In celebration of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games happening now, we’d like to highlight a local non-profit organization that empowers athletes of all abilities right here in Park City. The National Ability Center is one of our favorite organizations because they inspire athletes to do extraordinary things every day. Through more than a dozen adaptive recreational programs, they foster self-esteem, confidence, and lifelong skills in every participant who seeks to challenge themselves and their capabilities.
Time and again, we’ve witnessed the incredible impact the NAC has had on our community and around the world.
One of our very own former Stein Eriksen Lodge team members, Jeffery Denny, utilized their rehabilitation program when he suffered a ski injury that cost him his right leg from the knee down. Jeffery’s incredible attitude, paired with the NAC’s dedication to personalized recovery efforts, allowed him to return to the slopes and the sport he loves.
Jeffery described his experience, “I feel like for every horrible thing that’s happened, a hundred or more positive things have come out of it just because of the attitude I took… Life is good.”
Each year, it’s a great privilege to partake in the annual fundraising event, Red, White and Snow, in support of athletes like Jeffery who push themselves despite seemingly impossible odds. Stein Eriksen Lodge hosts several events, including Uncorked, an intimate wine tasting, and a Vintner Dinner, underwritten by our food and beverage department and specially prepared by our celebrated Chef Zane Holmquist.
This year, the NAC is excited to support eleven athletes set to compete in the Paralympic Games, including:
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Stein Eriksen once said, “If I’ve helped anyone to want to ski on the mountain, I’m delighted.”
The National Ability Center does that every day. Tune in to the PyeongChang Paralympic Games through March 18th, and be sure to look for the local Park City athletes who trained tirelessly with the NAC to be there representing our town and our country.
All photos courtesy of the National Ability Center.
The group shot features competitors and volunteers at the recent 29th Annual Huntsman Cup.
Snowboarder is Noah Elliot. Photographer is Jerome Kuntz.
Skier is Santiago Vega. Photographer is Dave Obzansky.
After a long day of skiing that famous Utah powder, it’s time to après at Troll Hallen! Enjoy seasonal spirits by the fire and the lively entertainment of talented local musicians:
The Dave Bowen Orchestra:
This sophisticated jazz trio combines classic ragtime jazz styles with your favorite contemporary hits. Their upbeat mix of refined jazz and modern chart-toppers is sure to be a good time.
Mister Sister Trio:
The Daley sisters grew up singing together. When their friend, Dan, joined in harmony one day, the trio was born. “There’s freedom, power and resonance in the sound of three voices together, and that’s what drives Mister Sister.”
People around town know him as the performer who plays two guitars simultaneously. Terence has been composing, arranging and performing his mesmerizing melodies for decades. You’ll find him captivating locals and visitors alike these Saturday nights after après from 6-9pm.
Other favorites to look for are the sweet stylings of Chris Bender, Gary Tada, Marty Morrison, John Flanders, and Jake Bronson.
Pair the Ambience and Entertainment with a Drink and Snack:
Enjoy the mainstay garlic cheese fries as a post-ski guilty pleasure, or go big with the Stein’s Fondue. Pair it with a local beer or seasonal cocktail, such as the High Noon or Stein’s Bloody Mary, to complete your après dining experience. May we also recommend the local Utah meat and cheese board? It’s savory, filling, and pairs nicely with our exhaustive wine menu offerings. View our après-ski menu here.
And, if the spirit captures you, feel free to stay through to dinner at Glitretind Restaurant. Our Forbes Four-Star on-site dining experience will please even the most refined palate.
Ski-in and enjoy the vibrant music, seasonal spirits, award-winning food, and breathtaking views that make Troll Hallen a classic après-ski destination this winter season.
Nearly one year ago, we embarked on a sensational expansion project to further complement and enhance our iconic property. Today, the finishing touches on our new coffee shop, theater, locker rooms, and sport’s shop are all complete. The entertainment center, new pool, and outdoor plaza are anticipated for completion this coming June 2018. We are so proud and excited to share these enhancements with you as our vision for an even more luxurious lodging experience comes to life!
“This winter season commemorates the 35th anniversary of Stein Eriksen Lodge and what better way to embrace a rich history than to balance future dynamic growth and development.”
- Dan Bullert, VP of Hotel Operations
Here’s a look at some of the completed enhancements:
First Tracks Kaffe: Located slopeside and adjacent to our Deer Valley Skier Services counter, our new coffee shop serves up fresh pastries paired with a casual environment that is perfect for enjoying our Stein signature coffee blend.
