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Perfect day in deer valley could start with a nordic smorgasbord at stein eriksen lodge, your ski valet standing by to snap you into your boots once you’re ready to head to the slopes. After four or five runs on the immaculately groomed course, lunch on a sun-filled deck at The St. Regis: a spread finished with the property’s famous Wasabi Bloody Marys. A few more runs, and you’re off to an afternoon massage at Spa Montage, followed by a soak in its mosaic pool. Apres-ski around the fire pit with s’mores and champagne as the sun sets behind the Wasatch Mountain Range, then dine along neighboring Park City’s historic main drag, closing the day with a night cap back at your lodge beneath the stars.

That combination of white-glove service, great snow and spectacular luxury has earned Deer Valley the title of “Best Ski Resort in North America,” per readers of SKI magazine, multiple times. The resort’s easy arrival doesn’t hurt either. You could land at Salt Lake City International Airport and be sipping a cocktail in front of your hotel fireplace in under an hour’s travel time.

With a 9,570-foot summit, 2,026 skiable acres, 90 runs and an average of 300 inches of powder snow a year, Deer Valley was a natural choice for many of the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics events, but snow-boarding was not one of them. The resort’s snowboarding prohibition clearly makes it a non-starter for some, but it increases its appeal to many skiers who might prefer not to share the mountain. The resort caps its daily ticket sales to keep the slopes from feeling overcrowded, and its on-site ski school keeps families coming back from December through April every year.

In January, actor and director Robert Redford’s renowned Sundance Film Festival means celebrities crowd Park City’s heated sidewalks, joining skiers to shop the time-honored main street’s upscale boutiques and galleries, or dip into the town’s favorite bars and restaurants. In summer, the Deer Valley Music Festival takes center stage. Prices for top-tier hotel rooms dip, and reservations are easier to get—but the luxury of this valley never dims.


All three of these top Deer Valley hotel options are ski-in, ski-out with great views, pools and spas, nightly s’mores, as well as ski valets who will ensure you never have to even touch your own boots during your trip.

The newest luxury option to open slope-side is Montage Deer Valley ( at Empire Pass. With 220 rooms that start at 600 square feet in size and feature a fireplace with patio or balcony, this 13-floor hotel offers the largest spa in utah, which boasts 35,000 square feet, 29 treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools. For the active vacationer, there are falconry, archery, art, culinary and wine classes. Montage’s four restaurants include Apex, an American Grill, and Daly’s Pub & Rec, a gourmet gastropub offering pretzel fondue and wood-fired pizza with a four-lane bowling alley and vintage arcade games. yama Sushi serves up its fish alongside sake flight pairings. And the hotel’s lunchtime skier’s buffet earns universal raves.

St. Regis Deer Valley ( offers a butler program and family yoga to guests, a “ski beach” with its famous après-ski scene, an infinity pool and fire pits. Summertime means kite flying, fly fishing and mountain biking. Staying in for the night is never a sacrifice at this 181-room hotel, where dinner downstairs means the renowned J&G Grill with an after-dinner drink at The St. Regis Wine Vault, which offers more than 12,000 bottles to chose from.

Norwegian ski legend Stein Eriksen’s namesake hotel, Stein Eriksen Lodge (, brings an old world, Scandinavian flair to Deer Valley’s tony lodge scene. Awarded “Best Ski Hotel in the World” by the World Ski Awards, the 180-room Stein Eriksen is Utah’s only Forbes Five Star hotel. Guests swear by its understated elegance, spa massages, lively post-slope drinks and complimentary breakfast spread. The elegant Glitretind restaurant combines European dining with spectacular night views, which guests can follow with a horse-drawn sleigh ride leaving directly from the Main Lodge.


Located right across the street from the town lift, Prime Steak House and Piano Bar ( sits at the bottom of Historic Main Street. Live music is played every night during the winter, with outdoor patio dining and mountainside views in the summer.

Famous for its trio of wild game— elk, bison, venison—and signature mashed potatoes, Riverhorse on Main ( is a long-established, award-winning favorite. On summer nights, a restaurant balcony table will allow you a view of all the action on busy Main Street.

“The best French fries in Park City!” exclaim fans of Bistro 412 (bistro412. com). Casual and charming, Bistro 412 offers live entertainment on weekends and patio dining on Main Street during spring and summer.

Just steps from the Stein Eriksen, Goldener Hirsch (goldenerhirschinn. com) is a special occasion spot for locals. Serving Alpine cuisine with an American spin amidst Austrian decor, it’s famous for dishes such as a cheese fondue appetizer with lemon potatoes, apples and red grapes. It’s been a Wine Spectator award winner every year since 1995.


Winter: Sleigh rides and snow tubing are easily accessed in Deer Valley. Park City offers ice skating at Park City Ice Arena. For something further afield, try snowmobiling at Daniels Summit (danielssummit. com). A 45-minute drive from Deer Valley, Daniels Summit guides will take you on the ride of a lifetime through the Uinta National Forest. Trails top out at 10,000 feet through dense forest and winter wonderland-worthy meadows. The two-hour guided tour wanders along some of the area’s 200 scenic miles of groomed trails.

Summer: Deer Valley and Park City offer fly fishing, hot air balloon rides, hiking and biking all summer long. Golf is available through Park City Golf Club (, Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course (, Crater Springs Golf Course ( and Soldier Hollow Golf Course ( Horseback riding, along with chuck wagon hayrides, are available through

Year-round: Jupiter Bowl ( offers good service, bar chow and a fun night, complete with a private bowling room with four lanes all to its own. If you want to bowl with a glass of Silver Oak or Camus in your hand, this is your spot. Or get lost in Dolly’s Bookstore’s ( delicious collection, complete with a resident cat who loves children, to select your next fireside tome.

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