Deer Valley, a skier-only resort, was an Olympic venue for the 2002 Winter Games, so you know it has cred, like 300 inches of snow in a typical year and 3,000 feet of vert. Plus, this season brings $8 million in improvements, like Mountaineer Express, a new high-speed quad lift, and expanded snowmaking capacity with low-energy guns. But Deer Valley is best known for its pampering luxury and fine dining, as well as its top-notch manicured grooming that will have you hurtling giddily down mountain.
DON’T MISS: See the best in artsy filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. January 17 - 27.
GETTING THERE: Fly direct from eleven major cities to Salt Lake City, a 40-minute jaunt from Park City. (deervalley.com)