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Stein Eriksen Lodge
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Deer Valley: Luxury accommodations rule here. Home to one of the nation’s first deluxe ski hotels, the Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley expanded its lodging decadence with last winter’s addition of the St. Regis Deer Crest Resort and the much-anticipated December debut of the Montage Deer Valley. Located mid-mountain in Empire Canyon, the Montage combines the architecture of a grand National Park lodge with every bell and whistle, from ski valet to bowling alley, all in a private and pristine setting with two chairlifts just outside the door. Venerable Stein Eriksen underwent a major face-lift two years ago, giving Deer Valley an unbeatable triumvirate of over-the-top hotels. deervalley.com

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The Canyons Resort
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Park City: New owners have continued nonstop improvements, including Waldorf Astoria’s first ski hotel, which opened in 2009. This winter, The Canyons Resort, already the biggest of Park City’s three resorts, adds 300 acres of new terrain on Iron Mountain, including 12 intermediate and advanced intermediate runs and more than 300 acres of tree skiing. The Canyons is now the third-largest U.S. ski resort — and the first with a heated chairlift, also new this winter. The four-passenger express chair hasa bubble cover, reaches a toasty 55 degrees, and increases skier capacity from the base area by nearly 50 percent, cruising to the summit in just nine very comfortable minutes. thecanyons.com