PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) As the world’s best aerial and mogul athletes take to Deer Valley Resort’s slopes for the 2016 FIS Visa Freestyle International Ski World Cup February 4-6, the resort will pay special homage to its late Director of Skiing and legend, Stein Eriksen.
The Stein Eriksen Celebration of Life will take place on Thursday, February 4, in conjunction with the Freestyle World Cup aerial competition. The resort will commemorate Eriksen’s three gold medals at the 1954 World Championships in Åre, Sweden by contributing $54 of each lift ticket sold that day to the Youth Sports Alliance’s (YSA) Stein Eriksen YSA Opportunity Endowment Fund.
Lift tickets on February 4, 2016 will feature a tribute to Eriksen and a commemorative pin has been sketched and designed by Stein Eriksen’s granddaughter Raymie.
For each ticket holder and daytime World Cup event attendee, complimentary pins will be available at resort ticket offices.
Photo opportunities will be available around the mountain including Stein’s Way ski run, the Stein Eriksen Statue in front of Snow Park Lodge, and the torch located adjacent to the snow entrance of Stein Eriksen Lodge at the top of Viking chairlift. Guests are invited to use #CelebrateStein to upload their favorite photos throughout the day.
Following the aerial event on Thursday morning February 4, a dedicated Celebration will take place from 1:35 – 2 p.m. at the World Cup aerial venue finish area. USSA, Vice President of Communications, Tom Kelly will serve as emcee as select friends and family of Stein share memories and stories during this special celebration.
Aerial demonstrations of Stein’s famous front flip will be performed and a celebration video will play during the dedication. Following the evening aerial event on February 4, Deer Valley will present a check to YSA and a firework demonstration will conclude this special day to celebrate Stein.
For more information on the Stein Eriksen Celebration of Life and the 2016 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup, view the resort’s website at deervalley.com,