At a Glance
Built as the anchor property when Deer Valley was founded, the Stein Eriksen Lodge commands the best ski-in/ski-out perch mid mountain and holds a prime place of affection in the heart of longtime regulars.
- The superb on-site ski shop, lockers and ticket station that make getting on the mountain seamless
- The Stein Alpenglobes, sleek glass and wooden domes on the restaurant deck offering a private dining experience with beautiful views
- The abundant skier's lunch buffet at Glitretind
Ever since Norwegian Olympic gold medalist Stein Eriksen opened his five-star lodge, it has been the top address on the mountain for those seeking a classic mountain-resort, ski in/ski out experience. There’s always a fire blazing in the lobby, beneath soaring rock walls, a copper chandelier and large elk head that hangs over the mantelpiece. At Christmas, mantels and doorways are framed with pine boughs and twinkling lights and a massive Christmas tree bedecked with ornaments and surrounded by beautifully wrapped presents dominates the lounge. Stein’s ski rental shop, complimentary lockers and Deer Valley ticket window are mere steps from the slopes, and are complimented by a coffee shop serving pastries that are easy to grab and go in the morning. While it is simple to click on your skis and head down to any of five lifts, the Stein Eriksen Lodge does command a perch above them, so a short lift is available to deliver you right to the ski lockers at lunchtime or the end of the day (although it is a relatively short uphill walk, for those so inclined).
Many of the 175 rooms are suites with fireplaces, balconies, kitchens and living rooms; some can be connected with adjacent rooms for as many as fourteen people. All have a cozy and charming mountain aesthetic, with lots of polished pine furniture and wood-burning fireplaces, lending the place an old-world–yet updated–feel, and bathrooms boast Molton Brown products.
Glitretind, the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, frequently wins awards for its “global cuisine” and extensive wine list, but many prefer to grab a table by the fire in the Troll Hallen lounge and order a Stein’s burger or grilled cheese. The lunch scene is renowned with a bountiful skier's buffet served every day in Glitetrind with carving and made-to-order stations, hot options and salads. The desserts are also plentiful, and the pastry chef is known for his homemade caramel chocolates, which can be ordered online by guests who crave them when they get home. There’s a large gym, two outdoor pools and renowned spa, where guests can get treatments with organic products.
The several-year-long expansion that began in 2017, brought a number of exciting additions to the property, including Stein Alpenglobes, located on the deck outside the Gitretind. These are sleek glass and wood domes available for après ski and dinner reservations, offering the same menu but with a private experience and mountain views. Families love the addition of the movie theater, which operates on a first come first served basis and screens Sundance films during the festival, as well as the new Champions Club (the Stein Eriksen’s answer to the Montage’s Daly’s), which offers classic pub fare and complimentary arcade games. Right outside the Champion's Club is the newly redone outdoor plaza with heated patio with fire pits for s’mores, as a well as a new family-friendly pool added beside the original (although all ages are permitted in both). The extension also included expanding the wine cellar and the private tasting room, and giving the main lounge a facelift that preserved Stein's Norwegian charm. A similar plan update will be given to the Glitretind, and the lodge is currently in the process of redoing most of their rooms to give them a more uniform look while maintaining the classic Stein feel.
For travelers looking to day trip to another mountain in the area, Stein offers vehicles that can be rented out for the day. Staff-driven vehicles (which are linked to Uber) are also available to take guests to and from downtown Park City and Park City Mountain.
Who Should Stay
Those who appreciate five-star properties with tradition and a sense of place plus the best ski in/ski out location. Those looking for celebs or a scene will be happier at the Montage Deer Valley or the St. Regis. Also those with young kids who are enrolled in ski school may find the location less convenient than options closer to Snow Park like the St. Regis or the Lodges at Deer Valley.
Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley