Mountain Facts - History
In 1936, the Park City Junior Chamber of Commerce organized a ski train that carried skiers from Salt Lake City to Park City on the old Denver-Rio Grande mining lines. The first outing drew 500 skiers on a four-hour journey to Park City.
In 1937, a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project created three ski runs, a ski jump, a toboggan course and a warming shelter near meadows that locals called “Deer Valley.”
World War II put ski action on hold for several years; however, interest picked up again in 1946, when two Park City residents, Bob Burns and Otto Carpenter, returned from war and decided to make use of the old WPA ski runs. The two residents resolved to build an authentic skiing facility in the area complete with a mechanized ski lift. Burns and Carpenter used home-made wooden towers, surplus mine equipment and a great deal of ingenuity to assemble Utah's first lift. Although originally designed as a T-bar lift, they soon converted it to carry chairs and eventually added a second lift for beginners powered by a Ford Model-A engine. Mel Fletcher, who directed the ski school, started a local ski club called Snow Park while Burns and Carpenter operated and kept the lifts of Snow Park running. Park City’s first official ski resort, with lifts only running on weekends, brought around 100 skiers a day.
During the 1970s, the Royal Street Land Company acquired the rights to develop Deer Valley and within a year unveiled a proposal for a six-phase project to accommodate 12,000 skiers. The development not only included the original Snow Park area, but also Bald Mountain, Flagstaff Mountain and Empire Canyon.
Deer Valley Resort opened in December 1981 with five chairlifts and 30 ski runs. It included the Snow Park and Silver Lake Lodges along with the Burns and Carpenter chairlifts. Today, Deer Valley has three lodges – Empire Canyon, Snow Park and Silver Lake and the most lifts of any resort in Utah with 21. The list of Deer Valley’s firsts is extensive and is what has garnered the resort consistent #1 rankings in service, grooming and on-mountain food by the readers of SKI Magazine.
|Total skiable acreage||2,026 acres|
|Vertical drop||3,000 ft / 914 m|
|Empire summit||9,570 ft / 2,917 m|
|Bald Mountain summit||9,400 ft / 2,865 m|
|Flagstaff Mountain summit||9,100 ft / 2,774 m|
|Base elevation||6,570 ft / 2,003 m|
|Total number of chairlifts||21|
|Total number of trails||101|
|Ability Levels: Easier||27%|
|Uphill capacity||50,470 skiers per hour|
Lifts, Trails & Lodges
Snow Park Lodge
Located at the base of Deer Valley Resort, Snow Park Lodge has several options for dining and shopping. This lodge offers buffet-style breakfast and lunch, as well as Deer Valley's famous Turkey Chili. Upstairs, the EBS Lounge offers a wide variety of beer, wine and specialty drinks as well as light appetizers. Snow Park Lodge is also home to Deer Valley's Ski School and state-licensed childcare facility. Snow Park Lodge offers complimentary ski storage, where guests can store their equipment during the day and overnight. During the summer months, Snow Park Lodge is complemented by the Outdoor Amphitheater, which features concerts and performances by world-renowned artists.
Silver Lake Lodge
Located at mid-mountain, Silver Lake Lodge offers continental style breakfast and lunch and is home to the award-winning Mariposa restaurant in the winter as well as Royal Street Café, which features scenic mountain dining during both the summer and winter months. Silver Lake Lodge also offers complimentary ski storage where guests can store ski equipment during the day or overnight.
Empire Canyon Lodge
Located in Empire Canyon, Empire Canyon Lodge offers breakfast and lunch and is home to Fireside Dining, featuring local favorites from the European Alps. The lodge provides a unique mountain setting for lunch at the Empire Canyon Grill or dinner at Fireside Dining during the winter season.
Get up-to-date ski conditions
Deer Valley averages a total of 300 inches of The Greatest Snow on Earth® each year and provides award-winning grooming and a wide variety of ski terrain, spread over 2,026 acres.
It is called Deer Valley "corduroy" because of the meticulous grooming that is done across Deer Valley's trails. Wherever you access the mountain from, there is usually a groomed run available. The groomers at Deer Valley are designed to meet the needs of every type of skier. The local's choice for best groomer is Legal Tender off the Sterling Express and Wasatch Express chairlifts.
Powder and Trees
Though Deer Valley is known for its groomed trails, it also offers some of the best tree and powder skiing in the Wasatch Mountains. When the snow comes you, can head up into the trees off Empire or Bald Mountain, where you will find some of the best tree and powder skiing on the Wasatch back. The local's choice for best tree and powder skiing at Deer Valley is on Bald Mountain where you can carve up the aspen groves under the Mayflower chairlift. On a blue bird day the views of Jordanelle Reservoir are pretty spectacular too.
With 101 ski runs, Deer Valley offers terrain for every type of skier. Our ski school program offers a wide range of ski lessons for first-time skiers to expert skiers. Twenty-eight of our ski runs are designed for the beginner skier. Wide West ski run, behind Snow Park Lodge, is a teaching area with two chairlifts and three surface conveyor lifts. Deer Valley also offers beginner terrain on five of our six peaks.
The Park City bus system is free and runs regularly during resort hours. The bus will drop you off right at the base of Snow Park Lodge and you can walk right up to the lift. If you are staying at a lodging property in town you should inquire about free shuttle services either offered by the lodge or other service providers.
You can have your equipment delivered to you in the comfort of your lodging and leave it at Deer Valley in the complimentary overnight ski check. Just call Skis on the Run and you can have equipment from – Volkl, Nordica, K2, Salomon, Rossignol, Blizzard, Atomic or Dynastar. They also provide rental clothing, helmets, radios and other accessories in case your luggage was lost or you forgot anything. Prices are comparable to a traditional rental shop and everything is brought to you. If you have any problems Skis on the Run will meet at the base of the mountain or where ever is most convenient for you, usually within 30 minutes. When you are done skiing simply call us and we will come pick up the equipment either at your lodging or where ever is most convenient for you.
Prices – Lift Tickets & Ski School
|Lift Ticket Prices|
|Adult (13 - 64)||Senior (64+)||Child (4-12)||Tot (3 & Under)|
|2 out 10 days||$270||$188||$168||$64|
|3 out 10 days||$393||$270||$213||$96|
|4 out 10 days||$508||$356||$280||$128|
|5 out 10 days||$620||$440||$345||$160|
|6 out 10 days||$714||$522||$408||$192|
|7 out 10 days||$826||$602||$469||$224|
|Private (1-5 Skiers)||Max 4*||Youth Ski Instruction|
|Intro to Skiing*
8:50 am-9:50 am
(First Timer – Beginner)
|9 am-12 pm||$605||$192|
|1 pm-4 pm||$575||$192|
|9 am-4 pm||$920|
|Non-standard lessons (per hour)||$210|
|Fawn/Bambi/Reindeer/Adventure Club (ages 3-12)||$240-272|
*There are no more than 4 adults in the class. Morning session is for first timers through advanced beginner and the afternoon is for all levels.
Deer Valley also offers day care options for parents. Children from the age of 2 months up to 12 years old can have access to Deer Valley's licensed day care facility. The facility is located at Snow Park Lodge and is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm. The cost per child is $134 per day, $140 for infants (2-11 months).
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