Stein Eriksen
1927 - 2015
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1927 ~ 2015
One of the most recognized names in the ski world, legendary Alpine skier Stein Eriksen passed away peacefully at his home in Park City, Utah, on December 27, 2015, at the age of 88.
Although Stein first gained fame in the 1952 Oslo Winter Olympic Games, winning gold and silver medals in the giant slalom and slalom events respectively, he is best known for being the first Alpine skier to win "triple gold" medals at the World Championships that took place in Åre, Sweden, in 1954. Shortly thereafter, Stein's inimitable style and captivating personality garnered him the attention of the news media and friendship of the Hollywood elite.
Born December 11, 1927, in Oslo, Norway, Stein lived in the United States for the last six decades, parlaying his passion and all that he knew and loved about the sport of skiing into an incredible, lifetime career that changed the Alpine skiing experience worldwide. As Director of Skiing at Deer Valley Resort, Stein was an integral part of the resort's success since its inception. He worked closely with founders Edgar and Polly Stern on fulfilling their vision of providing a resort experience unlike any other in the industry. Before arriving at Deer Valley, he was involved in the development of Park City Ski Area, now Park City Mountain. Prior to Park City, Stein spent four years as Director of Skiing and Ski School Director at Snowmass, Colorado; Ski School Director at Sugarbush, Vermont; Ski School Director and owner of his own sport shop in Aspen, Colorado; Ski School Director for Heavenly Valley, California; and Ski School Director for Boyne Mountain, Michigan.
Stein's desire to develop an internationally-renowned luxury hotel was fulfilled in 1982 with the opening of the now world-famous Stein Eriksen Lodge, located mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort. His influence in the ski industry and at both Deer Valley and the lodge that bears his name was infinite and his legacy will always be a fundamental aspect of their success.
Stein Eriksen is synonymous with skiing style and elegance. 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, which earned him the moniker Father of Freestyle Skiing.
Until recently, Stein could be found skiing (sans hat with his famous head of hair) and greeting guests on the mountain daily as well as lunching at the Glitretind Restaurant in the lodge at his regular table. Guests were able to spot Stein on the mountain by checking the mannequin at the Bjorn Stova shop, run by his wife Francoise, which wore his "Bogner Suit of the Day." He was frequently sought out by the thousands of skiers to whom 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 loved making them feel special. Stein will be remembered by many, especially those who spent New Year's Eve at the lodge, for his Norwegian toasts accompanied by a shot of Aquavit as well as for his charisma, kindness and approachable nature.
His awards remain too many to mention. Ultimately, Stein was a man who loved his family and cherished the times when they could be together. Always ready for good times, he possessed an amazing sense of humor. In addition to his home in Park City, Stein also loved their family's home in Montana where he and Francoise summered annually, hosting family and friends from around the world to food, wine, fishing and tennis. His competitive nature was never at rest, as attested to by his summer tennis tournaments and a good game of cornhole.
Stein is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 35 years, Francoise, son Bjorn, and three daughters, Julianna, Ava and Anja, two stepsons, Churchill and Taylor, five grandchildren and one goddaughter. He was preceded in death by his son, Stein Jr.
A private memorial service will be held for family. A public celebration of Stein's life will be held in the near future, details of which will be forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Stein Eriksen Youth Sports Alliance Opportunity Endowment by visiting

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Published in Deseret News from Dec. 30, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.
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March 4, 2019
February 15, 2016
Stein is legendary in our family. Back in the day, my dad located 35mm film of Stein skiing and instructed my brother and I on his legendary reverse shoulder style -frame by frame. Well, to this day, i will be stopped on the slopes in the US and asked where did i learned to ski! Thrilling to say--- Stein's way! His style and name will forever be remembered fondly in our family. Plus, the best thrill was to meet him several times at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley. He was always so pleasant, charming, and happy to chat with us. He even accepted by request to wish my dad Happy 70+ Birthday on my cell phone! My dad was thrilled beyond belief.

My love and condolences to his family. There will never be another Stein. Thank you for his gift of skiing.
Camille Szmal
February 4, 2016
Cindy Kaiser
February 4, 2016
Cindy Kaiser
February 4, 2016
Cindy Kaiser
February 4, 2016
Cindy Kaiser
February 3, 2016
At Adolph's, 2013
Moved to Park City thirty-nine years ago and we became next-door neighbors. How good could it get for a "Newby?" He will always be in my mind while "Skiing with Style and Elegance!"
Claudio Vianello
February 2, 2016
One of the most thrilling days of my life was when I showed up at Stein's home at 8 in the morning to pick up some apples that had been accidentally shipped to Stein's house instead of ours.

Stein greeted me at the door and invited me in for coffee, gave me a tour of his then newly remodeled home and he showed me his wall of fame. The photos were a amazing history of his incredibly blessed and exciting life. A truly sweet and wonderful person.

