Playful aspen leaves dance in a gentle summer breeze, as if moved by the sweet musical stylings of homegrown musicians. The Sixth Annual Hops on the Hill has returned for another seven week series of local craft beer tasting, savory food pairings, and free concerts.
This local event is held every Tuesday at Stein Eriksen Lodge. Inspired by the Olympic legend and his Norwegian heritage, the traditional ski lodge was the very first property erected in Deer Valley, and has since remained an iconic treasure.
Visitors flock to Deer Valley each year for destination weddings and legendary mountain vacations, but Hops on the Hill feels more like a tribute to locals. The tranquil ambiance is elegant yet laid back. Kids play in the grass, while old friends come together to spend carefree summer nights on the deck.
Stein Collection Corporate Chef and Vice President of Food and Beverage Operations, Zane Holmquist, carefully crafts fine small bites to pair with each brewery’s unique ales, lagers, stouts, and malts. You can find him on the deck chatting with attendees and personally serving his taste creations. Many are surprised to find a chef of his stature on the deck serving, but Hops on the Hill is special. Chef Zane describes it as an opportunity to experience “the more casual side of Stein.”
Each week, the event features two local breweries. The passionate brewers take pride in sharing their craft. They are happy to describe the complexities of flavor found in each distinct beer. Combined with Stein Eriksen Lodge’s award-winning pairings, the evening offers a unique opportunity to indulge in a variety of taste sensations.
Guests seeking a more casual dining experience are encouraged to come relax on the lawn, enjoy the free concert, and order from the à la carte grill and bar. Chef Zane welcomes everyone to “Bring the neighbors, the friends, the kids, and have a great time!” There is truly something for everyone. Bring your friends and family to partake in this favorite summer series!
For a full list of local breweries and bands each week, click here.
This event does sell out, so be sure to make an early reservation: 435-645-6455
It’s time to grab the sunscreen and your favorite red, white, and blue t-shirt because this Wednesday is the Fourth of July! Park City’s vibrant, festive community loves celebrating almost as much as we love the outdoors. Why not enjoy both this holiday?
Join us this Independence Day, from 5-8pm, for our annual Fourth of July Barbecue. This extravagant spread features an array of classic barbecue favorites, from cheeseburgers to brisket, as well as a selection of pasta salads, a watermelon station, BBQ beans, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, a grand dessert display, and more.
Extend your Fourth of July celebrations into the weekend with our special Summer Activity Package, allowing you to stay mid-mountain Deer Valley and enjoy a $200 resort credit for spa, dining, and summer activities.
Here are some of our favorite local area activities to explore:
World-Class Mountain Biking: Explore nearly 70 miles of chairlift accessible trails that challenge beginners and experts alike
● Stein Eriksen Lodge is slopeside to Deer Valley Resort, with bike-in/bike-out access to all these world-class trails
Hot Air Balloon Rides: Experience Park City from new heights, taking in the beautiful alpine vistas and valleys from above
● Preferred vendor: Park City Balloon Adventures
Fly Fishing: Enjoy a fly fishing tour in Park City’s blue-ribbon streams with a professional and passionate guide along the vibrant Provo River. Even beginners will enjoy this activity!
● Preferred vendor: Wasatch Guide Services
Horseback Rides: The perfect way to explore Park City’s backcountry hills and mountainous terrain.
● Vendor: Boulder Mountain Ranch
ATV Rides: Adventure through Utah’s stunning natural beauty in a guided tour or rent your own ATV to explore your way through the majestic mountains and lush summer landscapes.
● Preferred vendors: North Forty Escapes and Wasatch Excursions
Utah Olympic Park: Take an unforgettable ride down the 2002 Winter Olympics bobsled track, climb across the adventure ropes courses, jump off the 65-foot drop tower, or explore the Alf Engen Museum. This is a must for thrill seekers and history buffs alike!
Simply make a reservation with our Summer Activity Package for 2 or more nights (Sun-Thu) or 3+ nights (if arriving Fri/Sat) and receive a $200 resort credit to use onsite or on local area summer activities during your stay.
