Member Favorites: Top Winter Pursuits at the Ranch
Here at The Residence Club, wintertime centers on getting outside and pursuing adventure. When the Wasatch is covered in a blanket of snow, members don’t think about what’s hiding underneath — they’re too busy taking advantage of all the new activities made possible this time of year. Here’s a little taste of what’s in store at the Ranch this season, from fat biking along 20+ miles of trails to heli-skiing in Utah’s stoke-worthy backcountry.
1. Nordic Skiing
Nordic skiing may not include the high speeds and steep declines of downhill skiing, but that doesn’t make it any less adrenaline-pumping. The Residence Club members have access to Victory Ranch’s privately groomed trails that offer a stunning setting to glide across our snow-blanketed landscape, as well as our crew of instructors via White Pine Touring to learn the basics of this beloved sport.
2. Fat Biking in the Backcountry
Mountain biking is a year-round sport at Victory Ranch, thanks to a fleet of fat tire bikes, outfitted with oversized tires designed for traction and control on unstable, soft ground such as snow. Strap on a helmet and set out on one of several adventurous paths — including ones along the River Trail, the Nordic Tracks and the Kamloop Trail.
3. Alpine Skiing
Lucky for us at the Ranch, two of the world’s best ski resorts are just minutes from our doorstep. The Residence Club members spend countless hours on the slopes at Deer Valley and Park City each year, experiencing legendary slopes and some of the “Best Snow on Earth.” Members also have exclusive access to Victory Ranch’s private lodge on Main Street, right at the base of the Town Lift. Stop in after the slopes to warm up, grab some food and drinks and unwind.
In the warmer months, adrenaline-seeking residents explore the backcountry in one of our 4×4 Polaris Rangers. When the snow starts sticking, they trade in four wheels for a set of tracks for a just-as-thrilling snowmobiling excursion. Adults can hop on a top-of-the-line Ski-Doo Expedition 600, while younger thrill-seekers have access to Polaris 120cc Kid Snowmobiles and a kid track located at the Ranch. For an added adventure, book a session at our 5-Stand shooting range and ride your way over on the Ski-Doo.
Victory Ranch has teamed up with Powderbird, Utah’s premier heli-skiing company, to offer members exclusive access to the most coveted, private ski experience right at their doorstep this season. Get picked up from The Post with a group of up to eight people and embark on a day of unforgettable backcountry adventure tailored specifically to your desires with the help of Powderbird’s expert guides. And after shredding Utah’s most sought-after snow? Jet back to the Ranch for aprés ski lunch and drinks. Welcome to a whole new level of adventure.
6. Full Moon Snowshoeing
You can’t have adventure at the Ranch without a fun adult twist. This winter, embark on a guided snowshoe hike to the golf course comfort station where you’ll watch the sunset alongside family and friends with a drink in hand — all followed by a walk illuminated by the full moon. This is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to experience the magic of the Ranch come sundown.
Private Heli-Skiing with Powderbird: An Exclusive Adventure for Victory Ranch Members
We’re thrilled to share that Victory Ranch has teamed up with Powderbird, Utah’s premier heli-skiing operation, to offer members exclusive access to the most coveted, private ski experience right at their doorstep. With helicopter pick-up directly from The Post, groups of up to eight have the unique opportunity to embark on a day of unforgettable backcountry adventure tailored specifically to their desires with the help of Powderbird’s expert guides. Below, discover what’s in store when you reserve a bird this winter season.
Gear Up at The Post
Your private helicopter will arrive at The Post around 8 am and members will fuel up with a warm breakfast, followed by a thorough safety briefing with Powderbird’s guides. After grabbing your demo skis and poles from the Jackson’s Base Camp pop-up at The Post (you’ll need to bring your own boots!), you’ll get all the avalanche safety equipment you need to ski responsibly. When everyone’s ready to go, you’ll fly off around 9 am and witness your favorite ski resorts from above. All you have to do is get ready to ride Utah’s most sought-after powder — without the crowds, of course.
