On Sunday December 11, Park City Mayor Jack Thomas, Stein Eriksen Lodge CEO Russ Olsen, members of the Eriksen family, and several other local dignitaries and friends gathered amid fresh snow and sunshine at Deer Valley for the inaugural Stein Eriksen Day celebration. Eriksen (who passed away in December 2016) would have surely approved of the event as it featured plenty of mulled wine, marzipan cake, aquavit, laughter, and even a song courtesy of his son, Bjorn.
The celebration also included dedication of a plaque in Eriksen’s honor, placed near the three deer statues and Olympic torch just off the Glitretind Restaurant and Troll Hallen Lounge deck at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. "One of my fondest memories of Stein is how, when I'd dine with him in the Glitretind, he'd get up to go to the buffet and never come back because he was stopping to speak with people at every table and share a little part of himself as well as find out something about them," said Russ Olsen, Stein Eriksen Lodge CEO.
For those unfamiliar with Park City's beloved adopted son, Eriksen has been synonymous with skiing style and elegance for more than half a century. He was the first alpine skier to win triple gold at a world championship, was an Olympic Gold Medalist and an ambassador and father of freestyle skiing. Eriksen parlayed all that he knew and loved about the sport into an incredible career that spanned almost six decades and changed the face of alpine skiing worldwide. Eriksen’s inimitable style and captivating personality garnered him the attention of the news media and friendships of the Hollywood elite. His status was enhanced by his spectacular forward somersault, an aerial maneuver credited as the forerunner of the inverted aerials performed by freestyle skiers today. Eriksen arrived in Utah in 1969 and resided in Park City until his death in 2015. It is his inimitable legacy that will be celebrated annually on Stein Eriksen Day, December 11, into perpetuity. “Stein was part of the Deer Valley family since the inception of the resort and his presence on the mountain is profoundly missed,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort. “His influence in the ski industry and at this Resort was infinite and his legacy will live on here where he served as our Director of Skiing for more than 35 years.”