Deer Valley will honor late skiing legend with ‘Stein Eriksen Day’
Olympic champion was instrumental as the resort rose to prominence
The late Stein Eriksen, a skiing legend who helped define Park City as an internationally renowned mountain resort, will be remembered during a day of commemoration on Sunday.
‘Stein Eriksen Day’ will be marked with an event just outside the Deer Valley lodge that bears his name. The event is scheduled at 3 p.m. Deer Valley Resort and Stein Eriksen Lodge representatives are scheduled to attend. Eriksen family members are also expected to be in attendance. City Hall issued a notice that some or all of Park City’s elected officials will attend as well. The event is free and open to the public.
Coleen Reardon, the marketing director at Deer Valley Resort, said a plaque will be dedicated near the location of a torch outside Stein Eriksen Lodge. Russ Olsen, who is the CEO of Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley Resort President and General Manager Bob Wheaton and Bjorn Eriksen, the son of the late skier, are scheduled to speak at the event.
Eriksen helped define the vision of the founders of Deer Valley, Edgar Stern and Polly Stern, Reardon said. Eriksen joined the team that developed Deer Valley Resort two years before the 1981 opening.
“You just can’t separate us from Stein. He was part of our family,” Reardon said, adding he was at Deer Valley almost every day. “We miss him. Definitely there’s a hole.”
Reardon said Deer Valley encourages people to dress in “Stein-inspired Norwegian attire” to honor his homeland. There will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and marzipan cake, Eriksen’s favorite dessert.
Eriksen died in December of 2015 at 88 years old. There was talk shortly afterward about honoring him this winter at Deer Valley. Mayor Jack Thomas and the Park City Council in the spring indicated ‘Stein Eriksen Day’ would be declared in December. City Hall at the time noted Eriksen’s contributions to Park City’s rise as a mountain resort.
Eriksen won an Olympic gold medal and a silver medal in the 1952 Winter Olympics in his native Norway. He won three golds in the Alpine World Ski Championships in Sweden two years later. He was one of the sport’s first celebrities and later moved to the U.S., making stops in skiing destinations in places like Idaho and Colorado before moving to Park City in 1969. He started at Park City Ski Area and moved to Deer Valley as the resort was under development. Eriksen was the director of skiing at Deer Valley at the time of his death.
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