Deer Valley Resort

Ron Thompson
SnowPak Local Insider
Ron Thompson
  • Skiers only so you won't have to share the slopes with snowboarders
  • Fanastic long groomed trails
  • Fast and efficient lift system
  • Abundance of reliable snowfall
  • Amazing customer service and luxury facilities
  • Skiers only unfortunately means no entry for snowboarders
  • Expensive ski resort
  • Not much snow in the early season
  • Limited nightlife during the week; shops and restaurants close early

Deer Valley Resort Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Homestead Resort
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
69% off $446
Prospector Accommodations by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
57% off $960
Carriage House Condominiums by All Seasons Resort Lodging
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
51% off $1,497

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Another skiers-only resort in Utah, Deer Valley is all about the pampering. From ski valets to four and five diamond lodging, the 5-star service here fits hand in hand with their incredible skiing over five separate peaks. To top it all off, the abundance of famous Utah powder that falls at Deer Valley makes it an unmissable ski resort.

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

February to early March

February to early March are the best times to visit Deer Valley as the early season doesn’t see much snow. The same goes for anytime after mid-march when the weather gets warmer and crowds flock in for spring break.


Salt Lake City International Airport


Deer Valley Resort (45 minutes - 1 hour)

Base of Deer Valley (Walk)

  • Accommodation including ski-in/ski-out lodging available in Snow Park Area
  • Suitable for large families or groups
  • Expensive yet more affordable than lodging around Silver Lake Lodge

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On-mountain Deer Valley (Walk)

  • Lodging in Silver Lake area (mid-mountain) and Empire Canyon area (upper-mountain)
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation and slopeside condos
  • Expensive

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Park City (2-3 km)

  • Wide range of dining, shopping and affordable to luxury lodging options
  • 5-10 minute drive to Deer Valley
  • Free bus system to take you around town and the resort

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Salt Lake City (53-56 km)

  • Plenty of dining and shopping options
  • Wide range of affordable and luxury lodging
  • 45 minutes drive to Deer Valley

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For beginners

With green trails across 4 of its 5 mountains, beginners will have no trouble finding suitable trails here! Never-evers can start off in beginner area near Snow Park Lodge while Success off the Carpenter Express and Ontario off Quincy Express are great long runs for practicing twists and turns. For those looking to take it to the next level, Bandana off Ruby Express is a bit steeper, making it a nice progression trail.

For intermediates

Deer Valley spoils intermediates with ideal steepness and grooming on every mountain peak and chairlift! The best variety of groomed blue runs can be found off the Northside Express. The Sterling Express offers access to tons of challenging runs but beware they get a little icy and moguly later in the day. Of all these runs, nothing is like our favourite, the Jordanelle, a double-blue that's long and fast!

For experts

While there's more extreme terrain over at Snowbird, advanced and experts will find something to enjoy at Deer Valley! The scary steepness of the Daly Chutes will keep experts on their toes while the runs off Empire Express are plenty of fun serving up tons of vertical and fresh powder thanks to its high altitude! If you're a fan of bowls, Empire Bowl and Lady Morning Bowl are not to be missed.

Find freshies

No snowboarders mean snow stays fresher for longer! While Deer Valley isn't the largest resort, freshies don't actually get tracked out easily but you should still consult the daily grooming map before heading out for the ungroomed runs. If you love a bit of tree skiing, our pick for the best spot to find freshies is in the trees at Empire!

Ditch the crowds

The Northside Express is the busiest lift in the resort; avoid it during 10:30am to 2:00pm. Instead, opt for the less crowded areas around Jordanelle Express Gondola, Sultan Express, Mayflower and Lady Morgan Express. For beginners, the Ontario green run gets packed in the afternoon with slow tired skiers so head over to Bandana run instead!

Non skiers

There is not a lot to offer for non-skiers other than snowmobile and snowshoe tours at the resort but off-mountain, there is tubing at Gorgoza Park! Nearby Park City also has a ton of activities and sights, as does Salt Lake City though it's much further away.


Deer Valley is great for families with plenty of easier trails around Flagstaff Mountain. There are also a range of varying difficulty runs that lead back to the Empire Canyon Lodge, making it a perfect spot for families with different abilities to meet up at the end.

Deer Valley Resort

Deer Valley ResortAlta Ski Resort
beginner27 %25 %
intermediate41 %40 %
advanced27 %35 %
expert5 %-
total runs101 116
ski area820ha 890ha
summit elevation2,917m 3,216m
total lifts21 11
child lift ticket$32 USD ($47 AUD) $54 USD ($80 AUD)
adult lift ticket$145 USD ($214 AUD) $104 USD ($154 AUD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall389cm 686cm

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Deer Valley Resort Reviews

Superb 4.7 / 5
based on 34 reviews

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Superb!5 / 5Sep 26, 2019
Deer Valley Resort ReviewsSholom W.
intermediate skier
One of my favorite resorts! When i went, i was skiing with a buddy of mine and an instructor from the mountain offered us a free tour and lessons on the mountain. We had a great time. Great conditions, great runs and overall a great experience.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Jul 01, 2019
PKPatrick K.
advanced skier
Deer valley is gorgeous!! A bit posh for my liking but they have spared no expense making this a luxury experience. Great terrain and a fantastic staff make it a great experience. I like to go for the numerous national events and competitions held there.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Dec 04, 2018
Deer Valley Resort ReviewsJim G.
advanced skier
It’s the most luxurious ski resort I’ve ever been to. The employees cater to guests need. It may have been the best customer service I have ever experienced. The ski runs are also great and a good variety of runs for all skill levels. My all-time favorite ski resort.... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 28, 2017
beginner skier
I hope I will wi. The resort is amazing. It has tons of trails and lifts. The staff is very friendly. More over you could only ski in these resort there are no snowboarding. I love Deer valley resort. The only downside it is very expensive to me.... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 11, 2017
POPatrick O.
intermediate skier
It was an absolutely awesome experience. Intermediate slopes varied a lot in difficulty so beware of that. Otherwise, good food and best in class service. Tons of powder compared to other resorts nearby that were very icey.... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 07, 2017
RKRichard K.
intermediate snowboarder
I plan to return this season. I enjoyed my time immensely and found it very accessible including uber to and from Salt Lake City. The restaurants in town were very good but crowded and hard to make reservations at.... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 06, 2017
DADawna A.
intermediate skier
This is our favorite resort. We go every year, if we can afford it or not. We love Deer Valley. Each year our group grows. Family and friends want to go after they hear us talk about it. ... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 28, 2017
SSSandip S.
One of my favorite resorts. Runs of all abilities. The report is known for the groomers, but has plenty of bumps, glades, and powder to choose from. Stein's way is my favourite run with views to die for. The meal options are gourmet as well ...
Superb!5 / 5Oct 09, 2017
MSMary S.
I loved it the ski school was great for my daughter. I live in Las Vegas a easy drive up to Deer valley, i would go all the time if I had a season pass. I lived in Vail many years ago and know how valuable a ski pass is.
Superb!5 / 5Sep 21, 2013
The travel time is excellent and the runs are amazing. The thing that sets Deer Valley apart to me is the friendliness of the staff and the excellent service you receive there.

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