This gorgeous family ski resort just opened in December 2010 - not only is it one the top places I've ever stayed worldwide, it is in my opinion and that of other guests this Winter, North America's top ski resort. The vibe, aesthetic, amenities, warm service, activities, setting, fine food, thoughtful generous touches... in the world of hospitality it is the real deal!
(Date Experienced: April 2011)
Need to Know
Ski enthusiasts — due to its ski-in/ski-out location on the base of six-peak Deer Valley. Plenty to do outside of downhill: access nearby nordic tracks + other winter recreational pursuits including snowshoeing, ice skating or snowmobiling. Everyone enjoys the hotel’s 35,000-square foot spa & massive gym including 25 meter lap pool, bowling alley and cosy/chic dining & bar options. Summer would be stunning here as would early Autumn. Outdoor pool, hiking, mountain biking, long scenic walks, excellent stylish restaurants in the nearby village “Main Street”.
Wonderful as a whole family (heavy on activities for kids), great with a group of friends or as a romantic ski or summer hiking and cultural festival trip.
Being greeted by the adorable Monty (Bernese mountain dog) upon arrival, shown up to our handsome slope-side room with fireplace already lit, check-in done fastidiously in-room, and feeling that we were in for a real treat. We definitely were...
Best time to go
While I am partial to the ski season between December and April, I plan to return in Summer to enjoy the warmer pursuits including: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly-fishing, kayaking and rafting.
Deer Valley is one of America’s only all-ski (no snowboarding) resorts. Parents with young children will wish the distance/shuttle to kiddie ski school was shorter — but I’m confident The Montage will come up with a good solution by next season.
With an average size of 600 square feet (up to 1,000 to 3,200 in the massive suites) there’s plenty of space to chill out in the classic/contemporary, super-comfy rooms with fireplace, balcony/patio, marble bathrooms and all tech amenities. The best thing? The incredible views, nothing beats waking up to the sun rising over the mountains.
Service & vibe
A real family feel, where most everything is thought of before you even need it. Every single member of staff helpful, efficient and polite — can’t do enough for you and feel as if they truly care! Say hi to Monty for me when you go.
Farm-to-table, American grill ethos keeps fine dining restaurant Apex firmly grounded (think seared seabass, marinated venison, Idaho Trout and, of course, fondue) while Daily’s Pub & Rec is perfect for something a bit more casual with classic gastro-pub dishes. The cookery classes at Apex are also worth a peek if you fancy a few hours off from the slopes.
Price per night
From $900 (Winter); $200 (Summer)
To Do & See
Essentially this is a place to get out and about and enjoy the scenery safe in the knowledge that there is a roaring fire and wonderful service to retreat to. If you want to inject your trip with a little something extra, Nearby Park City has plenty of cute galleries and a historical museum.
Sport & Activity
Ski in winter, hike, mountain bike, horse ride and kayak in the summer — a very outdoorsey active place, but super chilled out.
Spa & Grooming
The 35,000 square feet Spa Montage Deer Valley is just the thing for after an active day on the slopes (winter or summer!) All sorts of alpine-inspired treatments from anti-ageing to detox. Love the Surrender program — you just sit back and relax, they’ll do the rest, right down to personalizing the spa service.
Not that you’ll tire of Montage’s restaurants, but if you want to get out and about try French-Asian fusion at Wahso (577 Main St.; 435-615-0300), get down and rustic at Chimayo (368 Main St.; 435-649-6222) or enjoy the romance at Riverhorse (540 Main St.; 435-649-3536. Robert Redford’s Zoom (660 Main St.; 435-649-9108) is also a good place to linger over lunch and people-watch for an afternoon.
Again, Park City is a better bet for non-ski-themed activities than Deer Valley itself. Pick up designer clothes from Chloe Lane (562 Main St.; mychloelane.com) or local art from Terzian Gallery (309 Main St.; terziangalleries.com).
Regular updates on the snow forecast can be found at OnTheSnow.com
Montage Deer Valley is located in the Empire Canyon area, mid-mountain, near the top of Deer Valley Resort, just 36 miles east of Salt Lake City International Airport and minutes from Old Town Park City.
Driving directions are available on their website.
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