Explore Utah’s Untouched Backcountry
Your group’s private bird will take you to the backside of Snowbird, where you’ll get up to 10 epic runs among the most pristine, untouched snow you could ever imagine. Hop on the helicopter at the bottom, get dropped at the top, and do it all over again. With Powderbird, you have access to more skiable terrain than all the Utah ski resorts combined. But, fair warning — you may never want to revert back to normal skiing again.
Head Back to the Ranch
Each day of heli-skiing is based on two hours of flight time to ensure you’re getting the most out of your day. After exploring Snowbird’s incredible backcountry, fly back to the Ranch for aprés ski lunch and drinks between 2 and 3 pm. When you settle back in at The Post, relive the day’s most stoke-worthy moments, chat about your favorite runs and cheers to the most memorable heli-skiing adventure.
A full day will offer two hours of flight time at a rate of $16,000 (for eight people). For more information on pricing or to reserve your heli-skiing tour, please reach out to Members Services.
5 Things We’re Thankful For at The Residence Club
We have a lot to be thankful for at The Residence Club — not just this month, but always. From 4,000 acres of untouched backcountry just beyond our doorstep, brimming with year-round adventure, to the people who make our lives both effortless and wonderfully fulfilled, here’s what we’re counting our blessings for this year.
1. World-Class Amenities Right at Home
Life at The Residence Club is like checking into the best summer camp or ski resort you could possibly dream of — and being able to stay up to six weeks per year. From The Barn, complete with a pizzeria, state-of-the-art fitness center, luxurious spa and more, to the Freestone Lodge, serving up locally sourced fare (and everyone’s favorite cookie skillet), to The Post, complete with cozy nooks and a decked-out Outfitter’s Shop, the Ranch offers everything you could imagine and more.
2. 4,000 Acres of Backcountry in Our Backyard
Set upon 6,700 pristine acres — 4,000 of which are untouched terrain — Victory Ranch is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Endless adventure awaits, whether it’s warm and sunny or blanketed in Utah’s freshest powder. Our residents are free to explore all of the backcountry on their own terms, from fat biking or hiking along 20+ miles of private trails to glamping in our backcountry yurts, bumper boating on Stony Lake, shooting clays at the 5-stand (stay tuned for our new location) and so much more.
3. Unprecedented Flexibility
The Residence Club offers the type of unprecedented flexibility that today’s homeowners seek. When you’re here, we want you to focus on the moments that truly matter to your family, like relaxing beside the firepit with a glass of wine or getting your adrenaline fix in nature. Whether you’re coming from a warmer climate to hit the slopes for a few weeks or escaping the city to enjoy unobstructed views of the stars and sky, your perfect stay awaits. All you have to do is reserve your weeks and you’re ready to go.
4. Ownership Without the Hassles
Here at The Residence Club, we couldn’t be more grateful for homeownership without the hassles. No paying for unused weeks or months. No managing tenants who are renting your place. No maintenance necessary to get your home ready for each season. Our unique shared-ownership program lets you pass off the upkeep, landscaping and even the grocery shopping to us. The only thing you’re responsible for? Showing up, relaxing and pursuing adventure.
5. A Built-in Sense of Community & Belonging
Maybe it’s the communal amenities, or maybe it’s just the magic of The Wasatch, but Victory Ranch has a way of bringing people together. Your neighbors and the Victory Ranch staff feel like instant friends, while the unbridled access to nature instantly soothes and comforts any soul.
A Guide to the Two World-Class Ski Resorts in Our Backyard
Though every season at Victory Ranch shines in its own way, there’s truly nothing quite like the wonder of winter. Acres of untouched land, covered in a fresh layer of snow. Warm beverages next to a toasty fire on a chilly evening. And, of course, hours of gliding down some of the best ski trails in the world. Two world-class ski resorts, one of which is the largest in North America, are practically in our backyard at the Ranch. Here’s a quick guide to each of them.
