Spring Break on the Slopes at Deer Valley

Spring break skiing is a venerated tradition among many families and college students—even couples see it as the perfect time to hit the slopes in spring’s balmier conditions. Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, is well poised for such a getaway, with lots of on-site lodging and easy access from the Salt Lake City airport. And, of course, it comes with famous Utah-grade snow and lots and lots of delicious places to eat. So grab your sunscreen and hold onto your hats: Here’s a quick and dirty guide to getting spring break perfectly right.

Step One: Stop What You’re Doing and Book Now

Book early to get the best deals on Deer Valley Resort ski packages.

Book early to get the best deals on Deer Valley Resort ski packages.

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When it comes to spring skiing, the sooner you book, the better. You can get in on some excellent lodging and dining packages that soften the price tag of your getaway. By booking early, you can snatch up discounts and ensure you’ll snag a spot in the resort’s beloved ski school for all the learners in your group. The ski school is impressively staffed, yet due to its excellent reputation for churning out happy, skilled skiers, it tends to book up during busy times.

Step Two: Plan a Fantastic Time

Planning your trip before your arrival can ensure that you get those dinner reservations and other activities booked before they sell out.

Planning your trip before your arrival can ensure that you get those dinner reservations and other activities booked before they sell out.

Deer Valley Resort

Phew. You snagged your room package—congrats. Now you can do a little research and hit up the resort concierge for recommendations and reservations. They enjoy helping guests customize their trips to make the whole group happy—whether that’s helping to snag tickets to a concert at a Main Street hotspot or hooking up some extra home-baked cookies for the kiddos.

Leave lots of wiggle room in your schedule for relaxing in the hot tub or playing board games in front of the fireplace, but do plan a few key things that are best done with reservations. Lunches tend to be casual and on-the-go at one of the many mid-mountain and base-area eateries. If it’s a balmy sunny day, hit up the deck at the Snow Park Lodge or Silver Lake Lodge and bask in the sunshine.

These deck areas are also perfect for après-ski fun, where adults can laze on "the beach" chairs outside Silver Lake and kids can play in the snow or snack on food from inside. For a more upscale open-air après, ride the funicular up to the St. Regis Hotel, whose luxe patio bar boasts gorgeous fire-pits and sweeping views of both of the area’s ski resorts.

There are tons of kid-friendly activities available during spring break—you can book a dog-sledding ride, go tubing outside the Montage Hotel, hit up Park City’s skating rink, or go eat gourmet candy apples on Main Street. If you’re missing your pets at home, or have animal lovers in your crew, make the 10-minute drive to the Nuzzles & Co. Pet Rescue Adoption Center. This colorful, happy place is a wonderful spot to sip cocoa and play with rescue cats, kittens, puppies, and dogs who love cuddling with visitors.

Step Three: Enjoy Your Mountain Time

Spring skiing in Utah can include fresh powder to play in.

Spring skiing in Utah can include fresh powder to play in.

Deer Valley Resort

You’re here for the mountain first and foremost, so enjoy long cruiser days around the resort. It’s the perfect way to de-stress and bond with family and friends. (It’s hard to be cranky on a chairlift.) Spring weather can go either way—you could hit a nice storm cycle and enjoy winter’s last batch of powder days, or you could land amid primo spring skiing conditions and schuss perfect morning corduroy and afternoon corn. So be sure to check the local weather forecast before you pack.

If you’re lucky enough to snag some spring powder, experiment with darting off-piste and really savoring every soft turn. (Beginners, never fear: you can book a ski lesson with the specific intention of getting more stable in powder.)

And if springtime shows its true colors, hit the slopes first thing in the morning to fly around on the resort’s impeccable corduroy groomers. They take pride in buffing out every run to buttery-smooth perfection, so your ski edges have something absolutely divine to dig into as you lean into turns.

Whatever the weather, leave your phone in your pocket, enjoy lift-ride conversation with friends old and new, and bask under the Wasatch mountain sky.

Originally written by RootsRated for Deer Valley.

Featured image provided by Deer Valley Resort

2 Responses

  1. Becky boggan says:

    What dates are they going to close the slopes this year??

  2. Deer Valley says:

    Hey Becky,

    Deer Valley Resort will close for the 2016/2017 ski season on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

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Steve KuehnTed Ligety....one of the greatest world class skiers on earth skiing at my favorite place on earth!! Thank you!! What great technique, balance, speed, carving and weight on downhill ski!!!😀😀😀❤️❤️❤️😀😀😀😀😀

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Steve KuehnI wish I could ski that well!! I am good and focus on the basics and technique, but I am nowhere near that good....Heaven on earth to me is skiing and / or teaching people to ski every day!!

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Lisa K SimpkinsNo wonder my favorite run was closed 2 weeks ago. He was going so fast I never saw him.

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Patricia Wollerok, maybe he goes a little, just a little faster than I... one think is certain, that is one of my favorite runs!

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Laura Nolle SpurlinEmily Spurlin Abby Spurlin this is my favorite run "mountaineer" !!⛷

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Tom ThomasVery impressive, Patty must be proud.

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Ted ForbesBill Mitchell I think you can take him

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Hideko ShimabukuroOMG that's so fast...! Made me dizzy watching it. 😅

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Dan PeoplesBill Liguori this looks a lot like Marc D. Lewis without the aqua green, one piece jump suit.

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James EvansLooks fantastic there at Deer Valley --- look forward to a Huge Season for Ted in 2017 / 2018 as well as the Winter Olympics . . .

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Effie Baramso rad having the mountain totally to yourself....VIP treatment

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Nikki GraceI want to go. Just not that fast.

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Miguel CamposRenzzo B Namuche ese weon skia igual a mi csm jajaja

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Barbara JonesThis is one of my favorite runs at Deer Valley!

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Kirk HoffmanI've skied that, but not quite in the same way!

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Joseph HamiltonJet propulsion?

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Michael O'SullivanYeah, and I would be just ahead of you 😜

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Karl ByrneThe true mountain sport, pure speed

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Arlen Gilbertpretty much how I imagine I look when I ski.

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Rachel O'SullivanMichael O'Sullivan this is what I look like on that run

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Elizabeth HaleIt even feels fun 😁😁

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