While the 2015 Snowpocalypse covers the northeast, I look back at winter wonderland of my time in the mountains of Park City, Utah. While it is currently filled with the Sundance Film Festival goers, I got to experience a taste of mountain life with the luxurious St. Regis Deer Valley earlier this month during its fifth anniversary.
Before I start sharing I want to apologize for the lack of posts the past month. I typically try to post three times a week but things have been so hectic lately and I’ve been having a serious case of writer’s block. I’m over that hump now and will have more posts rolling regularly. Off to the good stuff now!
I arrived to the Salt Lake City airport during the afternoon and enjoyed the picturesque mountains all round during the ride to the St. Regis Deer Valley. My first time in Utah, and in a ski town, I was blown away by natural beauty all around. Since I was on East Coast time, it was dinner time by the moment I checked in to the St. Regis. So I went to dine at the J&G Grill right after dropping of my luggage in my suite.
The J&G Grill was a major highlight for me for the modern, rustic decor and the delicious food. The menu features a curated selection of Jean-Georges’ apps and dishes from his portfolio and a range of high quality meats and fresh fish flown in daily. I wanted to order everything off the menu each time I ate here.
From Niman Ranch Short Rib Hash and Sunny Side Up Eggs for breakfast (pictured above from a tasting) to dinner options such as an addictive Black Truffle Pizza (which is also available for in-room dining), Beehive Cheddar Mac and Cheese (pictured) and Beef Tenderloin (pictured from a tasting), you’re going to want to return just to eat here again.
My rustic and modern elegant Astor Suite was so nice I wanted to move in. Aside from the gorgeous mountain views that every room and suite has, the spacious suite featured a full designer kitchen and dining table, living room space with a fireplace and private balcony, a master bedroom with a king bed and its own fireplace and private balcony, and a luxurious bathroom with high-end bath products from the Remède Spa collection.
Can’t stay at a ski resort without hitting the slopes and that’s what I did. The St. Regis features ski-in/ski-out access to the Deer Valley Resort and its 2,026 acres on the Wasatch Mountain range, but another way to get over there is with the St. Regis’ funicular (the main photo at top is a view from it) or by getting a ride over with one of the St. Regis’ complimentary house cars.
Deer Valley features 21 lifts with 12 high speed quads, 100 trails, and six bowls according to their website, but I only stuck to the first three beginner trails since was my first time skiing. I sported an Oakley jacket (which you can see more detail of here) and snow pants and used ski equipment rentals provided by a Jans Mountain Outfitters that is housed in the St. Regis. Had a lively instructor who made the learning process enjoyable and I can’t wait to go skiing again!
Other experiences I had at the hotel that I’d recommend are to book a session at the Remède Spa (14,000 square feet of elegant bliss that features unique treatments based on ancient healing arts), checkout out the sunset champagne sabering (I got a demo later in the night that was cool, so can only imagine it during the picturesque sunset), visit the library for some hot chocolate in the afternoon and the outdoor fire pit to roast marshmallows (both winter and outdoor classics that you can never get too old for), and just really take in the beautiful mountain escape each morning.