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Travel News this Month

Weekenders, accommodations, renovations, and more


7 Reasons to
Ski Utah
this Month


1 It takes less than 12 hours to drive there from San Diego. Really! Google Map it. Just a smidge farther than driving to Tahoe.

2 Once you arrive, there are 14 serious Alpine ski resorts within a few hours’ drive from one another. Nowhere in CA comes close to that.

3 Utah’s snow is especially dry because of the state’s land-locked location (no damp coastal weather). The result? A reputation for having the best powder in the world.  

4 The mountains around Salt Lake City get an average of 500 inches of snow every year, compared to about 450 inches in Whistler Blackcomb and around 400 in Mammoth.

5 Salt Lake City’s Super Pass lets you shuttle back and forth from four major resorts for free—no rental car or parking hassles in sight.

6 There’s a new $2 billion mall called City Creek Center. Non-skiers can only get so many massages.

7 Heli-skiing is huge in Utah. It’s pricey ($1,000+ for six or seven runs) but also pricelessly of-the-moment. If you have a few buddies, book your own bird (helicopter) and a guide and spend the day finding secret powder stashes along the Wasatch mountain range.

Sources: skiutah.com, 50states.com

Miramonte Resort & Spa

Also nearby...

At legendary La Quinta Resort (Clark Gable and Greta Garbo hobnobbed here), rooms are $135 a night for CA residents, through January 10 (laquintaresort.com; two-night stay required).

Winter Weekender

Post-Holiday Pampering

This month, Indian Wells’ bougainvillea-clad Miramonte Resort & Spa (pictured above) is rolling out a line of personalized “choose your own adventure”-style spa treatments, including the luxurious diamond facial. Yes, it has trace elements of precious stones! Newly decorated guest rooms feature plush beds and calming earth tones (miramonteresort.com). While you’re in town, nourish your mind as well as your body at the Desert Town Hall lecture series featuring hotshot editrix Tina Brown. Beginning January 29, other speakers include CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta; former Florida governor Jeb Bush; and General Stanley McChrystal. deserttownhall.org // Casey Hatfield


Camping in a hotel roomAlt Accommodations

Camping… at the Ritz?

For kids who prefer to rough it but are forced to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Tucson, here’s your solution: Hotel staffers will remove your bed or roll-away and replace it with a tent, s’mores kit, a book on the Sonoran Desert, and a desert tortoise stuffed animal. Ask about In-Room Camping as well as the Junior Rangers program. ritzcarlton.com


Granada Hotel & BistroRenovation


Going wine tasting or visiting the Cal Poly campus, but don’t want to stay at the Apple Farm Inn? We don’t blame you. Now downtown has its first luxury boutique hotel and rooftop lounge at the Granada Hotel & Bistro, which just underwent a $5 million reno. Enjoy the 1920s exposed brick and sunlit balconies, plus take advantage of perks like complimentary bike rentals. granadahotelandbistro.com


Miles to Tokyo on the new Japan Airlines direct flight—the longest distance you can fly from SAN (second farthest is the London-Heathrow flight: 5,485 miles).


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