Deer Valley Resort summer operations are in full swing! We had the opportunity to chat with Deer Valley Resort Director of Mountain Operations, Steve Graff, for the inside scoop on hiking and biking in beautiful Deer Valley this summer season.
Steve has served at Deer Valley Resort for the past 25 years.
“So obviously, I love it!” he declared.
“It is the connectedness and sense of family that brings people back, employees and guests. It is the pride of what we do and who we are. I love working here. The people from the top down are all very approachable, and we all have the same goal in mind, to give the people who come here the best experience that we possibly can.”
Park City attracts visitors from around the world to experience the renowned hiking and biking opportunities. According to the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), Park City was the very first Gold-Level Ride Center, meaning our community is truly a world-class mountain biking destination.
The Deer Valley trail maintenance team is currently hard at work constructing a brand new flow trail on Bald Eagle Mountain. Steve explained the difference between flow trails and traditional mountain biking.
Mountain biking has evolved over the years. Traditional mountain biking is considered “technical” and it is characterized by narrower trails and switchbacks. Riders navigate more natural elements like roots and rocks embedded in these trails. The new flow trails are shaped with large machinery. They are characterized by a more consistent smooth surface and large berm turns.
“The turns are big and banked, a different type of riding, and a lot of fun! They are incredibly popular. Tidal Wave feels like a dirt roller coaster.”
Tidal Wave is one of three flow trails at Deer Valley Resort, located on Bald Eagle Mountain. They are currently constructing a fourth. This fourth trail will mark the development of four flow trails developed over the course of four years.
“As it’s being completed and parts of [the new flow trail] become available, we’ll open it up over the course of the summer. It will be a really fun addition on our lower mountain.”
With the proximity to lift service and the high speeds generated on these steeper trails, most of the mountain biking on Bald Eagle Mountain is designated as downhill only.
Here’s a breakdown of the difficulty level of the four flow trails:
“Overall, if you are looking for a lift-served, downhill experience, Bald Mountain is definitely where you want to be, off of the Sterling Chairlift. I would recommend starting out with Holy Roller. If you feel comfortable after that, then I would move to Nail Driver, which is a mix of flow and technical. It has elements of new school flow trails and also elements of traditional mountain biking. And then, you could work your way to the advanced intermediate trail,Tidal Wave. You keep working through that progression until you get up to Tsunami or Fire Swamp.”
If you prefer a more traditional mountain biking experience, Deer Valley Resort has a series of first-class interconnected trails to choose from.
“If you're into a more lift-served cross country experience, so more traditional mountain biking at a gentler pace, without all the climbing, you can take the chairlift up. I would recommend trails like Deer Camp, which is incredibly beautiful, Flagstaff Loop, Boulder, Tour de Suds, mainly on Flagstaff Mountain. Because you’re using the chairlfit, there’s never more than a hundred feet or so of climbing at a time, creating more of a cross country experience, kind of rolling up and down with some pedaling.”
The Flagstaff Mountain trails are generally not as steep or fast as those on Bald Mountain, so most of them, including Flagstaff Loop, Boulder, and Tour De Suds, are all multi-use and multi-directional. Hikers and bikers alike can enjoy these trails in either direction.
“We are trying to create good experiences for everyone. Hikers and bikers can co-exist on the trails that tend to meander more.”
There are plenty of multi-directional trails to choose from, as well as four hiking only trails- Sultan, Silverlake Trail, Ontario Canyon, and Red Cloud.
“There are a lot of options. My personal favorite is Silverlake. It is steep, just over two miles long, and gains 14 hundred feet in elevation. I love it because it starts at Silverlake, and it wraps around Bald Mountain to the East. It has pine forest, open meadows with amazing views of the Uintas and Jordanelle, woods, and the last half is exposed on the back side of the mountain with great views of Wasatch Mountain State Park and Timpanogos. Then, when you summit at the top of Bald Mountain, you can enjoy a complimentary lift ride down on Sterling.”
All the Deer Valley Resort trails are free and open to the public. Even the new high-speed downhill flow trails are free. Bikers would just need to ride up on a multi-directional Flagstaff trail, then cross over to descend Bald Mountain trails.
For those staying here at The Chateaux Deer Valley looking for a fun, easy hike, Steve suggested a multi-trail hike that begins right in our backyard!
The whole loop is approximately four miles, but only about 900 feet of elevation gain over the course of the whole hike.
Whether you’re a professional mountain biker eager to take on more advanced trails, a beginner excited to experience a new sport, or a hiker seeking the best views, Deer Valley Resort has something for everyone.
For more information on the trail systems, mountain biking lessons, hiking trail guides, and more, visit the Deer Valley Resort website here.
As always, our Front Desk team is happy to help plan your next adventure: 435-658-9500
Additionally our Stein Eriksen Sport team at our sister property, Stein Eriksen Lodge, is knowledgeable and fully equipped to outfit you in the latest gear: 435-658-0680
Get out there and experience all Deer Valley has to offer this beautiful summer season!
The moment Lance Rentrios stepped foot in Stein Eriksen Lodge, he knew he belonged.
