Saturday was yet another great day spent skiing at Deer Valley. I met up with a couple of my best friends, Todd and Scott, at the bottom of Sultan Express. The weather was a bit windy as Utah prepares for yet another snow storm, but our smiles were ever present with the blue skies and great snow conditions. After taking a few runs on Bald Mountain we decided to head over to the other side of the resort and we spent the remainder of the morning skiing the Empire Express lift. In my opinion, the runs serviced by the Empire Express are some of the most enjoyable runs anywhere. The trees near the Daly Bowl are perfectly spaced for a guaranteed good time with great snow.
After charging hard all morning, it was time to refuel at the Silver Lake Lodge. Deer Valley has easily the best mountain food I have ever tasted. For those who have never eaten food at Deer Valley I highly recommend the turkey chili. Besides the amazing food options, I also enjoy talking to many of the fine staff in the lodges and running the lifts. Deer Valley hires a number of seasonal workers from South America (Brazil, Peru, and Argentina) who are always extremely happy and helpful. Many of these workers are college students on summer break and are more than willing to help. Next time you are up at Deer Valley take some time to talk with these great people.
The varying options of culinary delight can make it difficult for many skiers to return back to the slopes after lunch. Fine by me as the crowds definitely thin out in the afternoon. We spent the remainder of our day on Flagstaff Mountain and Ontario Bowl with very few people competing for space on the runs.
Next time you are considering a place to ski give Deer Valley a chance to impress; you won’t be disappointed.