For every season in Utah, there is an appropriate vacation spot. The state's mountains, lakes and rivers entice outdoor enthusiasts with promises of world-class skiing, hiking, fishing and water sports, while the resorts cater to people who want to blend a weight-loss program, a spa experience or an artistic pursuit with their favorite outdoor activity.
Robert Redford's Sundance Resort is not just a ski area. As home to the Sundance Film Festival, the resort sponsors year-round film-making and theatrical workshops. Jewelry-making, pottery, photography and painting workshops are offered at the Sundance Art Shack.
Ski Vacation Resorts
"The Greatest Snow on Earth" bumper stickers can be seen on cars throughout Utah, and the slogan is not a lie. Utah's fluffy powder draws thousands of snow sport enthusiasts each year. The Park City region is Utah's largest resort area. Here, three resorts, Park City Mountain Resort, the Canyons and Deer Valley, stand side by side, creating a winter playground for skiers and riders. Art galleries, restaurants, bars and boutiques line Main Street, the major drag in Park City. The streets stay active throughout the night, so if you have little love for the nightlife, a Cottonwood Canyon Resort, such as Solitude, is a viable option. The Inn at Solitude offers ski and stay packages. The terrain at the Park City and Solitude ski resorts might be too tame for expert skiers and riders, who might prefer the challenging Snowbird Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The Cliff Lodge and Spa provides ski-in/ski-out accommodations.
While most North American ski areas now allow snowboarding, Utah has two skiers-only resorts. Deer Valley in the Park City area is upscale, elegant and serves gourmet food in its cafeteria. Its wide-open trails are groomed to perfection. The Stein Eriksen Lodge has a spa and multiple dining venues. Those who prefer a more laid-back ambiance will prefer Alta, Utah's other skiers-only resort. The Goldminer's Daughter offers ski-in/ski-out lodging and European-style packages that include breakfast and dinner.
Adventure Spa Vacations
An adventure spa vacation offers an acceptable compromise between pampering and outdoor excitement. At the Red Mountain Spa in Saint George, for example, your daily activities might include hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, golfing, or a trip to Zion National Park. Take a rest day and pamper yourself with one of the resort's signature spa packages. The less adventurous can choose from a selection of health, fitness and weight-loss packages.
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