When guests stroll into the lobby of the Stein Eriksen Lodge this ski season, they’ll be greeted by a startling new addition: an 8-foot-tall dragon figure sitting atop a 9-foot-long Viking ship made completely out of gingerbread, icing, fondant, cookies and candy.
The ornate viking ship pays homage to the lodge’s Norwegian roots. Stein Eriksen’s Lodge was named after the famed Norwegian skier and Olympian, Stein Eriksen, who revolutionized the sport of skiing.
Executive pastry chef Jeremy Garcia and chef Zane Holmquist, VP of food and beverage operations and corporate chef, teamed up to develop the authentic Viking ship made completely out of edible material. Since October, they’ve worked with a team of one dozen to create the elaborate display.
“Our annual gingerbread display is one of my favorite ways to impress our guests during the holiday season,” Garcia said. “The level of creativity and passion for such an enormous display — entirely constructed of pastries — is a testament to our team’s dedication to ensure the holidays spent at Stein Eriksen Lodge are an unforgettable experience.”Adding to the stunning display is a gorgeously decorated Christmas tree, reaching 32 feet high. The dragon also offers a surprise — you’ll see him breathe real smoke if you hang out in the lobby long enough! Whether you head to Stein’s for dinner, drinks or brunch, you won’t want to miss this year’s holiday display.