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Park City, Utah– Every January throngs of crowds, or the PIPs (People in black) as they are known to locals, descend upon Park City for the annual Sundance Film Festival. For those looking to avoid the crowds and the hectic pace of Park City, Deer Valley offers the perfect solution. If sheer luxury and pampering are what you are after, look no further than The Chateaux Deer Valley. This idyllic property is situated conveniently in the mountains of Park City, steps away from the slopes of Deer Valley Resort and a few minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of Main Street in Park City. Since Deer Valley is a little more than 40 miles from Salt Lake City Airport, we entrusted ourselves in the highly recommended and capable hands of  private transportation company Pro Trans Transportation. For just $99 for two people, Pro Trans will deliver you safely to any Utah ski resort and all major cities.

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The Chateaux Deer Valley

 

The Chateaux Deer Valley, a Forbes Four-Star luxury property, offers 142 guest rooms and suites that can accommodate that newlywed couple or a family or small group. Guests can choose from a varied selection of rooms and suites: a 400 SF Standard Room with a cozy fireplace and king or two queen beds; a 450 SF Deluxe Room with a living area and king or two queen beds; a 500 SF Studio With Murphy Bed, full kitchen, dining area and living space; a breathtaking Deluxe Studio with 750 SF of living space; and the 1 to 4 bedroom Luxury Suites with everything a family or small group would need to feel at home during a luxurious winter getaway. The Chateaux Deer Valley is currently offering several vacation packages that are sure to tempt you to call your travel agent now to book that flight to Salt Lake City. The Powder Ski Package sounds especially enticing as it offers complimentary lift tickets for two at Deer Valley Resort along with daily breakfast, on-site ski rentals and storage and lodging starting at $580 a night. Fancy a 3-night stay? Delta is offering a $300 voucher if you book a qualifying 3 night stay.

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Deer Valley Resort

 

Ranked the #1 ski resort for 2018 by the readers of SKI Magazine and voted “The United States Best Ski Resort” by the World Ski Awards, Deer Valley Resort is a few steps away from The Chateaux Deer Valley and is unparalleled when it comes to groomed runs, service, amenities, variety and location. The resort offers 21 chairlifts, 101 ski runs, six bowls, 12 restaurants, 300 annual inches of powder, three day-lodges, hundreds of luxury accommodations and a renowned Ski School and Children’s Center. It’s no surprise that Deer Valley Resort has been honored by tour operators, media, luxury travel consumers, senior executives and ski tourism professionals from all over the world with this esteemed accolade for five years running. Acquired by KSL Capital Partners in October of 2017, Deer Valley Resort is now part of Alterra Mountain Company which was created in January 2018 when the company purchased the resort along with Intrawest and Mammoth Resorts with partners Henry Crown and Company and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.

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Black Tie Ski Rentals

With cumbersome gear to transport from point A to B often in extreme temperatures and limited hours of day light to spend on the slopes, precious ski time can quickly dwindle away. Fortunately, Black Tie Ski Rentals is here for you and is your first class solution for many of the issues that can potentially spoil an otherwise enjoyable day of skiing. Offering free delivery, in-room fittings and slope side service, Black Tie Ski Rentals is North America’s largest ski and snowboard delivery service offering the best in convenience and service, allowing you to place your equipment order before you even arrive. Your rented gear is then delivered to your hotel room where one of Black Tie’s pros will make sure everything is properly fitted to your liking. With 15 locations servicing 39 resorts, Black Tie’s expansive network ensures that your slope needs are met wherever your holiday takes you.

