By Renee Huang

Ski resorts across the country are proving that “life’s a beach” even amid snowy scapes miles away from tropical climes. With dining, lounging and socializing space all wrapped up in a boots-in-the-snow social destination, here’s how three Park City resorts are getting guests into a beachy frame of mind.

Stretched between Red Pine Gondola and the iconic Orange Bubble Express heated seat lift, Canyons’ Ski Beach is the place to be on bluebird days, basking on playful orange lifeguard towers or striped lounge chairs facing Doc’s Run. It is a true epicenter of activity within a stone’s throw of two dining options, The Farm and Red Tail Grill, both of which offer outdoor patio seating, diverse après ski and beverage menus, and often lively music. Since Canyons Ski School is located right on Ski Beach, the high energy vibe reigns supreme. Daily family-focused afternoon entertainment ranges from children’s magic shows to cowboy poetry readings and meet-and greets with birds of prey.

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There’s a reason Deer Valley Resort was named the top ski resort in the country for four years by readers of SKI Magazine. The high level of service is apparent from the moment guests step onto the ski beach outside Silver Lake Lodge. The mid-mountain base camp for the prestigious ski-only resort offers rows of white beach chairs encouraging guests to soak up the afternoon sun. The lodge sits at the base of Bald Mountain, so the ski beach becomes a gathering spot for people on foot from Silver Lake Village and on skis from Silver Lake Express, Sterling Express and Homestake Express. Royal Street Café— known for al fresco dining and the best chili this side of the Rockies—provides the perfect setting, in addition to Mariposa restaurant located inside the lodge.

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The intimate and hip Beach Haus found adjacent to Ruby lift and Empire Express opens for its first full ski season this winter. The menu at Beach Haus includes grilled- to-order bratwurst garnished with house- made sauerkraut and freshly brewed local beers. Personalized ski valets greet skiers with complimentary cider or cocoa and whisk guests into the resort, where they can indulge in a spa treatment, bowl some frames at Daly’s Pub & Rec or check out the new Burgers & Bourbon bar.

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