With its rich heritage of folk art, it's no surprise that out of Norway emerged a distinctively patterned woolen sweater. This sweater is now recognized around the globe as being iconically Norwegian, and tourists visiting the country often purchase one as a souvenir. The pattern of this sweater was designed by knitter Unn Søiland in 1953 and was eventually named after, and made famous by Stein's older brother, Marius Eriksen Jr.
Stein wasn't the only skier in his family. His father, Marius Eriksen Sr. was an avid cross-country skier who opened a shop in Oslo selling ski gear. His brother, Marius Jr., was a Norwegian champion in alpine skiing in both 1947 and 1948. In addition to his skiing success, Marius was also pilot during World War II in the Norwegian Army Air Service and after the war, an actor starring in several films.
Marius's role in the hit Norwegian film Troll i ord in 1954 is what made the Marius sweater design boom in popularity. He is seen in many scenes wearing the sweater. After the film's success, everyone wanted to knit their own Marius sweater. The pattern became legendary. Marius was already a decorated war hero for his exploits as a fighter pilot, and his acting career further cemented his popularity across the country.
Stein and Marius's mother, Birgit "Bitten" Eriksen loved to knit and made and sold the now-iconic sweater in their father's ski shop in Oslo. The original pattern featured crosses and diamonds predominating across the shoulders in navy, white, and red, the colors of the Norwegian flag. As the pattern's popularity grew, the use of colors became more varied and creative.
Stein himself was often photographed skiing in the Marius sweater. Between the two brothers, the sweater and its pattern became an iconic piece of winter wear that remains popular even today. Now, the Marius pattern can be found not only on sweaters, but on mittens, hats, t-shirts, and more.
The Marius sweater is just one example of Norwegian heritage that permeates Stein Eriksen Lodge. Throughout the Lodge, thick wood paneling, painted murals, and patterned accents offer a Norwegian escape rooted in cultural heritage encouraging guests to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Book your stay now and enjoy a mountain escape steeped in old-world charm this winter season.
Here at Stein Eriksen Lodge we are fully embracing the festive season with traditional decorations, seasonal aromas, and twinkling lights. The thirty-two-foot Christmas tree takes center stage in our luxurious Mountain Lodge. Hand decorated by our staff, the annual tree trimming marks the onset of the holidays at Stein. A freshly-cut tree is brought inside, hoisted up using ropes and manpower, and then carefully trimmed and decorated with ornaments, toys, and shimmering lights. This elaborate tree reaches from the floor to the apex of the vaulted ceiling in the Lodge and is finished with oversized gifts at its base. This tree combines with the warm crackling of the wood-burning fireplace and the sweet indulgence of a larger-than-life gingerbread rocket ship to create the perfect picture of 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!
Tuesday, December 17, and Monday, December 23, 5pm-7pm – Gingerbread House Making
Let our expert pastry chef help you create a gingerbread house of your own to keep and share.
Friday, December 20, 5pm-7pm – Ornament Decorating
Create and decorate a special ornament of your own to treasure using provided ceramic ornaments and cheerful paints.
Saturday, December 21, 5pm-7pm – Cookie Decorating
Frost and decorate your own selection of delicious holiday cookies.
Sunday, December 22, 3pm-5pm – Pictures with Santa
Get your annual pictures taken with Santa right here at the Lodge.
Thursday, December 26, TBD – Make Your Own Bear
Discover the fun of stuffed animal making when you create your very own Stein Eriksen Lodge Bear.
Saturday, December 28, All Day – Champions Club Contests
All day long, Champions Club will be holding exciting contests for our guests.
Sunday, December 29, TBD – Kids Arts and Crafts
Kids staying at the Lodge get their own chance to take part in seasonal arts and crafts.
Sleigh Rides – Deer Valley Resort
Allow our Concierge team to book a sleigh ride for you through the snow covered mountainscape of Deer Valley Resort to complete your holiday experience.
