A Blue Sky Beckons
By Meda Kessler
Photos courtesy of Auberge Resorts Collection
In this time of social distancing, we like the numbers at Utah’s The Lodge at Blue Sky: 46 rooms/suites; 3,500 acres; 36 miles of alpine lakes, rivers and streams; 30-some minutes from civilization (aka an airport).
The Auberge Resorts Collection property, which opened in June 2019, is a sublime alternative to the ski resorts at Park City and Deer Valley, which are about 30 minutes away. You won’t find ski-in, ski-out access here, but there’s no lack of access to powder and deep bowls for thrill-seekers (experts can book a heli-ski trip) or trails for those looking for cross-country action or snowshoe cardio.
But if you’re looking just to chill out, you won’t be disappointed. It’s easy to commune with nature thanks to the resort’s location, which was chosen carefully so as to keep almost all the surrounding trees intact. The views are stunning, whether you’re gazing out the lobby’s impressive picture window, watching the wildlife from your room’s balcony or taking a poolside yoga class.
The property’s contemporary architecture and design, with its tasteful abundance of glass, wood, stone and marble, features locally sourced materials in the indoor and outdoor spaces. The earthy color palette and natural light enhance the vistas without detracting from the sagebrush- and pine-studded landscape.
With easy access via the Salt Lake City airport, you’ll be enjoying the scenery — and feeling some of that 2020 anxiety melt away — less than an hour after you arrive.