Sundance Splurge

Montage Deer Valley; Park City, Utah

Utah's Montage Deer Valley

Utah's Montage Deer Valley     Photo: Barbara Kraft

What recession? The 220 rooms in this absurdly luxurious hotel, which opened last winter, are outfitted with gas fireplaces and balconies that offer views stretching 35 miles to the Wyoming state line. Chauffeurs in Mercedes-Benzes shuttle guests about town, and the resort’s spa, Utah’s largest, features treatments that use aspen bark and a honey-like resin. Après-ski, guests gather for s’mores by the fire pit or in the pub, which has a four-lane bowling alley, a vintage-game arcade, and a Wii lounge. (That’s right, a Wii lounge.) And of course, there’s always Deer Valley’s mellow, impeccably groomed, and often empty slopes. There’s steeper, treed terrain, too; you just need to know where to look. Hang a right off Orion and drop into the Daly Chutes or keep traversing skier’s right until you hit the little-known X-Files glades. From $695.

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