When I had the opportunity last October to visit the Park City/Deer Valley
areaUtah's premier ski destination and site of the 2002 Winter
OlympicsI didn't mind that there'd be no snow, skiing, or frosty outdoor
activities. Despite living in New Hampshire all my life, I don't ski and was
perfectly content to investigate the non-winter possibilities at
Hideaways' Great Escapes in Utah.
A renowned high-altitude hideout, Stein Eriksen Lodge sits
mid-mountain at 8,200 feet in the Silver Lake area at the Deer Valley ski
resort. It's usually an easy jaunt from the Salt Lake City airport to Park
City, but thanks to massive road-building projects in preparation for the
winter games, the 45-minute drive took us 2 hours. If you'll be driving in the
area, be sure to get up-to-date directions from the resort or your automobile
We wound our way up the mountain road, past condos and homes scattered on
the hillside, until we spotted the discreet sign to Stein Eriksen, where
we encountered more pre-Olympic spiffing up. Work on the lodge's own expansion,
including 11 new condos and an Olympic conference facility, was slated to be
completed this spring. Among the features: a 6,000-sq. ft. outdoor plaza that
will be transformed into a skating rink in the winter. A new spa and ski locker
room should be ready by the end of the year.
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