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Canyons Resort

+Immense resort that's quickly adding amenities.

- Can be overwheming. Best for cruisers.

Utah's largest ski area and the United States’ third-largest somehow remains a mystery to many. Yet this 4,000-acre “hidden gem” stands in easy reach and plain sight, sprawling across nine mountaintops just north of Park City. Well funded and smartly buffed with $50 million in upgrades to date by luxury developer Talisker Corp., this master-planned resort delivers wide-open cruising, slopeside lodgings, swift lifts and delicious eats. Add easy access to all Salt Lake skiing, enough off-hill diversions to keep you fully engaged and coordinates that put the good times of downtown Park City and hip Kimball Junction a short drive away, and smart ski travelers won’t be saying “Where?” for long. Says a forward-looking reader: “Watch out, Deer Valley!” —S.R.

Après Spot » Build a cocoa creation at Chocolate Bar, located at the new Ski Beach, then kick back in a lounge chair while a band plays. Family Activity » Tenpin it at Kimball Junction’s Jupiter Bowl, with glowing bowling balls, live music and lane-side dining.

On-Hill Lunch » Reserve ahead at Lookout Cabin to savor poblano and goat-cheese rellenos, decadent Alpine Mac ’n’ Cheese and Kobe burgers—all with Wasatch views.

Dakota Mountain Lodge

Dakota Mountain Lodge

This grand new construction in the heart of The Canyons’ village opened in July with 201 rooms and suites plus a 16,000-square-foot Golden Door Spa. The guest quarters—standard hotel rooms through six-bedroom suites—each have a fireplace, HDTV and steam shower, and each suite has a kitchen with Viking appliances and granite counters. San Francisco–based Spruce Restaurant opened a satellite location here, where chef Mark Sullivan carries on the franchise’s expertise in seasonal contemporary American cuisine. And with a location so key—ski-in/ski-out via the new Frostwood Gondola—Dakota guests will want for little.

$179–$3,000

dakotamountainlodge.com

Fireplaces, steam showers, and granite counter top kitchens combine to deliver a stunning lodging experience.

This grand new construction in the heart of The Canyons’ village opened in July, 2009 with 201 rooms and suites plus a 16,000-square-foot Golden Door Spa. The guest quarters—standard hotel rooms through six-bedroom suites—each have a fireplace, HDTV and steam shower, and each suite has a kitchen with Viking appliances and granite counters. San Francisco–based Spruce Restaurant opened a satellite location here, where chef Mark Sullivan carries on the franchise’s expertise in seasonal contemporary American cuisine.

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