Deer Valley Skiing by Jesse Fisher
Deer Valley Resort was rated the #1 ski resort in North America by SKI magazine in 2001 and 2005 and #2 in 2006. This acclaim is based on the beautiful setting, luxury, great Utah snow, and variety of terrain that Deer Valley has to offer. This resort was home to the slalom, mogul, and aerial events of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Skiers at Deer Valley will not be disappointed by the 3,000 vertical feet and 1,750 acres of ski able terrain that is at their ski tips. This is an amazing resort destination for skiers of all abilities.
About 15% of Deer Valley's terrain is rated beginner. This mountain is famous for its' smooth, groomed runs which are perfect for beginners or those who just want to cruise. Bald Eagle Mountain and Little Baldy Peak provide plenty of wide-open trails. Favorite runs for families include Navigator and Success. Lessons are available for skiers of all ages and abilities. Another nice touch for parents is the free pagers offered to alleviate concerns of cell phone coverage on the mountain.
For the intermediate or advanced skier, the rest of the mountain is your domain. The challenging skiing along Bald Mountain, Flagstaff Mountain, and Empire Canyon will be sure to please. Runs of note include Know You Don't (site of the 2002 Olympic slalom events) for narrow rock-lined chutes and Champion (site of the 2002 Olympic freestyle events) for steep mogul fields.
In addition, Deer Valley offers NASTAR racing for the recreational skier. All skiers are welcome to test their skills against the clock. Deer Valley is also equipped with the Slope Tracker GPS System. The techno-gadget skier can take advantage of this system to keep track of all sorts of statistics such as runs skied and vertical feet conquered.
For the adventurous skier, be sure to check out Deer Valley's Tricks 'n' Turns (TNT) Terrain Park located off of the Little Chief Chairlift. This park boasts fun double-barrel rails and tabletop jumps. No experience is needed--anyone that has the nerve and desire can give it a try! Remember - no snowboarding is allowed at Deer Valley. Both the nearby Park City Mountain Resort and the Canyons are open to skiers and boarders and offer their own acres of powdery fun.
About the Author
Jesse Fisher, a skier and 27-year resident of the Rocky Mountains, enjoys writing about topics of interest. He serves as Webmaster for Blooming Resort Rentals which offers Deer Valley lodging, private home and condo rentals, in the Deer Valley / Park City ski resort areas of Utah.