Park City Resort
Known For: Being the biggest ski resort in North America
Best For: The ski resort connoisseur
Distance from Victory Ranch: 19.3 miles
Ski Season: November 20, 2020 through April 4, 2021
– For Beginners (17% of terrain): Claim Jumper at the top of Home Run or The Meadows via the Red Pine Gondola
– For Intermediate Skiers (50% of terrain): King Con Quad, Sunrise, or Parley’s Park
– For Experts: Jupiter Bowl, 6 Bells or McConkey’s Bowl
– Skiers must purchase their tickets in advance here.
– Epic Pass holders must reserve their days online in advance using the Epic Pass Holder Reservation System. The Epic Pass offers season-long access and is highly recommended for Victory Ranch owners who hit the slopes regularly. It also gives you priority access to more than 30 resorts in the US and Japan.
Where to Après Ski: Located at the base of the Park City Mountain Town Lift is Victory Ranch’s private ski-in/ski-out lounge, 875 Main. Hang up your boots (we provide boot driers and lockers) and have a drink or a bite to eat while you warm up or before you hit the slopes.
Deer Valley Resort
Known For: A venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics
Best For: Skiers of varying skill levels (no snowboarders here!)
Distance from Victory Ranch: 20.5 miles
Ski Season: December 5, 2020 through April 11, 2021 – Conditions Permitting
– For Beginners (27% of terrain): Bandana off of Ruby Express lift or the windier Homeward Bound from the top of Sterling Lift
– For Intermediate Skiers (41% of terrain): Little Baldy zone or Orion at the top of Empire
– For Experts (27% of terrain): Champion run off of Carpenter Express, Ruins of Pompeii on the left side of Bald Mountain, or Perseverance Bowl
– Pre-purchase your lift tickets in advance to guarantee your spot on the mountain. Day-of, on-site lift tickets will not be available this season.
– Full Season Passes permit unlimited skiing without restrictions — even during holiday periods
– Midweek Season Passes permit skiing Monday through Friday — excluding 12/26/20–1/2/21
– Hospitality Passes are transferable between family members, friends or business associates
– Ikon Passes earn you up to 7 days at Deer Valley (no blackout dates) and at 27 other ski resorts worldwide, along with unlimited access to 15 more ski resorts in the US and Canada
Where to Après Ski: Victory Ranch members enjoy special access privileges to Deer Crest Club at the beloved St. Regis Hotel, offering direct ski-in/ski-out access and a cozy spot to sip on Hot Toddies after a day on the slopes. Snow Park Lodge at the Base of Bald Eagle Mountain is also a great stopping or break point for après ski drinks and a delicious lunch.
Our 4 Favorite Fall Adventures at the Ranch
It would be impossible to pick a favorite season at Victory Ranch. Whether it’s warm and sunny or cool and breezy, it’s a recreational playground for adults and kids alike. Each season accentuates a different set of activities, features and magnificent views of Utah’s terrain. Focusing on the current season, here are some of our favorite fall adventures at Victory Ranch.
Waiting for you just beyond your doorstep are more than 20 miles of well-maintained trails, masterfully designed and built by Alpine Trails — a premier trail builder in and around Park City for more than two decades. The trails are great for all fitness levels and activities, from a casual wilderness walk to a heart-pumping, uphill run. Taking it slow? Be on the lookout for birds, like the mighty Golden Eagle.
2. Mountain Biking
A more exciting way to experience the miles of backcountry trails is via mountain bike. Don’t own a mountain bike? We offer complimentary mountain bikes and helmets for adults and kids, including Fat Bikes for a smoother, more adaptable ride. Check out Kamloop Trail for a mild 3% incline or the Fremont Trail for 5–7% inclines. The work is worth the reward: expansive, 360º vistas of the Uinta and Wasatch Mountains, Kamas Valley and the entirety of Victory Ranch. Unbelievably beautiful when lit up by fall colors of red, orange and yellow.
