Deer Valley and Park City, Utah
These Wasatch range resorts share a full slate of festivals, special events, weekly concerts in the park and a whopping 250 miles of hiking and biking trails. They're also the most underrated major ski areas in the United States when it comes to snaring summer visitors. In fact, many of Park City's fabled restaurants offer two-for-one deals all summer long. In addition to some of the best full-service hotels in ski country, there are a large number of upscale condos and private homes that simply go begging come summertime.
The Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley's toniest hotel, has garnered so many awards, from room design to restaurants, that there's precious little to improve upon-especially not its summer room rate, which plummets from $670 to $205 (800-453-1302; steinlodge.com). Premier Resorts, a high-end management company, runs the slopeside Black Diamond Lodge at Deer Valley, a five-star luxury condo property with stone fireplaces, private hot tubs and kitchens boasting Viking ranges and Sub-Zero refrigerators. Not surprisingly, a 2,100-square-foot two-bedroom unit costs $1,450. But in summer that rate drops nearly 75 percent to just $265. Need something bigger? The six-bedroom Brickman House, which comfortably sleeps 12, is among Premier's most posh. While you'd pay $1,575 to $1,890 in winter, it's $725 in summer. Closer to the action in Park City, Premier has The Caledonian. A two-bedroom unit, which will run you up to $935 in February, is only $195 in summer. That's nearly an 80 percent free-fall. Meanwhile, a three-bedroom with a spa costs $285, down from $880-$1,215 (800-453-3833; premier-resorts.com).