Deer Valley is lucky to see visits from both loyal locals and returning out-of-towners. Many guests return each season with specific traditions that they must incorporate into their Deer Valley experience. A best kept secret for many skiing at Deer Valley is Empire Canyon Grill, located in the Empire Canyon Lodge, tucked away at the base of Empire Canyon Express Chairlift.
We caught up with Andrew Fletcher, Empire Day Sous Chef to share his favorite things about Empire Canyon Grill and Deer Valley.
When did you come to Deer Valley?
I arrived at Deer Valley in November of 1998 for one ski season, and have been here ever since.
What does a perfect ski day mean to you?
Any day on the slopes! If you are cold you can come inside and warm up by the fire. If it is sunny you can sit out on the deck. You can always find the perfect run at DV no matter what day it is.
What is your favorite thing on the menu at Empire Grill?
The Steak Baguette at the specialty grill.
Who is your favorite person to ski with?
My wife and daughter.
What is your must have treat at Deer Valley?
A beer on the Empire or Sliver Lake deck after a day of skiing.
What run is a must for every ski day?
Magnet on Lady Morgan.
What is your most memorable chairlift ride?
I was once on a chair with two men who had just retired and were going to ski every resort in the U.S. that season.
Empire Canyon Grill is open during the ski season for continental-style breakfast from 9:15 – 11 a.m. daily, featuring fresh pastries, homemade granola and beverages including espresso, latte and cappuccino. Open for lunch from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., offering a traditional and gourmet grill, Natural Salad Buffet, soup, chilies, paninis and fresh baked goods. Afternoon snacks are available until 3:30 p.m.