Life isn’t all champagne, chocolates and cheese. But for skiers and luxury lovers, it can be. You can enjoy champagne wishes and raclette dreams galore – and so much more – at Utah’s luxury Deer Valley Resort in Park City. I’ve schussed and hiked a few luxury ski resorts in my time, but the incredible slope-side food and drink options at Deer Valley Resort were a revelation.
The Resort is still family-owned, with managers who’ve worked their up the ranks and know each employee by name. In a Park City now dominated by Vail Resort ownership (as is Whistler, British Columbia), this is impressive. Here’s how to toast the luxe life on the slopes of Deer Valley Resort.
Après Lounge & Beach Club at Montage Deer Valley
When burning thighs can take no more after tackling a hundred-and-one runs across seven mountains, it’s time to hit the Après Lounge & Beach Club at Montage Deer Valley.
French champagne house Veuve Clicquot custom-designed the Après Lounge yurt. The Lounge is stocked with plenty of chilled Verve Clicquot Rich, the brand’s newest champagne innovation. Guests can order gourmet nibblies, and enjoy cosy seating near fireplaces. We enjoyed goblets of bubb while lounging on comfortable chalet chic furniture.
The renowned mountain lifestyle home decor brand Gorsuch supplied the luxe furnishings. Their store is located on Main St. in Park City and various US mountain resort towns. Confession: Returning to the slopes after a champagne-fueled pitstop requires serious effort and willpower. The Après Lounge is the perfect spot for some adult-only, mid-afternoon champagne pick-me-ups. Bonus, if you’re staying at the Montage Deer Valley, you’re pretty much already home.
Details: The Après Lounge & Beach Club at Montage Deer Valley is open daily 12pm-4pm through ski season 2016-2017. Must be 21 years of age or older.
Fireside Dining at Luxury Deer Valley Resort
It was the smell of melting raclette cheese that undid me. Large, half-moon wheels of golden cheese are set against one of five wood-burning fireplaces in the dining room. Warmed by the fire, the raclette melts slowly into a yellow pool of ambrosia on my plate. A quick trip to add necessary accompaniments – potatoes, sliced meats, pickled onions and cornichons – and then it’s pure cheese heaven.
It’s rare for me to be rendered tearful and speechless by a dining experience. If you love cheese, Alpine fare and fire-roasted leg of lamb, Fireside Dining will be worthy of your joyful tears as well.
Located at Empire Canyon Lodge, Fireside Dining features a taste of the European Alps over four courses served by the lodge’s five stone fireplaces. Enjoy warm Swiss raclette cheese, cured meats, salads, specialty entrees, vegetarian choices, fire-roasted leg of lamb, and dessert fondues.
Pace yourself, there are five fireplaces to visit, not including the dessert buffett. If you love raclette as much as I do, you’ll basically hang out over at ‘cheese heaven fireplace’ (my words) all night long. Remember to pair that melted ambrosia with alcohol or hot tea. Do not drink cold water or pop, it has a negative effect on your body’s absorption of all that cheese. Trust me, I’m Swiss.
Post-dining, snuggle under blankets for a horse-drawn sleigh ride outside the Lodge. It is truly the perfect ending to a idyllic day of skiing and fireside dining at the top-drawer luxury Deer Valley Resort.
Details: Fireside Dining is available at the Empire Canyon Lodge from Wednesday to Saturday, 5:45 to 9 PM. Cost: $65 for Adults. $35 for Children (11 and under). Prices subject to change. Alcohol and gratuities not included. Reservations are highly recommended.
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Photo Credits: C. Laroye * Disclosure: The Travelling Mom visited Deer Valley courtesy of Ski Utah. As allows, our opinions and cheese-and-bub-loving ways are honest and our own.