Sanctuaries in the Snow

The Stein Eriksen Shrine (Snowmass)



This Shrine no longer exists.  In April of 2021 the Snowmass Ski Patrol tore out this Shrine, along with 9 more Shrines.  Here are the names of the 10 Shrines that they tore out:  Ben Hogan Shrine, Bob Beattie Shrine, Bobby Jones Shrine, Chicago Blackhawks Shrine, Golf Shrine, Hunter S. Thompson Shrine, Kitty Cat Shrine, Minnesota Shrine, Spider Sabich Shrine, Stein Eriksen Shrine.       

See this Aspen Times article:



The Stein Eriksen Shrine is on Snowmass.  Many thanks to Vega Brhely for finding it and telling me its location. 

Stein was an alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist from Norway and was the first ski school director at Snowmass when it opened in 1967. 

For more information on him, see this page:

See this page for his obituary:

See this Aspen Historical Society page, which has this quote:  "He was the director of skiing at Deer Valley resort, and a five-star, mid-mountain lodge was named in his honor there. In Aspen, he was the ski school director at Aspen Highlands (beginning in 1958) and Snowmass (from 1967 to 1973), and had multiple retail shops. There are tributes to him around town, including a ski run named after him on Highlands." 

See this Stein Eriksen Video: "Skiing’s First Superstar Stein Eriksen | Season Pass" (5:11)

He was the first ski school director at Snowmass, and one of the items in this shrine is a photo of Stein loading the first chair at Snowmass when it opened in 1967.

If you are the person who created this Shrine, please contact me; I have some questions I would like to ask you about it.  [email protected]  

Photos of the Shrine are below; click on images to enlarge.