We are former locals and come back for most of every winter. Our favorite place to ski (hands down) is Deer Valley. In fact, after almost every visit I exclaim, 'that was the BEST ski day of my life!' and I totally mean it. From the minute you drive up, the attendants rush to greet you with a huge smile and welcome and whisk your equipment off to await your return from the parking lot. Parking is plentiful and easy with a shuttle to the base if you want to save your legs.Changing rooms are large and comfortable with free boot and glove warmers and self and full serve locker areas. Everything is convenient and right at your fingertips. Two bonuses: no snowboarders (although I realize that may not be a bonus to all) and limited ticket sales. Total bummer if you get shut out from a ticket due to the number of skiers they allow on the mountain, but awesome if you are one of the lucky ticket holders that do get in. We were able to buy our tickets for the next day after 3pm and didn't make that mistake again. Our fave side of the mountain is Northside with a new high speed lift and very few people, we often ski our fave runs (Jordannelle, Mountaineer) by ourselves (killer blues). No matter where you eat you will pay higher prices than in town but you are at Deer Valley and the quality will knock your socks off. We love to have lunch at Stein Erickson's lodge and sitting on the patio next to a fire pit is the ultimate end to a great day. There are runs for the whole family, lots of hidden stashes of powder, and runs to challenge even the most expert skiers in your group. Deer Valley is heaven on earth.