Edgar B. Stern, Jr.

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Ski Pioneer

Edgar B. Stern Jr. (1922 - 2008)

Edgar Stern was an extraordinary visionary, and the ski industry—particularly in Utah—is the beneficiary. In 1971, with his usual foresight, he acquired 7,000 acres in Park City, Utah, that included what was then Treasure Mountain Resort (later Park City ski area), as well as other properties.

It was these other properties that eventually became Deer Valley Resort, where Edgar Stern realized his dream of combining the sport of skiing with the service, food and amenities of a fine hotel. Deer Valley Resort opened December 26, 1981. The business philosophy that has come to be known as the “Deer Valley Difference” includes such amenities as valet ski service, parking lot shuttles, on-site child care, complimentary ski check, immaculately groomed and uncrowded ski slopes, and the finest on-mountain cuisine to be found anywhere.

The readers of SKI magazine, in an annual survey, have consistently rated Deer Valley Resort #1 in the categories of ski-slope grooming, guest service and on-mountain food, and among the top 5 ski resorts in North America overall.

This recognition reached a zenith in 2001 when SKI magazine readers rated Deer Valley the #1 ski resort in North America overall for the first time. Deer Valley Resort also achieved exceptional worldwide recognition for its hosting of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games slalom, aerials and moguls events. The resort has also garnered consistent praise for its hosting of the FIS Freestyle World Cup for over twenty-five years.

Numerous worthy organizations have been the beneficiaries of Edgar Stern’s time and resources, including Ballet West, the National Ability Center, Salt Lake Art Center, Utah Special Olympics, Utah Open Lands, Kimball Art Center, Guadalupe Schools, People’s Health Clinic and the Salt Lake Symphony.