A picturesque white Christmas amid pine tree-filled mountains and the richness of festive, luxurious style awaits holiday guests at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City's only AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Five-Star resort. From an awe-inspiring gingerbread creation, gingerbread house classes and sumptuous dining to skiing to meet Santa Claus and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the mountainside, Stein Eriksen Lodge is the place to be during the holidays. Can't beat ski-in, ski-out at Deer Valley.
The inviting Main Lodge is the center of attention at Christmas time, with a towering 28-foot, lavishly decorated tree covered in more than 5,000 twinkle lights. The heavy wooden 15-foot mantle of the massive stone fireplace is thickly strewn with rich dark green garland and adorned with fanciful decorations. Rich velvet ribbon, glittery ornaments, honeysuckle vine, big sugar pine cones, amber lights, garland and hundreds of bows fill every corner and banister throughout the Lodge, making it a warm, welcoming location for guests to gather for family photos, evening cocktails or to sip hot cocoa.
A famous, favorite attraction of the Lodge is the gingerbread masterpiece of executive pastry chef Raymond Lammers, who oversees the design and construction of a different gingerbread structure each year. This is Lammers' seventh year designing the gingerbread work of art, and this year's ambitious gingerbread creation is a nearly 19-foot Empire State Building. The edible confection is the tallest ever produced at the Lodge and required more than 120 hours to create and 450 pounds of gingerbread.
In addition to marveling at the gingerbread masterpiece, guests of all ages can express their own creativity in gingerbread classes led by Lammers and executive chef Zane Holmquist. The Build Your Own Gingerbread House party will be held on Monday, Dec. 29 from 4-5:30 pm. The cost is $60 and includes hot chocolate, gingerbread panels, icing, candies, instructions and Chef Lammers' recipes. Guest will want to book early for the limited-sized classes and children eight and under require adult supervision.