The Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley Resort in Utah is no ordinary ski lodge. Built in 1982 and named after Norwegian Olympic Gold Medal skier Stein Eriksen, the upscale lodge brings a hefty dose of ski chic to Park City - features include a three story stone fireplace, chalet-style decor, five-star service and dining, a full-service spa, expansive views, and a ski valet (with boot-warming services!) to store your equipment.
The family-friendly lodge (a 50-minute drive from Salt Lake City Airport) is situated mid-mountain at Deer Valley at an altitude of 8,100 feet. The ski-in/ski-out location allows you to step from the snug comfort of the lodge directly onto any number of chairlifts up the mountain, where green, blue and black diamond trails and ski bowls await. Deer Valley is known for the impeccable grooming of its wide trails - to ski down beautiful "corduroy" rows of snow on a bright sunny day surrounded by the Wasatch mountains frees your spirit.
Rooms are expensive, but après-ski drinks are an affordable splurge. Pick a seat by the fire on the outdoor terrace, order a beer and cheese plate, and marvel at the mountain trails and blue sky in front of you.
For dinner, you can eat at Deer Valley or take a 10-minute drive to Main Street in Park City (home of the Sundance Film Festival) for a wide variety of restaurants at all price points.