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Skier’s Buffet at Stein Eriksen Lodge

All of that skiing can really build up one’s appetite and it’s a good thing that Deer Valley Resort has plenty to offer in the way of dining. It is imperative that you experience the world-famous Skier’s Buffet at the Four-Star Glitretind Restaurant. Ski right up to the historic Stein Eriksen Lodge and be prepared to be wowed by menu favorites and specials created by VP of Food and Beverage Operations and Corporate Chef Zane Holmquist and Executive Chef, Jonathon Miller. Risotto Bar anyone? Of course there are made-to-order omelettes and waffles but risotto? Skipping the artichokes and kalamata olives, we were pleased with our choice of shrimp, goat cheese, fresh basil and sundried tomatoes. If you are a seafood fan you will think you died and went to heaven with the endless variety of salmon, trout, oysters, jumbo shrimp, and crab. Make sure you save room for the crowd pleasing Stein’s Wild Game Chili and a few of the 20 + house made desserts from Chef Jeremy Garcia. The Skier’s Buffet is available from 11:30AM to 2:45PM Monday through Saturday.

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Goldner Hirsch Restaurant

Another option for après ski or lunch is the incredibly charming and AAA-Four Diamond rated  Goldner Hirsch Restaurant. Tucked away in the quaint boutique hotel the Goldner Hirsch Inn, the cozy restaurant is decorated in authentic Bavarian style, roaring fireplace and all, in an idyllic alpine setting. Executive Chef Ryan Burnham skillfully blends old world cuisine with western fare from local family farms to create a modern and fresh spin on traditional alpine cuisine. The Après Ski Menu is an absolute must for anyone visiting Deer Valley. Just be forewarned that you will want to order one of everything on the menu so it may be prudent to invite a group so that you can sample the savory Lamb Chili with rosemary cheddar and scallions; the hearty Cheeseburger with promontory cheese and pickled onion; the Smoked Short Rib with apple mostarda, sauerkraut and potatoes; and the sinful, house-favorite Goldner Hirsch Cheese Fondue with apples, broccoli and fresh baguette. Just when you think you can have no more, you will be tempted by one of the mouth-watering desserts such as decadent Pumpkin Brûlée with gingersnap ice cream, warm Apple Strudel with brown butter crunch, and heavenly Chocolate Fondue. What’s Après without wine and spirits to warm the bones? Prepare to be wowed by the Goldner Hirsch’s award-winning wine list, a Wine Spectator awardee since 1995.  Enjoy a glass or two and  relax by the fire in the Alpen Stubé after a day of skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or shopping.

 

The Mariposa

The Mariposa

The Mariposa, the dinner-only, gem of a restaurant that over time has become one of Deer Valley’s most sought after reservations, makes for the perfect dining experience. With its white table cloths, refined alpine ambiance, crackling fireplace and perfectly edited menu of inventive takes on American classics, The Mariposa is regarded by Park City locals in the know for both its elegant setting as well as its inventive menu. A perennial favorite of the Deer Valley foodie contingent, The Mariposa is consistently rated #1 in Utah by the Zagat Restaurant Guide for both food and service. Our dining experience did not disappoint. At our servers suggestion we opted for the chef’s Tasting Menu along with wine pairings, curated in honor of the restaurant’s 37th year in Deer Valley. We started off with what ended up being one our favorite dishes; a perfectly textured Tomato Tarte which was served with buratta cheese, 25-year aged balsamic vinegar, fine olive oil and punctuated with micro basil. This dish was cleverly paired with a sparkling French brut champagne by DuvalLeroy which complimented the equally sweet and savory starter perfectly. Next up was the charmingly named Wild Mushroom Beggars Purse with salt roasted beets paired with a Willamette Valley Pinot Gris followed by our choice of either a Niman Ranch Beef Short Rib or Guinea Hen Saltimbocca. We opted for the hen which was prepared with house cured prosciutto, miso braised kale, and roasted mushrooms over a mouth watering cabernet reduction. In keeping with Mariposa’s penchant for the inventive and unexpected, this dish was paired with a lovely Côtes du Rhône Grenache blend from Chateau Beaucastel. No tasting menu is ever complete without a sweet finish and the aptly named Crème de la Crème was the perfect finish to a culinary experience worthy of The Mariposa’s 5-star rating.