Five Things to Know about Deer Valley Resort Mountain Biking

Utah’s Wasatch Range has plenty of mountain biking trails and resorts, but Deer Valley Resort in Park City stands alone. Nowhere else will you find such a range of lift-served downhill trails, from technical singletrack to scenic cross-country and smooth flow trails.

Plus, the trails have ridiculous views: dramatic mountains, seas of wildflowers, alpine meadows, aspen groves and pine forests. It’s reminiscent of the scenery in The Sound of Music—and biking here makes you want to burst into song. Here are five tips on making the most of a mountain bike trip to Deer Valley.

1. Start Your Day at Snow Park

"Nail Driver," a friendly singletrack updated in 2015, is the main artery of Deer Valley's trail network.

“Nail Driver,” a friendly singletrack updated in 2015, is the main artery of Deer Valley’s trail network.

The best place to park is Snow Park Lodge. Parking is free and more plentiful than the resort’s two other lots. Plus you can rent bikes and buy lift tickets and snacks at the lodge. Once you’re on the mountain, a good trail to start is Naildriver. Since so many trails spur off it, you’ll get a good lay of the land. Plus it’s newly refurbished and now has plenty of fun berms.

2. Bike School and Rentals

The Tidal Wave trail.

The Tidal Wave trail.

Deer Valley’s only true beginner trail is Holy Roller, the new 4-mile flow trail that will open in sections this summer. So if you’re new to downhill mountain biking, take a clinic or lesson before hitting the mountain. You’ll be happier and safer if your first time flying down the mountain is with a professional. In the clinics, beginner and intermediate riders are grouped with up to four other riders of similar ability.

Beginners start at the mountain’s base and learn skills like braking, cornering, and stance before ascending the chairlift. Intermediate riders skip the skills session and head directly to the chairlift. In both clinics, a coach guides riders down the mountain, demonstrating how to cross obstacles and corner tight turns. Private lessons are also available for any level of rider. Sometimes riders who are new to Deer Valley take a lesson not only for skill work, but also for a guide to show them the resort’s best routes. Clinics are held every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. until September 5, and weekends until September 18. The cost ranges from $49 to $59. Private and group lessons range from $68 to $90. Rentals cost around $70 for adults and $40 for youth. View these links for details on the bike school and rentals.

3. New and Improved Trails

The Tidal Wave trail offers some amazing views.

The Tidal Wave trail offers some amazing views.

In 2014, Deer Valley began a multi-year overhaul of its mountain biking trails—the most ambitious trail update in the resort’s history, according to Steve Graff, bike patrol manager. The resort hired Gravity Logic, a Whistler-based bike park developer, to add at least 7 miles of new flow trails. Deer Valley also has rebuilt 4 miles of existing trail so far.

Construction is ongoing, but new and improved trails have already opened. The highlight so far is Tidal Wave, a 2.5-mile flow trail for intermediate riders with 58 tabletop jumps and 9-foot berms. “A dirt roller coaster is the best way to describe it,” Graff says. “You get on the top and you’re on these big, banked turns and it’s just a hoot to ride. It’s fun.”

In the summer of 2016, the resort opens Holy Roller, a new flow trail for beginners that descends 1,300 feet over 4 miles. The resort is also working with Gravity Logic to design a new flow trail for advanced riders, which begins construction in either late 2016 or mid-2017.

4. The Chairlifts

The Wasatch Express chairlift. Deer Valley Resort

The Wasatch Express chairlift.
Deer Valley Resort

The wait time at Deer Valley’s three summer chairlifts are rarely longer than a minute or two now that the resort has installed an improved bike-lift system. Attendants help roll bikes onto a tray behind each chair, vastly speeding the waiting lines. The resort has three mountains, each with its own lift, serving a total 70 miles of trail.

Bald Mountain, served by the Sterling Express chairlift, has downhill-only trails for mountain bikers. This is where you’ll find the resort’s signature trails for intermediate riders—Naildriver and Tidal Wave. There’s a handful of other blues here also, including Deer Camp, arguably the resort’s most scenic trail. And on the mountain’s south side, three winding trails for advanced riders—Thieves Forest, Fire Swamp and Aspen Slalom — zigzag through steep sections. Hikers can also access this mountain, but they stick to their own trails. Flagstaff Mountain, served by the Ruby Express, has multi-use trails shared by bikers and hikers. This is where you’ll find a cross-country experience. For example, the TG trail for advanced riders cuts through a thick pine forest, then to alpine meadows, then back again.

Bald Eagle Mountain, served by the Silver Lake Express, has advanced downhill bike trails and multi-use trails for intermediate riders and hikers. These trails finish at Snow Park, a popular parking lot.

5. The Snack Shack

The Snack Shack's famous ice cream sandwich.

The Snack Shack’s famous ice cream sandwich.

For a quick bite close to the trails, try the Snack Shack at Silver Lake Village. It’s close to two chairlifts and easy to access. Bikers often ride up and grab the pre-made wraps, like the turkey BLT or the mediterranean vegetable with homemade cheese. You’ll also find simple fare like turkey chili, pork tacos, and hot dogs, as well as beer and lemonade. And if you really need to replenish your calories, the Snack Shack has the famous Deer Valley ice cream sandwich—chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream and a chocolate fudge sauce. There’s no better way to finish an epic day of riding at Deer Valley.