Love and condolences to the whole family and thank you for sharing Stein with us all for so many years.
Kurt Peterson
February 2, 2016
When I was10 years old I was late for my lesson at Sugarbush Mtn. in Vermont. Stein, the gentleman that he was, offered to take me to my lesson. He did so with some pointers on the way! Later he signed my autograph book. A skiing legend who will be sorely missed!
Joan Mishara Mills
February 2, 2016
Carolyn &. I will miss the nice times we had with Stein over the years.
Especially all the events on the Mountain & our yearly
Lunch on deck of The Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley.
I always tried to Ski like Stein but I never quite made It. He was just too good
He just looked so good !
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Eriksen family.

Carolyn & Harry Kaiser.
Harry Kaiser
February 2, 2016
A great man of skiing. He stood for the respect and character of ski instruction and ski racing. His spirit, athleticism and personality will be missed.
Christine Katzenberger
February 1, 2016
My parents gave me my middle name to honor the peerless Scandinavian Ski ambassador to the world! Skoal!
Torger Stein Erickson
February 1, 2016
Park City and Deer Valley will never be the same without you but our memories will be forever....and there are many. Much love, Jan and Amanda Peterson
January 28, 2016
Prayers of healing and PEACE for you and your beloved family. I never skied with your Popa, although he offered to teach me. I cut his hair back in the day of the Bjourn Stova Salon @ the SE Lodge. He was ALWAYS kind and fun to tease. I LOVED working for F. Wonderful memories of AMAZING people. God's blessings to you and your families.
Loralie Lentz
January 27, 2016
Mr Erikson is a legend to all of us and He will be miss in our beautiful Deer Valley,Utah
Glenda Gutierrez Bartle
January 26, 2016
I will never forget getting off the Big Burn lift at Snowmass one day when Stein introduced himself and invited me to take a run with him. He was so gracious and friendly, it is a memory I will always treasure.
Rick Grayson
January 26, 2016
Thank You Stein for perfectly representing the town I adore and the sport I love. Sending love and light to this beautiful family.
Nicki Purcell
January 25, 2016
Of all the amazing accomplishments in your life Stein, I hope you lie at peace knowing your best was raising an incredible daughter Julianna whom has touched mine any many other lives in a very positive way! Great job Stein! And thank you for your help making some of my best skiing experiences happen wherever you left you footprint!
Keith LaFreniere
January 24, 2016
Stein was an influence on me from the time I began skiing, at age 7. Perhaps because I first skied at Boyne Mountain Michigan, where he was already a skiing legend. By age 15, I was heavily involved in racing and his iconic form, with strong angulation, inside arm driving across the body to set up a counter-rotated upper body, and outside arm cocked and ready for the next pole plant, this is what we strived for as we aggressively attacked the gates. With today's gear, it is a different world, but even as I near age 60, on incredibly responsive equipment, when I think of good form, it is Stein Eriksen that will always immediately come to mind! Everyone who I crossed paths with over a lifetime of skiing, who had met or known him, spoke glowingly of him. Always an inspiration, watching him continue skiing beautifully into his golden years makes me smile. A true legend of the sport, I am sorry he is gone but he will continue to inspire me and countless others, not just on the mountain, but in life.
Gregg Leion
January 24, 2016
You accented my life of skiing in the 90's and your competitive son Bjorn inspired so many of us on ski team. We miss you and have fond memories of you. You will be remembered as the best inspiration in Alpine skiing. Heaven is basking in skier glory.
Matthew Townsend
January 24, 2016
Stein Eriksen will forever hold a unique place in the history of the sport of skiing. His achievements within the world of ski racing were amazing, however, he went further and influenced the birth of freestyle skiing. I was one of those kids who saw a picture of Stein doing a flip and it changed my life. I loved to race, but the lure of Hot Dogging and later Freestyle was strong and I was attracted to the free spirit that Stein and other pioneers infused in the sport. Stein was a precise champion racer, a pioneering Freestyler and a stylish skier like non other. Ski in Peace Stein Eriksen and I will shout your name from the high peaks.
Geoffrey Stump
January 24, 2016
Stein will forever be a legend to me. I personally met him as a young lad in grade school, at Marsac elementary, in Park City Utah. There he revealed himself to us as an Olympic gold medalist, and then offered ski lessons, or ski with Stein day. For those fortunate enough to learn from him as was I will never forget how great he was and how patient he was in showing and teaching his eloquent ski technique to many of us young kids. It was great! I always remember his voice and accent. It was so cool! Ever since then, I've always marveled him as a great man, teacher and mentor to many. His example to all I think has been exemplary! Rest in peace dear Stein Erickson. You may be gone, but will never be forgotten.
Mike Burns
January 24, 2016
There are so many moments remembered that speak volumes about what an amazing human being Stein was. Not only did he have a tremendous impact on skiing as we know it today, but in my mind, he was Julianna's humorous, forgiving, and loving papa. I send so much love to you, and your immediate and extended families. I look forward to seeing you soon. XOXO
Kari Sandberg Sewell
January 24, 2016
When I was in 6th grade I was at my first ski lesson with a group of about 10 other kids and Stein took the time to ski over to us and talk with us for a few minutes before he continued his busy day. I have always admired him for doing that. He will be missed.
Lee Larsen
January 24, 2016
I remember Ski with Stein Day as a kid. It was great to hangout with him for a day on the slopes. He had an infectious laugh that made hanging out with him a blast! He was a great ambassador to skiing!
Gary Telesco
January 24, 2016
Your father was such a gracious man who had the rare gift of making everybody feel comfortable in his presence. My fondest memories of him include playing tennis with him in Phoenix and the toast, with Aquavit, at your wedding reception. The world has lost an icon but his memory will live on in our hearts....God Bless!
Adam Klawe
January 24, 2016
He was a class act and a great host. I met him in 1987 at the lodge and he treated me like family.
Tom Spalding
January 24, 2016
What great memories as a child growing up in Park City ski with Stein day was by far the best. Stein made everyone fill great.
Madelyn Cobb
January 24, 2016
Stein was special, not only to his family but friends around the world, especially me! I learned to love him not just for skiing, but for his love of life, family and of friends.
Stein will not die, his legacy will live on in his family, and people like me, who got to really know him. So many great memories.
When I pause and look around, I will be reminded of this poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye, I will know Stein will be close by:

