[#image: /photos/5853a0779c190ec57ac08fdc]||||||Deer Valley has long been considered the Gstaad of Utah's Wasatch Mountains, thanks in large part to the five-star Stein Eriksen Lodge, which looks as if it had been air-lifted from the Alps. Well, Stein Eriksen got some formidable competition this season with the opening of the St. Regis Deer Crest. Like Stein Eriksen, the St. Regis is a ski-in/ski-out hotel, although it's actually situated atop its own small mountain, which is accessible only by a funicular, which guests ride after they've checked in at its base.

The hotel is packed with luxuries, like valets who fetch your skis and help buckle you into your boots, a sparkling Remyde spa and a J&G Grill (that's for Jean-George Vongerichten). But most impressive are its signature white-gloved butlers who are on hand to do everything from unpacking suitcases to suggesting the best bump runs for your kids.

[#image: /photos/5853a077e3d613c03e1ec4bb]||||||While the butlers' duties are supposed to be hotel-based, I lucked out and found myself riding up a chairlift with one on my last day. He recognized the St. Regis sticker on my skis, and next thing I knew, I was getting a tour of all the off-the-grid tree skiing that a newbie like me would never have found herself.

As a beauty editor, of course it was my duty to check out the spa, which is tricked out with a waterfall and indoor brooks running through the halls, and offers the full range of massages, facials and body treatments. There, I had a fantastic massage, which included one of the best foot-paraffin treatments I've ever experienced.


[#image: /photos/5853a0789c190ec57ac08fde]||||||It's worth noting that competition for most impressive hotel spa in Deer Valley is only just heating up. Stein Eriksen recently expanded its spa from 4,000 to 20,000 square feet, and a third luxury hotel, the Montage (of Laguna Beach and Beverly Hills fame), is set to open this summer. The Montage's spa will be 35,000 square feet—practically enough space for a bunny hill.

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