Year Inducted: 1982
Born: December 11, 1927 Olso, Norway
Died: January 27, 2016 Park City, Utah
Stein Eriksen made his Winter Olympic debut in 1948 at St. Moritz, Switzerland on the Norwegian Alpine Team where he placed 29th in slalom. In 1952 at the Oslo Winter Olympics he became a national hero winning gold in the giant slalom and silver in slalom. At the 1954 FIS Championships in Are, Sweden, he became the first skier to win three gold medals in slalom, giant slalom and combined.
The following season after the ’54 Championships Eriksen immigrated to the United States and started his ski instruction career at Boyne Mountain, Michigan. For the next several years he moved around the country instructing at Heavenly Valley, California; Snowmass, Colorado; Aspen, Colorado and finally settling down at Deer Valley Resort, Utah where he can still be found on the slopes as Director of Skiing.
Stein Eriksen remains an iconic figure in U.S.skiing whose instructional and public relations abilities had a major impact in the popularization of alpine skiing for over 5 decades.