Utah Guide

Wide-Open Spaces
Skiers at Deer Valley Resort need not fear crowded slopes. The resort has the capacity to move 47,000 skiers up the mountain per hour, but limits the number of daily tickets to 7,500. 

Park City
The 220-room Montage Deer Valley opened last December. The ski-in, ski-out property on Deer Valley's Empire Pass features a 35,000-square-foot spa with 29 treatment rooms, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space and 35,000 square feet of outdoor event space, with Wi-Fi Internet access throughout. Each room has a gas fireplace and a mountain or valley view. Dining options include the Apex Grill; Daly's Pub & Rec, with bowling, pool tables, darts, a Wii lounge and arcade games; and the Vista Lounge & Terrace, serving bistro fare.

The new 2,072-square-foot Silver Mine meeting room now is available at the 199-room Park City Marriott. The room offers Wi-Fi and views of Park City Mountain. The property has 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 178-suite Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City, a new ski-in, ski-out hotel at the base of the Canyons Resort, is open for limited service. The property and its food-and-beverage outlets will be fully open by this summer. The Hyatt has 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space.

Meeting Hotels
Among the ski destination's meeting properties are the 450-unit Westgate Park City Resort & Spa, 350-room Canyons Grand Summit Hotel, 227-room Lodges at Deer Valley, 220-room Montage Deer Valley, 199-room Park City Marriott, 185-room Newpark Resort, 181-room St. Regis Deer Crest Resort, 181-room Yarrow Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 180-room Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley and 175-room Waldorf Astoria Park City.

Airport Transit
Salt Lake City International Airport, about a 35-minute drive from downtown Park City. Transfer to Park City, $74 roundtrip

Room tax, 3%; sales tax, 7.45%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10.45%. At the St. Regis Deer Crest (in Wasatch County), room tax is 11.6%.

Group Venues
Not what you'd expect at a ski resort, Jupiter Bowl offers a selection of 16 bowling lanes, three pool tables in the billiards lounge and an arcade. The venue also features a new restaurant, called the Lift Grill and Lounge, serving American fare including gourmet burgers and hand-tossed pizzas. There's also a place to dance -- the Ten Pin Nightclub. Parties of 24 to 400 people are welcome. (435) 658-2695

A number of new dining and drinking establishments opened in town this ski season. Sky Blue, an urban bar, offers views of Park City's Main Street from the fourth floor of the 33-suite Sky Lodge. Cena Restaurant and Lounge, at the 142-room Chateaux at Silver Lake, serves Italian dishes such as wood-oven braised pork shank and risotto, and butternut squash ravioli. Downtown, Mexican is on the menu at the recently opened Blue Iguana, including chile Colorado (cubed beef steak with red chile sauce) and lots of tasty vegetarian dishes.

Park City Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 453-1360


Heading South
Now open in southern Utah is St. George Municipal Airport (flysgu.com). The $159 million facility welcomes Delta Connection flights through Salt Lake City, bringing visitors to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and lots of golf courses. In March, United Express will begin service from Los Angeles.

Amangiri resort

Just 20 minutes from the airport is the 106-room Red Mountain Resort & Spa, once strictly a wellness destination, now a full meetings/incentive spot with about 10,000 square feet of function space. For more on the area, contact the St. George Area Convention & Tourism Office (877-752-9349; atozion.com). East of St. George in Canyon Point is the ultimate incentive resort, the 34-suite Amangiri (bit.ly/dX6MN4). Visitors fly in to Page, Ariz., 20 minutes away, and once on-site enjoy the spa, hikes in the desert and excursions to Arizona's Lake Powell.

Salt Lake City
Currently being installed at the Salt Palace Convention Center are 11,319 solar panels. The 600,000-square-foot sustainable-energy project covers an area larger than six football fields and will be completed this spring.

The Salt Lake City Convention and Visitors Bureau has been renamed Visit Salt Lake. The bureau is following the pattern of several other destination marketing organizations that have adopted simpler brands.

Set to debut in 2013 is the six-mile, $350 million TRAX light-rail extension, which will connect downtown to Salt Lake City International Airport.

Meeting Hotels
Within convenient walking distance of the convention center are the 515-room Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown, 499-room Hilton Salt Lake City Center and 381-room Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown. Nearby are the 850-room Little America Hotel, 775-room Grand America Hotel, 362-room Sheraton City Centre Hotel Salt Lake City and 359-room Marriott Salt Lake City Center.

Convention Center
Salt Palace Convention Center; exhibit space, 515,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 67; (801) 534-4777

Airport Transit
Salt Lake City International Airport, about six miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $20

Room tax, 6.85%; sales tax, 5.75%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.67%

Group VenuesLog Haven in Salt Lake City
It's not surprising to find a restaurant called Log Haven in Salt Lake City. Built in 1920 as a getaway for Salt Lake steel baron L.F. Rains, over the years the property changed hands, became a restaurant, fell into disrepair, was scheduled for demolition, and then was rescued and renovated in 1994. The food and setting regularly garner awards, making it a great choice on the southeastern edge of town for groups of 10 to 400 people. Entrée favorites include the exotic mushroom with brown arbario risotto and the Okanagan Highlands steelhead trout. (801) 272-8255

Housed in a renovated 1916 bank building, the Hope Gallery Museum of Fine Art surprises as it exhibits an impressive array of Old European masters ranging from the 15th to 21st centuries, with an emphasis on the Belle Époque. Highlights include pieces by Durer and Rembrandt. The 10,000-square-foot venue welcomes groups of up to 300 for a reception and 80 for banquets. (801) 532-1336

Visit Salt Lake, (801) 534-4900 or (800) 541-4955