Fans of the Montage brand’s Laguna Beach and Beverly Hills flagships will love this mountain translation, a ski-in, ski-out hotel wedged into the head of Empire Canyon where a silver mine once stood. The sprawling Craftsman-style manor debuted in 2010, solidifying Deer Valley’s standing at the top of the list of North America’s most luxurious ski resorts. Service shines, starting with a “Mountain Host” who greets guests in the lobby rotunda, majestic with a wood beam ceiling and wrought iron chandelier. Up the grand staircase, the full-service Vista Lounge acts as a communal living room, with leather furnishings gathered around limestone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Montage Deer Valley displays a museum-quality collection of Western art, including Carl Rungius panoramas, John James Audubon prints, and Frederic Remington portraits.
The hotel’s X-shaped footprint means nearly every room has a mountain or valley view and small deck. Large guestrooms average 600 square feet; they’re airy and inviting with lofted ceilings and soothing natural hues. Remote-controlled gas fireplaces and mountain views are the centerpiece of each room, though the bath suite with heated limestone floor, marble vanity, rain shower, steam shower, and soaking tub could occupy your entire evening.
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Rising from the base of Empire Pass (9,570 feet), high in the Wasatch, the luxurious Montage Deer Valley puts its guests in Deer Valley’s top terrain and provides a remote mountain experience for those who crave nothing but mountains. Ride the Empire Express right outside the hotel to the top of the pass, from which skilled skiers can drop into a natural powder bowl or hike the ridge to the rarely skied Daly Bowl. The entire mountain funnels skiers to the Montage Deer Valley, the perfect stop for lunch at Burgers and Bourbon, with a decadent bacon cheeseburger and more than 100 whiskeys to warm you up. For a taste of the European Alps, slide into Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge for a four-course feast served straight from a stone fireplace—think melty swiss raclette, fire-roasted lamb leg, and freshly baked breads.
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Rooms: 154 rooms, 66 suites; from $264. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: There are four on-site restaurants, including signature bistro Apex, where local meat and produce are served in a dining room with a roaring fire and views of the slopes. For a more family-friendly bite, Daly’s Pub and Rec serves classic comfort food from an open kitchen and pours local microbrews and specialty sodas. The upscale pub offers shuffleboard, darts, vintage arcade games, and enough flat screens to make it one of the best sports bars in town. During the winter high season, Yama Sushi slices up fresh fish, and Vista Lounge serves an Asian tapas menu. Just off the rotunda, Buzz is the spot for morning coffee and a nibble before hitting the ski hill. Spa and gym details: In a word, Spa Montage is glorious. The 35,000-square-foot mountain oasis includes an indoor mosaic lap pool modeled after the one at Hearst Castle and a state-of-the-art gym showcasing mountain views, as do studios offering yoga, Pilates, or fitness classes. Treatments are sublime, including a muscle-melting mountain stone massage and rejuvenating oxygen facial.. An iPad-equipped ski valet discusses and then fits each skier with the best gear for one’s skill level and on-mountain conditions.
Who’s it for: Mountain men and spa mavens who pair the outdoors with outstanding service and lots of space to spread out. Families that ski together will find something for everyone here. Our favorite rooms: Families or groups of up to six should book the Empire Suite on the far south side facing Empire Mountain. The two-bedroom space includes three living areas, one of which offers a queen-size sleeper sofa. A kitchen and fireplace-warmed dining room complete the ski escape. For skiers: Forget about schlepping your old skis on this trip and try out the best gear at the hotel’s on-site Compass Sports. An iPad-equipped ski valet discusses and then fits each skier with the best gear for one’s skill level and on-mountain conditions.