3. Yurt Camping
Yurt camping in the backcountry is a cross between literal backyard camping and a remote wilderness adventure — with all the luxuries of home. The yurts are accessible by foot, bike or via one of our 4×4 Polaris Rangers (more on those below). Equipped with electricity and cozy beds, Victory Ranch yurts are spacious enough for the whole family. Just outside, you’ll find outdoor seating, fire pits and activities like horseshoes. Drift off to sleep to serene wilderness sounds, like the nearby whispering stream. Best of all, one of our private chefs can prepare a home-cooked dinner or breakfast for you on site.
4. 4×4 Ranger Adventures
Looking for extreme adventure, sans the physical workout? Hop into one of our 4×4 Polaris Rangers for an off-roading tour of the backcountry. It’s not uncommon to spot moose, elk, deer and rare species of birds while rolling through the mountains and valleys. For new homeowners, we recommend a tour with one of our wilderness guides to pick their brain about the area and its native wildlife.
It’s All in the Details: Step Inside Our Studio K-Designed Cabins
Feeling right at home comes from the little things. Subtle, thoughtful details. Cozy, rustic finishes and furnishings. Neutral hues that complement an inrush of natural light. Lucky enough, our three cabin homes in The Residence Club collection check off every box — all thanks to Chicago-based interior design firm Studio K Creative. With the renowned firm’s help, we brought to life three stylish retreats that pair the best in lived-in comfort and effortless, sophisticated flair. Step inside below.
Warm, Contemporary Aesthetic
Each Residence Club cabin comes fully appointed in a modern-meets-rustic mountain aesthetic, complementary to the expansive landscape just beyond. In an interview with Karen Herold, Alicia Kelly and Alana Ratner of Studio K, the designers put their finger on the overall vision: “We were inspired by architectural details, clean lines and high contrast materials. We also looked at high-end fabrics and menswear, as well as plaids, for inspiration.” Within each cabin, discover the perfect balance between new and vintage, creating the idyllic home away from home.
Details Inspired by Nature
Studio K Creative looked outward to find inspiration for what lies within. Each cabin — from the brand new Kingfisher to both The Starling and The Kestrel — features solid hardwood floors and ceilings, as well as custom wood wall paneling sourced locally in Kamas. The designers also used a wide array of natural materials, including limestone and quartzite, to complement earthy accents like wool rugs and sisal wall coverings.
Large Outdoor Living Spaces
While the cabin interiors are seemingly out of a magazine, among the most coveted spaces is that outside. Complete with Ipe Brazilian walnut patio decking and weathered ash wood exteriors, the patio is the perfect place to entertain, relax or zen out — any time of day, any day of the year. A seven-person hot tub, fire pit and built-in bench seating and a spacious dining area offer the ultimate setting to reconnect with one another, soak up the surrounding natural beauty and revel in epic views of the Juniper Draw.
Renowned for designing Victory Ranch’s mountain modern clubhouses and dining venues, as well as countless high-end restaurants, bars and luxury residences around the country, Studio K Creative strove to ensure that everyone in the family has a spot to make their own at The Residence Club. But the best way to experience it? We encourage you to see the cabins for yourself. Contact us today and make your effortless getaway to The Residence Club.
Introducing the New Kingfisher Cabin at The Residence Club
We’re thrilled to introduce the newest and largest cabin home in our collection at The Residence Club — The Kingfisher, a five-bedroom cabin slated for completion in December 2021. Designed to emulate Victory Ranch’s Expanded Juniper Cabin, The Kingfisher is the perfect mountain retreat for families seeking the very best in contemporary design, upscale comforts and, of course, effortless homeownership. With more space than The Kestrel and The Starling thanks to two more bedrooms and an additional patio and living room, The Kingfisher is the ultimate new offering to realize the multigenerational vacation home of your dreams. Take an exclusive first look inside below.
