• Debbie Silver

A Gold Medal Family Vacation


Olympic gold medal winners understand what it takes to be the best in the world.

Stein Eriksen, Norway's alpine skier gold medalist, brought his gold standard to Deer Valley Resort as Director of Skiing and the resorts' exclusive Stein Collection-The Stein Eriksen Lodge, Stein Eriksen Residences, and The Chateaux Deer Valley.

The Stein Collection is very simply the best of everything, the mid-mountain setting at Deer Valley resort, superior accommodations, award-winning dining, and most of all, outstanding service. Accolades and awards continue year after year, thanks to a dedicated staff who've been part of the "Stein" family for decades.


Park City is an ideal family destination year-round, with two mountain resorts, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. Best of all, it's so easy to get to. Fly non-stop to

Salt Lake City International Airport; Stein Eriksen Lodge is only a 45-minute ride away. You really don't need to rent a car during your stay; the Lodge offers complimentary rides to and from any destination within Park City. Simply download the Stein Rides app and notify where and when you'd like to be picked up; it's like your own private Uber service.


Stein Eriksen Lodge welcomes guests to a European hotel with homey Nordic touches. The "Stein" experience is carefully crafted to create an effortless family experience year-round. The Glitretind Restaurant is the Lodge’s charming restaurant with a spectacular mid-mountain view.

The Troll Hallen Lounge offers casual outdoor dining on the deck and in winter a cozy spot for lunch or apres-ski.

Whether you're a family of four or ten, there are accommodations for all, ideal for families traveling together and family reunions. Your family can truly settle in, and it feels like home.

The accommodations are exceptional, extra spacious with every detail and comfort. The kitchen is a renovation wish list: fully equipped with a Wolf stove, Sub Zero fridge, and a Bosch dishwasher.

Love the bathroom tile, heated floors, and outdoor hot tub!

You'll want to inquire how to buy the mattress; it's that comfortable.

For skiers, "Stein’s" is first class- ski-in/ski-out at Deer Valley resort, just click in and take off. A ski valet helps you into your boots; guests have their own ski locker, an onsite sports shop for ski and mountain bike rentals, and First Tracks Kaffe, a slopeside coffee bar. Looking for an indoor workout? The state-of-the-art fitness center is impressive

( makes sense when the founder is an Olympic champion!)

Kids love the Champions Club Entertainment Center, the Lodge's new 3,500 square-foot game zone, and relaxed dining area for burgers, wings, milkshakes, and banana splits.

The Lodge has two pools, one just for family swimming and lounging. There’s also an onsite Freestyle Theater with two screenings daily. During the Sundance Film Festival, Stein is a favorite spot for the film industry. Your little one will feel like a Hollywood producer watching “Encanto” in the screening room!

Where to Spa in Park City? Stein Eriksen Spa. The only Forbes 5-star spa in all of Utah is right where you're staying. This impressive 23,000-square-foot facility features 16 private, luxurious treatment rooms, individual men's and women's relaxation rooms, separate men's and women's locker facilities, each offering a hot plunge bath, cool plunge, steam, and saunas. The HydraFacial Glow and the CBD oil Massage are a relaxation/hydration treat to remember.

Whether you plan your stay at The Lodge, The Chateaux, or The Residences, all the properties use the Lodge's facilities and services. Stein Eriksen Residences are a departure from The Lodge's traditional European style. Here you have a private boutique hotel with a contemporary feel, exceptional properties in size and style.

The 7880 Club is Residences’ dining spot serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No matter where you're staying in Park City, plan to dine at 7880. The Club offers an exciting menu with a cool restaurant vibe. Be sure to arrive before sunset to take in the incredible view.

Menu highlights: The Double R Ranch Strip Loin, cooked to perfection served with Fingerling frites, wild bunch mushroom demi, crispy shallot, and a chive emulsion.

A Chilean Sea Bass, beautifully presented with fried cauliflower, farro, pancetta, and mojo picon. Save room for the warm Coconut Caramel Tart served with a dark chocolate sauce and chocolate ice cream.


