Who is Stein Eriksen
The patriarch of aerial skiing, Stein Eriksen successfully combined his passion for skiing with a desire to develop an internationally renowned luxury hotel, which also bears his name.
The name Stein Eriksen has been synonymous with style and elegance in the world of skiing for half a century since his gold medal victory at the 1952 Oslo Olympic Winter Games. With Olympic gold in giant slalom and a silver medal in slalom, Stein went on to win three gold medals at the World Championships in Åre, Sweden in 1954, making him the first alpine skier in the world to win triple gold at a world championship. The 50th Anniversary of Eriksen’s Olympic medals coincided with the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, which took place on his home mountain, Deer Valley Resort.
While developing Stein Eriksen Lodge, Eriksen, along with business partner Edgar Stern, traveled extensively to mountain hotels throughout the world, borrowing aspects from the finest and adding his own remarkable touches. Stein Eriksen Lodge is now recognized Worldwide as the only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond luxury hotel nestled mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort.
Today, Eriksen serves as both host of Stein Eriksen Lodge and director of skiing for Deer Valley Resort. Guests can often spot Eriksen skiing on the slopes, grabbing a bite to eat at his namesake lodge and participating in celebrity functions and special events.
A native of Norway, Eriksen has lived in the United States for the last five decades. Prior to joining Deer Valley Resort, he was involved in the development of the Park City Ski Area (now known as Park City Mountain Resort). Before coming to Park City, Eriksen spent four years as director of skiing and ski school director at Snowmass, Colorado, and four years as ski school director of Sugarbush, Vermont. He also served as ski school director and owned his own sport shop in Aspen Highlands, Colorado. From 1956–1958, he was ski school director at Heavenly Valley, California, having previously served in the same position at Boyne Mountain, Michigan, from 1954–1956.
In recognition of his pioneering spirit and contribution to the early development of the ski industry, Eriksen received the Pioneer Award from the Intermountain Ski Areas Association (ISAA) in 1998. His Majesty the King of Norway pronounced him Knight First Class in 1997. This honor, given to a select number of foreign and Norwegian nationals who reside outside of Norway, recognizes outstanding service in the interests of Norway. His contribution to the world of sport and his commitment to the people of his homeland earned him the Royal Order of Merit