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Montage Deer Valley

When thinking about Utah, so much comes to mind -- the exquisite topography of the Delicate Arch, the sparkling cleanliness of the city on Salt Lake, Gary Busey demanding it get him two. Furthering the gilded ski getaway argument, Montage Deer Valley. The first not-SoCal offering from this schmancy hotel developer, MDV's an ultra-luxury ski-in/ski-out resort (near the top of the Deer Valley's Empire Canyon), which boasts 220 private balcony/patio-equipped guest rooms luxed via stone bathrooms with deep soaking tubs & gas fireplaces, also the BP boardroom when Donald Trump inevitably takes over. MDV's also got a full roster of amenities like a 35,000sqft spa boasting a trio of hot tubs and a stone-tiled indoor pool, a four lane bowling alley, several outdoor fire-pits and terraces, numerous retailers slinging boutique-cultivated gear, and a 22-foot-ceiling'd great room built in a style harking back to the "great mountain lodges" who're no doubt disappointed Roger turned out to be such a wuss. Grub options include the Vista Lounge & Terrace featuring bistro fare like filet mignon sliders and tuna Niçoise mini-burgers to go with its 180-degree views; a pub that boasts the aforementioned lanes, billiards, and a Wii Lounge, and their signature Apex resto that's got Prime dry-aged beef and Wagyu burgers, a 500 label wine list, and a cheese program that includes Gruyére/Emmental/Kirsch Fondue served Swiss-style -- and you can take that to the (possibly filled with stolen Jew gold) bank. For the not-Bodie Miller's of the world, there's also not-slope-related activities like archery, fly-fishing, and falconry, which seems dangerous, but if you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price ($80 an hour, plus tax).