If you’re looking for a ski resort that combines luxury, fine dining and family fun, Deer Valley Resort in Utah is a great choice. In this article I’ll break down what makes Deer Valley stand out from other ski resorts, the accommodations options, the ski instruction and the great dining that’s available here. Many thanks to the team at Deer Valley for hosting us!
The Deer Valley Difference
There are several key areas in which Deer Valley stands out from other ski resorts you may visit in North America.
1. It never gets overcrowded
Deer Valley Resort limits the number of tickets they sell each year. Because of this, they do a fantastic job at limiting the number of people visiting, so you never worry about it being overcrowded. That means you can spend more time actually skiing instead of standing in line waiting for the lift. On top of that, it helps with dining options because you’re not as worried about beating the crowds.
2. You can bring little kids, even infants!
Another thing that’s great about Deer Valley Resort is that they offer ski lessons for kids as young as 3 years old. The resort even offers state-certified childcare for infants as young as 2 months old! So if you’ve got babies with you, you can still spend a day on the slopes.
3. Beginners can ski all over
At many ski resorts, beginner skiers are stuck near the base. But at Deer Valley Resort, five of the six peaks have green trails for beginners. And six out of six have blue runs. Which means that if you’re beginners like us, you can ski around the whole resort! Also, if you have a mix of abilities in your family, you can all ride the lift up together but ski down different runs, and meet at the bottom.
We stayed at The Lodges of Deer Valley, which is about a 3-minute shuttle ride from the base. We had a spacious two-bedroom condo with a full kitchen and three bathrooms. It was so nice to snuggle up in front of the fireplace each evening after a long time on the slopes.
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Deer Valley is renowned for its ski school, and we got to see why. Serge and I took two half-day private lessons, while the girls joined group lessons. The ski school for kids breaks its program down by age group: The Fawn Special is for 3-year-olds, The Bambi Club is for 4-year-olds, The Reindeer Club is for 5- and 6-year-olds, and The Adventure Club is for ages 7-12. The girls absolutely loved their instructor, nicknamed “Mrs. Bumblebee,” and progressed a lot on this trip. Serge and I learned a lot as well from Tom, our instructor. Getting to go down green runs on so many different peaks was exhilarating!
Deer Valley is known for being a pioneer in transforming the food culture within the ski industry. They were probably the first resort to start emphasizing gourmet food created with the freshest ingredients, and their dining options continue to shine today!
Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge
We had a fantastic dinner at Fireside Dining, a European alpine-inspired restaurant where they prepare the food in rustic stone fireplaces. Not only is it a great way to warm up after a long day on the slopes, but the food is delicious. You walk around to the different food stations and watch the food cook and let them carve or serve it right then and there!
Seafood Buffet at Snow Park Lodge
The Seafood Buffet at Deer Valley is pretty much legendary, and we could see why. This was one epic meal full of many crab legs, oysters and more. From poke to clam chowder, from sashimi to grilled shrimp, we sure were happy campers at this buffet. For those who are not into seafood, they offer veggie specialty dishes and prime rib too. And there’s an extensive dessert bar too! My favorite was the bread pudding.
Royal Street Cafe
Most restaurants on the actual slopes of a ski resort are cafeteria-style joints. But if you’d prefer a sit-down experience, Deer Valley offers Royal Street Cafe. We particularly enjoyed the appetizers here. The Dungeness Crab Tower was fantastic, and the Street Corn Guacamole took flavor to the next level with dashes of guajillo chili powder.
The Brass Tag
The Brass Tag is a restaurant at The Lodges of Deer Valley, where we stayed. It pays homage to the region’s mining industry past. Each miner was assigned a number which appeared on a metal tag that was taken off a board by the miner as he entered the mine and replaced on the board when he exited the mine. This let the company know how many miners were in the mine at any given time, and who they were.
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We had such a great time at Deer Valley. Serge and I are finally starting to feel like “real” skiers! Being able to do so many runs on different peaks was nerve-wracking, but also exhilarating. We can’t wait to see how we improve even more next winter!
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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