The Stein Eriksen Lodge in Utah (named in honor of Eriksen but not owned by him) provides this information:
Stein Eriksen Lodge is known around the world for its timeless style and uncompromising class. The same can be said of Stein Eriksen himself Ė a skiing legend and Knight First Class for whom the hotel is named.
A 1952 Olympic Gold Medallist who will mark the 50th anniversary of this achievement at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and Park City, Stein Eriksen has successfully combined his passion for skiing with a desire to develop a hotel unrivaled in the world in the Lodge that bears his name.
To accomplish this he, along with business partner Edgar Stern, traveled extensively to mountain hotels throughout the world, borrowing aspects from the finest and adding his own remarkable touches to create this internationally acclaimed hotel. Eriksen serves as host at Stein Eriksen Lodge and is director of skiing at Deer Valley Resort.
Eriksenís four-decade residency in the United States reads like a travelogue. Prior to joining Deer Valley, he was involved in the development of the Park City Ski Area (now known as the Park City Mountain Resort). Before coming to Park City, Eriksen spent four years as director of skiing and ski school director at Snowmass, Colo., and four years as ski school director of Sugarbush, Vt. He also served as ski school director and owned his own sport shop in Aspen, Colo. From 1956 to 1958, he was ski school director at Heavenly Valley, Calif., having previously served in the same position at Boyne Mountain, Mich., upon his arrival in the U.S. in 1954 to 1956.
In 1997, Eriksen was pronounced Knight First Class by His Majesty the King of Norway. The honor, given to a select number of foreign nationals and Norwegian nationals who permanently reside outside of Norway, recognizes outstanding service in the interests of Norway. Steinís contribution to the world of sport and his commitment to the people of his homeland earned him the Royal Order of Merit.
Eriksen attributes his inimitable skiing style to his father, Marius, who competed in the gymnastics competition at the 1912 Olympic Summer Games in Norway. During his youth, Stein also trained in gymnastics, gaining flexibility and agility which proved valuable for skiing. In fact, Stein learned to ski at the same time he learned to walk! The Eriksen family, including Steinís father, his mother, Birgit, and brother Marius Jr., put Norway on the alpine skiing map. Prior to the "Eriksen generation," Norway was primarily a Nordic skiing country. The familyís involvement and success in the Alpine skiing world made Norway, and the world, take notice.
Eriksen currently calls both Utah and Montana home. He spends the off-season playing tennis, archery hunting, fly fishing and participating in any other sport that strikes his fancy. He and his wife, Françoise, have one child, Bjorn. Stein has three additional children from a previous marriage: Julianne, Stein Jr. and Ava.
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An article on the Norwegian Government's Odin website, Winter sports in Norway, remarks:
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