Please be aware that some of these 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.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Stein Eriksen Lodge!
Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has passed, Stein Eriksen Lodge is undergoing a festive transformation. Outside, fresh snow blankets the ground and rooftops while lights twinkle on the aspens and pines. Inside, our staff is hard at work decorating the halls. Wreaths, garlands, a 32-foot tall decorated tree, and a massive gingerbread display welcomes guests as they walk into the Mountain Lodge. While all of these elaborate decorations provide the Lodge with a festive spirit, we dove a little deeper into the 18-year tradition of the making of the enormous gingerbread display.
Gingerbread making photo by: Tanzi Propst/Park Record
The theme for the gingerbread display this year was inspired by a trip our Executive Pastry Chef Jeremy Garica took to Disneyland with his family. He pulled inspiration from both the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland and an Atlas V Lego set he purchased for his son a while back. The theme? Retro Rocket Ship.
“Our elaborate gingerbread display has become a staple of Stein Eriksen Lodge holiday traditions for our guests, and we are thrilled to unveil our spacecraft constructed entirely of sweets,” said Garcia. “We are incredibly proud of this year’s groundbreaking display, equipped to ‘boldly go where no (gingerbread) man – or woman – has gone before.’”
It takes a lot of ingredients to construct such a monstrous display. 150 pounds of flour, 8 gallons of molasses, hundreds of eggs, 50 pounds of sugar, and 40 pounds of butter to be exact. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves are added to provide the classic gingerbread smell, look, and taste. Then, Chef Garcia and his team use Royal Icing to stick everything together. According to Chef, this icing not only smells better than glue but works better too.
The construction of this year’s gingerbread display provides a new and interesting challenge to the pastry and engineering teams. The spacecraft will have a vertical construction requiring the team to build it in pieces for ease of assembly. The weight of the ship also provides an interesting challenge for set-up. After the ship is in place, Chef Garcia encourages guests to find fun and silly things on the rocket ship he has hidden.
A combination of the elaborate gingerbread display, the extravagant 32-foot decorated tree, and other decorations transform the Lodge. Here, guests are transported to a festive utopia. Join us this holiday season and see this impressive gingerbread display yourself. Book with our Holiday Activities package and spend the holiday season surrounded by out-of-this-world decorations.
December 7th, opening day at Deer Valley Resort, is quickly approaching. We had a conversation with Steve Graff, Deer Valley’s Director of Mountain Operations, to get an idea of what we can expect for the upcoming ski season. The short answer: an enhanced guest experience.
Deer Valley has invested almost $8 million this season. Most of these funds went to Steve Graff’s mountain operations team. The largest portion of these funds went to new RFID technology gates. Additionally, 25 more energy efficient snow guns and 4 new snowcats were purchased. All of these investments were aimed at providing guests with the best on-mountain experience possible.
Throughout the summer, 18 new RFID gates were installed and tested at Deer Valley’s lifts. According to Steve, it’s so far the largest resort installment Access has ever done. These gates enable skiers to go straight to the lifts and skip the ticket line if they have season passes or multi-day passes. This means less time in lines and more time on the slopes.
In addition to the RFID gates, 25 snow guns and 4 snowcats have been hard at work preparing the slopes for the upcoming season. Throughout the summer, the mountain ops team replaced thousands of snowmaking pipe to ensure the runs were ready for the winter season. According to Steve, the new snow guns enables the mountain ops team to make snow over a broader range of temperatures and more efficiently while consuming less power and energy. As mother nature allows, these snow guns have been hard at work. A few weeks ago when Park City experienced multiple days of low temperatures, the snow makers were able to complete 9 runs in one week. It’s still too early to tell how much of the resort will be open on opening day, but if we get some more low temperatures, Steve and his team will put the snow guns back to work to get even more runs ready to go.
