Utah, Jan 9. 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Several Utah resorts and hotels have recently won prestigious awards, helping solidify the state’s reputation as one of the world’s top ski destinations.
The 23rd annual World Ski Awards Ceremony was held in Austria last November and two Utah winners took home first-place honors.
The Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley took was named the 2015 World’s Best Ski Hotel out of 21 hotels nominated from around the world. Russ Olsen, CEO of the lodge, said during an interview with The World Ski Awards staff the award helps recognize the staff and their efforts.
“This means the best in the world. You don’t get better than that,” Olsen said. “Being recognized as one of the best in the world is a great accomplishment for out hotel and our staff.”
Stein Eriksen was given the world’s most outstanding contributor to ski tourism award. The award was accepted on his behalf by Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort. Eriksen, who passed away just one month after winning the award, was able to submit his acceptance speech via video.
“I know that this is the ultimate that can be given to anyone who has dedicated their life to this sport,” Eriksen said. “To be awarded this honor, I am very, very proud.”
The rest of Eriksen’s speech is online on the World Ski Awards Website.
Awards were also given in brackets divided by country. Utah ski hotels and resorts took first place in all four categories in the United States.
Deer Valley won for best ski resort, Stein Eriksen Lodge won for best ski hotel, the Goldener Hirsch Inn in Park City won for best ski boutique hotel and Casa Nova in Deer Valley won for best ski chalet.