What’s in a name? Everything, when the namesake is legendary Norwegian skier Stein Eriksen, 1952 Olympic giant slalom gold medalist and 1954 World Cup champion. During his career, Eriksen stayed at all the legendary ski hotels in Europe, so when he agreed to help develop the ski-in, ski-out Stein Eriksen Lodge in the early 1980s he made sure it incorporated all the best aspects of his travels. On snowy afternoons, sliding into the chalet-style lodge feels positively Alpine; inside, fireplaces, stone walls, and rich wood ceilings keep the hotel in touch with its Wasatch ecosystem. Guestrooms are spacious and uncluttered, with beamed cathedral ceilings, stone fireplaces, and deep earth hues of leather, wood, and stone; bathrooms have jetted bathtubs and heated floors. After renovations in 2008 and 2010, the lodge maintains a premier ski stay with its mid-mountain perch, crackerjack service, and Norwegian predilections.
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Deer Valley grooms some of the most luxurious slopes in North America—but is off-limits for snowboarders. Skiers can warm up their legs on perfect corduroy or be whisked to the top of Bald Mountain from Stein Eriksen Lodge’s back door. From the top of Bald Mountain, take Stein’s Run, a fun groomer, down the backside to Bald Mountain’s Mayflower Lift accessing powdery turns down Mayflower Bowl. Olympic hopefuls should hit Bald Eagle Mountain for two of the 2002 competition courses; Know You Don’t for a fast slalom and White Owl for freestyle moguls. For skiers who wish to up their game, book a private lesson with a Deer Valley pro through the resort’s sterling ski school or go to camp with U.S. Olympic medalists Phil and Steve Mahre’s Training Center.
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Rooms: 170 rooms and suites; from $225. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Chef Zane Holmquist’s seasonal dishes have earned the slopeside restaurant Glitretind raves for creative preparations of local meat, fish, and produce. The restaurant’s wine collection exceeds 10,000 bottles, registering as one of the largest and most varied in the state. Sommelier Cara Schwindt can pair your feast perfectly or host private tastings in the redwood cellar. For après-ski at its best, head to the Norwegian-themed Troll Hallen Lounge for craft beer and cocktails, including Stein’s butterscotch cocoa with butterscotch liqueur, Godiva liqueur, hot cocoa, and whipped cream. Spa and gym details: A 2010 renovation transformed the Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge into a 23,000-square-foot stunner with 16 treatment rooms, relaxing his-and-hers sauna, steam room, whirlpool, and relaxation rooms. Signature treatments include a skier-focused massage and ski boot relief, which focuses on your feet and alignment after a day in hard boots.
Who's it for: Multi-generational, ski-centric families (because Deer Valley is skiing only!). Olympic ski buffs will get a kick out of this spot’s heritage, from the nod to Stein himself to the 2002 Olympic races on Deer Valley’s slopes. Our favorite rooms: Rooms and suites ending in -14 through -19 have the best mountain views; those ending in -31 through -33 are closest to the spa. Measuring 4,900 square feet, the four-bedroom suite has enough room to fit multiple generations with amenities to spare, including a steamy deck hot tub, a tech-heavy living room, and a master bedroom with a fireplace. Indulge yourself: Sunday brunch at Glitretind is a treat and extends into the early afternoon. Wake up early to carve Bald Mountain, and then call it a day early for omelets stuffed with local goat cheese or the Norwegian potato and bacon pancake served with poached eggs and Jarlsberg cheese sauce.