Aspen History: Stein Erikson Arrives |

Aspen History: Stein Erikson Arrives

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Stein Eriksen skiing at Highlands, circa 1958.
Aspen Historical Society, Mary Eshbaugh Hayes Collection

“Eriksen signed for Aspen,” announced The Aspen Times on November 28, 1957. “One of the world’s top skiers, three-time world champ Stein Eriksen, has contracted to direct the ski school when it opens next year at Aspen Highlands, it was announced yesterday by Whip Jones, promoter of the new area. Presently director of the Heavenly Valley Ski School, Bijou, Calif. And the school at Portillo, Chile, Eriksen is expected to move to Aspen in June, 1958 and assume his duties with the new school next November. According to Jones, negotiations with Eriksen were made two weeks ago during his brief Aspen visit, but no announcement could be made until the former world champion had notified his present employers in Chile and California. During his Aspen visit, which he made with his wife, the former Mrs. Merrill Ford, Eriksen also purchased the Second-and-Hopkins Street house belonging to Jones and his wife Penny. A member of the Norwegian National Ski Team, Eriksen won a gold medal for giant slalom in the 1952 Olympic Winter Games in Norway and earned a first in the slalom and the combined in the in 1954 FIS World Championships in Sweden.”