Originally written by RootsRated for Deer Valley.

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Top Five Reasons to Spend an Adventurous Week at Deer Valley Resort

A day isn’t enough for a visit to Deer Valley. Sure, you can take in a quick preview of the sights in a day, but it will just make you crave a longer visit. To really experience Deer Valley, you’ll need at least a week.

With grand mountain views and endless outdoor adventures, a week might not even be enough time to enjoy the mountain biking, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, horseback riding, and other outdoor fun on offer.

Foodies will salivate at the dining options, music lovers will soak up the summer concerts at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, and everyone will appreciate the great lodging packages that help save money and extend a visit. If you come to Deer Valley, you’ll want to stick around for a while.

1. Hike and Bike to Your Heart’s Content

A biker descends one of Deer Valley's new flow trails. Deer Valley Resort
A biker descends one of Deer Valley’s new flow trails.
Deer Valley Resort

With 70 miles of mountain biking trails, and three lifts to help access them, bikers won’t get bored at Deer Valley. The mountain’s trails also connect to Park City’s 400-mile singletrack network, which was certified by the International Mountain Biking Association as the world’s only Gold-Level Ride Center.

Rent a full-suspension mountain bike to tackle the trails, or sign up for a private lesson or group clinic at Mountain Bike School. Experienced instructors offer lessons for kids and adults of all abilities, covering the basics like stance, braking, and cornering, as well as more advanced techniques.

Or explore on your own two feet by going for a hike. Combine a hike with a chairlift ride for an independent adventure or sign up for a guided hiking tour. Deer Valley’s knowledgeable instructors will show you some of the area’s best trails while sharing local history and fascinating ecology.

2. Outdoor Summer Adventure Galore

Summer SUP at Deer Valley Resort.
Summer SUP at Deer Valley Resort.

Summer in Deer Valley is time to get out and explore. Saddle up and go for a mid-mountain horseback ride, with options ranging from an hour to a day. Or enjoy a chuck wagon hayride and western barbecue dinner.

Head to the water and enjoy stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) on the Snow Park Ponds in the base area. Practice your skills with classes (including SUP yoga), lessons, and demos, or just rent a board and go for a paddle. With no boats or waves and little wind, Deer Valley is the perfect place to learn.

Deer Valley is also a fly-fisher’s paradise with the Provo and Weber Rivers nearby. Orvis Fly Fishing School offers instruction on fly casting, tackle and fly selection, leaders, knots, and fishing techniques.

All Seasons Adventures offers even more guided activities, including rafting, kayaking, and trap shooting. Whatever type of outdoor adventure you seek, you can find it here.

3. Fine Dining

Royal Street Café.
Royal Street Café.

Foodies will revel in the dining scene at Deer Valley. From fine dining to casual eats, everyone will find plenty of appetizing options.

In the Lodges at Deer Valley, The Brass Tag offers an impressive menu. Start with Utah Tomato Carpaccio or Chilled Utah Corn Soup before indulging in brick oven Pizzettes topped with roasted peppers, heirloom tomato, caramelized onion, housemade ricotta, and shaved pecorino. Or savor a Niman Ranch Bone-In Pork Chop with bourbon glazed roasted peaches, cheddar truffle chive spaetzle, and warm honey-mustard vinaigrette. Or opt for Miso Glazed Verlasso Salmon or a wide variety of other delicious entrees.

Mid-mountain, in Silver Lake Village, head to the Royal Street Café for American and international cuisine for lunch, best enjoyed on the scenic deck. The lunch menu includes a Fresh Dungeness Crab Tower, Deer Valley Turkey Chili, Asian grilled chicken salad, a house-smoked pulled pork sandwich, and plenty of other options, including an extensive gluten-free menu.

For more casual eats, stop by the in the Deer Valley Grocery ~ Café in the Snow Park Village Base Area to pick up coffee, baked goods, entrees, desserts, and more to enjoy there or bring away with you.

4. Concerts at Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater

The Utah Symphony and Utah Opera cohost a summer concert series at Deer Valley.
The Utah Symphony and Utah Opera cohost a summer concert series at Deer Valley.

Summer is the season to sit back and take in the shows at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Several times a week, artists take the stage and perform a wide variety of musical acts. Enjoy performances from the Utah Symphony, Park City Institute’s St. Regis Big Stars Bright Nights, and many others, including both big names and local stars. Concerts are held rain or shine, and snacks and picnic items are available at the Deer Valley Grocery ~ Café.

5. Great Lodging Packages

The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort.
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort.

Now that you want to stay even longer, it’s good to know that the longer you stay, the more you save. The “Stay Longer, Save More Promotion” provides the seventh night for free after booking six nights. Additional free nights are earned by booking longer stays.

A wide variety of other lodging packages are also available, including a Mountain Family Activities Package where a two-night stay in a two-or-more bedroom condo earns a 20 percent discount and a $100 Deer Valley Mountain Activities Card.

Or come for a summer concert and save 20 percent on both concert tickets and accommodations, or visit during the Kimball Arts Festival August 12-14 and save with the Deer Valley Summer Concert Package. A wide variety of packages are available online and via the reservation center. Call 800-558-3337 to find out more about these special options.

Originally written by RootsRated for Deer Valley.

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