You arrive breathlessly at the brand new Salt Lake International Airport and dread the moment at baggage claim when your oversized luggage (think skis or golf clubs) is lost or dumped in a kiosk far away. That always happens at other airports. Amazingly, however, you find that the $ 4 billion overhaul of this airport included a state-of-the-art baggage overhaul that enables the handling of colossal sized baggage. Things are going crazy smoothly including the skis-in-hand chauffeur-driven transfer provided by your bucket list hotel, St. Regis Deer Valley.

You have always been a skier (not a boarder) so you enjoyed the chance to ski in this legendary ski area, known for its wide, groomed runs, celebrity visitors, and ski-only access. She’s never skied before, but you assured her that if there is anywhere she can study, she is here in the Wasatch Mountains, just 1 mile from Park City’s historic high street, which is where her beloved Sundance Film Festival is. As soon as you drive into the hotel, hesitate. “Is that the right place?” You ask the driver because he took you to a building that doesn’t look like a hotel at all. You have been to Europe and you are pretty sure what you see is a funicular.

St. Regis Deer Valley

Indeed, you discover that arriving at the lavish St. Regis Deer Valley means climbing the mountain on a charming train on rails pulled by cables. She is enthusiastic and claps her hands for joy. Result! When you enter the hotel and find yourself on the mountain on several levels like a feudal castle, you can see for miles from all directions. You will be taken to your suite. Like the hotel itself, it is on the hillside and overlooks some of the most sought-after mountain snow areas in the world. You wanted to get her something special, so the chief concierge helped you come up with a plan in advance. He arranged a pair of perfect alpacas (that’s right: their favorite animal) to meet you along the way and greet you on the terrace of the spacious lobby. She is overjoyed. “Can we take her home?” She sings.

You can reach the slopes in Deer Valley, where ski valets help store your skis and warm your boots. However, you will also hike to the nearby Park City Resort (the largest ski area in the US). As you predicted, she quickly learns to ski on these accommodating slopes, which are carpeted with what locals refer to as “the greatest snow in the world”. You will also enjoy the amenities at this grand hotel. From the typical 7452 Bloody Mary cocktails (each St. Regis has its own rendition named after the altitude) to the famous champagne saber event every evening, to end the day with your seductively healthy couples massage in the 14,000 square meter Remede welcome spa, this hotel defines honeymoon haven. When you’re not skiing, take a dip in the infinity pool on two levels, bask in the sun between runs on the Val d’Isère-style ski beach, from decadent après-ski caviar and the raw bar to a serenade Live music and make your own bedtime s’mores in the Astor Fire Pit.

But there’s something else: this honeymoon isn’t just about her. She also knows how to surprise you. They gave her alpacas, and she hired the chief concierge to ski with three-time Deer Valley Olympic champion Heidi Voekler. In every way, this ski trip is a dream come true.

Park City Canyons Village ski area in Park City, Utah

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This unique silver boom city is picturesque, elegant, hip and entertaining at the same time with galleries, bars, restaurants and unique boutiques. The historic main road rolls uphill to the ski lifts so you can ski for lunch. There’s even the world’s first ski-in / ski-out distillery, the Hillside High West Saloon, for added fun. In addition to the Deer Valley Resort, the area offers two unforgettable winter experiences: the Park City Resort (with 7,300 acres, 38 lifts, 300 trails and 14 bowls) and the newly opened Woodward Park City, the first all-in-one facility in the country, Year-round ski and sports action retreat for adventure tubing, skiing and snowboarding in season.

Note: Regarding COVID-19 awareness, this hotel has risen to the challenge of providing a safe environment for its guests. From ski butlers to disinfecting your gear after each use, to mandatory masks and individual, socially distant outdoor dining, the hotel (and surrounding resorts) have special plans to ensure visitor safety.