There was a time when Utah was a rugged and sparsely settled part of the wild American West. While adventurers can still easily access vast stretches of pristine and rugged backcountry, Utah also serves up pristine and polished luxury amenities to elevate your winter expedition to your exacting standards. If you dream of ski valets amid contemporary elegance, impeccable groomers across easily accessible mountains, or even carving your own lines from snow-covered summits served by helicopters, then read on. Here are some top picks for Utah luxury lodging, fine dining, spas and winter culture:

Rest your head at Utah’s finest ski hotels

Local Pick
St. Regis Deer Valley
There's good reason former NBA star Karl Malone chooses to luxuriate at the St. Regis when he visits Utah. Follow in The Mailman's size 18 footsteps and ride the private funicular tram from Deer Valley's base area to the hotel's main lodge, where you'll be treated to an outdoor fire garden, private "ski beach," ski valet, infinity pool and spa. It's the perfect home base for your ski vacation.
Stayed here with the family and found everything perfect... The rooms were spotless, food excellent, and a super friendly staff... They leave no stone unturned... - Matt4321, Lakeland, FL (Trip Advisor review)
Local Pick
The Waldorf Astoria 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 guests a beautiful home away from home. Indulge in their world-famous spa experience, take a dip in their heated outdoor pool, and then sidle up to the elegant bar for creative cuisine and cocktails.
The Waldorf Park City is the place to stay. From valet to the front desk you will receive unparalleled 5 star service from every aspect. The rooms and beds are luxurious and relaxing — you'll never want to leave. - John KM, Henderson, NV (Trip Advisor review)
Local Pick
The Montage Deer Valley
With its prime location on Deer Valley Resort’s Empire Pass, The Montage is the ultimate in understated extravagance. The resort offers ski-in/ski-out access, superb restaurant options, exclusive boutiques like OC Tanner Jewelers, and a full-service fitness center and spa.
Wow!! What an amazing experience. I spent one glorious week here and I'm already planning my next trip. From the spa to the nightly roasting of marshmallows to the live music every night in the Vista Lounge, AMAZING!! - Michell A, Sherman Oaks, CA (Yelp review)
Local Pick
The Grand America Hotel
The cosmopolitan crown jewel of Salt Lake City luxury, The Grand America is a AAA Five Diamond Hotel award winner. Located in the heart of downtown, guests can take in all that the city has to offer along with a beautiful spa, a famed afternoon tea service, and unique shopping at JouJou toy boutique and La Bonne Vie chocolaterie.
You have got to stay here at least once. The rooms are amazing. The staff was so helpful. This was our second time at the Grand America, and we can't wait to go back! - Jimmy and Missy R, Kingston, WA (Trip Advisor review)
Local Pick
The Lodges at Sundance
The best in rustic luxury is found at Robert Redford’s scenic resort. High up a canyon underneath the dramatic profile of Mt. Timpanogos, Sundance is extraordinarily private and peaceful. You’ll find no glitz or flash here, but loving attention to detail and the highest quality services and amenities. Walk to Sundance Resort’s slopes, spa, eponymous retail shop or the excellent fine dining restaurant, The Tree Room.
The staff are so friendly and helpful (as is pretty much everyone in Utah) and the layout of the resort has been done with such care and love. I really can't recommend this place any more highly. It's amazing. - JulieLee75, Brisbane, Australia

 

Local favorites for luxury fine dining in Utah

Local Pick
J&G Grill
At the J&G Grill in the St. Regis Deer Valley, you can dine on the inventive fare of world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Winner of Salt Lake Magazine’s “2014 Best Restaurant” award, J&G Grill offers a lively exhibition kitchen, dramatic wood-burning fireplace, and expansive views across the ski slopes.
Absolutely wonderful! The food is great and the employees are even better. Definitely recommend for anyone on vacation in the Park City area. - J.M., Scottsville, NY (Yelp Review)
Local Pick
Log Haven
Log Haven has long been called the most romantic destination in Utah. Nestled deep in Millcreek Canyon in a storied log mansion, guests are treated to phenomenal new American fare such as bacon-wrapped elk strip steak and smoked goose pappardelle, an impressive wine list with over 200 bottles, intimate views of a waterfall and high alpine beauty.
This place is in a beautiful location. I was absolutely "wowed" by all the nature that surrounded me. This was definitely a great meal. - Sophia D, Boston, MA (Yelp review)
Local Pick
Talisker on Main
Located in a historic building on Park City’s Main Street, Talisker features sophisticated American fare with menus that change with the seasons, allowing Executive Chef Clement Gelas to feature locally sourced ingredients like Willis Farm lamb, heirloom cherry tomatoes and foraged mushrooms. In 2013,
Loved Talisker on Main and if I was looking for fine dining and wine, this was always my first choice. Ate there often over a year's time and always left more than satisfied with the menu and desserts.. - Johnny H, Richardson, TX (Yelp review)
Local Pick
Forage
Forage is the pride of chefs Bowman Brown and Viet Pham — winner of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef” in 2011 and Iron Chef in 2013. Here, guests are treated to a 2.5-hour prix fixe dining experience where the hyper-seasonal menu includes dishes like smoked trout with peach and peach wood oil, beets with amaranth and elm seed oil, and duck egg pierogi. An evening at Forage can only be described as unforgettable.
Spectacular dining experience. If you are in SLC and consider yourself an educated and experienced diner, line cook or chef, you MUST eat here. - Matty B, Philo, CA (Yelp review)
Local Pick
The Glitretind at Stein Eriksen Lodge
When you’re in Park City, Sunday brunch at the Glitretind is not to be missed. The only Utah winner of the 2013 Santé Restaurant award, guests can dine on grilled lamb T-bone and braised Wagyu short ribs, paired with fine wines and framed by the surrounding views of Deer Valley Resort.
Hands down my favorite restaurant of all time, since I was 19 I have tried to make as many visits to Glitretind as possible and was thrilled to be able to take my husband during our vacation to Utah. - Amanda S, Santa Barbara, CA (Yelp review)

 

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