SKI Magazine’s Resort Review

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Deer Valley Resort located in Park City, Utah. 

When Edgar J. Stern founded the resort in 1981, it was on the principle that a ski vacation could be every bit as service-oriented as a cruise or a luxury beach resort. He believed that the food, lodging, amenities, and staff are what would transform a ski trip into a true vacation. According to many of our readers, he was right. Says one: “The only place you truly feel like you’re on vacation while skiing.” Stern would be proud to read that, as well as the many other raves about his resort’s pampering chops. Proof: No. 1 rankings in Grooming, Service, Accessibility, On-Mountain Food, Lodging, Dining, and Kid Friendliness. Those are top ranks in seven criteria. Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone who’s set ski to snow here. In the world of skiing, Deer Valley is a refined experience, catering to ski families who enjoy eating and relaxing almost as much as they enjoy skiing. Almost. At its heart, Deer Valley is a family-owned resort, and it shows in the type of people who work here. (“Best employees in the industry.”) But it’s far more than the tissues-in-the-liftline niceties that so many other resorts have adopted. It’s an attention to detail—free overnight ski storage, curbside valets, complimentary breakfast at many of the Deer Valley–owned lodges—that makes one’s vacation that much better. (“You don’t feel nickel-and-dimed here.”) On the mountain, readers gripe about “overgroomed terrain,” “short runs,” and “not enough vert,” but others are quick to point out the abundance of tree stashes, steep pitches, and freshies in the trees days after a storm. “Forget all the stereotypes about Deer Valley; on a powder day, you’re not fighting hordes, and there is big-boy terrain if you know where to find it.”

Eric Schramm Photography 2015

Tree Stash
Sunset Glades, on Bald Mountain, for perfectly spaced aspens and plentiful pow at a moderate pitch, perfect for those testing the tree-skiing waters.

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Late-Night Hangout
Snag a spot on the patio at the Terrace Café at the St. Regis with a view of the stunning Fire Garden and soak in the sizzling vibes.

Après Spot
Hot pretzels with three dipping sauces (the fig mustard is a must-try) and a Squatters Double IPA at The Brass Tag.

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Dinner Reservation
The Mariposa—excellent small plates and a thoughtfully chosen wine list in an intimate space in Silver Lake Lodge.

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Originally written by SKI Magazine for the 2017 Resort Guide. Get more reviews and rankings at Skinet.com/ski.

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Tom JermannTake it from a Swiss, the portion is way too big at one time. By the time you are half way thru, the rest of the cheese is cold and rubbery. Also, we never cover our side dishes i.e. steamed potatoes or cornichons and silver onions. Sprinkle a bit of Paprika on the cheese.

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Hilda Leuterio GigioliAlternative, Raclette grill - smaller portion

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Earth Storm JacobsNo, you suck showing that to a cheese junkie. I want, bad.

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Jennifer StebenAmy 'Lore' Good this is one of our faves when we go skiing in Utah. You need this!

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Cathi Rowland GrangerThe raclette fireplace is Wonderful!!

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Eric González-PonsKwynn you won't believe this!

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Chris TilleyThis is the most expensive cheese ever.. great restaurant though

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Chalese EastmanColtan J. Eastman I'm positive we need to go here...

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Courtney FrainMary Marisa Saffronia Jason I can't believe we missed out on this.

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Jeff YatesI love the fat free cheese and the veggie sandwich 🥪 was delicious

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Jennifer Winus-RobinsonVicky Angerthal- put it on the list!!!!

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Jennifer BawdenAlexandria Caver cheeeeese!!!!

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Jill Catalano TrosoI’ve been there! Amazing Raclette!

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Donna TiptonThis was as good as it looks!

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Jason ErvinUmmmm You can just bring me a couple of plates of this next time you come in Jennifer Ervin!!

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Simone AlbertRaclette Patrick Albert. We should have done this while we were there. Have to go back!

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Naomi P. DupreUMMMMM Travis Dupre!!! Date night in a few weeks???

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Yasmin PixtonDeer Valley Resort what restaurant do I have to book for this?

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Meredith GorskiThomas A Gorski we have to do this when we go out

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David HolzWay to much fat

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Emina DugumovicSelma and Lauren check this out if you can. 🧀🍷

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May L. HarrisEric Harris, I think we need this...

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McHale ChriswellChristian Jayhawk Chriswell this is in park city!!! I think I'm in cheese heaven

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Rachel HermanStuart Herman why havent we done this?!

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Joan WakeWe could do that Douglas Wake!

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