Your $200 resort credit is good towards:
● Onsite dining at Stein Eriksen Lodge’s famous Glitretind Restaurant, The Chateaux’s family-friendly Cena Ristorante & Lounge, the elegant 7-8-8-0 Club at Stein Eriksen Residences, or Spa services at Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge.
● Onsite mountain bike rentals from Stein Eriksen Sport
● Local area summer activities booked through our onsite concierge
If the Fourth of July is too soon for your next adventure, that’s okay too! We’re offering our Summer Activity Package through the end of August.
Our Concierge team is informed on all Park City activities and events. We love helping plan your trip and make the most of your time in Park City. You can easily book your summer vacation here, then contact our Concierge directly at (435) 645-6460 to plan your activities.
Enjoy the ultimate Fourth of July with luxury lodging, award-winning dining, and your favorite outdoor recreation.
Today marks the first day of summer, which means Deer Valley Resort summer operations are in full swing! We had the opportunity to chat with Deer Valley Resort Director of Mountain Operations, Steve Graff, for the inside scoop on hiking and biking in beautiful Deer Valley this summer season.
Steve has served at Deer Valley Resort for the past 25 years.
“So obviously, I love it!” he declared.
“It is the connectedness and sense of family that brings people back, employees and guests. It is the pride of what we do and who we are. I love working here. The people from the top down are all very approachable, and we all have the same goal in mind, to give the people who come here the best experience that we possibly can.”
Park City attracts visitors from around the world to experience the renowned hiking and biking opportunities. According to the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), Park City was the very first Gold-Level Ride Center, meaning our community is truly a world-class mountain biking destination.
The Deer Valley trail maintenance team is currently hard at work constructing a brand new flow trail on Bald Eagle Mountain. Steve explained the difference between flow trails and traditional mountain biking.
Mountain biking has evolved over the years. Traditional mountain biking is considered “technical” and it is characterized by narrower trails and switchbacks. Riders navigate more natural elements like roots and rocks embedded in these trails. The new flow trails are shaped with large machinery. They are characterized by a more consistent smooth surface and large berm turns.
“The turns are big and banked, a different type of riding, and a lot of fun! They are incredibly popular. Tidal Wave feels like a dirt roller coaster.”
Tidal Wave is one of three flow trails at Deer Valley Resort, located on Bald Eagle Mountain. They are currently constructing a fourth. This fourth trail will mark the development of four flow trails developed over the course of four years.
“As it’s being completed and parts of [the new flow trail] become available, we’ll open it up over the course of the summer. It will be a really fun addition on our lower mountain.”
With the proximity to lift service and the high speeds generated on these steeper trails, most of the mountain biking on Bald Eagle Mountain is designated as downhill only.
Here’s a breakdown of the difficulty levels of the four flow trails:
“Overall, if you are looking for a lift-served, downhill experience, Bald Mountain is definitely where you want to be, off of the Sterling Chairlift. I would recommend starting out with Holy Roller. If you feel comfortable after that, then I would move to Nail Driver, which is a mix of flow and technical. It has elements of new school flow trails and also elements of traditional mountain biking. And then, you could work your way to the advanced intermediate trail,Tidal Wave. You keep working through that progression until you get up to Tsunami or Fire Swamp.”
If you prefer a more traditional mountain biking experience, Deer Valley Resort has a series of first-class interconnected trails to choose from.
“If you're into a more lift-served cross country experience, so more traditional mountain biking at a gentler pace, without all the climbing, you can take the chairlift up. I would recommend trails like Deer Camp, which is incredibly beautiful, Flagstaff Loop, Boulder, Tour de Suds, mainly on Flagstaff Mountain. Because you’re using the chairlfit, there’s never more than a hundred feet or so of climbing at a time, creating more of a cross country experience, kind of rolling up and down with some pedaling.”
The Flagstaff Mountain trails are generally not as steep or fast as those on Bald Mountain, so most of them, including Flagstaff Loop, Boulder, and Tour De Suds, are all multi-use and multi-directional. Hikers and bikers alike can enjoy these trails in either direction.
“We are trying to create good experiences for everyone. Hikers and bikers can co-exist on the trails that tend to meander more.”
