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post #61 of 69
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All pow, all the time now, for Stein.  RIP!

 

Decades later, I was having lunch with a client at Stein's restaurant in Deer Valley.  Stein came through to greet everybody, and asked how we were doing.  I said great, and that we were amazed at the lack of crowds on a great, snowy powder day.  He leaned down and quietly said "I will tell you a secret.  They typical Deer Valley guest takes a day off on a day like this."

 

That ^^^ is funny!   ;-)

 

Also reminded me of something I read about Stein a while back - was able to find it again online...
 

Stein first time skiing powder Sun Valley

 

Look for "Stein took some ribbing about his first run at Sun Valley..." toward the bottom left half of page 13.

 

That great article The One and Only Stein begins on page 9.


Edited by jc-ski - 12/29/15 at 6:23pm
post #62 of 69
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That ^^^ is funny!   ;-)

 

Also reminded me of something I read about Stein a while back - was able to find it again online...
 

Stein first time skiing powder Sun Valley

 

Look for "Stein took some ribbing about his first run at Sun Valley..." toward the bottom left half of page 13.

 

That great article The One and Only Stein begins on page 9.


Nice!

 

The first paragraph under the heading High Noon at Highlands on page 15 is about a regular feature at the Cloud Nine restaurant at Aspen Highlands.  Look for "swan dive."

post #63 of 69

saddened to hear about Steins passing. local SLC news did a segment on him. father of freestyle skiing. 

 

wish i could ski like him and had his hair!!!

post #64 of 69

I worked my way through college as a ski instructor in the late 50's and early 60's. Every good skier wanted to ski like Stein! Still the most elegant skier who ever graced the slopes IMHO.

post #65 of 69
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post #66 of 69

Howdy Folks.

 

New Guy here.

 

I'm a Park City local who's been crossing paths with Stein for over 30 years.

 

In the beginning, in the early 80s, it was mostly at the grocery store. We were nodding acquaintances. It was one of the many things that amazed me about Park City back then. Actual Living Ski Gods walking around in the super market.

 

Back then I skied Park City & he skied Deer Valley. Occasionally I would ski Deer Valley (or Bambi Basin, as we used to call it), and I would make a point to try a find him and shadow him for a run or two. Didn't seem to hurt my turn.

 

In the summer, our relationship consisted entirely of me shanking golf balls into his back yard. His house was and is on Park City Municipal Golf Course. The 13th hole on the back nine. The back nine at Park City is known as "Stein's Nine" to the locals. We played Stein's Nine a lot, so as to avoid those pesky green fees.

 

Over the last 15 years, I've worked off and on in his ski shop at Stein Eriksen Lodge. It's there that I actually began to rub shoulders with him. He was in and out a lot. He always took time to address each & everyone personally. He would look you right in the eye and you knew he really cared about you as a person. A genuinely sweet guy.

 

A genuinely sweet guy who really knew how to have a good time. He was a lot better at it than me. But I would try and keep up when he was around. He had a knack for making you feel good about yourself & everyone around.

 

An earlier poster mentioned his ski accident in 2007. He had just turned 80 at the time, and it took a much greater toll on him than his broken wrist. Ultimately, he quit skiing a couple of years ago.

 

But he never quit being awesome.

 

I see Bjorn, his son, quite a lot. He's CEO of the ski shop. Another genuine sweetheart. And a fun guy.

 

Yesterday, we were both in the shop after skiing. People were still stopping by to offer their condolences.

 

And Bjorn had the perfect reply: "It's OK. He had a good run".

 

 

 

On behalf of Stein's extended family,  thanks to you all for your kind comments.

 

 

Here's a little video Bjorn made on one of the few decent powder days we had last season.

 

Hope it's OK it's embedded in a Deer Valley promo.

 

 

post #67 of 69

Hello again.

 

Tomorrow, in conjunction with the FlS Freestyle event, there will be a celebration of Stein Eriksen's life after the Ladies Aerials Finals, from 1:35 til 2:00.

 

Stein Eriksen Celebration of Life

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Our beloved Director of Skiing, legendary Alpine skier Stein Eriksen passed away peacefully at his home in Park City, Utah, on December 27, 2015, at the age of 88 (view obituary).

 

“Stein was an integral 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 forever live on here where he served as our Director of Skiing for more than 35 years.”

 

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.

 

As the world’s best freestyle athletes take to Deer Valley Resort’s slopes for the 2016 FIS Visa Freestyle International Ski World Cup February 4 – 6, 2016, we will pay special homage to our late Director of Skiing and legend, Stein Eriksen."

 

Details here.

 

http://www.deervalley.com/WhatToDo/Winter/SteinEriksenCelebration

 

Sorry about the late notice.

post #68 of 69

Gravlax and venison meatballs for lunch today, followed by a little Aquavit at Edgars after the ceremony. Stein lived the good life.

post #69 of 69

Came across these a few days ago in the home of a passionate ski collector (Norway). He claims these are very, very rare - just a few pairs made.

 

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