both guns cocked and ready (for self defense that is).

btw the food's better at snowbasin.
post #50 of 54
The food is better at Snowbasin, or at least just as good, and the skiing is better, and the bathrooms are just as luxurious. The views are a lot nicer at Snowbasin too.
post #51 of 54
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Originally Posted by Ice Queen View Post
The food is better at Snowbasin, or at least just as good, and the skiing is better, and the bathrooms are just as luxurious. The views are a lot nicer at Snowbasin too.
All true. But why advertise it?
post #52 of 54
the poopers are nicer at Snowbasin. Me, I won't ski anywhere that doesn't have granite countertops and gold plated faucets in the men's room.
post #53 of 54
all I can say is between DV lodges and SB (from what people are saying, never been) they put most other areas to shame.

Then again, there's a certain charm about some low tech places like Magic or MRG too - the skiing's the thing there, different style. It is nice to at least have an unsmelly bathroom where everything works though.
post #54 of 54
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Originally Posted by ct55 View Post
all I can say is between DV lodges and SB (from what people are saying, never been) they put most other areas to shame.

Then again, there's a certain charm about some low tech places like Magic or MRG too - the skiing's the thing there, different style. It is nice to at least have an unsmelly bathroom where everything works though.
If you like Stratton / Okemo, DV's your place. Poseur world.

If you like Magic / MRG, but with a HUGE dose of nice, then make tracks for Snowbasin. Average of 785 people on the hill the 2 days I was there in early March. GREAT food. Crappers beyond compare.
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