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Deer Valley

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.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

After dropping off our things, we headed to The Brass Tag, located right in The Lodges, for dinner.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

The chef came over and introduced herself. The food sounded so delicious that we ordered everything that she recommended!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

My favorite items were:

The Oven Fired Chimichurri Chips layered with gold creek cheddar, gruyère and bacon.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

The Housemade Ginger Soy Guacamole with crushed edamame, served with fried wonton chips.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

The Smoked Utah Trout served with wilted spinach, crisp apples, roasted heirloom carrots, and toasted hazelnut tarragon butter.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

The next morning, we woke up bright and early for a day of skiing Deer Valley’s famous slopes.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Wondering why they’re so famous? The freestyle mogul, aerial and alpine slalom events of the 2002 Winter Olympics were held here!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

After being fitted for our skis, we headed out to see if our talents were olympic level. Spoiler alert: they were not.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

But it was still fun exploring the slopes. They’re just gorgeous!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

We made sure to stop halfway through our morning to warm up a bit. Turns out, our entire group had the same idea!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Then it was back to skiing. And falling. And then skiing again.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

After an active morning, we kicked off our skis and walked (awkwardly, in ski boots) into the Royal Street Café for lunch.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

As usual, the food was incredible!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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!).

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

The Yellowfin Tuna Tartare served on crispy herb chips with lime caper aioli, wild arugula, white truffle oil and fresh lemon juice.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

And the Maine Lobster Tower with layers of avocado, tomato, pea sprouts, crispy spiced won tons, and wasabi, soy and sweet chili sauces.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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.

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

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!

Deer Valley Ski Resort Park City Utah Travel Wanderlust in the City

To find out more information on Deer Valley, and book your next trip, click here.

Stay tuned for my next post on a Deer Valley sleigh ride and delicious cheese luge (it will make sense when you read it, I promise!).

~A

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