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Born and raised in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, Jessica relocated to Utah with her family more than 20 years ago. She attended high school in Morgan, Utah and continued her educational pursuits at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Jessica spent the next twelve years working on her marketing and advertising skill set, including volunteer work with such wonderful organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, YMCA, No More Homeless Pets and Ballet West. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team along with a positive "can do" attitude. Recently, Jessica began the MBA program at the University of Utah. She looks forward to graduating from the program in the spring of 2017. Jessica is also involved in her community, where she volunteers at her kids' school functions and helps coach girls' youth basketball. She is a well-rounded individual with a passion for outdoor recreation and a love for networking.
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LEGENDARY SKIER STEIN ERIKSEN PASSES AWAY
DEER VALLEY RESORT, Park City, UT (December 27, 2015) – Stein Eriksen, the legendary alpine skier whose revolutionary technique and distinctive style made him a founder of modern skiing, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at his home in Park City, Utah surrounded by family. He was 88 years old.
As one of the most recognized names in the ski world, Stein Eriksen has been synonymous with skiing style and elegance for more than 60 years. The first alpine skier to win triple gold at a world championship, an Olympic Gold Medalist and ambassador and father of freestyle skiing, Stein 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.
The patriarch of elegant skiing, Eriksen successfully turned his passion for skiing into a lifetime career. His desire to develop an internationally-renowned luxury hotel, which now bears his name, is located mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, where he served as Director of Skiing for more than 35 years.
“Stein has been an integral part of the Deer Valley family since the resort’s inception and his presence on the mountain will be profoundly missed,” said Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley president and general manager. “His influence in the ski industry and at this resort was infinite and his legacy will always be a fundamental aspect of Deer Valley. He was a true inspiration and we are honored to have had him as a part of the Deer Valley family.”
Commenting on Eriksen’s legacy, Dennis Suskind, President of Stein Eriksen Lodge, noted, “Stein Eriksen was the vision behind the development of the Lodge that carries his name. His celebrity charisma created a special ambiance whether within the Lodge, our restaurant or out on the mountain, that was warm and inviting. He was a real friend and will be missed.”
Born December 11, 1927, Eriksen originally gained fame through competition at the 1952 Oslo Olympic Winter Games, where he took the gold and silver medals in the giant slalom and slalom events, respectively. Two years later he went on to win three gold medals at the World Championships in Åre, Sweden in 1954, making him the first alpine skier to win the world championship ‘triple gold.' Shortly thereafter, Eriksen’s inimitable style and captivating personality garnered him the attention of the news media and friendship 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.
A native of Norway, Eriksen lived in the United States for the last six decades. Prior to joining Deer Valley Resort, he was involved in the development of the then Park City Ski Area, now Park City Mountain. Before Park City, Stein spent four years as director of skiing and ski school director at Snowmass, Colorado, and four years as ski school director at Sugarbush, Vermont. He also served as ski school director and owned his own sport shop in Aspen, Colorado. From 1956 to 1958, he was ski school director for Heavenly Valley, California, having previously served in the same position at Boyne Mountain, Michigan from 1954 to 1956.
Among his numerous awards and honors, Eriksen was awarded the Knight First Class honor in 1997 by His Majesty the King of Norway as a reward for outstanding service in the interest of Norway, indicating his dedication to his home country. His contribution to the world of sports and his commitment to the people of his homeland also earned him the Royal Order of Merit. In recognition of his pioneering spirit and contribution to the early development of the ski industry, Stein received the Pioneer Award from the Intermountain Ski Areas Association (ISAA) in 1998. Eriksen served as an Olympic Ambassador at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, during which some events took place at his home mountain of Deer Valley Resort and coincided with the 50th anniversary of his Olympic medals. Eriksen was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Hall of Fame in 2013. In April of 2015, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Utah Sports Commission. Eriksen was also awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism by World Ski Awards in 2015.
Stein was frequently sought out by the thousands of skiers to which he taught the sport and was always happy to stop for a visit and a photo. He took great pride and joy in his past students and guests and making them feel special. In addition to his numerous accomplishments and awards, Stein will be remembered for his charisma, kindness and approachable nature.
