Ambassador of Skiing, Heidi Voelker © Deer Valley Resort
Voted best ski resort in North America in 2001 and 2005 by SKI Magazine, the exclusive holiday resort of Deer Valley was again voted the best for three consecutive years in a row in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Located 38 miles (58km) east of Salt Lake City and opened in 1981, Deer Valley took over the old site of Snow Park. Millions of dollars later, it has created a reputation for itself highly regarded among skiers the world over (partly because they don't allow snowboarders near the mountain). Deer Valley is located in the Park City area, Utah, and in 2002, hosted select events of the Winter Olympics. As its popularity increases it continues to attract the upper echelons; the levels of service in all aspects from accommodation, dining to grooming and slope maintenance continue to rise. Deer Valley boasts 300 inches (762cm) of light, dry, Utah powder. Four mountains and a variety of terrain offer skiers of all levels enough to keep them entertained. Beginners are not restricted and can ski on all four of the mountains while advanced skiers will find enough black diamond runs groomed to perfection.
A variety of additional activities are available to holiday visitors in Deer Valley including sleigh rides, snow mobile tours, snow-shoeing, heli-skiing and hot air balloon rides. For the less actively inclined or those simply looking to relax, there are health spas, saunas and Jacuzzis. During the summer months the lifts stay open for scenic rides and lift-served mountain biking. There is also a Kid's Summer Adventure Camp and outdoor dining is popular in the magnificent setting.