Destination: Deer Valley
Montage Deer Valley
Montage is relatively young luxury hotel company—its first property opened in Laguna Beach in 2003—but one with a major reputation for lavishing attention on very spoiled hotel guests in Southern California. (The second property opened in Beverly Hills in 2008). So the owners of Montage Deer Valley don’t just aim to be the best ski property in the West—they need to live up to their brand’s own standards.
In Montage’s case, how you arrive at the hotel distinctly affects your impression. As a hotel guest, you drive high up the mountain to Empire Pass and pull up under a massive porte cochère with stone columns, soaring wood beams and flickering flame heaters. Valets usher you into the lobby, a Craftsmen show-stopper with walnut floors (check) and a bronze statue of a skier to remind you why you came. Just inside the door, there’s a sled of stuffed animals so children can choose a cuddly companion. The hotel mascot a Bernese Mountain puppy named Monty may also be present. Check-in is done in advance so you are whisked right...
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