Freestyle Theater: Sit back and enjoy your cinema favorites in our new 56- seat, state-of-the-art theater. Complimentary and family-friendly movies are shown on Fridays and Sundays with sports showing all other days of the week. The space is also available for presentations, breakouts, and enhanced meetings.
Locker Rooms: Guests can store their ski gear in the newly renovated locker room, offering 500 individual lockers with boot and glove dryers. The Lodge’s ski valet team sets the standard in guest service to care for each guest’s ski equipment and skiing needs.
Stein Sport: Expert technicians offer personalized service to outfit your gear needs. We have all the cutting-edge equipment, from this season’s latest ski selections, to the warmest gloves and trending outerwear brands.
“I’m extremely proud of our newest accomplishments which include an enhanced ski locker facility, coffee shop, movie theater, ski ticket office, and ski rental shop.”
-Dan Bullert, VP of Hotel Operations
Plan your trip now to come experience all the new enhancements this summer.
To learn more about the project and what’s to come, click here.
The perfect day of Deer Valley corduroy slopes must end, but when the lifts close, it’s time to après! Just when you think you are underdressed for après at Troll Hallen at Stein Eriksen Lodge, think again. Come as you are, still in your ski gear, your lounge wear and it has even been said that some après in their robes and slippers. Troll Hallen is nestled amongst the impressive grand lobby and lounge area at Stein Eriksen Lodge and all are welcome to enjoy après delights, a craft cocktail and live music daily.
Relax into the large leather chairs and enjoy the ambiance while being warmly welcomed by the friendly and knowledgeable staff that Stein Eriksen Lodge is known for. With a wonderful array of après choices boasting traditional Scandinavian flavors including cured meats, cheeses and Swedish meatballs to old world favorites like Swiss Raclette and a spin on French onion dip.
At the top of the menu is their signature fondues. The Stein’s Fondue, a classic European style with Gruyere and Emmenthaler cheeses and an undertone of Kirsch served with broccoli, potatoes and chunks of locally made Volker’s bread. If you happen to have a more “American” palate, try the white cheddar and stout fondue, a bold pairing of sharp cheddar and Guinness.
A full bar, signature cocktails and wines are available to wet your whistle after a long day of play. If you are having a hard time choosing what to pair with your late afternoon snacks, ask the well-informed staff. We inquired what to pair with the two fondues. For the Stein’s Fondue, try a Red Rock Brewery Frolich Pils if you are a beer connoisseur. The Hewitson LuLu Sauvignon Blanc from Australia is a light and refreshing wine selection. For the cheddar and stout fondue, the recommendation was a local IPA like Squatters Hops Rising Double IPA or Red Rock Elephino Double IPA. A great wine pairing would be something a bit rounder with acidity like the Château Recougne Bordeaux Blanc from France or Domaine Talmard Chardonnay from France.
For those of you with a sweet tooth after a day on the slopes, go ahead and dive into the chocolate fondue paired with fruits, cheesecake bites and housemade marshmallows. All three fondues feed up to 4 hungry people, and don’t be shy, if you need a spoon, ask and they will deliver.
Après runs from 3pm-5:30pm with live, local music daily. From 5:30pm-6pm enjoy craft cocktails, wine and beer as the kitchen prepares for their amazing dinner service in Glitretind Restaurant. There are no reservations for après, so we recommend coming as you are early to get the best seats by the big windows to watch the sun set over the mountains.
MEGHAN DE BRUIJN, Dishing Park City Marketing Coordinator
Eat, ride, sleep, rinse, repeat. That is Meghan's motto. If you don't spy her at a local Park City restaurant photographing, eating then blogging about an amazing local eatery, you will find her horsing around with her little Mustang pony Napoleon and black lab Dakota. A 30 year local, Meghan loves to follow the ever-evolving epicurean culture of Park City and the surrounding areas.
Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine ski racer and six-time Olympic medalist, is hailed as the father of modern downhill skiing.
“Recognized as the Father of Freestyle, Stein Eriksen was a handsome, stylish, and charismatic figure.”
The title plate at The Alf Engen Ski Museum at Utah Olympic Park introduces the beloved legend, champion, and namesake of our property. The museum exhibit celebrates Stein’s legacy and was originally intended to be a temporary display, but visitors adored both the man and the exhibit so much, the museum has decided to keep it and expand on the popular display.
Executive Director, Connnie Nelson, described how fortunate she and the rest of the exhibit committee feel to permanently honor Stein’s legacy in the Olympic museum.
