If the words “No snowboarders, please” are music to your ears, then check out Deer Valley Resort, a Rocky Mountain paradise. While Deer Valley may be a tad quieter than the better-known Park City Mountain Resort, just a mile away, it’s no less challenging—just ask the athletes who competed here in the 2002 Olympic Games. If it’s an adrenaline rush you’re after, launch off of Empire Canyon’s Daly Chute, which drops 3,000 feet.
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Off the slopes: Book a table at the Viking Yurt, a dome-roofed tent built on a mountaintop at The Canyon Ski Resort, and a sleigh will meet you at the base of the mountain and carry you up the hillside. At the yurt, you’ll find a five-course dinner and a wood-burning stove waiting for you. Dine on local game, such as Utah elk with black truffle risotto, as you warm up by the fire.
Where to stay: Hardcore skiers choose the Goldener Hirsch Inn for its proximity to the slopes—from the inn, you can ski over to Silver Lake Express and Sterling Chairlift, two of Deer Valley’s main lifts. Honeymooners revere this 20-room hideaway for its authentic Austrian ambience, wood-burning fireplaces and private balconies overlooking the mountains. Indoor and outdoor hot tubs will help you wind down after a day on the slopes.
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