A piece of Deer Valley’s history MATT JAMES Of the Record staff | ParkRecord.com

A piece of Deer Valley’s history MATT JAMES Of the Record staff

Deer Valley owner Edgar Stern originally owned another ski resort in town, but he sold Park City Resort now Park City Mountain Resort in 1975 and shortly thereafter, gathered with some friends, including Stein Eriksen, to plan Deer Valley.

Eriksen remembered the area when Stern arrived in Park City in 1969. Then, he said, there was nothing at Silver Lake and a just a pond in the dirt near Snow Park.

He talked about the very beginnings of Deer Valley, in the winters of 1979 and ’80, when there was nothing but a cabin at Silver Lake where Stern would host dignitaries and members of the press. The cabin’s staff would take care of the guests’ every need while Eriksen would guide them around the mountain during the day.

According to Eriksen, that operation and the press it generated primed the resort for its initial success.

"By the time that we were ready to open," said Eriksen, "we had already spread the word through all those press people, so everybody already knew about Deer Valley."

The people knew, he said, about the resort’s service and its mission. So, right from the start, they knew what they were going to get.

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