Stein Eriksen Day planned to honor late skiing legend |

Stein Eriksen Day planned to honor late skiing legend

Flowers were left at the Stein Eriksen statue outside Snow Park Lodge in December to honor the late skiing legend shortly after he died. Park City leaders recently indicated Dec. 21 would be marked as Stein Eriksen Day. Park Record file photo by Jake Shane

Park City will mark the shortest day of the year by honoring someone who cast one of the longest shadows on the community.

The Park City Council on Thursday indicated Dec. 21, which is the winter solstice, will be commemorated as Stein Eriksen Day. It will mark the legacy of one of skiing’s most important competitors. Eriksen, who died in December at 88 years old, was an Olympic champion and was one of the pivotal figures in the development of freestyle skiing. He was also a renowned ski instructor.

Eriksen’s post-ski racing career was linked most closely with Park City. He moved to the city in 1969 and spent the 1970s at Park City Ski Area. He was an early figure at Deer Valley Resort, joining the team that developed the resort two years before it opened in 1981.

Eriksen became Deer Valley’s highest-profile ambassador as the director of skiing. He was immediately recognizable on the slopes and helped the resort as it became one of North America’s elite ski destinations. The Stein Eriksen Lodge in upper Deer Valley has long been one of the famous hotels in the ski industry.

"Stein Eriksen made significant contributions to the development of the resort destination economy in Park City," a City Hall report drafted in anticipation of the Thursday meeting said, noting his involvement with Park City Ski Area, which later became Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley Resort.

A ceremony will be scheduled on Dec. 21, but the details were not set at the meeting. A plaque will also be created commemorating Eriksen. The City Council will consider a proclamation honoring him prior to the event. The plaque will be installed at Stein Eriksen Lodge. Mayor Jack Thomas said afterward there is a possibility another physical acknowledgement of Eriksen will be placed elsewhere.

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