"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die".
~ Mary Elizabeth Frye

God Bless you Stein & God Bless your beautiful Family.
Bob & Dianna Shafer
January 24, 2016
I will miss you Pops. Will remember all the good days I had with the whole family . May you rest in peace and look down on us smiling. Love you.
Nicole Elsner
January 24, 2016
The memories I have of Stein are some of my best ever. Spending the summer with Julianna and the family in Park City was just amazing. The house boat trips and diving off of huge cliffs with Stein in to the crystal blue water, he would do the most amazing swan dive. He will be missed and was loved by so many. RIP Stein, you have left this earth, but never our hearts.
Lisa Waller - McBride
January 24, 2016
Kari Etelä
January 24, 2016
I met Stein in Park City and talked to him several times over the years that I lived there. Always approachable and friendly. He is an icon and hero. Thanks Stein, tell we meet again.
Brian Loveless
January 24, 2016
Stein was the consummate gentleman, and made anyone in his presence feel special! He is one of the most gracious men I've had the pleasure to meet. The passing of Stein is truly the end of an era!
Margo Fenton
January 24, 2016
Thanks Stein it was an honor knowing you
Ken Soares
January 24, 2016
Stein, thinking back at the wonderfull year as Aupair with your family. Generous to everybody and real Norwegian who taught me so much about pride. We skied everyday and I was Park City Champion that year in my class, Who was happiest? Bless you.
Kikki Bentzen
January 24, 2016
Juliana, your father inspired my mothers's love of skiing in the 50's. She and my dad (both still skiing in their 80's) have been hosting our extended family's ski vacations in Park City and Deer Valley since the 80's. We've enjoyed seeing your dad ski and trying to imitate his style. Its a very fun way to ski! He's now influenced three generations of skiers in our family. Many thanks to him and your family for the joy his influence has brought to our family. It is truly an amazing legacy he has left. Deepest sympathy for your loss.
Laura Klebosky
January 24, 2016
Stein is an international icon of skiing who's timeless memory transends generations of skiers.
Eric Rentschler
January 24, 2016
Stein you were a shiny star and a kind and loving man!!!! One of my fondest memories was spending time with you and Steiny and your family and partaking in aquavit. Park City holds some of the best times of my life and I thank my father for our beautiful home there. You are loved and will be missed by many :)
Carin Baer
January 23, 2016
Thank you Stein, for the Devine legacy you left, for the dreams you inspired, and for the kind, caring man you will always be. Carve those beautiful turns high in the clouds as you smile down on those that love you!
David HILL
January 23, 2016
Thank you Stein for all the beautiful memories of Deer Valley.
Love Claire Nelson
January 23, 2016
I worked at Bjorn Stova for several years and remember Stein walking in with the "suit of the day" he was such a class act and so sweet. The Christmas parties were fun too, with the schnaps!!!
Caroline (Gardiner) Torres
January 23, 2016
As a child I grew up with Stein and his daughter Julianna. Lots of memories and days skiing. As he got older and needed to continue to get stronger we loved treating him at my physical therapy clinic, listened to his stories and loved to see him want to get better. He always rose to the occasion and was gracious. I will miss his hugs and kind words even if he was not feeling well.
Andrea Terwillegar
January 23, 2016
Stein you always made me smile!! You introduce skiing to me as well( even though that first day on the lift ,day prior to opening day with Ava ready To travel the mountain only to find out I had never!! Skied !! I was a pro at many sports but skiing was not one of them!!
After shock and laughter between the three of us you and Ava left to ski I slip and slid my way back to the lodge) but it was the best day!! And days ahead made me a skier and our friendship remained always with many other days of laughter!!
You will remain in all our hearts!!!!forever and always
Carlinda Hailstone
January 23, 2016
Stein, thanks for all the happy memories skiing with you. Your "Ski with Stein" day as a kid growing up in Park City left a lifetime impact. I still have my trophies displayed with pride. R.I.P. Stein.
Troy Putman
January 23, 2016
