The Stein Eriksen Lodge
Where every day is Stein Day
Photos courtesy of Stein Eriksen Lodge
Staying at the Stein Eriksen Lodge feels like staying with your rich Uncle Lars at his Norwegian winter getaway (if you had a rich Uncle Lars). When you enter, the scent of evergreen trees greets you and a fire crackles in the massive stone fireplace. Comfy yet luxurious furnishings with Old World flair invite you to take a seat. There’s a promise of a warm drink, hot cocoa or something stronger, as you sit with friends and family sharing stories from a day on the slopes—no need to worry about your skis because the valet has stored them for the night.
The lodge is the legacy of Stein Eriksen, the extraordinary athlete from Norway who won an Olympic men’s alpine gold and a silver in slalom in the 1952 Winter Games. When he was ready to expand his talents to the hospitality industry, Eriksen traveled to luxury ski hotels around the world and realized that a successful hotel needs a personality—so he infused the Stein Eriksen Lodge with his.
The lodge harkens back to Eriksen’s Oslo homeland with details like Scandinavian décor; hand-painted rosemaling custom millwork; sleds, skis and ice skates hung on walls as decoration; and a trophy case with Stein’s 1952 Oslo medals. The ski-in, ski-out lodge, located mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, opened in December 1982—just a year after the new luxurious Deer Valley Resort opened.
It was an association made in ski heaven, with both brands focusing on providing a new level of luxury skiing. Deer Valley Resort was one of the first in the country to provide ski valets to carry guests’ gear from their cars to the slopes, complimentary parking lot shuttles, tissues in the lift lines and complimentary ski storage, and the Stein Eriksen Lodge trained employees in anticipatory service—anticipating what guests need before they need it.
The lodge features 180 exquisitely appointed guest rooms. Sixty-eight are suites, and all are individually designed with dark wood, jetted tubs, Scandi-inspired details and extraordinary service. Amenities include twice-daily maid service and more unusual offerings: You can ask for a tree to be brought to your room during the holidays, bell staff will light a fire in your room’s fireplace upon request and, for little explorers, a tent may be requested prior to arrival. Inside, children will find a plush toy, National Geographic lantern and
a nature book awaiting them.
The five-star resort boasts two notable restaurants along with a 23,000-square-foot spa, and the lodge has received enough awards to fill a page. Most recently, it was named one of Forbes’ 2018 World’s Most Luxurious Hotels, the only property in Utah to make the list.
Since the original lodge is over 60 years old, updates have been undertaken throughout the years, most recently a $14 million expansion that added a new coffee shop, theater, expanded ski locker rooms, entertainment center, pool lounge, family pool and expanded outdoor plaza space.
A retreat for families who return year after year, the lodge prides itself on offering hospitality the Stein Eriksen way. And although Eriksen died in December 2015 at the age of 88, his spirit lives on at the lodge. Each year in December, the lodge celebrates his legacy with Stein Day. But as a guest at the lodge, with Eriksen’s vision apparent in every detail, it feels like every day is Stein Day.
GETTING THERE The Salt Lake City airport is just a 45-minute drive.
STAY The lodge is located mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, about three miles from downtown Park City. There’s a complimentary shuttle to/from Historic Main Street.
PLAY Additional nearby ski resorts: Park City Mountain Resort and The Canyons are a short drive away. Deer Valley is for skiers only, but snowboarders can shred the nearby terrain at Park City Mountain Resort.
TIP Reservations can be hard to come by in January, when the Sundance Film Festival is in Park City, so guests will want to make reservations far in advance.