After spending the morning skiing at Solitude Mountain Resort, my trip continued at Deer Valley, arguably Park City’s most famous (and best!) ski resort. It’s known for its attention to detail, superior guest services, and delicious food. I appreciate all of those things, especially the food!
We checked in at The Lodges at Deer Valley, a warm, rustic group of condominiums gorgeously decked out for the holidays.
It was my favorite place that we stayed all trip! The condos are beautiful, and incredibly spacious. Ours had five beds for just the two of us!
After dropping off our things, we headed to The Brass Tag, located right in The Lodges, for dinner.
The chef came over and introduced herself. The food sounded so delicious that we ordered everything that she recommended!
My favorite items were:
The Oven Fired Chimichurri Chips layered with gold creek cheddar, gruyère and bacon.
The Housemade Ginger Soy Guacamole with crushed edamame, served with fried wonton chips.
The Smoked Utah Trout served with wilted spinach, crisp apples, roasted heirloom carrots, and toasted hazelnut tarragon butter.
And the Cheddar Truffle Chive Spätzle. This was my absolute favorite dish on the menu! Everyone at the table asked to try a bite, and while I graciously said yes, in my head I was thinking “noooooooo!” It was that good!
The next morning, we woke up bright and early for a day of skiing Deer Valley’s famous slopes.
Wondering why they’re so famous? The freestyle mogul, aerial and alpine slalom events of the 2002 Winter Olympics were held here!
After being fitted for our skis, we headed out to see if our talents were olympic level. Spoiler alert: they were not.
But it was still fun exploring the slopes. They’re just gorgeous!
One thing that I like about Deer Valley is that you can access a green slope from almost every chair lift. This way you don’t have to worry about ending up at the top of the mountain with only black diamonds to get you down.
We made sure to stop halfway through our morning to warm up a bit. Turns out, our entire group had the same idea!
Then it was back to skiing. And falling. And then skiing again.
The nice thing about skiing Deer Valley in December is that up until Christmas there aren’t very many people there. So you can easily have runs to yourself, and won’t have to wait at all for a chair lift.
The trade off is that less trails are open. However, as a beginner, I would much rather have less people around!
Even if you do ski Deer Valley after Christmas, the resort caps the number of skiers so that everyone can enjoy the experience without it being too crowded. While at other ski resorts it’s normal to wait 30 minutes for a chair lift, here a 10-minute wait is considered long.
After an active morning, we kicked off our skis and walked (awkwardly, in ski boots) into the Royal Street Café for lunch.
As usual, the food was incredible!
After skiing all morning, we felt we deserved a drink! So we all ordered Blueberry Mojitos, because they won the 2007 Park City Cocktail Contest (and because they were pretty!).
For appetizers, we had the following:
Deer Valley Artisan Cheese Bruschetta which had a warm wheel of Provence Kid goat cheese coated with herbes de Provence, served on roasted tomato, red pepper and cipollini onion ragoût.
The Yellowfin Tuna Tartare served on crispy herb chips with lime caper aioli, wild arugula, white truffle oil and fresh lemon juice.
And the Maine Lobster Tower with layers of avocado, tomato, pea sprouts, crispy spiced won tons, and wasabi, soy and sweet chili sauces.
I had two main courses, because #vacation. The first was the Crawfish Bisque featuring sautéed tail meat, citrus cream, and chive oil. My ski instructor had raved about it all day, and when I finally tried it I wasn’t disappointed!
I also had a cup of Deer Valley’s famous Turkey Chili. Oh my gosh was it good! It was covered in sour cream, cheese, onions, and diced tomato, and served with grilled white corn tortillas.
After lunch, I did something I never expected to do in my lifetime. I skied… to the spa! Yep, you can ski right up to the Montage’s gorgeous spa.
It was the largest spa that I’ve ever been in! It almost made me wish I had spent my entire day there rather than skiing! My massage was fabulous, and was the perfect end to two very active days!
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And don’t miss this post on a Deer Valley sleigh ride and delicious cheese luge (it will make sense when you read it, I promise!).
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