Located at an elevation of 7,000 feet in Utah's Wasatch mountain range, Park City is easily accessible from Dallas, with the flight to Salt Lake from DFW Airport taking just two-and-a-half hours. "My wife said, ‘I'm not going to spend 14 hours in a car driving to Crested Butte!' " recalls Wichita Falls business owner Mark Prothro, a longtime Park City fan and the son of Vin Prothro, the late CEO of Dallas Semiconductor.

Prothro says he "got sold on" Park City in the mid-1980s, when he discovered the Deer Valley resort there. Rated North America's top ski resort five recent years in a row by SKI magazine, Deer Valley is one of three world-class ski resorts in the Utah town, and the most luxurious. The other two ain't too shabby, either. Canyons Resort, the largest offering skiing and snowboarding in Utah, also boasts North America's only covered, heated chairlift (called the "Orange Bubble"). And Park City Mountain Resort offers 19 lifts, 3,300 skiable acres, and an outstanding ski-instruction programs for kids aged 3-½ to 14. For the full story, please click here.