Spacious, Fully-Appointed Interiors
With 3,878 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space and the ability to sleep 12, The Kingfisher is an idyllic retreat for those looking to host friends and family for a quintessential Victory Ranch getaway. On the main level, a large great room showcases vaulted ceilings, a fireplace and glass sliding doors that open to the exterior, while the state-of-the-art kitchen comes fully equipped with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, as well as all cookware and baking essentials — which means no more late-night escapades to the store.
Inspired Studio K Design
We tasked one of the country’s leading design studios, Studio K Creative, with creating The Kingfisher’s inspired interior and exterior spaces — just as they impeccably did for The Kestrel and The Starling. The cabin comes beautifully decorated in a mountain modern aesthetic, pairing comfort with a chic contemporary feel, offering families the most stylish — and maintenance-free — home away from home.
Spaces & Places for Everyone in the Family
Complete with five bedrooms, The Kingfisher combines everything you love about the sought-after Expanded Juniper Cabin at Victory Ranch with all the hassle-free benefits of owning a Residence Club cabin. First, the main suite features a large private deck and spa-like bath, decked out with heated floors and all the luxe toiletries you expect from a world-class hotel. The junior suite on the third level offers a more private space along with a deck and deluxe bathroom, while two large en suite bedrooms on the first level offer a king bed in one and a queen bed in the other. Lastly, an additional bedroom on the first level has two full beds for the little ones or guests.
The Ultimate in Outdoor Living
The Kingfisher cabin features both an upper- and lower-level patio, complete with beautiful Ipe Brazilian walnut patio decking. The large patio on the main level has a Weber BBQ and an expansive dining area with ample seating and a cutting-edge speaker system, while the lower patio is host to a fire pit and seven-person hot tub. Situated just above the river with breathtaking mountain and golf course views, The Kingfisher offers a picture-perfect setting to host effortless dinner parties, relax with a glass of wine and take in the views that the Ranch is renowned for.
For more details on The Kingfisher cabin, please reach us at 435.785.5000 or [email protected].
The Summer of Something New: 4 Unique Adventures at the Ranch
Families everywhere are seeking to break from the monotony of everyday life, retreat to nature and discover a fresh, new way of looking at things. Here at The Residence Club, this sense of adventure is entirely synonymous with summertime. Below, find four unique experiences and exploits to embark on at the Ranch this season.
1. Bumper Boating on Stony Lake
The boathouse at Stony Lake is filled to the brim with water toys, the most unique being a handful of bumper boats. Large enough to fit an adult and up to two little ones, the boats offer a fun opportunity to skim the water’s surface, play around with water guns for an exciting game of chase and soak up the warm Utah sun.
2. Five-Stand Shooting
Why not make this the summer you learn how to shoot? Set within the backcountry, the Double Barrel features five stands, clay launchers and an array of target combinations, offering up a totally new way to challenge yourself. Our range masters are there to help first-timers and even up the ante for more skilled shooters, making it the perfect spot for members of all experience levels.
3. Horseback Riding
When the weather is warm, the skies are blue and the days are long, there’s no better adventure than setting foot in the wilderness — that is, unless, you have the opportunity to saddle up on a horse instead. Our Outfitters team is able to book horseback riding excursions in the mountains of Sundance and Park City via tight knit partnerships with Victory Ranch, allowing you to trek along wooded trails and open valleys for a unique expedition.
4. Yurt Camping in the Backcountry
No need to load up the car or pitch a tent for a one-of-a-kind camping experience. Just four miles away in the backcountry, members have a special opportunity to connect with nature while still enjoying everyday comforts. Our yurts at the Ranch are outfitted with furniture and electricity, and serve as an idyllic setting to immerse yourself in the mountains, play horseshoes and indulge in campfire eats from one of our private chefs. Adventure with just a taste of luxury — just the way we like it.