“Everyone has a story [about Stein] and I feel so honored to have his legacy in our museum. I think the thing about Stein that is so interesting is he, like Alf [Engen], was a friend to everyone. He took the time to stop what he was doing. Stein was so cordial and made everyone feel like they were the most important person in the room. That’s quite a gift. And his interest in skiing and getting people excited about skiing - he was a teacher as well as a role model for young people, and also an Olympian. That’s pretty incredible.”
On July 20th 2016, the museum had a special unveiling ceremony of the Stein Eriksen exhibit. They anticipated about fifty people, but the attendance more than doubled their expectations. “We kept looking at each other and going, ‘This is amazing ; Stein is such a part of everyone’s life,’” Connie recalls.
Connie described how she enjoys visiting with guests as they explore the museum. She’s found that over the years, a remarkable number of people have stopped at his exhibit and reflected on their own special memory of an interaction or a time that Stein personally made their day. Connie described one particular instance in which an older lady in a walker was admiring the exhibit. Connie asked, as she often does, if this lady knew him. The lady looked up with a playful grin and replied, “No, I never met him, but I remember him. I remember watching him ski, and he’s hot!”
In addition to the exhibit at the museum, Stein is also featured in The Will and Jean Pickett Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame and The Professional Ski Instructors of America Intermountain Hall of Fame.
Connie concluded her interview with, “He’s part of us. He’s an incredible ski pioneer who has affected and influenced so many people in a positive way, so we want to continue his legacy in a permanent way.”
The Alf Engen Ski Museum is located at The Utah Olympic Park and is open daily from 9am-6pm. Come experience the Stein Eriksen exhibit as well as all the beautiful displays that pay tribute to our town and the heroes that make it so special.
A day of skiing is the cherry on top, and they don't call it a ski vacation for nothing. But sometimes you need to change it up —sometimes your toes need a break from your boots. Here are a few ways to stay active on and off the mountain, even after last chair.
Stein Eriksen Lodge, like the man himself, was designed around mountain style and class. Steps away from the Sterling Express chairlift at Deer Valley Resort, The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge offers a luxurious heated outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a beautiful Verdandi Wellness Studio with complimentary daily fitness classes offered to guests.
Morning Mountain Vinyasa, Refine and Align, Core and More, Advanced Yoga, and Stein Barre are common fitness classes offered to increase strength, improve balance, and advance the performance of your body. You can also use the onsite gym equipment or get a personal training session with one of our instructors. The outdoor heated pool is perfect for swimming and the hot tub is ideal for a soak when it’s snowing.
If you're looking for something active off-mountain and off property, you might consider cross-country skiing or even snow shoeing. Either option offers a great cardio workout amid our gorgeous alpine setting. Our Concierge team can help schedule offsite activities into your itinerary. (435) 645-6460
The town of Park City offers special activities to schedule into your trip so it's packed with action and adventure. We hope you consider these enjoyable alternative fitness options when planning your next trip to Stein Eriksen Lodge. Stay active and have fun!
[Excerpt from "Ways To Stay Active After Last Chair" by Active Alyssa for Ski Utah." Read the original post here.]
There’s no place like Stein Eriksen Lodge for the holidays! The captivating warmth and wonder of the Holiday Spirit blankets the lodge like fresh fallen snow. Every detail is reminiscent of seasonal splendor- from glimmering lights to nostalgic aromas, this Norwegian lodge offers unparalleled alpine luxury. The alluring fragrance of fresh pine from the thirty-two-foot Christmas tree, the crackling of the wood-burning fireplace, and the sweet decadence of a larger-than-life gingerbread carousal awaken the senses with holiday cheer.
For our in-house guests, mark your calendar with this exciting lineup of holiday activities to celebrate the season and bring in the New Year!
Thursday, December 21st, 4-6pm – Crafting and Ornament Decorating
Craft your own special creation with our ceramic ornaments and festive paint.
Friday, December 22nd, 4-6pm – Gingerbread House Decorating
With the help of our expert pastry chef, construct your own gingerbread house. There is a cost for this activity, and RSVP is required.
Saturday, December 23rd, 4-6pm – Santa Visits the Lodge
He’s making a list and checking it twice; ensure he gets your wish list right! Our photographer will capture your special moment.
Sunday, December 24th, 4-6pm – Cookie Decorating
Share in the holiday magic with your own frosting creations.
Tuesday, December 26th, 4-6pm – Cupcake Decorating
This tasty treat is even sweeter when you decorate it yourself.
Wednesday, December 27th, 8pm – Movie Night
Curl up in our luxury ballroom for a cozy family favorite.
Thursday, December 28th, 4-6pm – Gingerbread House Decorating
With the help of our expert pastry chef, construct your own festive gingerbread house. There is a cost for this activity, and RSVP is required.
