Park City/Deer Valley, Utah

If you are a skier, I am certain you are loving this ski season.  The west coast is getting dumped on with a crazy amount of snow.  So much snow, that resorts are actually having to close because of serious avalanche danger.  I’m sure you have your favorite places to hit the slopes, but if you haven’t been to Park City and Deer Valley, you must put it on your list.  If you are not a skier, you will still love this fabulous area that has an abundance of things to do off the slopes.  Think…Sundance Film Festival (every January for ten days), cross country skiing, snow shoing, snowmobiling.  We have been going to this fun ski town for more than fifteen years and it never disappoints.  Living in the SF Bay Area we love the short one hour and fifteen minute flight into Salt Lake City and a one hour drive to Park City from the airport.  Never much traffic and a pretty stress free travel day.  You can fly out in the morning and be on the slopes by 12noon.  

This was our one and only blue day of skiing.  Everyday we woke up to a winter wonderland of snow.  My husband loved the fresh snow, but I like good visibility and blue sky.

One of my favorite reasons for going to Deer Valley is the proximity to charming Park City.  It is such a fun ski town that is full of good restaurants, unique shops, and many après ski options.  A mix of well known brands and a nice assortment of mom and pop stores.  Unfortunately, the bigger name stores are taking over and forcing the smaller stores to close because of rent increases.  Boo hoo!  Let’s keep those darling small shops in business!

Deer Valley is never too crowded.  The resort only sells a certain amount of tickets per day, reducing the amount of time you spend in line.  And, If you haven’t heard, Utah snow is absolutely amazing!  So light and fluffy – and Deer Valley has some of the best groomed runs around.  I’m not against snowboarders, but Deer Valley is a skiers only resort, but you can head right down the street to Park City Resort to get your fill of boarding in.

As you can see, the snow banks were high and it snowed almost the entire time we were there, minus one blue day.  Forty one inches of snow the first week of January alone with a base of 100 inches at Deer Valley and a 92 inch base in Park City.

My favorite place for après ski cocktails and appetizers, The St Regis Resort!

A delicious gin and tonic with a very large sprig of rosemary.

The Montage Deer Valley is another fun place for après ski or a fun venue to take the kiddos for a night of bowling.  Yes, they have three bowling lanes, which are a great way to break up the night or day.  And you can have lunch or dinner while you bowl.  All is good, right?!

The beautiful St. Regis Resort is conveniently located next to the main lodge in Deer Valley.  One of my favorite things about the resort is taking the venicular to the top of the hotel, where the bar and restaurant are located.  On a sunny winter day they have a beautiful outdoor area where you can enjoy your cocktails ….it can’t be beat!  Inside or outside, this is a special place for après ski!

My favorite part of any ski day!

We took a break from skiing one day and headed over to the tubing park.  Only twenty minutes from Park City.  Ubers are in abundance so there is no need to rent a car – and Deer Valley offers shuttle service into Park City throughout the day and night if you book your accommodations through them.

Will you be hitting the slopes this season?  Where will you be going?

If you want more ski inspiration stop by one of my favorite Nor Cal blogs……

Northern California Style.

Kim recently wrote a post about her recent trip to Squaw Valley with her family.

Thanks for stopping by!

April  🙂

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6 comments on “Park City/Deer Valley, Utah

    • Hi Andrea, This would be a great year for you to hit the slopes with all of the snow up in Tahoe! I hope you get a chance to visit Park City someday. Great skiing and a great town. I think you would love it! April 🙂

  1. Living in the northern Sacramento Valley, we can be on the slopes in a couple of hours, our favorite resort in Tahoe is Northstar. It’s not as crowded as Squaw and lots of terrain for every level of skiing. Your post about Park City make it look so enticing – I’d love to try it sometime.

    • Hi Cyndi, Thanks for stopping by to say hi! You are lucky to live so close to the slopes and it’s not a bad drive at all from Sacramento. Yes, Northstar is a great resort. Remember what it used to look like twenty years ago? So beautiful now! We really enjoy going up there in the summer and the winter. I hope you get a chance to check out Park City one of these days. The snow is fabulous and the town is so fun! April 🙂

  2. April,
    Oh my gosh I so want to get to Utah! Park City and Deer Valley sound perfect and beautiful. I like the options too- lots of skiing plus fun apres-ski options, like the bowling and nice places for a cocktail with a view! My boys would love the tubing spot too. I had no idea it was such an easy flight and drive. April I have to say the photos in this post are amazing! You have a talent. Thanks for linking to my ski post! I am going to do the same. So loved this! xx Kim

    • Hi Kim, Thank you for your kind words! You are the best! Park City and Deer Valley have your name written all over it! You would love everything about it….the fun vibe of Park City to the beautiful groomed runs and great service at Deer Valley. April xo

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