Amy Risley

Montage Deer Valley

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  • Why:Spring skiing and a Montage to Moab adventure
  • When:March 2015
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Montage Deer Valley With miles of skiing and hiking under your belt, all that's left to do is melt away the aches and pains with an epic spa day. Montage leaves no hot stone unturned when it comes to pampering. Their signature Elements of Wellness treatment is catered to every client's needs, resulting in a tailored rejuvenation that you won't experience anywhere else.

With miles of skiing and hiking under your belt, all that's left to do is melt away the aches and pains with an epic spa day. Montage leaves no hot stone unturned when it comes to pampering. Their signature Elements of Wellness treatment is catered to every client's needs, resulting in a tailored rejuvenation that you won't experience anywhere else.

Montage Deer Valley The regal, marble fitted lobby where, if you're lucky...

The regal, marble fitted lobby where, if you're lucky...

Montage Deer Valley ...you'll get to cuddle  and have a photo op with resident pooch Monty during one of his daily appearances.

...you'll get to cuddle and have a photo op with resident pooch Monty during one of his daily appearances.

Montage Deer Valley Simple elegance in the King room.

Simple elegance in the King room.

Montage Deer Valley Kickin it fireside with the flip of a switch. (photo credit: Jenn Rice)

Kickin it fireside with the flip of a switch. (photo credit: Jenn Rice)

Montage Deer Valley This bathtub!

This bathtub!

Montage Deer Valley This view!

This view!

Montage Deer Valley This FONDUE!

This FONDUE!

Montage Deer Valley This...is the vista room where you will fall in love with said fondue, sip mulled wine, and get serenaded by none other than the Voice finalist Ryan Innes.

This...is the vista room where you will fall in love with said fondue, sip mulled wine, and get serenaded by none other than the Voice finalist Ryan Innes.

Montage Deer Valley Yes, even a bowling alley. Kids will love knocking down pins while waiting for pizza at Daly's Pub.

Yes, even a bowling alley. Kids will love knocking down pins while waiting for pizza at Daly's Pub.

Montage Deer Valley There's no counting the ways that Montage's on-site rental house Compass Sports takes the grunting and lugging out of your mountain experience. They even put your ski boots on for you.

There's no counting the ways that Montage's on-site rental house Compass Sports takes the grunting and lugging out of your mountain experience. They even put your ski boots on for you.

Montage Deer Valley Montage is one of the only true ski-in/ski-out mountain resorts in the U.S., and with limited ticket sales you'll spend more time on the moguls and less time negotiating long, irritating lift lines. (But sorry, snowboarders: this mountain is for skiers only!)

Montage is one of the only true ski-in/ski-out mountain resorts in the U.S., and with limited ticket sales you'll spend more time on the moguls and less time negotiating long, irritating lift lines. (But sorry, snowboarders: this mountain is for skiers only!)

Montage Deer Valley A chic little apres ski moment courtesy of Veuve Cliquot.

A chic little apres ski moment courtesy of Veuve Cliquot.

Montage Deer Valley Because every ski run should have a pool at the base...unfortunately it was too warm on this day to capture the beautiful steam that usually rises from the water's surface.

Because every ski run should have a pool at the base...unfortunately it was too warm on this day to capture the beautiful steam that usually rises from the water's surface.

Montage Deer Valley While you sip bubbles, the kids are making delicious smores over the outdoor fire pit.

While you sip bubbles, the kids are making delicious smores over the outdoor fire pit.

Montage Deer Valley Obligatory ski selfie.

Obligatory ski selfie.

Montage Deer Valley I've either stepped into an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (you may know it by it's new name, Keeping Up With 
The Kardashians...), or this is the scene in SLC where we board a swank private jet and get whisked off to Moab.

I've either stepped into an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (you may know it by it's new name, Keeping Up With
The Kardashians...), or this is the scene in SLC where we board a swank private jet and get whisked off to Moab.

Montage Deer Valley An excursion in the backyard of Arches National Park is considered the Mecca of mountain biking for even the most hardcore enthusiasts, and there's no better way to tackle the trails than with these top of the line Swiss made BMC bikes provided by Montage.

An excursion in the backyard of Arches National Park is considered the Mecca of mountain biking for even the most hardcore enthusiasts, and there's no better way to tackle the trails than with these top of the line Swiss made BMC bikes provided by Montage.

Montage Deer Valley Up close with one of Mother Nature's most recognizable icons.

Up close with one of Mother Nature's most recognizable icons.

Montage Deer Valley Our encouraging guide Andy helped us traverse a steep section of rock to capture this epic photo op inside one of the arches. (Check out our interview with him in our Insider section!)

Our encouraging guide Andy helped us traverse a steep section of rock to capture this epic photo op inside one of the arches. (Check out our interview with him in our Insider section!)

Montage Deer Valley Hello Montage. The trees leading up from the main road are strung with dreamy white lights that flicker from dusk to dawn.

Hello Montage. The trees leading up from the main road are strung with dreamy white lights that flicker from dusk to dawn.

Highs & Lows

  • The Montage to Moab excursion is an absolute thrill that adds another layer of fun and excitement to your itinerary. The package includes a private jet flight to Moab, a guided hike or mountain biking trip and a gourmet picnic lunch- and you're transported from the mountains to the canyons and back all in one day.

  • The spa is beyond expectations. With 29 treatment rooms, the facility is palatial, built to encourage a full day of ultimate rest and relaxation.

  • Dare I say the bed was TOO comfortable for me? The housekeeping staff was kind enough to remove the plush featherbed to cater to my firmer mattress taste; resulting in a much deeper sleep on night two.

The Barometer

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  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Ski Resort

  • Vibe

    The ultimate mix of luxury, adventure and pure mountain air.

  • Location

    Deer Valley - about 10 minutes from Park City and 30 minutes from Salt Lake.

  • Rooms

    220

  • Music

    'The Voice' finalist Ryan Innes is a regular on the piano in the Vista Room.

  • Year Opened

    2010

  • Health & Wellness

    Indoor & Outdoor pools both heated to a heartwarming 90+ degrees, multiple jacuzzis, and a gym that's swankier than your local Equinox offering everything from post-ski Yoga to TRX and Pilates classes.

  • Restaurant

    Montage's five eating establishments provide an embarrassment of culinary riches. From Burgers & Bourbon's sinful spiked milkshakes to Spicy Tuna Nachos at Yama Sushi, they cater to every palate and craving.

  • Minibar

    Traditional sips & snacks. No booze though- Utah still has its funky restrictions after all.

  • Children

    Bring them here and they'll never ask to go to Disneyworld again. Montage strongly caters to kids with its Paintbox day program, Kids Night Out, and countless other ways that will ensure Mom doesn't feel like she needs a vacation after her vacation.

  • Price

    Expensive but worth the unmatched service, amenities and experiences.

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