Snow Report: Deer Valley, Utah, December 11, 2012

By Jim Barth
Dec 12, 2012

Snow Park Restaurant at Deer ValleyWell, I for one am going to stay optimistic.  It’s forecast to snow a number of times in the next several days and we really need it!

Yesterday afternoon, Nancy and I ventured out for our first ski excursion of the year at Deer Valley.  There are not a lot of trails open yet, and the skiing was on man-made snow only.  Trails that were open include Success off Bald Eagle Mountain, Birdseye off Bald Mountain, and a handful of trails off Flagstaff.  There is quite a bit of barren terrain under the lifts, however it is finally cold enough for Deer Valley to be blowing snow continuously.  Of course I could have been in the office, so I really have nothing to complain about!

On a positive note, we toured the renovated Snow Park Lodge dining area, which underwent a significant remodel in the off-season. Most noticeably, the beverage stations, once located at center stage in the middle of the buffet line have been relocated to a wall, skier’s left as you enter the buffet area. It’s easy to use during the ski day.  At the center of the area is an expansive new Natural Buffet station.  There is also a beautiful new espresso bar just to the right of the stairs to the second level of dining.

Time to work up an appetite so let’s all PRAY FOR SNOW!


By Jim Barth
Jun 25, 2012

As mentioned last week, Deer Valley Resort is replacing its Deer Crest chairlift with a new high-speed detachable quad as part of $8 million in improvements to be made this summer. This new lift, which will now be called Mountaineer Express, will increase the number of skiers who are carried up Little Baldy Mountain by 1,200 skiers per hour.

Other improvements at the resort include:

  1. Remodeling Snow Park Restaurant to make the food service much more efficient
  2. Replacing the wooden decks at Empire Canyon Lodge with heated pavers
  3. Expanding snowmaking in Empire Canyon
  4. Installing more energy-efficient snowmaking guns
  5. Buying five more grooming machines.
According to Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of the resort, "Deer Valley Resort is dedicated to remaining the Number 1 resort in North America," referring to Deer Valley’s Number 1 ranking five years in a row in Ski magazine. "We are continually assessing needed improvements that will be the most advantageous to our guests."