Auberge Resorts’ 21st-century ranch fantasy arrives in Utah

The action-packed estate marks Park City’s rise from ski resort to year-round playground

Utah’s The Lodge at Blue Sky puts a new spin on the American West ranch fantasy
Utah’s The Lodge at Blue Sky puts a new spin on the American West ranch fantasy

Park City is one of North America’s finest (and swankiest) ski resorts, a winter wonderland in northern Utah where craft beers and Ruinart flow, and fist-bumping and air-kissing are equally acceptable forms of greeting. But the arrival here of Auberge Resorts (aubergeresorts.com) augurs its ascent as a year-round playground. The Lodge at Blue Sky (from $975) is the latest iteration of the American West ranch fantasy, but in this case it’s one with a decidedly 21st-century bent: most of the ranch animals are rescue ones, the chefs source almost exclusively from produce grown on-site (the farmers use a no-till planting method to maintain the soil quality) and, amid the fly-fishing, mountain biking, clay-pigeon shooting and riding, there is (of course) yoga. Guests hole up in 46 capacious and ultra-contemporary rooms that nimbly dodge the froideur of minimalism with warm woods, local stone and lots of massive fireplaces.

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