“I came here for my birthday to visit, and I didn’t want to leave. I felt at home. I just fell in love, and I wanted to be a part of this. Mariam was my server, and I told her that I was going to work here one day. Years later, it happened.”
Lance serves as a bartender and server in Cena Ristorante & Lounge at The Chateaux Deer Valley. He also assists in banquets at both Stein Eriksen Lodge and The Chateaux. It’s not surprising that Lance feels so at home in the Stein community. His stepdad was a bellman here for twenty-three seasons, and his mom served on the security team. Not only is Lance honored to continue this family tradition, but he is drawn to the legacy of excellence these properties uphold.
“I want to do the best and work for the best. I do what I love, and I love to serve others. That’s what makes me happy. I got my foot in the door with Stein, and it’s been the best two years of my life.”
Lance stood up and demonstrated the proper technique for seamlessly clearing plates, describing the small but meaningful details that contribute to flawless service in every interaction.
“I take it very seriously. If you’re going to do something, you do it. Simply balancing a glass on a tray takes effort. The only reason I’m good at it is because I practiced at home on my own time.”
That’s not the only skill he diligently practiced. He memorized every detail of the menu. He learned all he could and more. He pairs this skill set with an unwavering dedication to personalized service. He keeps a notebook with guests names and special notes, allowing him to anticipate their preferences every time.
“When they return, they don’t ask for anything. I anticipate everything. And if it’s their birthday, I send them a card. If it’s Christmas, I send them a picture of our team out in the snow making a snowman. Now they feel like part of The Chateaux family, and they’re going to tell their friends. I like that.”
Lance’s passion for his career extends beyond the workplace. When asked what he enjoys doing in his free time, Lance replied,
“For me, it’s food and beverage. That’s my passion. That’s what I love to do.”
He’s especially fond of French cuisine, and he enjoys cooking dinner for his family every night. As a devoted family man and father of four young children, his greatest joy is fatherhood.
“My life is all about them. There is nothing more important to me than them just being confident and successful young people. That’s all I want.”
Working for Stein Collection and living in the Park City area has allowed him the freedom and flexibility to spend more time with his family.
“Here, there’s an extra level of support that we’re not used to. I felt welcomed right away. I love the company. I feel like I’m part of the community now. I don’t have plans of going anywhere any time soon.”
When Lance was recently awarded the prestigious recognition of Stein Collection Employee of the Year, it was not the first time. He was awarded Employee of the Year at Mandarin Oriental and Ritz Carlton before his employment here. He works very, very hard every day, and it shows. Lance has received many personal letters from guests and residents thanking him for his kindness and service.
When asked about the honors and recognition he has received over the years, Lance simply replied,
“I just want my kids to be proud of me.”
Each of our team members has a story, and we hope to share them with you through our “Behind the Chateaux” posts. It is the warmth and dedication of exceptional team members like Lance who truly bring life to the Stein Collection properties. Be sure to say hello to Lance next time you stop in at The Chateaux Deer Valley.
In celebration and honor of fathers everywhere, we thank these devoted heroes for their unwavering strength and support. This Father’s Day, treat the Dad in your life to time spent enjoying the great outdoors together.
Park City is such a vibrant year-round destination with opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast. This summer, take advantage of all Park City has to offer with a special Summer Activity Package that allows you to stay mid-mountain Deer Valley and use a $100 resort credit for spa, dining, and summer activities.
Simply make a reservation for 2 or more nights (Sun-Thu) or 3+ nights (if arriving Fri/Sat) and receive a $100 resort credit to use onsite or on local area summer activities during your stay.
Wow Dad with a Four-Star luxury stay and use the $100 resort credit towards:
Here’s a round-up of our favorite local area activities to explore:
World-Class Mountain Biking: Explore nearly 70 miles of chairlift accessible trails that challenge beginners and experts alike
Hot Air Balloon Rides: Experience Park City from new heights, taking in the beautiful alpine vistas and valleys from above
Fly Fishing: Enjoy a fly fishing tour in Park City’s blue-ribbon streams with a professional and passionate guide along the vibrant Provo River. Even beginners will enjoy this activity!
Horseback Rides: The perfect way to explore Park City’s backcountry hills and mountainous terrain.
ATV Rides: Adventure through Utah’s stunning natural beauty in a guided tour or rent your own ATV to explore your way through the majestic mountains and lush summer landscapes.
Utah Olympic Park: Take an unforgettable ride down the 2002 Winter Olympics bobsled track, climb across the adventure ropes courses, jump off the 65-foot drop tower, or explore the Alf Engen Museum. This is a must for thrill seekers and history buffs alike!
Our Concierge team is informed on all Park City activities and events. We love helping plan your adventure and make the most of your time in Park City. You can easily book your summer vacation here, then contact our Concierge directly at (435) 658-9500 to plan your activities.
Treat Dad to the ultimate Father’s Day this weekend with luxury lodging, award-winning dining, and his favorite outdoor recreation. He deserves it, and we love helping make his day even more memorable!