Amidst the breathtaking landscape of Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, sits Stein Eriksen Lodge—a traditional European ski lodge named for Norwegian Olympic Gold Medalist Stein Eriksen. It is Utah’s top Forbes Five-Star hotel and home to the state’s only five-star spa. Also, it has been dubbed the “World’s Best Ski Hotel.” From its Luxury Bedrooms and Grand Suites, which offer the perfect balance of indulgence and comfort, to its award-winning restaurant, Glitretind, I knew it would be the ideal spot for my family’s annual ski vacation. Sure enough, it exceeded my expectations. Of course, the never-ending supply of bacon at the breakfast buffet didn’t hurt. Neither did the collagen facial.
FOR YOUR STAY
Ready to hit the slopes and chill in style?
For a family of four, we found one of the two-bedroom Lodge Luxury Suites to be the best bet. Each features a living room (with fireplace!) and full kitchen (separate dining area!), and some have private decks (with hot tubs!). If you’re traveling with a larger group, there are seven Grand Suites that can house up to fourteen guests. Tip: Ask for a suite with a washer and dryer, so you can pack light.
Soothe your sore skiing muscles in the sauna, steam room, or hot and cold plunge baths. Services abound, from massages, body treatments and facials to manicures, pedicures, makeup and hair care. For a real treat, partake in the Sculpting Collagen Facial (80 or 110 minutes). It boasts “advanced tissue manipulation techniques and a pure native collagen mask to sculpt, lift, firm and hydrate,” and it does not disappoint. I left looking ten years younger (fine, five).
The on-site Forbes Four-Star restaurant, Glitretind, is open for breakfast and dinner daily. There’s also a lunchtime Skier’s Buffet and a Sunday brunch with seasonal specialties that’s a must. Be sure to make reservations in advance for dinner and Sunday brunch or expect a significant wait. If you’re looking to dine off-property, Park City is brimming with stellar restaurants (and shops!). Family favorites include Sammy’s Bistro and Windy Ridge Café.
OFF THE SLOPES
Want to mix things up and take a half-day break from skiing? Check out Gorgoza Park, which offers tubing and mini-snowmobiles. They also have Fort Frosty—a tubing carousel designed for the really little ones (ages one through six). Not to be missed is Utah Olympic Park, which currently offers an array of activities
and events, including the Comet Bobsled Ride, the Nordic Jump and mountainside
FOR YOUR BOOK BAG
Stow these three standout novels in your suitcase for that all-important “me time,” even if it is a family vacation!
Sailing Lessons by Hannah McKinnon: The Bailey sisters’ troubled father floated in and out of their lives, until one summer when he never came back. Nearly two decades later, he returns with the hopes of attaining forgiveness. Characters re-examine past mistakes and expose old wounds.
The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen: Straight off her instant New York Times best-seller The Wife Between Us (with Greer Hendricks), Pekkanen is back with this solo domestic thriller. It follows Josie and Frank Moore and their two young daughters, living in the suburbs of Chicago. Their lives are picture perfect, until one morning when Josie borrows Frank’s cell phone and sees nine words that destroy her.
Limelight by Amy Poeppel: When Allison Brinkley relocates her family from suburban Dallas to cosmopolitan Manhattan, it’s not all they’d hoped it would be. Enter Carter Reid, an entitled, hung-over teen starring in a Broadway musical. Their encounter leads Allison to a job as his personal assistant, which may be just what she needs.
All photographs are contributed.