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After checking into my next hotel, the recently opened and impressively large Montage Deer Valley reminiscent of a grand alpine lodge me and my companions chow down in the pub on chicken pot pie (although there's a bowling alley tempting us nearby).
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Having arrived at the Salt Lake City airport, I was driven the half hour to Park City but there are very affordable shuttles even if you have to make a few stops. En route to my first hotel, I passed the Utah Olympic Park built for the 2002 Olympics before arriving at the cozy Waldorf Astoria at the base of Canyons, the first mountain I would ski.
this is how they roll in Park City.
Turns out skiiing is just like riding a bike. I make it down several runs, each better than the last, before we break for noon lunch at Lookout Cabin. Three quarters of the way up the mountain, the eatery serves comfort food (mac and cheese) along with local delacies (Utah Trout Salad) and sinful desserts such as creme brulee.
After, my new pal Craig and his lovely girlfriend Karen pick me up for a delicious seafood buffet dinner in Snow Park Lodge. which will transform back into a breakfast and lunch place by the morning.
Later, I brave the sideways blowing snow to sit in the hot tub outside, one of several, before scuttling back to the warmth of my room, suitably sated and sleepy.
Saving the best for last apparently, I arrive at the St. Regis Deer Valley. I take a funicular (the only other one I've ever seen is in Quebec City) from the parking lot up to the unbelievably gorgeous resort, which makes me feel as if I'm Audrey Hepburn at the beginning of Charade.
Guys on guitars entertain outside the hotel while a warm fire glows inside the lobby. My room is equally inviting with its own fireplace and a view out onto a large heated pool and several hot tubs. As snowflakes fall on my face, I take a quick revitalizing dip before heading to Talisker on Park City's main drag for a first rate dinner (prepared by a chef voted No. 1 in Utah by Salt Lake City magazine) and an informative chat with some of the locals in the know.
Even more impressive: Minutes after checking in, Rusty from Ski Butlers has arrived at my room with boots, skis and poles, for me to try on, explaining
I order a Bloody Mary (created at Harry's Bar in Paris, the New York St. Regis claims to have improved on the original by adding tabasco), meet a friendly fellow skier and take it all in, wanting to pinch myself.
And I didn't fall down once!
Back to the high life
I take in the hotel's huge public spaces, although my room alone is impressive enough with a fireplace, heated tile bathroom floor, balcony piled high with snow, and views of Deer Valley ski trails. Another bonus: The hotel spa, where I'm treated to a decadent 90 minute Aroma Drainage Facial.
They whisk me off on a golf cart to the gondola, with orange bubble covers and heated seats, that will take us up to the base of Canyons.
There's the top rated, upscale and extremely well groomed Deer Valley named the No. 1 ski hill five years in a row by the readers of Ski Magazine (snowboarders not allowed) the vast and varied Canyons, the largest ski resort in Utah, and the family and kid friendly Park City Mountain Resort (snowboarders very welcome).
Starting to get nervous this morning as I struggle alone in my room to get my ski boots on. But I relax ater hooking up with my skiiing companions including the super friendly and extremely calming Craig McCarthy, communications manager for the Park City Chamber of Commerce/Convention Visitors Bureau in the lobby.
Here's an overview of four glorious days at three recently opened deluxe hotels. During my stay it snowed for three days straight accumulation total 30 inches. The fourth day is was what one local called "a bluebird day," with a blue sky above us and amazing powder below our skis.
PARK CITY, Utah You can't teach an old dog new tricks but apparently you can ski again after a self imposed 20 year hiatus from the outdoor sport.
My companions tell me "nature is the other religion" in Utah, a place known as much for Mormons as mountains, and I don't disagree.
This revelation came after I travelled to this small mountain town (population 7,500), which hosts three diverse mountains within 15 minutes of each other.
So what if it took me two decades to ski again?
I love this place already and I haven't even hit a single mogul yet.
Like the Montage, you can ski in, ski out from the hotel to the Deer Valley runs, but the St. Regis has an outdoor terrace facing the mountain, where I plunk myself down at the end of a glorious day of skiing in the sun with perfect powder conditions.
As luck would have it, I would hurtle down the slopes once more and in major style on mountains comparable to the Whistler experience.