Deer Valley Resort Appoints New Director of Mountain Operations

Steve Graff

Steve Graff

Deer Valley Resort has announced the promotion of Steve Graff to Director of Mountain Operations effective January 16, 2017. Chuck English, Deer Valley’s director of mountain operations since 1986, will be retiring from the position after 44 years in the ski industry.


Chuck English

Most recently, Graff has been Deer Valley’s Ski Patrol Manager, which included overseeing mountain biking operations in the summer months. “Deer Valley set the standard for ski resort operations and Chuck was instrumental to creating that foundation,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager for Deer Valley Resorts. “We are so lucky to have Steve’s experience and tenure at Deer Valley to continue operating a top-notch mountain destination.”


As the Director of Mountain Operations, Graff will oversee all mountain activity in the summer and winter, including; chairlift operations, snowmaking, grooming, guest services, ski patrol, mountain venues and resort maintenance.


Graff joined the Deer Valley® team in 1993 as a ski/mountain bike patroller and within two years he became a ski patrol supervisor. Graff was appointed to Assistant Ski Patrol Manager in 1998 and in the summer of 1999 he began managing the summer mountain bike program. In 2000, Graff was promoted to Ski Patrol Manager. Prior to Deer Valley, Graff was employed at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort from 1988 to 1994. He has been married to his wife Christa for 17 years and is the proud father of two daughters.

In addition to his many roles at Deer Valley, Graff served on the board of the Mountain Trails Foundation and as the Chief of Medical for many FIS Freestyle Ski World Cups at Deer Valley.

11 Responses

  1. Roger Graff says:

    Hey bro!! Im very proud of you making it to the top of the mountain!! You deserve the best after many years of dedications and hard work.see u on the slopes,your bro Roger.

  2. Ian Honey says:

    Congratulations to Steve and I wish him all the best in the future.

    I have had the privilege to work with Chuck English on many of of the mountain projects for many years at Deer Valley and enjoyed the friendship that was created and still have. He has steered the Mountain Operations Depts to the top of the ladder in this industry and many of us in this industry owe him a debt of gratitude.

    I wish Chuck and Mona a great time in retirement as they deserve it and I am sure they will be Skiing and Surfing a little more.

    Good Luck Mate and Thanks!

  3. Vincent Vigorita M.D. says:

    Congratulations Steve.
    Our family has been coming to Deer Valley for over 30 years and we appreciate all that you and your staff have already done for so many of us all these years.
    Good luck in your new role which I trust will keep all of us having even more enjoyable and safe vacations.
    Happy New Year!
    The East Coast Vigorita Family
    Vincent(Skip), Patty, Tommy and Vinny

  4. Vincent Vigorita M.D. says:

    Congratulations for all you have already done and now will continue to do to make our Deer Valley ski vacations safe and enjoyable. We appreciate all that you and your staff do and never take any of it for granted.
    Thanks and Happy New Year
    The East Coast Vigorita Family
    Vincent(Skip), Patty , Tommy and Vinny

  5. Vincent Vigorita M.D. says:


  6. Rebecca Gates says:

    Chuck – you have done an amazing job over the years! Happy retirement from the Gates Family (from New Zealand where we don’t get enough powwow!)

  7. Dave Pottruck says:

    Best wishes Steve in your new post. Big shoes to fill!!

    Thank you chuck for your many years of flawless service to our DV community.

    Bob, nice work of transition planning. So glad we could look within our ranks and find a terrific internal promotion.

    Deer valley continues to be in good hands to the benefit of all of us who love this place!!

    Dave Pottruck
    Homeowner since 2005

  8. katz says:

    I have known Chuck for a long time and greatly respect all that he has done. I’m sure he’ll be busy even in his retirement. Best wishes to you and Mona.

    Congratulations Steve. I’m sure you’ll do well in your new position.


  9. Hello Steve –

    I’m very impressed with all the work you’re doing this summer to reshape the DV ski resort. However, I’m disappointed that you have not returned my previous inquiries regarding a very large, dead tree at the top of Bald Eagle. With the dryness and threat of wildfires, it must be taken down before lightning strikes and the whole neighborhood goes up in flames. I’d hire someone to do it myself but it is beyond the property line and belongs to deer valley.

  10. Deer Valley says:

    Hi. D. Chase Huneke,

    We have passed your comment and contact information on to our mountain operations team. Please let us know if we can help with anything else.

  11. Clippertrees says:

    This is really a great article. I love reading every part of it. I hope you will create more like this. Thank you.

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