Intermediate Runs at Deer Valley
Deer Valley, with its commitment to grooming excellence, is an ideal resort for intermediate skiers looking to hone their skills. Start your day taking Carpenter Express up Bald Eagle Mountain for a couple of warm-up runs while you’re close to the ski shop. The sequence of blues off Success (Last Chance, Dew Drop, Little Kate) are particularly user-friendly routes through million dollar ski homes.
If everything checks out, make your way up Silver Lake Express, down Trainer, and up Quincy Express to the top of Flagstaff Mountain. There’s a progressive series of four intermediate runs along the Northside Express Lift, each one slightly more challenging than the next. Start on Hawkeye, one of the resort’s most forgiving blues, before moving on to Sidewinder and Lucky Star. By the time you make it down Lost Boulder, you’re nearly following the lift down.
There’s nothing wrong with exploring Deer Valley on blues and looking for a little off-piste powder. Each canyon has a little different sun and wind exposure, so you might find some real gems. If you want local knowledge of hidden powder stashes with a primer on resort history and terrain overview, here is the secret scoop. Deer Valley offers twice daily complimentary intermediate-level mountain host tours at 10:00 and 1:30, starting at the summit of Bald Eagle Mountain (top of Carpenter Express and Homestake).
If you’re looking to build advanced skills, like finishing your turns parallel, and are comfortable hockey stopping (and side-stepping if needed), here’s a solid progression to skiing blacks. Head over to Bald Mountain and test your mettle on the notorious advanced-intermediate run – Tycoon, before pointing your tips down Stein’s Way, a traditionally well-groomed black run that’s a perfect introduction to advanced terrain.