There are plenty of multi-directional trails to choose from, as well as four hiking only trails- Sultan, Silverlake Trail, Ontario Canyon, and Red Cloud.
“There are a lot of options. My personal favorite is Silverlake. It is steep, just over two miles long, and gains 14 hundred feet in elevation. I love it because it starts at Silverlake, and it wraps around Bald Mountain to the East. It has pine forest, open meadows with amazing views of the Uintas and Jordanelle, woods, and the last half is exposed on the back side of the mountain with great views of Wasatch Mountain State Park and Timpanogos. Then, when you summit at the top of Bald Mountain, you can enjoy a complimentary lift ride down on Sterling.”
All the Deer Valley Resort trails are free and open to the public. Even the new high-speed downhill flow trails are free. Bikers would just need to ride up on a multi-directional Flagstaff trail, then cross over to descend Bald Mountain trails.
For those staying here at Stein Eriksen Lodge looking for a fun, easy hike, Steve suggested a multi-trail hike that begins right in our backyard!
The whole loop is approximately four miles, but only about 900 feet of elevation gain over the course of the whole hike.
Whether you’re a professional mountain biker eager to take on more advanced trails, a beginner excited to experience a new sport, or a hiker seeking the best views, Deer Valley Resort has something for everyone.
For more information on the trail systems, mountain biking lessons, hiking trail guides, and more, visit the Deer Valley Resort website here.
As always, our Concierge is happy to help plan your next adventure: 435-645-6460
Additionally our Stein Eriksen Sport team is knowledgeable and fully equipped to outfit you in the latest gear: 435-658-0680
Get out there and experience all Deer Valley has to offer this beautiful summer season!
It’s that time of year again! Breathtaking mountain views, the refined natural elegance of Snow Park Amphitheater, and of course, the sensational talent of the Utah Symphony. The Deer Valley Music Festival is back! This extraordinary concert series has come to define Park City summer nights, bringing friends and families together to create lasting memories under the stars.
This year’s lineup includes:
Saturday, June 30 / 7:30 PM Patriotic Celebration Starring Rachel Potter
Friday, July 6 / 7:30 PM Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration
Saturday, July 7 / 7:30 PM Broadway Hits by Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber
Wednesday, July 11 / 8 PM Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5
Friday, July 13 / 7:30 PM Abba the Concert: A Tribute to Abba with the Utah Symphony
Saturday, July 14 / 7:30 PM Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with the Utah Symphony
Wednesday, July 18 / 8 PM Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony
Friday, July 20 / 7:30 PM Rick Springfield with the Utah Symphony
Saturday, July 21 / 7:30 PM Sutton Foster with the Utah Symphony
Wednesday, July 25 / 8 PM Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1
Friday, July 27 / 7:30 PM Amos Lee with the Utah Symphony
Saturday, July 28 / 7:30 PM The Music of John Williams
Wednesday, August 1 / 8 PM Fremont String Quartet
Friday, August 3 / 7:30 PM The ‘70s Vs. the ‘80s
Saturday, August 4 / 7:30 PM Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with the Utah Symphony
Thursday, August 9 / 6 PM Deer Valley Music Festival 15th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, August 10 / 7:30 PM Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Violin Concerto
Saturday, August 11 / 7:30 PM The Utah Symphony Performs the Music of Pink Floyd
Make your night out even more magical with our special Music in the Mountains offer, including:
For more information click here.
Or allow our expert reservations team to assist you at 800-453-1302.
Treat yourself to the ultimate mountain escape this summer with world-class concerts and the finest luxury lodging in Utah!
Imagine what Park City must have been like in the early days- rowdy prospectors, courageous settlers, and the bustling dawn of a new township. This captivating place has grown from a lawless mining town to a world-renowned destination, attracting famous athletes, artists, and filmmakers alike.
In order to learn more about the heritage of the town we love, we decided to stop by Park City Museum. We’re so glad we did! Park City has undergone countless seasons of change and development, but it has always been a truly extraordinary place. Here’s what we learned on our historical outing.
