There's no "wrong side of the tracks" in Deer Valley, but if you want to go big- really big- the gated Deer Crest community is aces. Located at the base of the resort, near the St. Regis Hotel and Snow Park Day Lodge, Deer Crest is an alpine wonderland of palatial vacation manses, epic panoramas, and nearby lift and gondola access. It's here that SKI Magazine selected Resorts West to exclusively develop and manage Deer Valley's flagship "Ski Dream Home." Curbed Ski got an exclusive look at this baller 14,000-square-foot 6-bedroom, 10-bath home, and damn, was it cool.
Located on Little Baldy Peak, mere steps from the Mountaineer run and Express quad lift, 4,500-square-feet of heated wrap-around decks provide killer views of the Jordanelle Resevoir and the Wasatch Range. Take in the alpenglow from the comfort of the heated outdoor black-bottom pool (complete with grotto and waterfall), the oversized hot tub, or while seated at the outdoor bar or fire pit. Crappy weather provides an excuse to kick it in the indoor après ski lounge, while industrious types can use the down time to clean their dirty SUVs or canines using the garage's built-in car wash or "dog spa."
In the main house, when you're not hitting the sauna, steam, fitness or massage rooms (the stunning views of Empire Canyon will provide inspiration or meditation), pull a rare vintage from the 1000-bottle capacity wine cellar or two chillers, and recline in front of one of the home's 15 fireplaces (alternatively, admire the spectacular Rainbow and Brook trout residing in a 550-gallon aquarium). If a day on the slopes has really left you beat, you can always take the vintage mining-style glass elevator to one of the upper-level bedrooms.
Once you're rested, hit the "Chill Room" and take things to the next level. There's a DJ booth, full-length wet bar, dance floor, movie theater (yes, there are crimson velvet curtains), Full Swing golf simulator (choose from 65 different world-renowned courses), a 60-inch plasma screen, and pool table. The kids will be just fine, happily sequestered from adult supervision in the 6-person dorm suite.
While the Brazilian walnut floors, 24-foot-ceilinged Great Room, and curving, African mahogany staircase are badass, Curbed Ski thinks the false bookcase leading to a secret office seals the deal. Because nothing says "CEO" like your own personal War Room. Ready the private jet (the Heber City Municipal Airport is just 20 minutes away).
-By Laurel Miller
· Ski Dream Home [Official Site]
· Resorts West
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