Skiing Legend Stein Eriksen Hospitalized, Now Home
An Olympic gold medalist in giant slalom at the 1952 Winter Olympics and director of skiing at Deer Valley Resort, Eriksen was admitted to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah June 26 with complications from a urinary tract infection while at his home in Park Meadows, according to Deer Valley's Coleen Reardon.
“I just talked to the family and they are excited to announce that Stein is coming home tomorrow,” Reardon told SnoCountry.com on July 8. ““He was in intensive care for a couple of days while they ran some tests and now seems to be on the mend.”
A native Norwegian, Eriksen, 85, is often considered alpine skiing’s first superstar because of his competitive prowess, his distinct reverse-shoulder style and movie-star looks, and the introduction of aerials to the skiing scene.
He is considered the first skier to routinely perform flips on skis for show. His performances, which gained notoriety and glamour while he was at Sugarbush ski school in Vermont (the resort got the nickname Mascara Mountain for the clientele he attracted). That led directly to the development of freestyle skiing as a competitive – and, ultimately, an Olympic – sport.
Eriksen taught at Aspen Mountain and Park City Mountain Resort before coming to Deer Valley – at the time, the nation’s first luxury ski resort -- in the 1980s. At the time of his illness, Eriksen was also host at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, a five-star lodge at mid-mountain in Deer Valley Resort.
Photo: Aerial flip by Stein Eriksen (courtesy of Stein Eriksen Lodge)