Eriksen is survived by his wife of 35 years, Francoise, son Bjorn, three daughters, Julianna, Ava and Anja and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Stein Jr.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Stein Eriksen Youth Sports Opportunity Endowment. A private memorial will be held for family followed by a celebration of Stein’s life, details of which will be forthcoming.
Out of respect for the family at this difficult time, please address all inquiries for further information or interviews to either Coleen Reardon or Emily Summers from Deer Valley Resort. (Please see full contact information above.)
Photos and b-roll video of Stein Eriksen are available for download on dropbox. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i0gtdmlbile9qa3/AAAsYv9C7-hUKrV7siSA9An3a?dl=0
Park Meadows Management Agreement
PARK CITY, Utah (April 17, 2015) – Stein Eriksen Lodge Management Corp and Park Meadows Country Club announced today that they have entered into an agreement for Stein Eriksen Lodge Management Corp. to manage Park Meadows Country Club, Park City's only in-town, private golf and social club. This relationship will join two of Park City’s legendary properties, known for the highest levels of service, best locations and the industry leaders in their respected categories. As a member-owned club, Park Meadows is a renowned Jack Nicklaus-designed, championship golf course and year-round country club. As experts in world-class hospitality, Stein Eriksen Lodge Management Corp currently oversees the legendary Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, Utah's only Forbes 5- Star hotel and spa, AAA 5-Diamond hotel and World's Best Ski Hotel; The Chateaux Deer Valley, a Forbes 4-Star hotel, AAA 4-Diamond hotel; and the Stein Eriksen Residences; a luxury 14-home and 40 condominium residence development at Deer Valley Resort; one of the most successful new developments in Park City scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.
“Stein Eriksen Lodge Management Corp. is thrilled to enter into a management agreement with Park Meadows Country Club and take on this new venture,” said Russ Olsen, CEO of Stein Eriksen Lodge Management Corp. “Park Meadows is a stunning Jack Nicklaus-designed course, where legends play, which will join with Stein Eriksen Lodge, where legends ski. We welcome the opportunity to associate the Stein Eriksen name with such a reputable, full-service private country club. The Stein Eriksen name carries with it a promise of legendary service. The transition will be seamless in providing Park Meadows and its members the utmost level of golf and food & beverage experiences they have come to expect.”
Located just minutes from Park City's historic Main Street and ten minutes from Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park Meadows Country Club has been rated Utah's best private golf course by Salt Lake Magazine. In addition to the superior, 18-hole golf course Park Meadows Country Club boasts a professionally staffed pro shop, expansive driving range and practice areas, yearround indoor practice facility with golf simulator, clinics and instructions for all ages, fully equipped fitness facility, locker rooms and a staffed outdoor swimming complex. The Country Club is known for its breathtaking views and offers fine dining with both a casual outdoor setting and an elegant indoor dining room and bar for members and guests. In the winter, the Country Club also features groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails and hosts Tuesday Bluesday and Black Thursday ski groups.
“Having an affiliation with the world-renowned, legendary brand of Stein Eriksen Lodge will be an incredible benefit to our current and future members,” said Steve Roney, president of the Park Meadows Country Club Board of Directors. “This relationship provides services, benefits, and amenities not currently available in the market place and is creating a true FiveStar year round experience for our members.”
With the new relationship with Stein Eriksen Lodge Management Corp, Park Meadows Country Club members will have the exclusive opportunity to take advantage of the Stein Eriksen operated facilities and Five-Star Stein Eriksen Lodge & Spa. Hotel guests will have the opportunity to experience Park City’s premier private country club during their stay at a Stein Eriksen Lodge Management Corp. property. In addition, those interested in membership will have the opportunity to join one of the community’s most well-respected Country Clubs.
“Park Meadows members enjoy an enhanced mountain town lifestyle, which is always something Stein Eriksen has taken great pride in offering its guests,” said Olsen. “Whether golfers or not, couples, families and individuals will continue to benefit from extraordinary service and a heightened quality of life at Park Meadows Country Club.”
For additional information about Park Meadows Country Club, please contact John Perry of Stein Eriksen Lodge Management Corp. at 435.659.6197 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Volz, GM of Park Meadows Country Club at 435. 649.2460 or email@example.com.