Deer Valley Skiing
Being convinced by some of my 4th grade students that I needed to continue my education and learn how to ski I began to do my research into Utah’s ski resorts. I wanted to find a resort that would be best for my skiing experience, or lack there of, as well as a place where my kids would enjoy themselves.
In doing my research of Utah’s eight resorts, I learned that Deer Valley Resort was voted as the #1 resort in North America by the readers of Ski Magazine for four years in a row and had been in the top three for five years before that. Learning this I wanted to know more. What made Deer Valley such a great place to ski, and would this be the place for me to experience skiing for the first time and many more after that?
Deer Valley is composed of six mountain peaks and bowls. Little Baldy Peak, Bald Eagle Mountain, and Flagstaff Mountain offer terrain for skiers of all ability levels. Bald Mountain and Lady Morgan features mostly intermediate and advanced skiing runs, but both do include some easier route for those moving from beginner to intermediate status. Empire offers the most advanced expert terrain as well as one intermediate run that come off the peak. If you are an advanced or expert skier looking for a challenge, Empire is the mountain for you.
It was great learning about the nine mountains, and I decided Deer Valley would be a fun destination for my skiing experience. Of the nine mountains Bald Eagle Mountain was my top pick. Being a novice skier, I was grateful that there was a separate area for people like me – those with a fear of getting run over when I fell time and time again. When I mastered this secluded area, I could choose from numerous intermediate runs that allowed me to slowly move into a steeper mountain. Even though I have not yet reached advanced or expert stage, I’m hoping to one day be able to challenge myself on the runs that I watched Olympians use during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. This mountain area also offers areas for freestyle moguls, alpine slalom, and freestyle aerials not really my thing right now, but maybe one day.
As for my family, Flagstaff Mountain was their favorite. It offers special children’s runs and areas where they could play thus making their skiing experience more enjoyable for them. It is a place they greatly enjoyed and it also offered an area where I could practice my skiing as I moved from novice to intermediate.
Deer Valley offers a wonderful pampered experience for all skiers. With terrain that is fit for skiers of all levels, it is no wonder that Deer Valley sells over 6,500 tickets a day. Skiers enjoy not just the skiing experience but also the services provided by the competent friendly staff. Skiing at Deer Valley is a truly wonderful place for a vacation, staycation or just simply a day up on the slopes.