The ski resorts in Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado have been competing over the last 20 years to create the perfect mountain vacation getaway. The ski vacation is no longer the same experience it was in the 1980s when lodgings of marginal quality were considered the norm.
Over the last 10 years western ski resorts have continuously expanded their size, quality of facilities, and breadth of services. Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah and Vail Resort in Vail, Colorado have risen to the top of the ski resort show down. Deer Valley Resort has been ranked the # 1 Ski Resort in North America by the readers of Ski Magazine in 2001, 2005, 2007, and 2008. Vail Resort held the honor in 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2006.
To earn the # 1 spot Deer Valley Resort has focused not only on the quality of its skiing, but also on mountain services and the Deer Valley dining experience. Deer Valley Resort does not just serve skiers lunch during the day. At night they convert their lodges into fine restaurants which are arguably some of the best restaurants in Deer Valley and Park City Utah.
Deer Valley Fireside Dining is held in the Empire Canyon Lodge and features a Swiss menu of alpine delights served fireside. The Seafood Buffet located in the Snow Park Lodge offers all types of seafood delicacies including sushi, prawns, shrimp, crab legs, and even duck and prime rib. The flagfish Mariposa Restaurant serves continental cuisine and is located in the Silver Lake Lodge at mid-mountain.
The town of Park City Utah has followed suit by increasing the number of luxury accommodations, fine dining, and shopping options. The expansion over the last 10 years has been very dramatic with literably hundreds of new luxury lodging options and typically replacing the traditional ski vacation accommodations.
As a result of the recent transition towards a more discerning palate, area restaurants have responded by introducing a rich dining experience worthy of top honors. Distinguished rating agencies such as the Michelin Travel Guide, Mobile Travel Guide, and Zagat Restaurant Guide have awarded Deer Valley area restaurants with their highest ratings.
The Goldener Hirsch restaurant located in the famous Goldener Hirsch Inn and the Glitretind restaurant located in the Stein Eriksen Lodge are two such restaurants. My personal favorite is the Goldener Hirsch Restaurant because of the delicious cheese fondue appetizer and the quaint Austrian decor.
Deer Valley resort definitely lives up to its # 1 North American ski resort reputation. Why not have it all and visit a resort that not only provides the utmost experience on mountain, but also the perfect balance of off mountain dining and shopping as well? I definitely recommend taking a closer look.