The first dusting of snowfall blankets the vibrant yellows and deep reds of Park City's surrounding hillsides. Some treasure the remaining days of fall, while others welcome a crispness in the air and the promise of winter.
Most outdoor activities are seasonally specific. Mountain bikers cherish a few more trail rides, while winter enthusiasts eagerly dust off their skis. Looking forward to seasonal sports is fun, but there is one activity you can enjoy all year-round. Strap on your waders and take to the great Provo River, because it’s time to learn how to fly fish!
Fly fishing has been deemed “the quiet sport,” and rightfully so. Tranquil alpine valleys and the gentle calm of the meandering river make for a very peaceful experience. However, you still have to be on your game to catch a fish! Unlike spin fishing, the sport of fly fishing requires that you constantly cast your line. It takes practice, patience, and the right technique to reel in a fish.
For you first-timers, we highly recommend you utilize the help of an expert guide. With so many nuanced factors, it is difficult for a beginner to read the river on your own.
Not only are guides happy to provide tips and tricks, but they love sharing their enthusiasm for their favorite sport. We asked an avid fly fisherman, Blake, to describe his passion.
“For me, fly fishing is an art. Every aspect is meaningful. The bait is intended to mimic the lifecycle of ever-changing river fauna. When you craft flies that work, it’s incredibly gratifying because it means you understand the river.”
A beginner certainly does not need to craft his or her own flies. In fact, a lot of experts prefer to purchase their flies too. However, it’s nice to consider the subtleties of the sport in order to better understand and appreciate what really goes into catching a fish.
Park City is the ideal place to start your fly fishing adventure. It is teeming with blue-ribbon streams (designation of extremely high quality), and beautiful mountain scenery.
Our concierge team is happy to book your trip with one of our preferred vendors to ensure your first time on the river is a rewarding and meaningful experience. 435-645-6460
Try something new this fall, reconnect with nature, check a new sport off your bucket list, and if you’re lucky, you may even discover a new lifelong passion.
Stein Eriksen Lodge continues to set its sights on improving the guest experience. After several months of steadily completing each enhancement, we are excited to announce the finishing touches are now complete. Come experience the much-anticipated new enhancements for yourself!
Here are seven new reasons to visit Stein Eriksen Lodge this winter season, and the best way to maximize your vacation time at Deer Valley:
1) First stop is First Tracks Kaffe:
Start your morning off right with a cup of Stein’s signature blend. ur new slopeside coffee shop offers this exclusive roast along with a variety of specialty coffee drinks and house made pastries. Stay a while and relax, or get an early start to your ski day with convenient grab-and-go options. Everything is carefully prepared by our award-winning culinary team, so the same quality you expect from onsite dining is guaranteed.
2) Head to the Newly Expanded Ski Locker Rooms:
t’s time to gear up for a day on the mountain. Guest locker rooms are now in a more convenient location beside First Tracks Kaffe, Deer Valley Skier Services, and the Stein Eriksen Sport ski shop. Stroll over, have a seat, and our knowledgeable Ski Valet team will take care of the rest - tightening your boots, carrying your equipment, and helping you snap into your skis. It’s never been easier to get ready for and get onto the slopes.
3) Time to Lounge Poolside:
After a fabulous day of skiing The Greatest Snow on Earth™, treat yourself to the ultimate in relaxation at Utah's Only Forbes Five-Star Spa followed by a soak in the outdoor heated pool and hot tub. With additional extended deck space, there’s ample lounging room to make the most of your time poolside. The same poolside service you’ve always enjoyed is now enriched with the inclusion of more food and beverage options.
4) Check Out the All-New Family Pool:
The kids will love this new family pool, complete with fun water features and a rock waterfall. This second pool offers a communal space for kids to play and parents to relax (or join in on the fun too!). It is conveniently located between the main pool and next to the new outdoor plaza and entertainment center.
5) Stop by for S’mores at Champions Plaza :
Cozy up beside one of the two crackling fire pits and perfect your s’more making skills. There’s ample seating and heated walkways, with views of the Deer Valley Resort slopes where you can have a drink, eat mallow, and watch your family and friends coming down the hillside.
6) Après in Style at the New Champions Club:
Head in from the Champions Plaza to the new 3,500-square-foot entertainment center for some games and casual dining. This unique game room is complete with everything from high-tech interactive games to retro arcade favorites. Grab some wings, a slice of pizza, and a beer - this space is meant for quality family time spent together.
7) End the Night with a Movie:
Close the day with a cinema favorite in the brand new state-of-the-art movie theater. The first of its kind at any Park City hotel, this 56-seat capacity theater plays family-friendly films and a variety of sporting events throughout the week, complete with popcorn and drinks available by our Concierge team. You can enjoy the classic dinner and a movie combination all at one property.
Perhaps, there are too many new amenities to enjoy all in one day! We recommend you take your time and make the most of your Deer Valley vacation over the course of a few days. That’s what these new amenities are for - to further enhance your stay and time in Park City. So, enjoy them all!
For more information on the Stein Eriksen Lodge expansion spaces and new guest amenities, visit www.steinlodge.com/expansion. We look forward to seeing you soon!