After a 15 year hiatus, I returned to the Deer Valley/Park City ski area and this time with kids in tow! My husband and I used to frequent Park City before we had kids but for one reason or another never made it back with kids. We returned with our two teenagers and extended family for a mid-winter break ski trip. Not much has changed except a few more luxury hotels (Montage, St. Regis) and a lot more traffic. The expansive views are still fabulously the same. I forgot how beautiful the Wasatch Range is.
The proximity of this resort to Salt Lake City International Airport is a breeze. With only about a 45-minute drive door-to-door you can ski all day and still make a 6pm flight out.
Here’s my take on Deer Valley.
Deer Valley for the …
Organic Foodie – We joined old neighbors who live in Park City for one of the best meals I’ve had in years at The Farm. Don’t be afraid of the Canyons Resort location. This farm-to-table restaurant deserves all the accolades it receives.
Rich and Famous – Forget staying at one of the shi-shi resorts, rent a house (mansion) in the Deer Crest Development. These mega multi-million dollar homes have never ending views and easy ski-in/ski-out access with a gondola that is basically their own. Find a few families and share the cost.
Spoiled Girl – I just had the privilege of staying at the Four Seasons Whistler and fell in love with the ski concierge service of assisting me with taking my ski boots on and off. Word has it that the Montage Deer Valley does this as well. It makes me feel like a little girl again when I could count on my daddy to help me!
Food Lover – We’re all used to paying enormous amounts for ski lodge lunch food but Deer Valley makes it worthwhile. Their lodge food tops all other resorts that I’ve visited. If I lived there, I’d probably find a way to sneak in just for the food.
Townie – For those of us that love the authenticity of an old mining town (i.e. Aspen) versus a corporately designed ski resort (i.e. Vail), you will love the town of Park City. This is a real deal town! Yes, there are all the prerequisite ski resort stores but the charm of the old buildings make you feel that you are exploring a true ski town. The shopping is fun, too!
Movie Buff – If you can’t make it to Park City during the Sundance Film Festival, then make sure you stop in Robert Redford’s restaurant, Zoom, for a delicious dinner. Or better yet, take an hour drive and ski at his Sundance Resort.
Finicky Skier – If you don’t like what you see at one resort, you have a plethora of resorts to choose from. Within a one hour drive you can ski at Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Canyons/Park City, Snowbird, or Sundance. What more could you ask for???