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Does Deer Valley have anything cheap?

post #1 of 17
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I'll be staying at Park City area, and will be looking for fast food, gas stations and supermarkets... but when I go to ski at Deer Valley, are they going to have anything cheap... or is everything high-end a la Aspen quality?
post #2 of 17
I always love the presumed exorbitance of Deer Valley. The truth is that DV lodge food is no more or less expensive than any other resort. It's all too expensive.

The difference is that the quality at DV is exponentially higher. Yes, lunch will cost you 8 to 12 bucks, but it will be fresh, tasty, copious, fast, comfortable, and the servers will actually be friendly to you.

Now, if you go to a privately operated establishment at DV (e.g., Stein's, Glitterind, Goldener Hirsch), you are going to be paying a lot more, but again, it is a whole different deal than a bowl of chili and oatmeal raisin cookie, and probably not something you want to do every day down the slopes.

Or, go to Albertson's and shove Cliff Bars in your coat, and wash 'em down with the free water found at every lodge on the mountain.

Have fun.
post #3 of 17
Ditto
Nothing is cheap at DV but if you're looking for groomed cruisers, good food at lunch, good service and a mostly adult ambiance it's worth it.
It unapologetically what it is.
post #4 of 17
the food at DV really isn't that pricey. For what you get, it's actually not bad value.

for instance, one of my favourites there is a the grilled cheese sandwich at the lodge... in the area below Daly Chutes (I'm getting old and can't remember the names of these places any more!). From memory, it was $7.50 USD 2 winters ago, and you got the sandwich (sourdough and a big lump of melting cheese), a pickle and some chips.

We were at The Canyons after that, and the most average hamburger and chips and a drink came close to $20. Not in the same ballpark, at all.
post #5 of 17
Start the day at DV with the banana butter pancakes and I guarantee you'll spend less than normal on lunch.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by ant View Post
the food at DV really isn't that pricey.
Yeah, I have been having a hard time finding a top notch restaurant for a special occasion, something in the league of Montagna in Aspen, there doesn't seem to be anything, which really surprises me.
post #7 of 17
DV Lunch = Turkey Chili with "everything"

Salad = optional accessory.

Last I was there, it was a pretty darn good deal for on-mountain food.

IIRC there were some OK options at Goldener Hirsch - all of a 30 second walk from the beach.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by crystal View Post
Yeah, I have been having a hard time finding a top notch restaurant for a special occasion, something in the league of Montagna in Aspen, there doesn't seem to be anything, which really surprises me.
I think the Mariposa is one of the upmarket swanky places at DV, it gets good reviews. I never went to any swanky places so best check first though. I thought Stein's was fairly upmarket too?
post #9 of 17
Agreed...Mariposa is one of the best restaurants in PC. Pricey but great.
post #10 of 17
its been quite a while since i have been there but it was without a doubt the best on-mountain food I have ever had and like others have said it is no more expensive than any other destination resort.
post #11 of 17
I believe a chair on the beach is free. Pack a lunch.

Seriously though the food is pretty good there. You get what you pay for at least there. You just gotta be willing to pay for or it.
post #12 of 17
I too get a laugh out of the "Deer Valley is sooooooo expensive" arguments. Slopeside accomodations are expensive, mainly because there aren't many options besides large houses and condos. But lift tickets and food are no more expensive than any other destination resort. In fact they may be a few bucks cheaper. Two years ago I paid $69 for a lift ticket, while most other destination resorts were around $80 or more. The food quality is night and day over most other resorts as well.

Deer Valley is what it is. If you like groomers and great service, you'll be in heaven. Otherwise, head somewhere else.
post #13 of 17
Actually, the service isn't so great. Out on the hill, there's a nervous edge to it, like they're under scrutiny constantly and waiting to be torn up for whatever they've done/haven't done.

I've skiied there for years, and the in-lodge service is superb, but teh outside on hill service is a bit disturbing.

And the grooming is terrible, they can make ice on a powder day, and usually do.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by ChrisBowers View Post

Deer Valley is what it is. If you like groomers and great service, you'll be in heaven. Otherwise, head somewhere else.

You got that right...I was there for my first and last time a couple years ago. Bathrooms were great, but they groomed nearly everything on a powder day!!
post #15 of 17
Depends on what you compare it to

I love the lunch there because it's great quality and it's medium price, at least compared with places around here like Stowe and Stratton. So the value proposition to me is much better hands down at Deer.

So for example - burger, fries (or salad) soda drink at Stratton or Stowe- $15-$20.

Deer Valley: Salad bar (extensive, much better quality) and entree (carving station etc), soup, bread, drink, nice silverware and table service: $20-$25.
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by nogophers View Post
Bathrooms were great, but they groomed nearly everything on a powder day!!
Yeah, I can't stand it when they groom Daly Chutes, Daly Bowl, Ontario Bowl, Lady Morgan Bowl, all the gladed skiing at Lady Morgan, all the gladed skiing below Ontario . . . oh wait, they don't.

You must just spend all your time in the bathroom.
post #17 of 17
Agreed - there's a lot of good skiing at Deer! A lot of groomers yes but also some great stashes if you know where to ski ....
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