A hot ski scene in Park City

181 Rooms / 66 Suites

The St. Regis Deer Valley is a skier’s playground. The ski-in/ski-out hotel gives you immediate access to Deer Valley’s renowned skiing minus the crowds (since it’s tucked away in the gated Deer Crest community). It rests on 12 slopeside acres at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Park City, and it makes the most of its great location. All guest rooms offer unparalleled views of the surrounding range. Another way to take in the scenery is from the incredible split-level infinity swimming pool. The steamy 2,400-square-foot pool appears like a mirage in the middle of the snow-covered landscape.

The Design

The mountain backdrop inspires the stunning hotel design. Cream Venetian plaster walls, stacked stones, dark wood and burnished brass touches exude a sophisticated, cozy lodge feel. The two-story lobby is natural gathering place — especially in the afternoon, when the complimentary après-ski hot chocolate bar is set up there. Grab a cocoa with whipped cream and toffee pieces and sink into the burnt sienna leather armchair. Watch the flames flicker in the large double-sided fireplace, whose distressed black wood backsplash stretches to the ceiling and is flanked by square stone pillars.

While there’s plenty of seating in the lobby, the resort is full of inviting nooks that make you want to burrow away with a book and a hot cocktail (our pick is the Winter’s Dream with housemade cocoa, amaretto, Baileys and nutmeg). Claim a spot on the tan sofa in the library (the light wood bookshelves carry a large collection of Louis L'Amour’s Western novels) or head outside to watch the skiers from the heated Mountain Terrace.

The Rooms

If snuggling up in your room is what you're after, the cozy stone fireplaces provide all the warmth you need (for help putting it on, call your personal St. Regis butler). Once you're comfortable, open the door to your Juliette balcony to breathe in some mountain air.

Western accents are woven into the room décor, including the yellow and rust-colored buffalo paintings on the texturized tan walls and the wooden headboards draped with a brown and blue-gray chevron fabric. All of the modern-day conveniences will be within easy reach as well, including adjustable bedside reading lights that sneak out from behind the headboards, an XtremeMac combination iPod/iPhone dock and alarm clock, and flat-screen LCD televisions (there’s even one in the bathroom mirror).

Aside from the fireplaces, our other favorite in-room amenities are in the tan stone spacious bathrooms. Open the white shutters abutting the roomy tub to peek outside at the snowy mountain while peacefully soaking. And don’t forget to pamper yourself with the covetable Remède toiletries. 

The Skiing

Of course, skiing is the reason to visit the Park City hotel. Head to the lower-level ski lobby’s Jans shop, which will outfit you with skis, helmets, goggles and anything else you need. Plus, Jans will set you up with guided moonlight snowshoe, fly-fishing and cross-country tours.

One of the best ski amenities is the chance to take a private class with two-time Olympic medalist Shannon Bahrke. You’ll glean insider tips on half- or full-day outings, but the vivacious skier with a shock of hot pink hair will also ensure you have a good time.

When you want a break, ski valets are ready to take your equipment while you refuel at the Skiers’ Chef’s Table lunchtime buffet in the Mountain Terrace, sip cocoa in the après-ski hot chocolate bar or unwind in the chaise lounges at the “ski beach” (that striking free-form pool). Afterward, the alluring Four-Star Remède Spa offers a welcome respite to a hard day on the slopes.

The Food

Kick off your evening on the Mountain Terrace, where you can witness a longstanding St. Regis tradition: Every night, a staff member performs a champagne sabering. Afterward, the rocky 40-foot-long Fire Garden is set ablaze so that you can sit nearby and toast amid the snow-laden peaks with a glass of bubbly.

For dinner, visit hotel’s signature restaurant, J&G Grill. There, famed New York chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten repurposes his culinary hits for the elegant mountainside setting. Try the fork-tender braised short rib with jalapeño-apple puree and rosemary crumbs, or the pork chop with a smoked chili glaze.

Families surround the outdoor fire pits after dinner to make gooey s’mores, but for a more adult treat, wander over to the St. Regis Bar for the 7452 Mary. Imbibe the hotel’s version of the Bloody Mary (featuring a bright-green wasabi and celery espuma) while you sit in front of the ultra-modern wood-burning fireplace.

The Area

It will be hard to pry yourself from the resort grounds, but if you do want to venture out, the St. Regis’ stylish white Mercedes-Benz G550s will escort you into the cowboy-chic town to check out hot spots like High West Distillery & Saloon or the Kimball Art Center. Another way to get around is in the funicular, which is basically a luxury elevator on rails. Aside from transporting you 537 linear feet in under 90 seconds from the St. Regis Snow Park building to the main resort, it gives you one last gorgeous panorama of Deer Valley and Park City.