Monday, May 25, 2009

STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE

At 9200 feet, I was able to experience a little high altitude adventure while hiking in the Wasatch Mountains in Park City, Utah. The view was nothing less than spectacular. While the town of Park City is probably more known for its skiing and other snow related activities, it encompasses the best of everything a resort town should be.

This former silver mining town never seems to take a rest. Starting in the beginning of the new year, it becomes a celebrity magnet for film lovers who attend the Sundance Film Festival here. Movie-goers make early requests to see "wait-list only" films at the festival. After the stampede of papparazi and film lovers leave, Park City transforms itself into a biking, hiking, golfing, horseback riding, dining, and shopping paradise as the weather starts to warm up.

While I was in Park City, I stayed at the Stein Eriksen lodge. The Stein Eriksen Lodge is a Mobil five-star, AAA five-diamond European style lodge nestled in the heart of Deer Valley Resort. The five star rating is unique to an elite group of 41 properties in North America.

The name of the lodge comes from Norwegian Stein Eriksen, former Olympic gold medalist who is credited for originating "aerials" in freestyle skiing. Mr. Eriksen currently serves as the ski director for the lodge.
Photograph by Susan Iskiwitch