A combination of the new snow guns and snowcats will help Steve and his team keep the mountain in top shape. As Steve puts it, “All of that just goes to making a more efficient quality product.” Deer Valley Resort is often ranked as one of the best resorts in the world, and these new mountain operations investments help to ensure that they maintain this prestigious status.
For skiers who prefer off-piste runs through the trees, Steve has good news. Over the summer, a team of 7 sawyers maintained Deer Valley’s forests. They did this to maintain the health of the forest, but as a side effect, the tree areas of the resort got a whole summer’s worth of attention. This attention opened up some new shots and cleared up existing lines for some new and enhanced off-piste skiing.
This season, real-time, digital signage was installed at every base area and ticket locations to keep things moving smoothly across the entire resort. These signs will display information on weather, grooming conditions, and lift status to keep guests better informed before hitting the slopes.
Simply put, guests at Deer Valley Resort can expect an enhanced guest experience this upcoming winter ski season. We can thank Steve and his team for their hard work and time for providing and maintaining a solid snow base and smooth groomed trails. Discover this enhanced guest experience for yourself and join us at Stein Eriksen Lodge this upcoming winter season. Book your stay with our Winter Activities package and enjoy a winter retreat with the best ski-out/ski-in access on the mountain.
The many award-winning dining experiences at Stein Eriksen Lodge rely on a diverse, multi-talented team of chefs, with Jeremy Garcia leading our fabulous pastry team. Chef Zane Holmquist, VP of Food and Beverage Operations and Corporate Head Chef, and Chef Jonathon Miller, Executive Chef, provide Chef Garcia and his team as much flexibility as they would like, allowing them to always experiment and try out new recipes and flavors.
With a range of clientele staying at the Lodge, Chef Garcia has the opportunity to create a wide spectrum of pastries to provide to each variety of guest. You can find him creating special wedding and 50th anniversary cakes, fashioning chocolate or fruit desserts for upcoming seasonal menus in one of the restaurants, or trying new flavors on the Sunday brunch buffet – something he is particularly proud of.
Chef Garcia has always loved a wide range of pastries, though French classics are probably his true favorite. He appreciates the variety of dining outlets at the Lodge. The restaurants allow flexibility to play around with modern American continental items in the Glitretind to the more relaxed, family-focused atmosphere of the Troll Hallen lounge desserts.
Before coming to Stein Eriksen Lodge, Chef Garcia worked for the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO for four years. His last position there was as the Sous Pastry Chef for Restaurants at the Hotel, which included over a dozen different food service outlets. Before the Broadmoor Hotel, he was the pastry chef for The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, a boutique hotel in Manitou Springs, just west of Colorado Springs, where he worked for about six years.
Chef Garcia and his wife had been looking to move for a number of years when they were drawn to Park City due to its similarity to the towns they grew up in back in Colorado. He was also attracted to the Lodge due to its prestige within the area, and the unique challenges and opportunities he knew such a property would provide. He loves solving new puzzles and challenging himself, so he was instantly drawn to such a dynamic and exciting property. The total size of the property is, he feels, just right. It’s large enough to have a need for a diverse pastry shop, but not so large that he feels unable to make a significant impact.
“I am very proud of the staff I have on hand and the excellent work that they do. Without them, I would not be able to do anything! Their dedication to all of our guests and willingness to do whatever is necessary is truly what makes us successful.”
When not cooking up something delicious at the Lodge, he spends as much of his free time with his wife and two sons as possible. They enjoy hiking in the summer, playing games in the winter, and they also love to cook together – though he admits that at home he rarely makes pastries. He is far more likely to make some southern chicken & dumpling soup with his kids than something sweet.
Discover the many award-winning dining options during your stay at Stein Eriksen Lodge – and be sure to give Chef Garcia and his pastry team a nod of appreciation for their many fine desserts that round off each meal. It is the creativity and enthusiasm of exceptional team members like Chef Garcia who truly bring our restaurants to life.
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