8. Ski the biggest mountains in America.
Sometimes luxury means size. And space. Set skis to an uncarved slope at Powder Mountain Resort and look around you. No one else around? This is luxury. Realize there's no way you can ski even a fraction of the resort in a day? All that space is yours to explore.
There was a time when Powder Mountain laid claim to the biggest mountain in the United States. It's 7,000 skiable acres eclipsed the next closest by hundreds of acres. Then something magical occurred. Park City and Canyons joined forces to become the largest ski resort in America known as Park City Mountain, at 7,300 acres. See where we're going with this? Yep. 14,300 acres. That's about the size of Manhattan Island. Somehow it feels a lot roomier out here.
Powder Mountain (Pow Mow) backs up its girth with an impressive 500 inches of annual snowfall. Best of all, thanks to the multiple higher-profile ski resorts sitting between it and Salt Lake City, there’s rarely a lift line, even with only four lifts up the entire mountain. How is this possible? Gratefully, you don’t have to hike — America’s biggest mountain also has one of the best cat ski rates around.
As for Park City Mountain? Well, here you'll find a full arsenal of lifts to runs of all skill levels and all manner of on-resort amenities in tune with the Park City name and brand. Even the gondola connecting the two resorts is worth the ride for the opportunity to rest a few minutes while taking in the scenery.
9. Ride a funicular to a ski beach
What does that even mean? St. Regis Deer Valley Resort boasts the United States' first ski resort funicular tram, which transports visitors up a steep hill to the main lodge. From there, you'll be treated to an outdoor fire garden, private "ski beach," ski valet, infinity pool and spa. There's good reason former NBA basketball star Karl Malone chooses to luxuriate at the St. Regis when he returns to visit Utah.
Looking for other luxurious accommodations in Park City? Nestled right at the base of Park City Mountain (on the Canyons Village side) with private gondola access, the Waldorf Astoria Park City offers a world-famous spa experience, a heated outdoor pool, and an elegant bar for creative cuisine and cocktails. With its prime location on Deer Valley Resort’s Empire Pass, The Montage offers ski-in/ski-out access, restaurant options, exclusive boutiques like OC Tanner Jewelers, and a full-service fitness center and spa.
If you're looking to take advantage of Utah's Ski City, the cosmopolitan crown jewel of Salt Lake City luxury accommodations is The Grand America, a AAA Five Diamond Hotel award winner located in the heart of downtown.