Visitor reviews for Deer Valley Ski Resort

Deer Valley Ratings

Overall: 4.4. Based on 6 votes and 8 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 4.7

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Deer Valley is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.2

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Deer Valley has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.3

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.7

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Deer Valley.

Public Transport: 4.7

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Deer Valley, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.3

(1) No places to stay in/near Deer Valley, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 5.0

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Deer Valley.

Ski in/Ski out: 5.0

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 4.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Deer Valley, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.5

(1) Deer Valley relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.7

(1) There are no snow groomers at Deer Valley, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Deer Valley are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.4

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Deer Valley is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.8

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Deer Valley, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.3

(1) Deer Valley usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.8

(1) The staff at Deer Valley are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Deer Valley are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.5

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.5

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 5.0

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 4.8

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.8

(1) No intermediate terrain at Deer Valley, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.2

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.6

(1) Not even a kicker at Deer Valley, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 3.6

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Deer Valley, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.2

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Deer Valley has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.7

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.7

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.3

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.2

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 4.6

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.8

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 5.0

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 4.0

(1) Overall, Deer Valley is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.0

(1) Overall, Deer Valley is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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December 20, 2021
Alen from Ski United States United States
Deer Valley Resort was wonderful, the runs were great, and the views were spectacular. It's everything you would want in a ski-only resort. But what really sets this place apart is the staff that works there. Our car key was accidentally locked in the trunk of our car in the parking lot. Ski School Instructor (ed: name removed for the sake of privacy) not only called AAA for us, when AAA got repeatedly delayed, he waited with us in the freezing cold weather for a total of 3 hours (after his shift). He even ran late to his family dinner appointment for us. And he wasn't even our ski instructor! We couldn't have been more grateful. The warm hospitality and patience showed to us definitely made us want to come back again to Deer Valley very soon.
January 30, 2019
Dave P from Ski United States United States
I have been going to DV since the early 90's. DV is headed downhill. The prices continue to sky-rocket, but: -The lift lines are poorly run. Ski school gets unreasonable preferential access. Beginner skiers use high-speed lift and cause continuous stoppage and delays. Student skiers dominate numerous runs (vs. a small number of dedicated beginner runs for students) to the detriment of others. -Lift ticket pricing is simply outrageous. Prices rising, service and quality dropping -Food has always been reasonable at DV; very expensive, but restaurant quality. I like the salad bar. The quantity, variety, and quality of the food on the salad bar has deteriorated -Overall, the employees are less friendly and inviting. I have never been so disappointed as I was during this last trip to DV. I may go elsewhere going forward. They can't charge top-dollar while allowing the product to deteriorate. I will gladly pay-up for top notch but not for mediocre.
December 19, 2013
Mr. Hayes from Ski United States United States
No "strays on trays", all high speed quads, every chair has a foot rest, pow-pow forever, perfect groomers and more vertical-in-a-day than any other Utah resort: Perfection!! I've skied every resort in Utah, and DV is the best!...(that is unless you prefer aggro-powder hounds, lines, slow lifts, traffic jams to the hill, closed canyons and crowded runs.) I clicked into my boots at 9am one weekend day, and by the time I was done at 2pm I'd skied over 54,000 vertical. Try that at any other resort. You will get more turns in per dollar spent than anywhere else, so dump that snowboard habit and get real at a mountain where you can ski hard all day long...and never stand in a line. (Oh, the food is killer, and if you need a lesson, they have over 600 instructors.)
January 30, 2011
Mary and Nick from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What bliss. No queues, no snowboarders, masses of pistes - well "groomed" but also plenty of deep powder in the trees and trails. Wonderful scenery and wonderful service - the best loos we have ever seen. Real Utah champagne powder (we've been twice and been lucky) and are booked to go to Deer Valley again.
January 30, 2011
Claude from Ski United States United States
I've skied almost everywhere in the US and Deer Valley really is the best. I used to think that it was a retirement mountain until I really learned the terrain and understood their mission. That is 80% of the mountain is not skied much, so the 20% or so green/blue groomers that most tourist are on seem easy, maybe even slightly busy. The rest of the mountain is all yours! Also there are many other blues that are not busy and are a lot of fun. The lift system is just awesome, never far from the car or home. The real hidden gem is all the expert terrain, powder that lasts for several days, fast cruisers, and great weather. You know all about the food, town, lodging being great, but this is a mountain that all the local skiers favor including the pro racers. The critics just don't spend enough time there.
April 15, 2009
RB from Ski United States United States
Deer Valley is a great place to take people who like the idea of going on a ski trip, but don't really like to ski. You will be pampered, for sure. However, don't expect great skiing. Management has expanded the terrain, but it's still limited. The layout is choppy, with short vertical segments. The trails are overgroomed to suit the non-serious skiiers. Consequently, they get surprisingly hard (even icy) between snowfalls. Don't look for big dumps here. The Park City area gets what's left over after the storms dump their loads in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons, so snowfall is 30-40% lower. All in all, I'd much rather be in Alta, or Snowbird, or Brighton.
December 27, 2007
Ryan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Deer valley.... well.....what can you say, no snowboarders.... no life, overpriced, stupidly expensive... Stay away, go to park city. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <- Park city rules.
February 12, 2006
Lionel Athey from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have skied in the Alps for 25 years but Deer Valley is something else. At the end of our second week - one week to go. What can I say? Well, close your eyes and picture a skier's paradise - that's Deer Valley, Utah. From arriving at the gondola in the morning to returning late afternoon you are looked after like royalty and the skiing is out of this world. The gondola car park holds only 100 cars but they say it has never been full. By the time you get out of the car a valet has driven up to take you the 100 metres to the Jordinele gondola station! He then gets your skis out of the complementary ski storage and puts them on the gondola when you are ready to go. At the top there are valets to carry your skis, give you directions and make sure you 'Have a good day'. The runs stay well groomed all day due to the powder snow and dry atmosphere. The slopes are very quiet - you can often ski down a two kilometre run without seeing another skier. Most runs are very wide - up to 200 metres wide with clumps of trees here and there that you can ski through and around - beautiful! And the big bonus - no idiots on snowboards - snowboards are not allowed at Deer Valley! The downside? It's expensive - lift passes are over £40 a day. But you get what you pay for - sheer luxury and the best skiing in the world.