With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how best to take advantage of the snow season. You won’t find many destinations in North America that beat Utah for a ski trip with friends or family; after one of all the state’s official slogans is The Greatest Snow on Earth. And one of the beauties of this snowy state is that it’s more than just a ski destination: it has chill resort towns, miles of unspoiled nature to explore, and cozy cabin rentals to meet your high expectations. Here are 7 suggestions for a ski trip you’ll never forget.
Eagle’s Nest, Sundance Resort
We may have found the perfect winter getaway for a big group. Eagle’s Nest lives up to its name—just step out onto the elevated deck to see what we mean. Perched high up in the trees, you’re surrounded by forest and have amazing views of the mountains. Stay warm in the hot tub, around the fireplace, or under heat lamps, and make use of a BBQ and wet bar that invite you to cook a home-cooked meal with the appropriate refreshments. If your group doesn’t include an amateur Anthony Bourdain, you can hire a private chef to cook for you right there in your villa. Eagle’s Nest is just 22 miles northwest of Provo and less than a mile outside of the Sundance Mountain Resort, a top global destination for skiing, snowboard, hiking, and biking. Modeled after Aspen, Colorado, the resort was founded by All the President’s Men actor Robert Redford in 1969 and reflects his vision of unspoiled nature.
Be one with nature at Eagle’s Nest
Modern Norfolk Estate, Park City
This cozy home is perfect for two close families, couples, or a tight-knit group of friends. Less than a mile from the world-class mountain resort town, Park City, this home is best enjoyed by the ski-crazy. While Park City’s 19th-century silver mining roots are still evident in some corners, since hosting the ski portion of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics it has built itself into a renowned event town and one of America’s top ski destinations. Modern Norfolk Estate is just two blocks from Main Street, where you can jaunt down to fun spots like High West Distillery & Saloon and Riverhorse on Main. Restaurants, shopping, and nightlife are just minutes away, and this modern luxury villa is fully equipped for your group.
Bring your family to Modern Norfolk Estate
White Oak Haven, Deer Valley
There are some great reasons for a winter sports enthusiast to pack up their blades and head to Deer Valley; 7,000 square feet of ski lodge luxury is as good as any. White Oak Haven’s best chill spot is the balcony with the mountain view, but don’t sleep on the idea of the outdoor hot tub, even when average temperatures dip below 20°F. During the winter months, you’ll love grabbing a hot cup of cocoa, then cozying up to the spacious living area’s fireplace or in front of the projector screen for a feel-good movie. Deer Valley Resort—just a hop, skip, and a ski jump away—set a record by winning Ski Magazine’s reader resort survey five years in a row. It’s received many other accolades besides, so go experience it for yourself!
Experience ski lodge luxury at White Oak Haven
Amangiri, Utah South
‘Stunning’ is the best word to describe Amangiri, a secluded home that showcases a different side of Utah. From its night-lit infinity pool to the massive rock formations that surround the property and are visible from many of its windows, this place is surreal. We can’t get enough of its sleek, modern decor both inside and out; white sofas, an espresso-hued coffee table, and buttery leather chairs soothe the soul. Peaceful surroundings will encourage you to focus your trip here around hiking, yoga, and pilates. As part of the Amangiri resort, all those amenities and more are available to you. Just minutes from the Arizona border in Utah South, you’re a drivable distance from Grand Canyon National Park. If you’re really ambitious, the Las Vegas Strip is four hours away by car. But the real place to be might just be right here at Amangiri, where you can gaze at the stars on your terrace at night under a blanket and a cool, desert breeze.
Find a different side of Utah at Amangiri
Stein Eriksen, Deer Valley
The Stein Eriksen Residences in Deer Valley are the brainchild of the late Norwegian ski superstar, Olympic gold medallist, and ski school director and ambassador that they are named after. Eriksen’s legacy lives on in these homes, and this villa is one of the most spectacular. With trails and runs surrounding your property, including direct access to Silver Dollar Ski Trail, its location is perfect for a ski vacation. During your stay, relax in the resort spa, soak in your private hot tub, and get a workout at the shared fitness center. Take a tour of your villa and reserve time to admire and ponder some of the eccentric artwork on the walls. And for some real-life art, stare out at the mountains while taking a warm bath in the master bathroom.
Honor the late, great ski legend at Stein Eriksen
Creek Crossing, Park City
In planning for your next Utah ski vacation, consider Canyons Village at Park City. With Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort both within walking or driving range, you have more than enough skiing at your disposal to last your group the whole trip. And the Utah Olympic Park is nearby too, where you can partake in high-octane winter activities like bobsledding or extreme zip line. Back at Creek Crossing, high ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows offer pretty forest views that pair nicely with a carefully-selected glass from the villa’s wine cellar. The master bedroom features a faux fireplace to create the perfect nighttime ambiance, while the kids can have a slumber party in their bedroom that includes five double beds, four of which are bunk beds. Start your mornings with a cup of coffee on the large wraparound deck and plan your day out on the slopes.
Take your friends to Creek Crossing
2071 Solamere, Deer Valley
Everything about this place feels just like home—the cozy living room’s soft rug and fluffy pillows warm the soul—but unless your home has its own elevator, this place may be a step up. Overlooking Park City’s vibrant downtown, this five-bedroom luxury rental accommodates 14 and boasts views worthy of any group. At ground level, an outdoor nook will keep you warm as you alternate between the hot tub and fire pit. After a long day on the slopes, keep the energy high by competing in the villa’s game room, or simply relax and wind down around the wood-burning fireplace. Enhance your winter trip with a Utah chalet with a distinctive ski lodge vibe.
Feel like you’re home at 2071 Solamere
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