Deer Valley, skiers who hate snowboarders haven.
Written by Rob a Skier from Sydney, Australia
No doubt you've done your research and read how Deer Valley is consistently winning awards for its beautifully groomed runs, diversity, and magnificent surroundings.
Its proximity from Salt Lake City airport (60 to 90 min drive) adds further attraction for those of us who've travelled FAR to ski. But without a doubt, the lack of snow boarders is a HUGE attraction (sorry to those snowboarders who know what they're doing, and therefore safe. But you have to admit, you're a minority).
One thing to consider is that over the past few years, the snow in Utah has been sporadic and inconsistent. Seems Colorado and Canada is showing more predictable conditions. But to get to these, for us Aussies, add more hours of travel time. This is why Deer Valley is a good option. You see, they own the water rights on their premise. As such, they're better able to make snow than say Park City or Canyons. (Canyons was just sold to Vail resorts, and let me say, what a disappointment. They've obviously paid too much and are now cutting back on some things which are visible).
As for the Chateaux resort, both convenient and comfortable. Not necessarily as luxurious as some others, but equally, its more price commensurate. Location is fantastic, service is friendly, and rooms are comfy).
This was our third time to Park City region, and dare I say, won't be our last.