History: Just ‘Stein’

Stein Eriksen graced the slopes of Snowmass and Aspen building both the Highlands and Snowmass Ski Schools in the 1960s. He was the Norwegian Champion six times between 1949-54, went to the 1948 Sankt Moritz and 1952 Oslo Olympics for Norway in which he won a Gold in the Giant Slalom and a Silver in the Slalom. In 1950 he raced in Aspen during the first FIS held outside of Europe, winning a third place in Slalom just below Zeno Col and Georges Schneider. When Snowmass opened in 1967, they touted Eriksen’s Olympic accomplishments, charm and good looks to build up a world class ski school for the budding resort. He even taught Governor Love, pictured here in Snowmass circa 1968. Eriksen passed away in December, and a celebration of life was held in his honor at Snowmass’ Elk Camp Restaurant on April 8.