Style: Sexy Ski Spots
If you can get a room, Sundance is often the best time to hit the mountains of Park City and Deer Valley in Utah. The action is down on Main Street, which means ski slopes are less crowded. And thanks to early winter storms, skiers report some of the best snow ever throughout the Rockies.
PARK CITY/DEER VALLEY
Who Goes: During the fest, everyone; part-time residents Jeffrey Katzenberg and ICM’s Robert Broder; holiday visitors Hilary Swank and CAA’s John Campisi; Bill Gates, who danced on a tabletop at the 2010 Bing Bar, which is returning this year at the old Claim Jumper Hotel space.
Where to Stay: The cast of Salvation Boulevard (Marisa Tomei, Pierce Brosnan) is rumored to be bunking at the Lodges at Deer Valley (from $450, 200 Deer Valley Drive, deervalley.com). But the hotspot should be the new Montage Deer Valley, which opened Dec. 9 and is booked during Sundance. The Craftsman-inspired ski-in, ski-out lodge has 220 rooms, suites and residences, all with balconies or patios (from $845, 9100 Marsac Ave., montagedeervalley.com).
UTA chairman Jim Berkus, a recent guest, told friends he thought the hotel — where he hung out during the holidays with son Jordan and manager Geyer Kosinski — was incredible, and he particularly enjoyed the six-lane bowling alley. Adds holiday visitor Kelly Bush, founder and CEO of ID PR, “The rooms are giant, and the views are spectacular.” Her two daughters loved the hotel’s Paintbox children’s club, with activities such as snowman-making.
Where to Eat: At the St. Regis Deer Valley, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s rustic, locally sourced J&G Grill (2300 Deer Valley Drive East, jggrilldeercrest.com) has drawn Larry David and Katie Holmes. The year-old Talisker on Main (515 Main St., taliskeronmain.com) serves such dishes as lobster hush puppies and elk tenderloin carpaccio to guests including Adrian Grenier and Katherine Heigl and her musician husband, Josh Kelley.
At the Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift events space, Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio dishes out his experimental cooking Jan. 22.
Who Goes: Part-timer Kelsey Grammer; visitors Steve Harvey, Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, Al Gore and Cameron Diaz.
Where to Stay: A slew of new developments have amped up the luxury quotient in Vail, Colo. At the Four Seasons Resort Vail, which opened in December, the room count is relatively small (121 rooms and suites), but the digs are large, starting at 580 square feet. Other amenities include a 75-foot saline pool and a dedicated ski-concierge facility five minutes away at the Vista Bahn lift (rooms from $375, One Vail Road, fourseasons.com/vail).
Also in December, the Ritz Carlton Residences Vail, sister to the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch at Beaver Creek (guests have included Matt Lauer and The Fray), opened with 45 Bavarian-style fractionals starting in the mid-$100,000s (728 West Lionshead Circle, Vail, theresidencesvail.com).
In the market to rent a multimillion-dollar house for the week? Check out Vail’s East West Resorts’ year-old luxury home rentals, with single-family residences going for as much as $7,500 a night (eastwestresort.com).
What To Do: At Solaris, a new mixed-use luxury residence development (141 East Meadow Drive, solarisvail.com), Vail visitors can get comfortable in one of the high-back leather chairs at the three-screen movie theater CineBistro, which also has waiter-service dining, or take the family to the complex’s ice rink or bowling alley.
And the new service EpicMix (epicmix.com) is a sort of Foursquare for the slopes, with radio-frequency chips inside lift tickets that allow skiers to earn points based on the number of runs they’ve hit and the vertical feet they’ve traveled.
Who Goes: Part-time residents Harald Ludwig, co-chairman of Lionsgate, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenwriter Eric Roth; recent vacationers Justin Bieber and Renee Zellweger.
The Amenities: Whistler/Blackcomb is renowned for its 8,171 acres of skiable terrain (the most in North America), a one-mile drop on Blackcomb Mountain and two 7-mile runs. Now it’s even more of a magnet for alpine athletes: The $119 million Whistler Olympic Park, which debuted before the Vancouver Games, offers more than 55 miles of expertly groomed cross-country trails, and an Olympic-sized superpipe recently has been added to the Nintendo Terrain Park. This season, 25 feet of snow has fallen. “It is probably one of the best places in the world to ski,” says entertainment attorney Matt Saver (Jodie Foster, Shia LaBeouf), who works and lives in Whistler six months a year. “I’ll take calls from the chairlift.”
Where to Stay: The resort town’s most posh accommodations are the Four Seasons Resort Whistler (rooms from about $400, 4591 Blackcomb Way, fourseasons.com/whistler), rated Canada’s only five-diamond hotel, and the feudal-fortress-style Fairmont Chateau (rooms from $299, 4599 Chateau Blvd., fairmont.com/whistler), which for the summer months features an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed golf course.
What to Do: The trip begins with the jaw-dropping scenic drive from Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway, a much faster journey since an expansion in 2009. “It’s one of the most beautiful automobile trips in the world. You are along the shore the entire way,” says The Big Year director David Frankel, who shot the upcoming Fox comedy there.
On the mountain, jump aboard the 2-year-old, 2.7-mile-long Peak 2 Peak gondola — which connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains — as Big Year’s Jack Black did while shooting there. For a vertiginous experience, wait for one of the two cabins outfitted with glass floors.
Apres ski, soak sore muscles at the year-old Scandinave, a traditional Finnish spa that includes thermal waterfalls, a high-temp sauna and steam baths spread over three forested acres (8010 Mons Road, scandinave.com/en/whistler).
For dinner, head to the Four Seasons’ fire-lit Sidecut steakhouse (where Frankel preferred dining while staying at the hotel) or check out one of Saver’s favorites, the RimRock Cafe (2117 Whistler Road, rimrockwhistler.com), known for its stone fireplaces and great seafood.
FOR SALE: KENNEDY/ MARSHALL CHALET
Husband-and-wife producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy (Seabiscuit, The Sixth Sense) have listed their Telluride ski home. The price: $19.75 million. The couple’s nearly 6-acre property includes a 10,177-square-foot main house and a guesthouse. The seven-bedroom Tyrolean-style estate offers ski-in, ski-out capabilities, and interiors feature hand-carved cabinetry and detailed stone work. Listing agent Bill Fandel of Sotheby’s International Realty could not be reached for comment. — Daniel Miller