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Deer Valley

It’s unclear whether the reader was applauding or shaming Deer Valley with his comment that a vacation here is like “skiing in the lap of luxury.” No matter. Because it is clear that Deer Valley’s faithful fully embrace the resort’s pampering ethos, which is the basis of its repeat no. 1 ranking. Its consistent success is built from the bottom up, as “these guys understand how important it is to manage the details." To that end, the mountain crew coddles the snow as if each flake were a Fabergé egg. Not surprisingly, ripping down groomers is “like driving a Ferrari.” And more often than not, dining out is akin to visiting a four-star hotel. However, Deer Valley’s particular insight isn’t that service matters—that’s no secret—nor is it the fresh dill chèvre, nor the army of smiling ambassadors perpetually at the ready. The difference here is the sincere business belief that attitude and effort trump all. Yes, that’s the president of the resort stopping to reunite you with your skis after a tumble in the Centennial glades. To be sure, Deer Valley’s top ranking—fueled by setting the standard in Grooming, Service, Dining and Lodging—peeves alpine purists, who would rather measure a mountain’s success in vertical feet skied and toenails blackened. Fair enough. On the other hand, “this is a resort that perfectly knows its niche.” There's no shame in that. —Greg Ditrinco

Off-the-Map Trail » Venture into the unmarked X-Files glades. Go left off the Empire Express and follow Orion as it slides by Daly Bowl and the Daly Chutes. The trees—and the conspiracies— thicken on your left. Drop in.

Après Spot » Ride the Funicular from Snow Park Lodge up to the St. Regis Deer Valley and head to the Terrace Café’s outdoor patio. The views are spectacular, and we’ll let you see for yourself how the Garden of Fire got its name.

Don’t Miss » Fireside Dining at the Empire Canyon Lodge is one of those experiences you take home. Dishes from the Alps are served from five stone fireplaces as you circulate from hearth to hearth, wondering why you would ever want to leave.

Utah Pro Fly Fishing

Utah Pro Fly Fishing
Utah Pro Fly Fishing
Go fly fishing with this crew, and you're sure to catch fish.

With a motto like “no fish, no pay, no kidding” you can’t go wrong. Justin Harding of Utah Pro Fly Fishing’s clients have a 98 percent catch rate—so he can afford to make that promise. A passionate fly fisherman, he tries to instill that passion in his clients by adapting each trip to a visitor’s particular needs. Whether you’re an expert fly fisherman who’s never been to Utah, or a first-timer, the guides will make sure you enjoy your experience.

The Spa at Montage

The Spa at Montage
montage spa
The spa includes a fitness center that will keep you in shape your entire stay, as well as help you recover from a long day with their skier-specific treatments.

This 35,000 sq. foot spa includes an indoor and outdoor pool, 29 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy and Vichy Shower rooms, a full-services salon, and a fitness center. There is a daily calendar of fitness classes centered on core strength training for skiers, as well as recovery-specific treatments. Pick up any of the products used during your treatment at the boutique to extend your experience at home.
Park City, Utah | 435.604.1300 | montagedeervalley.com

Remede Spa at Deer Crest

Remede Spa at Deer Crest
remede spa
Try a skier-specific treatment at this Deer Valley spa.

Each treatment at this spa is customized to fit the visitor’s specific concerns or needs. They have 11 treatments rooms, two couples treatment rooms, heated patios, and a reflection pool. For athletes, the Remede Micro-Exfoliating Pedicure and the Signature Deer Crest Healing Ritual are a must. The Healing Ritual consists of boxy exfoliation, antioxidant body wrap, facial massage, and a tranquility massage. If you’re in the mood for something more basic, try the Remede Customized Massage: you’ll receive a massage with aromatherapy and paraffin wax.

Amatsu Spa

Amatsu Spa
Amatsu Spa
Pair a relaxing hiking tour with your spa-treatment at this Adventure Spa.

Located in the Sky Lodge in Park City, this Japanese-inspired spa is the first Adventure Spa in Northern Utah. They have ofuro tubs to soak in, a sand garden, six treatment rooms, and a tearoom. Try the bamboo stone massage or the Bare Necessities package: a soak, signature massage, specialty facial, and ultimate pedicure. In addition to their spa services they offer activities to increase awareness of your surroundings. Try the Local Yoga escape or the Stuart Falls Hiking Tour.

Horseback Rides in Park City

Horseback Rides in Park City
horseback park city
Take a guided horseback tour in the wilderness of Park City, just ten minutes from Main Street.

Take in Utah wilderness just 10 minutes from Main Street on a Red Pine Horseback Tour. They’re located on private land, so you’ll be the only people around. Red Pine offers hour and a half rides, two-hour rides, and half day rides where you’ll trek up to 10,000 feet in elevation and pass by a lake. Riders must be 8-years-old.
Park City, Utah | 800.417.7669 | redpinetours.com

Red Pine Snowmobile Tours

Red Pine Snowmobile Tours
Red Pine Snowmobile Tours
Take your family on a snowmobile adventure just 10 minutes from Main Street in Park City.

Up to 25 people at a time can go on these guided snowmobile tours. Riders 16-years-old and older who have a license can drive their snowmobile around huge meadows. Guides are there to help visitors learn about the machines and help them if they get stuck. If you don’t want to drive your own snowmobile you can ride on the back of another—each snowmobile seats two people.
Park City, Utah | 800.417.7669 | redpinetours.com

Kimball Art Museum

Kimball Art Museum
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The Kimball Art Museum is a nonprofit community art center that opened in 1976.

The Kimball Art Museum is a nonprofit community art center that opened in 1976. Known for their educational outreach programs and bringing top exhibitions to Park City, the museum is committed to furthering access of the visual arts for the community. For a quieter family experience, come to the museum, which is free and open to the public year-round, and view the many exhibitions. Past exhibitions include Left to the Elements, The Art of the Brick, and Art In Action.

Deer Valley Mountain Biking

Deer Valley Mountain Biking
deer valley mountain biking
At Deer Valley, more than 55 miles of panoramic trails are available during the summer months for mountain biking with panoramic views.

At Deer Valley, more than 55 miles of panoramic trails are available during the summer months for mountain biking with panoramic views. All summer, lift-accessed trails are offered from the Silver Lake Express chairlift at the base, Snow Park Lodge, and the Sterling Express chairlift at mid-mountain. Both bike rentals and beginner mountain biking lessons are available at each location. Deer Valley was rated one of the 10 best biking locations by Mountain Bike Action Magazine.

Park City Alpine Coaster

Park City Alpine Coaster
park city alpine coaster
Thrill seekers will feel the rush on Utah’s only Alpine Coaster.

 

Thrill seekers will feel the rush on Utah’s only Alpine Coaster. Different from an alpine slide, the coaster is like a theme park roller coaster, with a track, instead of a slide, but with a much better mountain view. The track is elevated and winds through more than one mile and of loops, curves, and hairpin turns. You will reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour on the journey downhill in the toboggan-style cars.

Park City, Utah | 435.658.5560 | parkcitymountain.com

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