Friday, December 29th, 4-6pm – Outdoor Activities
Explore our Winter Wonderland with exciting outdoor adventures.
Saturday, December 30th, 4-6pm – Crafting and Ornament Decorating
Craft your own special creation with our ceramic ornaments and paint.
Sunday, December 31st, 4-6pm – Movie Night
Curl up in our luxury ballroom for a cozy family favorite.
Some of the above activities do incur an additional cost to participate. For more information or to RSVP for any activity, please call our Concierge desk at (435) 645-6460.
Ellen is a very important member of The Spa team and consistently goes above and beyond for each spa guest. She has received two 100% Forbes scores from Inspectors and helps keep our spa at the Forbes Five-Star standard. She feels very proud for this recognition and for the opportunity to do what she loves every day. She is passionate about her work.
Originally from Philadelphia, Ellen followed her passion for skincare and went back to school to get her license. After many years of hard work, she began working at The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge as an esthetician.
When asked about her favorite parts about working at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Ellen said, “I am happy in what I do and I feel like I make a difference. I get to work in an absolutely beautiful setting with workers that I consider my friends and get to meet the most wonderful, interesting people from all over the world.”
In her free time, Ellen enjoys looking up new products and techniques that will enhance her work in the skincare field. She also enjoys skiing, swimming, hiking, and finding new restaurants for her and her husband to try.
To experience the finest in skincare services, call (844) 448-8772 and request Ellen.
Labor Day is coming up fast and our staff at Stein Eriksen Lodge has created the perfect itinerary of family-friendly activities to enjoy. Combine this with our Book 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Free special, and you're set to experience an incredible Labor Day weekend at Stein's.
Start off your holiday weekend with our outdoor entertainment. On Saturday, head outside and take part in our lawn games, which include Lawn Jenga and Corn Hole. The excitement continues on Sunday with a petting zoo, featuring an assortment of cuddly animals from the Utah Pony Party group. And last but not least, you can enjoy popcorn and a movie out on the lawn, surrounded by the breathtaking views of Deer Valley.
Labor Day wouldn't be complete without some amazing food! On Saturday, relax by the pool with a margarita bar and delicious tacos, followed by a watermelon and donut eating contest that’s perfect for the whole family to participate in. Finish out the weekend with our infamous Sunday Brunch in the morning and hot dog grilling at the pool at noon.
Enjoy the sounds of summer with live musical performances. In addition to the live jazz during the Sunday Brunch at the Lodge, Josh Turner will perform live at Deer Valley Snowpark Amphitheater. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, and the Lodge will provide a complimentary shuttle to and from the venue to help you avoid the traffic and parking hassles.
You can find the entire list of Labor Day weekend activities here.
Schedule is subject to change and is weather dependent. Certain events may incur an additional cost. Rates are subject to availability. Please call to book your stay (435) 649-3700, or call Concierge to inquire on all activities and events: (435) 645-6460.
We recently spoke with Steve Graff, the Director of Mountain Operations at Deer Valley Resort, to talk about what the resort is providing for their guests this summer and what we can look forward to in the future.
Q: What is Deer Valley Resort working on right now?
A: Our goal for this year was to create trails that are truly enjoyable for our guests to experience. This summer, we are debuting an intermediate level trail with three additional miles and we’re also beginning construction on other new projects, including Tsunami, which is a black diamond rated trail. That will open in stages as it is completed and we’re hoping to have that completed by late summer.
Q: Any hiking trail you personally recommend?
A: There are four hiking-only trails at Deer Valley: Ontario, Silver Lake, Red Cloud, and Sultan Out and Back. Silver Lake is definitely one of the more popular trails with our guests, but if you are looking for a more peaceful and secluded hiking experience, Red Cloud trail is perfect for that.
Q: Any other news you’d like to share about Deer Valley’s summer?
A: Yes, we are going to continue our Twilight Ride series, which we started up last year to help accommodate our guests that work 9-5 jobs and struggled to find the time to hit the trails. It turned out to be incredibly popular so we are bringing it back! Starting in July, we will stay open late every Wednesday night from 4:00-8:00 p.m. This also runs in conjunction with the free concert series at Snow Park, so get a group together, come up for a ride, and then regroup for some great tunes on the mountainside.
Q: What will Deer Valley be working on for next year?
A: We’ve already started to design the next phase for 2018. We’re going to continue down this path and design new mountain bike trail expansions as well as a trail on Bald Eagle Mountain, which will create a continuation of our flow trails.
There’s plenty of excitement going on at Deer Valley Resort this summer, so come up and begin to create your own Deer Valley moments!