Skiers fly to Utah from all over the world to try their hand at Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. It’s hard to blame them when these neighboring resorts blend Utah-grade powder with a solid variety of terrain. Park City has its fair share of beginner and intermediate skiers and riders, and there are excellent beginner-friendly groomers and world-class ski schools to suit them well.
But beyond the familiar beginner-friendly terrain lie incredible options for advanced and expert skiers looking for a serious challenge. Because a truly steep or technical run can make even experts shake in their boots a bit.
So if you’ve got the chops for it, here are a few Park City and Deer Valley runs that might make your palms sweat inside your mittens.
1. Daly Chute #4 in Empire Canyon at Deer Valley Resort
Even locals might be surprised to hear that some of the steepest in-bounds pitches in Utah happen to be in Deer Valley’s Daly Chutes. You access this area by taking the Empire Express lift and traversing toward the Daly area. The chutes are impossible to miss—and Chute #4 is the steepest and narrowest, requiring precise hop-turns at times, and some guts to get over the cornice at the top.
2. 6 Bells in Jupiter Bowl at Park City Mountain Resort
Jupiter stands up to its elevated name—it’s literally one of the loftiest points in the area and its level of challenge matches that. On its face, you’ll find a number of narrow shimmy-worthy chutes and crannies you can precisely pick your way through—including one of the most striking, 6 Bells. Get off the Jupiter lift and traverse left along the ridgeline past the patrol shack for just a moment. When you’ve found the steepest descent below you, you’re probably perched right atop 6 Bells. Let ’er rip.
3. 3 Kings Terrain Park at Park City Mountain Resort
If you’re a terrain park type, you may never have seen a challenge quite like 3 Kings. It’s where local, top-notch riders and professional greats spend their time refining their craft on features that require tremendous commitment and focus. This park is not for newbies—it’s both huge and creative in its multi-dimensional setups. Expect immaculate grooming, perfectly placed landings, a dedicated chairlift, and serious freestyle possibilities.
4. Centennial Trees on Lady Morgan at Deer Valley Resort
Fancy yourself a tree run? Try the Centennial Trees, the longest and steepest gladed area at Deer Valley Resort. You’ll find it on skier’s left after getting off Lady Morgan Express. You’ll start in an evergreen forest up top, keeping laser-sharp focus on tight controlled turns through the snowy trees, and wind up in a gorgeous aspen grove. The scenery shifts, but the challenge is sustained.
5. Champion Run on Bald Eagle at Deer Valley Resort
Moguls are a true test of the expert skier, separating the pros from the amateurs. And the Champion run at Deer Valley Resort is considered the very steepest, longest, and most challenging mogul course on the FIS World Cup circuit. It even served as the Olympic Mogul Course in 2002. Access it from the Carpenter Express lift and pause at the top to catch your breath—because your heart rate is about to take a serious jump.
6. East Face of Jupiter Peak at Park City Mountain Resort
This one’s a challenge—and on top of that, you’ve got to work to get there. You can ride either the Jupiter lift or the McConkey’s lift, then traverse and bootpack to the top of the proper Jupiter Peak. Then, check out the gorgeous, supremely steep bowl below. The rock-studded East Face requires some careful route-finding to pick your way down, as does Puma Bowl to your left and O-Zone to your right.
Originally written for Visit Park City.