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e hillside view of the Washington School House hotel 33 OLD-SCHOOL COOL By Elise Hofer Shaw / Washington School House photography Michael Spengler Historical charm and high alpine design converge in the heart of Park City at a 200-year-old schoolhouse turned polished boutique hotel. Park City, Utah, is in the middle of a whiteout, being born again beneath a blanket of 12 inches of fluffy, fresh powder. It's been a record-breaking season for snow, one that has already seen more than 365 inches accumulate by the end of February. But this morning clouds are scarce, the sun is out, and it's a comfortable 30 degrees for spring skiing—and the natives are restless, eager to hit the mountain and make the first tracks in the snow. Our basecamp is the Washington School House, Park City's only mountainside luxury hotel adjacent to the largest single ski and snowboard playground in the United States: Park City Mountain Resort. Offering more than 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, the mountain is truly epic—and mere steps from the hotel's back door. Proximity is definitely a perk, but that's not why guests of the Washington School House return season after season. ey come for the understated charm and designer details. ey come for the quaint confines that only a 12-suite property can offer. ey come for first-rate services like fireside gear fittings and private chef-prepared dinners that have earned the hotel spots on Travel + Leisure's "It List" and Forbes' "Top 10 Luxury Hotels." And, yes, the fact that the Washington School House also happens to be the boutique hotel that Netflix buys out annually for the Sundance Film Festival, not to mention a respite of choice for snow-loving celebs like Robert Redford, Elijah Wood and Chelsea Handler, admittedly adds to its cachet, too.

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