Cena Ristorante is another Stein dining gem not to be missed. Located at The Chateaux Deer Valley across from the entrance to the Lodge, this Italian-themed restaurant and lounge serves pizzas, pasta, salads, and a nice selection of entrees. Not only were the portions impressive, but each dish was excellent, even the salads were memorable. Try the Fennel & Fig Burrata with speck and Italian cherries; the veal Bolognese tagliatelle with pancetta and Manchego cheese is a winner.

Park City is known for young, exciting chefs putting their unique imprint on the local restaurant scene. Take Matt Harris, executive chef and owner of tupeloparkcity.com. Formerly located on Main Street, tupelo Park City's new home at 1500 Keans Blvd is quite the scene. It's got a buoyant, noisy energy packed with tables savoring award-winning signature cocktails and expert fare. Begin with a bucket of their celebrated mini buttermilk biscuits and honey.

Sue's Maine Mussels sounded appealing, but why order Maine seafood in Utah? Matt Harris is known for sourcing the best local producers across the country and around the globe: farmers and ranchers to fishmongers. These were the best mussels I have had anywhere!

Appealing entrees include Roasted Jamison Farms Duck Breast atop rosemary polenta, glazed carrots, beet & orange gastrique, and a crisp Idaho Trout with confit potatoes brussels sprouts, and a smoked bacon & apple glaze. Desserts are an eclectic experience: Salted Oreo Sundae with goat milk caramel, cornbread, popcorn, and the Crispy Donut Holes-cranberry curd, pistachio brittle, orange spiced honey. A true culinary adventure!


It's time to start planning a summer family vacation at The Stein Collection. Stein offers easy access to the mountain trails, bike storage, and an onsite sport rental shop. Reserve your bike in advance at Stein Eriksen Sport.

World-class fly fishing awaits with access to blue-ribbon rivers and streams. With 18 golf courses in the community, the only hard part is deciding which course to play. As a preferred partner with the private Promontory Club, Stein's guests can golf the Pete Dye Course and the concierge can schedule a tee time.

Deer Valley's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater hosts three unique summer concert series:

Utah Symphony's Deer Valley Music Festival

Deer Valley Concert Series with big-name artists

Grand Valley Bank Community Concert series presented by Mountain Town Music features free performances by local artists Wednesday nights from late June through August

Families love Deer Valley's Summer Adventure Camp

Children from 2 months to 12 years can attend daily, weekly, or for the season. Camp runs from early June to Mid-August, registration opens in April.

Mountaineers: 7 - 12 Years

Explorers: 5 - 6 Years

Trekkers: 3 - 4 Years

Grasshoppers, Little Ramblers & Ramblers: 12 Months - 2 Years

Sunflowers: 2 - 11 Months

Visitparkcity.com has all the info to plan your vacation. At Park City Mountain, ride the Mountain Coaster, Utah's longest coaster winds through more than a mile of loops and curves at speeds up to 25 mph.

Park City Mountain Village adventure park offers so many fun activities-

the alpine slide, climbing wall, trampoline, kids rope course, mini-golf, gem-panning and the FLYING EAGLE. Soar above Park City in a two-person zip-line ride that starts and ends at Park City Mountain Village.

Park City's allseasonsadventures.com offers guided winter snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. In summer, there's river rafting, horseback riding, fly fishing, mountain biking, and hiking tours for all skill levels.


In 2002, Utah hosted the world for the XIX Olympic Winter Games and the VIII Paralympic Winter Games. Looking for an adrenaline rush? Check out the Summer Bobsled Experience- bobsleds are modified to roll down the concrete surface of the track and can fit three passengers. You'll be piloted by a professional bobsledder as you race down the twists and turns at speeds of up to 60 mph. The Zip Tour features seven towers and a zipline that lets you fly 161 feet at 40 mph above the most scenic areas of Utah Olympic Park.


2022 marks the 20th anniversary of Salt Lake City and Park City hosting the Winter Olympic Games and it's the 70th anniversary of Stein Eriksen winning the gold medal in Oslo, Norway. Catch the Olympic spirit this summer at Stein Ericksen Lodge and Park City!



by Debbie and Rich Silver


Photos courtesy of The Stein Collection, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Chamber Bureau





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