We pray for peace for your beautiful family. Your Papi was such a leader to all. God Bless! Laurie and Rodney Malone
Laurie Malone
January 22, 2016
I grew up in Wisconsin, and Stein Eriksen was my ski idol as young man! I moved to Utah and worked at Deer Valley for 10 years. As the Public Relations Manager I had the honor to schedule Steins ski days with writers,
celebrities and VIP guests! Snow cat skiing, Discovery Channel video, and
many days at Deer Valley I spent skiing with Stein. Getting to know and
spend time with his family and friends
was an absolute joy.These were the best
days during my time at Deer Valley!!
Steins grace and ski style I have always tried to emulate. I am lucky to
have been close enough to Stein for him to allow me to wear his very special Bogner ski gear that is very
precious to me today!! I will miss every opportunity I had to spend with this great man! Stein will always be my
hero!! Sincerely,
Chester Schneider
January 22, 2016
I remember being a little dude in ski school and bombing down to silver lake for our hot chocolate break where I accidentally sprayed Stein with a hockey stop. Thought I was going to get yelled at all he said was, "Good stop" in his accent smiling. When I got older I recall his New Years Eve parties and slugging champagne in the S.E. Lodge while he wore the white tux like a boss. RIP Stein. God Bless.
Matthew R.
January 21, 2016
Every time I skied at DV I looked for Stein. His superb style always beautifully complimentied Deer Valley's own. He will be missed, but we never lose the ones we love as they remain with us always.
Stephanie Hardield
January 21, 2016
it was a privilege to learn to ski from Stein
and celebrate his birthDAYS in Deer Valley
jerry & Lee , La Jolla
Jerry & Lee
January 21, 2016
Stein will be surely missed by our family. We have been vacationing at Deer Valley since 1982. The highlight of the trip would be to spot Stein on the slopes or at The Lodge. He always made us feel so welcomed. It will not be the same without Stein!
Shevchik Family. Pittsburgh, PA
Nancy Shevchik
January 21, 2016
Having learned to ski in the 1950's, Stein was always my role model for skiing stylishly. Even today my skiing friends remark about my "unique" skiing style. Don Jensen, Wausau WI, life long Rib Mt. Skier.
Don Jensen
January 21, 2016
We would like to express our sincere condolences to the Eriksen family for your loss. We have stayed at the Stein Eriksen Lodge almost every year for the past twenty years. Our children, Samantha and John, learned to ski at Deer Valley. We always looked forward to seeing Stein at the Lodge and spending time with him. He was such a friendly, kind man and a true skiing legend. We will miss him. Our prayers are with you.
Daniel Bergeson
January 5, 2016
I met stein about five years saying that I was from Albany,N.Y,he knew Albany.Because of working at sugarbush V.T. I hope he will be on the cover of one our ski magazines this year or next. God Bless Stein Eriksen
January 1, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Isaiah 12:2 TR
December 31, 2015
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
TR Isaiah 12:2
December 30, 2015
It was an honor and privilege to have met and skied with Stein as a member of the staff, opening Deer Valley and Stein Eriksen Lodge. Stein had exceptional style and grace both on and off the slopes. Many fond memories will remain. May God Bless his family.
John Beckmeyer
December 30, 2015
Please accept my sincerest condolences. May God and your fond memories bring your family peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Ms porter
December 30, 2015
a beautiful man, truly legendary in many ways - the skiiers above all welcome him home
December 30, 2015
Over the many years our family spent at Stein Erikson Lodge as homeowners, we always found Stein to be a sincere, friendly and caring person. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Our condolences to Francois and the family.
Barbara Savin, Scott Savin and the Scoggan family.
December 30, 2015
My deepest condolences. May God provide you with the strength and comfort you need as you cope with your loss. (Psalms 9:9 NWT)
December 30, 2015
During this very difficult time your family is in my prayers. Continue to meditate on the beautiful promises found in God's word! Very soon God's Kingdom will bring all of these about!
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