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STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE
Mid-mountain at 2499 metres in the Deer Valley resort, Stein Eriksen is a European-style lodge of cathedral ceilings under hulking beams of Douglas fir and deep leather Ralph Lauren Collection armchairs. Above the stone fireplaces – there are 145 across the property – stagheads watch all-American families fuel up on maple-glazed bacon and buttermilk pancakes in the Glitretind Restaurant. The lodge, named after the Norwegian skier who, after winning gold in the 1952 Olympics in Oslo, made the US his home in 1955, has 60 suites and 118 guest rooms, all with private decks and hot tubs. There's also a day spa and ski-in ski-out access. Eriksen is credited with pioneering the "aerial somersault" and his Olympic medals and other memorabilia are on display. Rooms from $US775 a night. 7700 Stein Way, Park City.
WASHINGTON SCHOOL HOUSE HOTEL
Set one street off Main Street, the schoolhouse, built in 1889, was saved from Park City's Great Fire of 1898 and is today a chic, light-filled space of 12 suites and rooms behind its locally quarried limestone facade. Be charmed by the ski lounge, a convivial space with a three-metre antique mirror from an opera house in France, antler and crystal chandelier and banquette dining for a maximum of 36 guests. There's a bevy of staff to prepare meals, organise lift tickets and in-room massages. The precisely named 16 Foot Ceiling king room features a gilt French wingback chair, white marble bathroom with heated floor and wrought iron bed. Strap on your ski boots on the 18th century Dutch church pew before a short walk to the town lift that will take you to Park City Mountain in 13 minutes. Rooms from $550 a night. 543 Park Avenue, Park City.
MONTAGE DEER VALLEY
The imposing Montage sits atop Empire Pass at 2529 metres. There are 220 guestrooms and suites as well as residences of up to four bedrooms. There are five restaurants: try Yama for sake and sashimi or Burgers and Bourbon for a blue bison burger and 200 choices of whiskey. It's ski-in ski-out, with access to three high-speed chairlifts. Set aside a day to check in to the spa, Utah's largest, where the white-robed sit peacefully in lounge areas, private sundeck, or beside the indoor and outdoor pools. The rest of the family can entertain themselves at Daly's Pub and Rec with microbrews such as Shades of Pale and a four-lane bowling alley. Four-legged friends are welcome at the hotel, with wheat and gluten-free jerky treats provided. Rooms from $650 a night. 9100 Marsac Avenue, Park City.
Set at the base of Park City Resort around the always-heated pool, the Waldorf has 175 rooms and residences. S'mores – melted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two crackers – and hot chocolate prepared at the fire pit are a sickly sweet essential after a day on the slopes. The one-bedroom suite is generous with two fireplaces, a king-sized bed, dining table, granite kitchen, laundry, bathroom with television and an impossibly comfortable sofa bed. First impressions last thanks to the grand lobby's graceful staircase and Baccarat crystal chandeliers. Play chess beside the 300-year-old Italian fireplace while sipping on the hotel's signature craft beer Pow Day. The hotel's dedicated Frostwood Gondola will take you up to the Canyon's village base and the start of the ski runs. 2100 Frostwood Drive Park City. Rooms from $US609 a night.
THE GOLDENER HIRSCH INN
One might be forgiven for continent confusion at the Austrian-style chalet steps from the Deer Valley Resort's ski lifts. In the spirit of the Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg, the only family-owned hotel at the Deer Valley Resort is a homely, quaint retreat. Rooms and suites feature hand-carved wooden canopy beds and fireplaces. There is floral-stencilled furniture at every turn and vintage skis hang from a wall. The popular restaurant welcomes outside guests at apres and dining times. Try the wiener schnitzel with dill noodles and huckleberry butter sauce or filet mignon poutine with squeaky cheese curds and tomato gravy. Rooms from $US389 a night. 7570 Royal Street, Park City.
MAIN AND SKY
This modern property that's "downtown" Park City is in the heart of the action. Overlooking the two resorts and the historic Main Street, the hotel has 33 suites and penthouses, most with decks and outdoor jacuzzi. The Park City Town Lift is steps away, as is Robert Redford's Zoom Restaurant housed in an old railway depot. Recommended for dinner is Riverhorse on Main, offering everything from braised buffalo short ribs to vegetarian pot-stickers. Don't forget to book (riverhorsegroup.com). If you need to get out of town, a complimentary chauffeur service will take you to Deer Valley and Canyon's Village. After all that play the Sugati spa has a nutritionist, organic cold-pressed juicery and oxygen therapy to revive you. Rooms from a night. 201 Heber Avenue Park City.
Jane Reddy visited Utah as a guest of the Utah Office of Tourism.