The Eriksen legend
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 and 1954, and he went to the 1948 St. 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 championships held outside of Europe, winning a third place in slalom just below Zeno Colo and Georges Schneider. When Snowmass opened in 1967, it touted Eriksen’s Olympic accomplishments, charm and good looks to build up a world-class ski school for the budding resort. Eriksen even taught then-Gov. John Arthur Love, pictured at left in Snowmass circa 1968 with Francoise Eriksen.
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