Empire is the highest area of Deer Valley . Many residents will refer to this area as Guardsman Pass taking you over the top of Deer Valley to Big Cottonwood Canyon, or Midway. However things have changed! Montage Hotel is located in the heart of Empire Canyon. In addition many luxury homes and condominiums are located here. Most of these homes are part of the Talisker Club with direct ski access and use of Talisker Club amenities.