What in the world is a funicular?

My family is always on the lookout for new places to visit.

And I stumbled upon the St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. Holy wow – this place is almost $3,000 a night during peak season.

Anyhoo, the TripAdvisor description said this:

Located on the slopes of Deer Valley Resort, The St. Regis Deer Valley combines understated elegance with mountain ambiance. As the only resort in North America with a funicular and true slope side ski access, The St. Regis Deer Valley experience is incomparable. With its award-winning Jean-Georges’ restaurant J&G Grill, a 14,000 square-foot spa, split-level infinity pool, ski valet service, and year-round family traditions and recreational activities, unique and memorable experiences are waiting at every turn at this Park City, Utah resort. We offer amazing event space for conferences, weddings, and meetings.

And then I saw the word funicular.

What in the world is a funicular? (I see it has the word “fun” in it).

This is what a funicular looks like:


According to Wikipedia:

A funicular is one of the modes of transportation, which uses cable traction for movement on steeply inclined slopes. A funicular railway employs a pair of passenger vehicles which are pulled on a slope by the same cable which loops over a pulley wheel at the upper end of a track.

Bonus tip: The cost of room plummets off season – I saw the same room for less than $400 during the month of May. And I hear this resort is just as gorgeous to visit off season, too.