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Need "have to's" for Vail and Deer Valley

post #1 of 17
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The ski gods have been oh so kind to me this year. After skiing the East Coast for four decades, I will be heading to Vail for six days in late Feb and to Deer Valley for four in early March. Never been out there. To make the best of it, I am looking to you folks in the know to recommend what you consider to be "have to's" at each - trails you have to ski, resturaunts/bars have to taste, sights have to see, etc.
Thanks all.
David
post #2 of 17
Well.... the good news is, if you are at Deer Valley, you aren't all that far from Snowbird.
post #3 of 17
apparently you have to dress like these people

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Originally Posted by PrincessGruntyPuffs View Post
There are lots of great things about Deer Valley.....sometimes you just want a day to rip long steep groomers and eat turkey chili. There's also an abundance of visual entertainment. Here are some selections from this spring's fashion show on a warm weekend.

Thanks to Tradygirl, she's a great accomplice!


My Day Just Got Brighter!



Fantastic in Fila



Stylin' On Snowblades



Pretty in Pink



Baggy 'n Fanny



Meow! Good Kitty!



Lurch Does Bogner



The Great Gaiter Gaper



Power Couple



One Badass Mofo



Hello? Fashion Police?



Fartbag Fatigue

honestly though DV can have some great powder in the trees. otherwise its far from the best skiing in utah, and its doesnt even have the nicest lodges.
post #4 of 17
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apparently you have to dress like these people



honestly though DV can have some great powder in the trees. otherwise its far from the best skiing in utah, and its doesnt even have the nicest lodges.
Perhaps so, but it does have free lodging in a luxury condo for me. Amazing how something like that can adjust your expectations.
post #5 of 17
As others said - make sure you visit different resorts while in UT. My family likes DV - it is our favorite out of 3 resorts in Park City area. But even for us it is become too boring to ski there for more than 2 days.
We just come back from 5 day trip and we did ski DV ( first and 4th day) plus day each in Alta, Brighton and Snowbasin. Everything is within 40 min drive ( 1.15 for Snowbasin) and you can plan based on weather - watch for road closures in LCC.
Since we know DV well we skied there when visibility was bad - but we know our way around. Take a free mountain tour in DV ( twice daily)
post #6 of 17
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As others said - make sure you visit different resorts while in UT. My family likes DV - it is our favorite out of 3 resorts in Park City area. But even for us it is become too boring to ski there for more than 2 days.
We just come back from 5 day trip and we did ski DV ( first and 4th day) plus day each in Alta, Brighton and Snowbasin. Everything is within 40 min drive ( 1.15 for Snowbasin) and you can plan based on weather - watch for road closures in LCC.
Since we know DV well we skied there when visibility was bad - but we know our way around. Take a free mountain tour in DV ( twice daily)
Like the mountain tour idea. Tx.
post #7 of 17
If skiing at Deer Valley it is required that everything you wear is a famous designer brand and is color coordinated. Preferably with genuine fox, mink or other fur.

Seriously, the skiing in the trees and some of the bowls and chutes are pretty good but the Cottonwood Canyon resorts are twice as good.
post #8 of 17
One of my "have to's" at Vail now is to Apres at the Chophouse in Lionshed. It's new this year and is the same as the one in Beaver Creek. Have the incredible truffled pomme frites. When on the slopes --- just enjoy the nice soft snow. On the front side, I love doing laps on the Northwoods lift. Oh, and have lunch at Two Elk Lodge! If I think of any more of my "have to's", I'll let you know. You'll have a great time, I'm sure!!
post #9 of 17
Blue Sky Basin at Vail.
post #10 of 17
Let us know when your out in Colo. "have to's" should include skiing with a few of the locals, Were all not Ax Murders, but some do have some Bad Habbits!
post #11 of 17
I'll second Blue Sky Basin at Vail.

While the front-side is awesome, there is nothing in the US to compare to the Back Bowls if you like off-piste. You'll see.
post #12 of 17
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I'll second Blue Sky Basin at Vail.

While the front-side is awesome, there is nothing in the US to compare to the Back Bowls if you like off-piste. You'll see.

Uhhhh I wouldn't go that far......BSB is nice and all and the back bowls can be nice if the conditions are right but there are MUCH better off piste places to ski in the US assuming you are lookin for more than intermediate off piste. I like Vail but it is far from the best off piste skiing in the US. I can think of 7 or 8 places in CO alone that have it beat.
post #13 of 17
The best thing about DV is that The Canyons are down the street, and LCC / BCC and Snowbasin aren't that far away. I was there last Saturday, and the gaper factor was just so high it was pathetic.

If you're at Flail, there's A-Basin, Breck and others close by. At Fail, I like Gandy Dancer and Riva Ridge. The bowls are OK, and Blue Sky underwhelms me.
post #14 of 17
I will give DV 2 thumbs up. I wasn't pampered there like so many suggest. The turkey chili is some of the best food I have ever tasted at a mountain resort. The tree skiing is just fantastic and really pretty to look at. The crowd is spread out and with the detachable quads EVERYWHERE there was never a lift line. Depending on how well you ski, you may enjoy Empire Canyon. Some pretty gnarly lines right there!! The weather can be gorgeous there. The snow can be plentiful and I never look at what other skiers wear for clothing.....that doesn't matter to me.

Dang, I guess I give DV 10 thumbs up!! I mean really, what's wrong with the place??

Oh, by the way....I took 374 pictures in a week at Utah. I refer to the DV photos as often as I do Snowbird's, Alta's and Solitude, though they all present world class photographic opportunities.

You're gonna love DV....I bet ya??

That said, ALL of Utah's mountains are really spectacular!!
post #15 of 17
Wow - such hostility toward DV (as usual).

Deer Valley, my favorites:
Ontario Bowl
Triangle Trees
Perserverence
Conviction
Sunset (its a long green with great views and some fun trees between the bends)
Dynamic

Vail, my favorites:
China Bowl
Game Creek area (sort of isolated lift)
prima
blue ox

I have not been to Vail since they opened Blue Sky Basin but it looks like a must hit for pretty much a whole day.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
All good stuff. Will stuff this thread in my jacket pocket. Thanks. David
post #17 of 17
It cracks me up how much thought and energy goes into complaining about Deer Valley and the people that ski there. Yes the gaper factor is high, but honestly who really cares? There's never a lift line, it's no more expensive to ski there than most other major destination resorts (yes I know the cottonwoods are cheaper), the food is great and there's some good skiing. I can think of a lot worse than Deer Valley. I really don't bother to pay attention to what other people are wearing, and the more they talk on their cell phones on the lodge deck is one less person competing with me for fresh snow.
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