#SkiTheDifference Tip Series – Week 3


Early Season Conditions, Ski Aware

Early season is typically when a resort’s snow pack is the shallowest. Conditions may differ a lot from your last day of skiing the previous season. Transitions from steep to flat and flat to steep may be more apparent than you remember on both groomed and ungroomed trails.

Be sure to check with a Mountain Host or member of ski patrol before venturing off-piste. You may encounter fallen trees, stumps, and rocks that are yet to be buried by the increasing snow depth. All of these elements can be very playful for a skier to enjoy, once you know where they are. Until then take it slow so these terrain changes don’t sneak up on you, especially when the light is flat and they are more difficult to see. This mindset can help keep you stay safe so you can ski all season!

Read the rest of the series:
Week 1 – Come prepared
Week 2 – Tune ups


Derek Althof has 16 years experience in the ski industry and is Deer Valley’s ski school training manager and an alpine examiner and clinic leader for the Professional Ski Instructors of America’s Central and Intermountain Divisions. Derek learned to ski at age four and has had a passion for good skiing ever since.

We hope you enjoy our weekly skiing tips. Please remember that they can help but will not eliminate risks, as skiing is a dynamic sport. These tips are meant to help you build skills and progress for a more enjoyable skiing experience.


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Deer Valley Resort Honored as United States’ Best Ski Resort

Deer Valley Resort has received the distinction of United States’ Best Ski Resort by the World Ski Award’s 2015 Ski Oscars. For the third consecutive year, Deer Valley garnered the title from a short list of USA finalists, and was the country winner. The World’s Best Awards was announced November 21, 2015, at the 2015 Ski Oscars Award Gala Ceremony held in the legendary winter sports destination of Kitzbühel, Austria.


Deer Valley earned United States’ Best Ski Resort from more than a million votes cast across the globe by leading ski tourism professionals worldwide, as well as hundreds of thousands of ski and luxury travel consumers from 127 countries.

“The Ski Oscars is the definitive awards program within global ski tourism,” said Sion Rapson, managing director of the World Ski Awards. “The winners serve to define the standards of the ski industry, thus inspiring others to raise the guest experience and stimulate new demand.”

World’s Best Ski Hotel title was once again bestowed upon Stein Eriksen Lodge, located slopeside at Deer Valley Resort. As the grand finale and highlight of this year’s Ski Oscars Award Ceremony, a special discretionary accolade for Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism was given to ski legend and Deer Valley Director of Skiing Stein Eriksen.

Stein Eriksen races in the Oslo Olympics.

Stein Eriksen races in the Oslo Olympics.

“With benchmarks set by Deer Valley’s founding visionary, Edgar Stern, and the resort’s ties with Stein Eriksen and the Lodge which bears his name, its no wonder that this luxury offering we have built continues to set the standard when it comes to ski vacations,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort. “We are honored to carry the title of United States’ Best Ski Resort.”

The World Ski Awards is part of the World Travel Awards, serving as “the Oscars of the travel industry” for the past 22 years. To learn more about the prestigious award, please visit: WorldSkiAwards.com

About World Ski Awards
Launched in 2012 as the sister event to the World Travel Awards, World Ski Awards is the first ever global initiative to celebrate and reward excellence in the ski hospitality industry. World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the WTA brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. The World Travel Awards’ annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the travel and tourism industry.

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Deer Valley Winter Menu Tasting

All in. That’s the only attitude to adopt when the annual Deer Valley Winter Menu Tasting invitation arrives. It is the best reason, ever, to take a one-night (…and morning? More on that, later.) hiatus from my wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free eating habits. Savoring the flavors of the ski season, Deer Valley style, is the way


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