Our 5 Favorite Hideaways at the Ranch
Among the most special aspects of life at Victory Ranch is the potential for the unexpected. With 4,000 acres of untouched wild terrain and intimate spaces and places for everyone in the family to make their own, there’s always a new place to escape the everyday. Tucked away or hiding in plain sight, these are some of our residents’ favorite hideaways to relax or reconvene at the Ranch.
1. The Lost Library
Victory Ranch’s newest amenity is quaint, quirky and swanky. Designed to be discovered, The Lost Library is a chic lounge in the midst of wild backcountry, offering up the perfect space to gather or kick back. Whether you wish to host a book club, dinner party or casual hangout, there’s plenty of room to spread out or lean in while enjoying this indoor-outdoor space. With the Wasatch Range on one side and the Upper Provo River on the other, this is truly a special place to be alone — or among friends — with nature.
2. Golf Course Comfort Stations
The ultimate on-course amenity, our Comfort Stations along the golf course are like a souped-up beverage cart crossed with a clubhouse where golfers can stop by to relax and recharge. Each is well-stocked with fresh snacks and cold refreshments, plus plenty of indoor and outdoor seating so you can fuel up or wind down during a day on the course.
3. The Warming Hut
Within The Barn just off the paddle tennis courts is everyone’s favorite upscale lounge: The Warming Hut. On chilly nights with the fireplace lit, it’s a great place to cozy up with a book or enjoy a nightcap with a neighbor. With comfy seating options and an intimate yet spacious feel, this hideaway can be exactly what you need it to be.
4. The Backcountry
Getting lost amid nature is the average Victory Ranch resident’s favorite hideaway. Right in your backyard, you have 4,000 acres of untapped wildlife to enjoy in any way you please. And it’s never the same experience. With each season comes new animals to spot, new sights to discover and new sounds, scents to feels to reinvigorate all of your senses.
5. The Wellness Barn
Being able to mentally tune out and immerse yourself in comfort is often just as good as physically escaping your everyday surroundings. Located adjacent to the Family Barn, the Wellness Barn is home to The Spa at Victory Ranch where you’ll find massage and facial treatment rooms, steam rooms, an indoor/outdoor zen area, and cool and hot tubs. Welcome to the best in luxury and relaxation.
An Inside Look at Victory Ranch’s World-Renowned Golf Course
From our 4,000-acre backcountry to world-class amenities, Victory Ranch has many defining features. It also happens to be home to one of the best golf courses in the state — according to casual players, professionals and enthusiasts at Golf Digest. When you step onto the course, you’re not just playing a game — you’re embarking on a world-class experience.
Our 18-hole course was designed by legendary golf course designer and founder of Rees Jones, Inc., Rees Jones. The firm — which has designed 7 U.S. Open Venues and 9 PGA Championship Venues — specializes in new construction and renovations for private and public facilities in the U.S. and worldwide.
Expanding over 7,600 yards of high country, the golf course offers breathtaking views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and the Uinta and Wasatch Mountains. These views are made even more prevalent as you summit a natural 400-foot elevation change, making your way through the course. When you reach the 17th hole (the championship tee box), we suggest spending a moment to take in the 360-degree panoramic vista.
Jones, who has not only seen but designed his fair share of golf courses, has a special admiration for the one at Victory Ranch — primarily because of the natural beauty expanding for miles in all directions.
“I consider its course to be one of the more spectacular in the West. Its rugged topography created an opportunity for me to design a golf course that is dramatic in every respect. Whether you look up or down, the scenery is stunning. From the picturesque views of Deer Valley to the calming waters of the Jordanelle Reservoir in the valley below, you know you are in a special place.”
Ideal for the golf lover, our new Residence Cabins — which offer maintenance- and hassle-free ownership — conveniently overlook the golf course. Here, all that’s required of you is to show up and pursue adventure. Rolling green hills, panoramic vistas and challenging holes await.