Stein Eriksen Lodge Honors Namesake with Après-Ski Celebration

Stein Eriksen

More than a revolutionary skiing icon and namesake of the award-winning Stein Eriksen Lodge, the late Stein Eriksen made such an impact on the skiing world that lives on with the annual Stein Eriksen Day celebration. Proclaimed by former Governor Mike Leavitt in 2001, Stein Eriksen Day falls on the legend’s birthday. The team at Stein Eriksen Lodge invites guests to a public celebration by raising a glass and toasting Stein on Tuesday, December 11th, at 3:00 pm in the Mountain Lodge.

“Stein Eriksen changed the course of alpine skiing forever and was a pillar of the Lodge’s foundation from the beginning,’” said Russ Olsen, CEO of Stein Eriksen Lodge and Stein Collection. “Although he is dearly missed on the Deer Valley slopes and around the Lodge, it is our honor and privilege to continue celebrating his enduring impact on the ski industry and the Stein Eriksen Lodge family.”

Tom Kelly, former Vice President of Communications at U.S. Ski and Snowboard, will emcee this year’s event, featuring live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, words of reflection, and a commemorative toast to Stein Eriksen. Guest speakers will include Bob Wheaton, former President and General Manager of Deer Valley Resort; Russ Olsen, CEO of Stein Collection; and closing remarks from Eriksen’s son, Bjorn Eriksen. Guests will raise a glass of champagne or the traditional Norwegian spirit, aquavit, in Eriksen’s honor.

Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine ski racer and six-time Olympic medalist, is hailed as the “Father of Freestyle Skiing.” Ignited by his enthusiasm and impeccable style, Stein helped transform Park City into an elite winter sports destination, now recognized around the globe. His legacy lives on as generations of skiers and guests are welcomed to Deer Valley Resort year after year. Stein’s genuine warmth and graceful perfection on skis have come to define the legendary hospitality and exemplary service exclusively found at Stein Eriksen Lodge.

For more information on the Stein Eriksen Day celebration, please contact Jessica Turner at (435) 604-2793 or Further information on Stein Collection is available at

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