Skiing in Deer Valley began in the 1930s, with the Park City Winter Carnivals, and gained increasingly popular when the Works Progress Administration built the first ski trails along with other facilities in 1936. The first ski lifts appeared in 1946, in the area that was called Snow Park Ski Area at the time. In 1981, Edgar Stern founded the Deer Valley Resort in the same area, which today includes six mountains, Little Baldy Peak (7,950ft), Bald Eagle Mountain (8,400ft), Bald Mountain (9,400ft), Flagstaff Mountain (9,100ft), Empire (9,570ft), and Lady Morgan (9,000ft), with 670 acres of snowmaking and 930 acres of glade skiing totaling a massive 2,026 acres.
A Resort of Firsts
The Deer Valley Ski Resort is one of the first to offer ski valets to their guests to carry ski gear from their cars to the slopes and the first to refer to their customers as ‘guests,’ similar to hotels. The Deer Valley Ski Resort also has a state licensed child-care facility on site and much more. In the 2002 Winter Olympics, the resort was venue site for the freestyle moguls, alpine and aerial slalom events. It also hosts various other competitions for the International Ski Federation on a regular basis. The base altitude is 6,570 feet (2,000m), while the altitude in the mid-mountain area is 8,100 feet (2,468m) and the Empire summit is 9,570 feet (2,916m).
Accessing Deer Valley Resort is easy. All visitors have to do when they arrive at the Salt Lake City International Airport is rent a car or hop in a shuttle to get to Deer Valley, which is 36 miles away via the interstate highways.
The Ultimate Family Vacation
The two famous slopes at the Deer Valley Ski Resort are without a doubt, Lady Morgan, accessed via Lady Morgan Express and Flagstaff Mountain, which is serviced by four high-speed quads and a triple chair. The two slopes are ideal spots for families since they offer beginner, intermediate and advanced trails that meet back at the chairlifts.
Winter at Deer Valley
The Deer Valley Ski Resort’s winter season is between December and April. The resort also offers an award-winning ski school where beginners can go to learn how to ski before hitting the slopes, and three ski rental shops where visitors can rent the equipment they need during their stay at the Deer Valley Ski Resort. The resort has much to offer in children’s adventure, including education programs on the local wildlife and environment so that children can have a learning experience along with enjoying the various activities that have been set up for children. Although there are some large ski resorts in the area, the Deer Valley Ski Resort caters to an upscale crowd and has much more to offer such as free parking shuttles, free ski valets and fine dining, lodging, and shopping options at the main lodge.