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.