Park City was officially founded in 1884, but its history began long before that. Dating all the way back to 1600 A.D, this area was home to Native American bands that traveled the high alpine valleys in search of game. The first European settlers were a ragtag bunch of miners prospecting for silver. Unlike the rest of Utah, which was settled by Mormons seeking religious freedom, Park City was founded by these early prospectors.
Brigham Young arrived at his “City by the Salt Lake” decades earlier in 1847. By 1862, Salt Lake City was a booming establishment built on Mormon doctrine. Civil War Union General Patrick Connor was wary of the Mormon populous. He feared they would side with the Confederate Army. He sent Union Troops out to monitor the Mormons and to prospect. He hoped that if the soldiers discovered valuable minerals, a flood of prospecting outsiders would dilute the Mormon majority.
Just as Connor had hoped, in late October of 1869, after seven years of prospecting, the soldiers ascended the mountains of Big Cottonwood Canyon and discovered silver in what is now Park City. They marked the outcropping with a bandanna and resolved to return in the more temperate spring. They later named this first mine Flagstaff.
That same year, railroad workers completed The Transcontinental Railroad in Promontory, Utah. They marked the joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads with a golden spike that can still be visited today. With the railroad complete, some of these laid off workers, many of whom were Chinese, made their way to Park City. By 1870, the population was a mere 164 people, and it would be be another decade before the town officially became incorporated.
With the discovery of exceedingly rich silver ore, Ontario Mine opened, and Park City developed into a mining boomtown. George Hearst, the father of William Randolph Hearst, and partners bought the Ontario for $27,000 dollars. Over the course of its lifetime, Ontario would produce $50 million dollars worth of silver.
By 1875, Park City had its own public schoolhouse. Five years later, it had a newspaper. The Park Record printed it’s first issue in 1880, making it the oldest continuously published newspaper in Utah. By 1881, Park City acquired a telephone service. Telephone operator girls had the most glamorous job in town! As Park City grew, so did the booming silver industry.
Finally in 1884, Park City officially became incorporated, and they began constructing a City Hall. The town’s population reached 5,000 by 1889. Backed by the successful mines, residents of this bustling silver town enjoyed the modern luxury of electric lights. Parkites loved reading Park Record gossip columns detailing the lives of socialites who made their millions on the mines. One such resident, Susanna Bransford Emery Holmes, was better known as the “Silver Queen.” In 1892, she was making $1,000 a day from her interest in the Silver King Mine.
Within a decade, the population doubled. By 1898, 10,000 residents called Park City home. In June of that year, the worst fire Park City has ever seen destroyed 200 of the town's 350 structures. It left 500 homeless and caused $1 million dollars in property damage. The resilient residents completely rebuilt Park City within a year and a half.
In the early 1900s, miners rallied together to build Park City’s first hospital. It was much needed given the harsh mining conditions workers faced every day. Cave-ins, floods, and rickety infrastructures made mining a very dangerous trade. Minors were a rowdy bunch who frequented the twenty-seven local bars. With Prohibition in 1917, bootlegging became very popular. Prohibition was frustrating, but real hardships plagued residents leading into the 1930s- a great influenza epidemic, labor unrest, and a terrible stock market crash in 1929. Silver King stock plummeted, and the miner’s livelihoods were in jeopardy. With WWII and plunging mineral prices in the 1940s, silver mining dwindled. By 1949, all the mines shut down.
Park City in the 1950’s became increasingly known as a ghost town with a bad reputation for drinking, gambling and “giddy girls.” The town needed a big change if it was going to survive and prosper. Over the decades, many locals had enjoyed skiing and ski jumping, but it wasn’t until the late fifties that the notion of skiing as a viable industry seemed possible.
In 1963, Park City qualified for a federal loan that allowed them to start developing a ski area. That first year, the resort accommodated almost 50,000 skiers a day, and so it began! With this new sustainable industry in place, Park City has grown and flourished into the ski destination we know today, but those early mining days will forever be a part of Park City’s adventurous past.
Thank you to The Park City Historical Society and Museum for doing such a beautiful job of preserving Park City’s historic heritage. Their exceptional museum and easily accessible records make learning about Park City easy and fun.
To experience the museum for yourself, stop by 528 Main Street, call (435) 649-7457 or visit the website.