Indulge in Deer Valley: 8 Most Popular Dishes Not To Miss on Your Next Ski Vacation

The only thing better than skiing at Deer Valley Resort just might be eating at Deer Valley®. This full-service ski resort in Park City, Utah is famous for its award-winning cuisine—like legendary Turkey Chili and giant chocolate chip cookies—served in a spectacular mountain setting. Whether you fancy a fast slopeside lunch or crave a gourmet fire-cooked dinner, here are the can’t-miss meals at Deer Valley Resort.

1. Crab Legs at the Seafood Buffet

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Seafood lovers won’t know where to start at Deer Valley’s famous Seafood Buffet.

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Watch the Snow Park Lodge transform from a skier’s cafeteria to a fancy nightly buffet that’s heaven for seafood lovers. Rated by Zagat as one of America’s Top Restaurants, the sheer array and quality of the cuisine make it easy to love. Start with the Natural Buffet where overflowing bowls of Dungeness and Opilio crab legs, smoked salmon, boiled shrimp, artisan cheeses, and Greek and Caesar salads make deciding how to fill your plate a bit overwhelming.

Round out your meal with seasonal specialties like seared-to-order ahi tuna, honey-glazed sablefish, roasted brown sugar-glazed acorn squash, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. While it’s called the Seafood Buffet, the hand-carved prime rib and free-range roasted duck are also standouts. Save room for the exquisite desserts: banana pecan cake, vanilla bean crème brûlée, and the Deer Valley Chocolate Snowball—a chocolate flourless torte wrapped in whipped cream.

2. Turkey Chili at Snowshoe Tommy’s

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You’ll find Deer Valley’s famous Turkey Chili at several locations on the mountain.

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Famous for a good reason, Deer Valley Turkey Chili is available in different iterations all over the mountain. Ski in to Snowshoe Tommy’s at the top of Bald Mountain to hit pause on your ski day and play on Turkey Chili served the classic way. This quick-serve cabin dishes it up in a cup or bowl topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, onions, and diced tomatoes. Can’t get enough? Pop by Deer Valley Grocery~Café to stock up on fresh or frozen batches or bagged mix to take home.

3. Turkey Chili Nachos at Edgar’s Beer and Spirits Lounge

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Nothing hits the spot like turkey chili nachos.

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When your ski day’s done, wind down at EBS Lounge at the resort base with a handcrafted cocktail or Utah beer paired with a heaping plate of Turkey Chili nachos. Nachos are an après-ski food favorite, and Deer Valley’s twist takes this classic to the next level. The giant plate comes heaped with blue corn tortilla chips covered in Turkey Chili, melted cheddar cheese, green onions, and cilantro sour cream—and it’s best shared with a hungry crowd.

4. Vietnamese Pho at Bald Mountain Pho

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A warm bowl of pho is the perfect midday meal.

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Ski cuisine is evolving beyond burgers and fries, and the best new way to warm up on a cold day is at the new ski day fave—Bald Mountain Pho. This traditional Vietnamese soup is served mid-mountain inside Silver Lake Lodge, and diners can choose between rich beef or ginger mushroom broth, or the two broths mixed together for a distinctively delicious flavor. Add rice noodles and thin-sliced Wagyu beef or tofu and shiitake mushrooms next, then top your bowl with fresh bean sprouts, lime wedges, sliced jalapeños, Thai basil, mint, and as much spicy sauce as you can handle.

5. Swiss Raclette at Fireside Dining

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Dining fireside is a Deer Valley tradition.

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Be transported to the European Alps at Empire Canyon Lodge’s Fireside Dining, where a ski lodge is transformed nightly into a four-course dinner served from stone fireplaces. To enhance your experience, climb in the horse-drawn sleigh piled high with blankets for a ride across Deer Valley’s snowy terrain.

A favorite Deer Valley dining experience for kids and adults alike, the meal begins with Swiss raclette heated over an open fire that pairs with steamed potatoes, fresh baguettes, cured Swiss and Italian meats, cornichons, and pearl onions. Next, go from fireplace-to-fireplace filling your plate with roasted leg of lamb, hearty stews, and fresh salads.

Be sure to save room for the most anticipated fireplace of all: dessert. Indulge in chocolate, caramel, and white chocolate Grand Marnier fondue coupled with fresh strawberries, bananas, apples, dried apricots, cinnamon pound cake, cookie bites, and almond biscotti.

6. Natural Salad Buffet at Empire Canyon Grill

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Create your own salads at the Empire Canyon Grill.

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Take in views of the Daly Bowl and Chutes while feasting on healthy cuisine at Empire Canyon Grill. The Natural Salad Buffet here features classic Caesar and field green salads alongside pasta, grain, and veggie dishes like asian noodles and lemon broccoli penne pasta. Add to your plate with freshly baked bread, imported artisan cheeses, marinated wild mushrooms, and a wide selection of dressings. After a ski lunch this good for you, don’t think twice about snagging a jumbo snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, or oatmeal raisin cookie for the chairlift.

7. Brick Oven Tandoori Shrimp Skillet at The Brass Tag

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The Brass Tag has an oven-fired tandoori shrimp dish that’s not to be missed.

