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December 11 declared Stein Eriksen day

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He's a former Olympian. He's won gold and silver medals in skiing. He's an icon at Deer Valley Resort and has a lodge named after him. He's Stein Eriksen, Deer Valley's Director of Skiing, and today is his birthday.

Born December 11, 1927, Eriksen turns 86 years old. To mark the special occasion, today was officially named Stein Eriksen Day by former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt.

At the 1952 Winter Olympics held in Oslo, Norway, Eriksen won a gold medal in giant slalom and a silver medal in slalom. Eriksen competed for Norway, but moved to the U.S. shortly after to work as a ski instructor and ski school director at resorts across the country. Eriksen had stints at Boyne Mountain in Michigan, Heavenly Valley in California, Sugarbush in Vermont and Aspen in Colorado before moving to Park City in the 1970s. He worked at Park City Mountain Resort until 1981 when he was asked by Edgar Stern to work for him at Deer Valley. Eriksen has been there ever since, serving at Director of Skiing and host at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. And he even has a black-diamond run named for him, Stein's Way, on Deer Valley's terrain. Skiers and Deer Valley guests can often find Eriksen on the property, attending celebrity events, dining at his namesake lodge, or even skiing (rumor has it that at one time the lodge displayed Eriksen's ski outfit for the day in its lobby so skiers could recognize him out on the mountain).

The Park City Museum's Silver Queen Ball will honor Eriksen later this month. Museum director Sandra Morrison said that honoring Eriksen was an obvious choice based on all that he has accomplished in Park City.

Happy Birthday, Stein Eriksen!

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