There are two ways to arrive at this exclusive Deer Valley perch: slide in off the slopes, or hop on the Swiss-crafted funicular climbing a 250-vertical-foot ridge. The 12-acre, 181-room St. Regis is literally and figuratively in rarefied air, bringing swanky suites, signature butler service, and celebrity chef–driven dining to the high Wasatch Range. St. Regis–style après-ski is a treat at the 3,000-square-foot ski “beach” (equipped with loungers) accompanied by a 40-foot-long fire garden and nibbles created by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. From there one can enjoy a dip slopeside in the steamy pool or descend a spiral staircase into the 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa for a fireside massage. Dining at a windowside table is the ultimate enhancement to the J&G Grill, for locally sourced Paisley Farm pork or Koosharem Steelhead trout.
Natural elements in the living room lobby and library—stone fireplace, exposed wood, and leather furnishings—complement the mountain setting without beating guests over the head with log cabin kitsch. The contemporary mountain aesthetic continues in spacious guestrooms and suites with dark wood furniture, state-of-the-art electronics, toasty gas fireplaces, and massive marble bathrooms with a 17-inch LCD TV embedded in the mirror.
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Perched above Deer Valley’s Snow Park resort village, the St. Regis sits on its own Deer Hollow run down Little Baldy Peak, and early risers can have the mountain all to themselves. Book a ski day with Deer Valley Ski Ambassador and mogul master Shannon Bahrke; the three-time Olympian will help skiers bring their turns to the next level, and the session includes lunch at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Grill. To get the latest look for Sundance, take the hotel’s shuttle to Main Street and start your spree at Farasha Boutique, by Vanessa Di Palma Wright after successful pop-up shops in New York, Palm Springs, and the St. Regis Deer Valley. Her shop features looks by up-and-coming designers from around the globe, including Spain’s Oky-Coky, France’s Rotten Tomatoes, and local fashionista Zoe Zoberski.
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Rooms: 181 rooms and suites, from $284. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Jean-Georges Vongerichten is a skier and thus a regular at his standout Deer Valley outpost, J&G Grill, which pours from a 13,000-bottle wine cellar. Ask for a window table, or one by the fireplace or the open exhibition kitchen if the window tables are taken. The hotel’s Terrace Café abuts the ski beach and is as close as you can get to ski-in dining, with light bites off the J&G Grill menu. Morning coffee and afternoon canapés are served in a cozy library complete with roaring fireplace. Spa and gym details: This mountain edition of St. Regis’s renowned Remède Spa lives up to the standards set by its brand brethren. The 14,000-square-foot spa includes a relaxation lounge where pure O2 is pumped in to get you acclimated to the altitude. From there move on to the signature Deer Valley Healing Ritual: body exfoliation, antioxidant body wrap, facial, and customized massage. Fitness buffs and aspiring yogis will enjoy the 3,000-square-foot gym with full range of classes.
Who’s it for: Skiers seeking the sybaritic. Aspiring It Girls in town for Sundance. Foodies for whom only Jean-Georges will do. Our favorite rooms: If you call it the Astor Suite, it has to be superior, and this slopeside suite doesn’t disappoint—with a full modern kitchen, elegant fireplace parlor, fireplace master, and private balcony with Wasatch views. Well-behaved families should book the St. Regis Residence, a two-bedroom, two-and-one-half-bath stunner complete with dining room, living room, and perhaps most importantly a washer/dryer. Pooch privilege: This is probably the nicest place that will let you bring Fido along, and the hotel will set up a St. Regis bed and food/water bowls.