Apres Ski in Deer Valley
When developing Deer Valley Resort, its founder, Edgar Stern, fully utilized his hotel experience to create the most luxurious and service-oriented ski resort in North America. There is no village as such. Most of Deer Valley’s apres-ski is centred on Snow Park Lodge with abundant nightlife and shopping just one-mile away on Park City’s historic Main Street.
Apres-Ski Slopeside in Deer Valley
Three day-lodges – Snow Park Lodge, Silver Lake Lodge and the new Empire Canyon Lodge – are all styled after the grand old National Park lodges built in the late 19th century, and exude rustic elegance with their wooden beams, wide-planked wooden floors and lots of windows to showcase the local beauty.
Snow Park Lodge
On the mountain, the Snow Park Lounge in Snow Park Lodge (at the base area) is a happening place for music, entertainment, videos and televised sporting events; hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are served seven days a week. It’s popular with skiers of all ages due to its spaciousness and back deck that allows skiers to view Bald Eagle Mountain while sipping cocktails and listening to live entertainment. Real open fires warm up cold limbs.
Seafood Buffet at Snow Park Lodge offers a vast array of seafood appetizers and entrées, grilled fowl, pasta, prime rib and some fabulous desserts. Fine wine and spirits are also available.
Silver Lake Lodge
Located mid-mountain at Silver Lake Lodge, Royal Street Café features award-winning American and international cuisine in contemporary but rustic setting, with sit-down waiter-service lunch, dinner and après ski daily including table service on the outdoor decks weather permitting.
Silver Lake Lodge’s Mariposa restaurant, regarded as the most elegant and best restaurant on the mountain, offers a mix of classic and contemporary cuisine, as well as vegetarian and tasting menus and fine wines.
Empire Canyon Lodge
Located at the bottom of Empire Canyon, Empire Canyon Lodge (8,300 ft) is a perfect apres-ski spot to unwind and enjoy food and drinks after a day on the slopes. It offers a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, with stunning views, crackling fires and a wide selection of wines and craft beers.
Empire Canyon Lodge is especially popular for fireside dining. Four course evening menu options include raclette cheese and meat dishes served from hot stone fireplaces. Easy access by car via Marsac Avenue with complimentary valet parking or arrive in style and make a splendid dining experience more magical with a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Available Wednesday to Saturday from mid-December and highly recommended.
Apres-Ski on Main Street
Just one mile away from Deer Valley’s base area is Park City’s historic Main Street, a bustling skiers’ haven alive with more than 100 restaurants, 20 bars, clubs, interesting shops and galleries, and apres-ski hub for Deer Valley as well as Park City Mountain Resort.
Park City is a mix of old and new, the older buildings reminiscent of the mining days in the mid-1800s. Sixty-four of Park City’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the apres-ski scene on Main Street in Park City is second to none.
There are so many great possibilities on Main Street in Park City for apres-ski. The Wasatch Brew Pub, Utah’s oldest existing brewery, has pool tables, games and big-screen televisions. The No Name Saloon is a favorite of locals and visitors. Very often the numerous bars and restaurants in Park City offer a happy hour in addition to live music.
Deer Valley is quiet at night but over at Park City there are about 20 bars and nightclubs in the Main Street area and those who love to dance can find an eclectic array of bands, DJs and solo performers. The nightclubs draw the attention of locals, visitors and many Salt Lake City residents who make the trip to Park City on weekends.
Bars will close anywhere from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am, and the minimum age for consuming alcohol is 21.
Other Activities in Deer Valley
Deer Valley and the Utah Olympic Park offer many alternative sports activities.
Other sports activities in the area include snowmobile tours, sleigh rides, ski jumping, luge and bobsled rides at the Utah Olympic Park, hot-air balloon rides, snowshoeing, tubing, heliskiing, cat skiing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, bowling and arcade.