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Tucked upstairs at the Lodges at Deer Valley, The Brass Tag’s claim to fame is brick oven cuisine ranging from seafood skillets and flatbread pizzettes to oven-baked chocolate chip cookies and brownies. Kick off your après feast here with the chimichurri chips—thin, crispy potato chips topped with cheddar cheese, gruyère, bacon, and scallions. Follow it with a shrimp skillet, your choice of sauces, coconut cilantro jasmine rice, and plenty of naan bread. Not a shrimp fan? Try the brick oven-cooked Margherita Pizzette, a flatbread topped with slow-roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, and housemade mozzarella.

8. Creative Plates at The Mariposa

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Enjoy fine dining at The Mariposa.

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For fine dining and special occasions, The Mariposa’s mid-mountain location at Silver Lake Lodge is the perfect place to celebrate. With a blend of classic and current cuisine, including vegetarian and tasting menus, The Mariposa rated #1 restaurant in Utah by the Zagat Restaurant Guide, provides a memorable dining experience. Guest favorites include the bison fillet paired with local artisan brie, beurre blanc and lemon gnocchi, and seared sea scallops.

Make a dining reservation at deervalley.com or please call 435-645-6632 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., MST.

Originally written by RootsRated Media for Deer Valley.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Freestyle Skiing at Deer Valley

Most skiers who flock to Utah to enjoy the state’s characteristic dry, light powder and world-class resorts know Deer Valley® as a premier ski destination with a reputation for perfectly groomed runs, posh service, and gourmet dining experiences. However, Deer Valley also has a long history with the competitive side of skiing and hosting international ski competitions. Thanks to the 2002 Winter Olympics, hosted nearby in Salt Lake City, the resort enjoys a legacy of ski competition, and today, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams are still based in Park City, Utah. The year 2017 marks the 20th year of international and world competitions hosted at Deer Valley Resort, including the aforementioned Olympics, two World Championships, and 16 World Cups.

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Freestyle skiing has hosted many of its biggest events at Deer Valley Resort.

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“Deer Valley has been hosting successful international freestyle skiing competitions for over 15 years due to our long-standing relationship with both USSA and FIS (International Ski Federation),” says Bob Wheaton, president and chief operating officer of Deer Valley Resort. “We are committed to supporting these organizations, the athletes and the sport of skiing.”

When did it all begin? Deer Valley Resort hosted its first World Cup event in 2000, in preparation for hosting the XIX Olympic Winter Games in 2002. Before the resort could host an Olympic competition, it was required to do two ‘test’ World Cup events as dress rehearsals for February 2002. The Deer Valley stop on the World Cup circuit is now an athlete and fan favorite. The World Cup event attracts up to 8,000 spectators, and the Deer Valley team takes pride in providing a superb competition experience for the athletes, guests, community, and event workers.

Previewing the Competition Season

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The FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup returns to Deer Valley in January.

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This January, Deer Valley will host the 2018 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup (January 10-12, 2018), during which the world’s best freestyle skiers will come together to twist, fly, and race their way to the podium on the same runs used during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Best of all, the events are free to the public.

Next year, Deer Valley will host the 2019 World Championships, a biannual event during which the best ski racers on the planet come together to compete in 25 different medal events. The snowboard, freestyle, and freeski competition categories will be held at Park City Mountain, Deer Valley, and Solitude. The moguls and aerials events in particular will take place at Deer Valley Resort.

All of Deer Valley’s World Cup events take place at night under the lights and are free to the public. You can park at Snow Park Lodge or use the free Park City Transit bus system which has a bus stop right outside the lodge for easy access. Guests can either take the conveyor lifts and then Snowflake chairlift up to the course, or the Burns chairlift up, and then walk the rest of the way to the large viewing area.

A World-Class Venue for All

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Former Alpine Olympian Heidi Voelker is Deer Valley Resort’s Ambassador of Skiing.

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Some of the ski runs and facilities skiers still enjoy today were originally created for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The “Champion” ski run was created in 1997 for completion in 2000, in time for Deer Valley’s first World Cup moguls event. The “White Owl” ski run’s aerial course has been in existence since 1998. The existing “Know You Don’t” ski run was naturally suited for the Olympic slalom course. Both the Champion and White Owl courses are still used today for Deer Valley’s annual World Cup events.

Because of the Olympic and competition legacy in Park City, many past Olympians live in the area. To take advantage of this resource, Deer Valley launched their Ski With A Champion program last winter (2016-17). With Ski with a Champion, visitors can ski with Deer Valley Resort’s Ambassador of Skiing, Heidi Voelker, or one of six other Olympic snowsport athletes. While not a lesson, a full- or half-day Ski with a Champion experience includes access to the ski school lane at all chairlifts, a big benefit on busy days. Instead of waiting in lift lines, your biggest challenge will simply be keeping up with your champion!

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With the Ski with A Champion Program at Deer Valley Resort, you can ski with Heidi Voelker or one of six other Olympic snowsport athletes.

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When you come to Deer Valley this winter, you can watch a championship competition as a spectator and take advantage of the world-class amenities (including ski runs and features built exclusively for world champions). You can explore the mountain with a ski champion of your own for a day, or learn even more about this ski destination’s Olympic past at the Utah Olympic Park. While there, tour the museum that chronicles the state’s Olympic history, watch current ski teams train (summer or winter) and observe (or try!) the Olympic luge track, all inspiration for your next trip up the lift.

Originally written by RootsRated Media for Deer Valley.

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