Zane Holmquist is leading a dozen biking enthusiasts along a Deer Valley, Utah single-track trail with sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountains. Three hours later, the mountain sports freak and executive chef at Stein Erikson Lodge is presenting that same tribe of off-road warriors a Wasatch Beers sampling with angus beef white cheddar cheeseburgers and asiago cheese-topped garlic fries on the outdoor deck of the Troll Hallen Lounge.
Planners can tap into the hotel’s “Hops On The Hill” programs for up to 350 with beer tastings led by brew masters from Utah’s award-winning craft breweries. Groups quaff Belgian-styled Red Rock Brewery Rêve while grazing on creative regional specialties like Idaho elk meatballs with lingonberry sauce, Utah slow-roasted pork belly, local corn and cabbage slaw, grilled creminelli bangers and braised Utah lamb shoulder sliders.
In the winter, the Utah native swaps peddling for shredding powder and guides Nordic-loving packs down the black diamond Stein’s Way run on Bald Mountain. And during it all, groups get to experience the best ski trails and bike paths that only the locals know.
“We’re seeing a trend toward planners wanting to blend activities with interactive education,” says Timothy Rutland, director of sales/marketing. “Since there’s so much available in the Park City area year round, it’s easy for groups to have a high degree of interaction and isolation for their gatherings.”
Nestled mid-mountain at 8,200 feet in Deer Valley Resort’s Silver Lake Village, the 180-room ski-in/ski-out lodge that pays homage to its legendary Norwegian namesake offers guests such winter bells and whistles as a full-service concierge, ski valet, ski locker room and rental shop.
There’s also a 20,000sf spa, the Olympic Conference Center and The Glitretind, a Forbes 4-Star rated restaurant where sommelier Cara Schwindt pairs selections with Double R Ranch beef tenderloin, lamb t-bone, and wild salmon and lemon pepper.
“Much of the property’s personality comes from Stein Erikson’s influences,” says Rutland of the Nordic skier who won gold and silver in the 1952 Oslo Winter Olympics. Those medals and other memorabilia are housed in an elaborate trophy case near one of the largest among the European-style lodge’s 145 stone fireplaces.