Sugarbush Hosts Stein’s Challenge in Recognition of Stein Eriksen
Warren, VT (April 4, 2016) – Sugarbush Resort is hosting the 2nd annual Stein’s Challenge next Saturday, April 16th. With winter’s unexpected return this week which brought seven inches of snow to the summit, resort officials have pushed the Challenge back one week to aim for more spring-like conditions. The competition takes place from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Stein’s Run, challenging participants to ski or ride as many laps on the trail as possible in four hours. Competitors will be offered a dedicated singles line in the Valley House Quad lift line, which takes them directly to the top of Stein’s.
Online registration is available for the event, as well as day-of registration, for $20. Registration day-of will be in the Castlerock Pub from 7:30 – 9:00 AM. Prizes will be awarded for both men and women in ski and snowboard categories. Prizes include gear from Dynastar, Smith, Burton, Anon, and Volkl. Awards will be given out in the Lincoln Peak Courtyard at 3:00 PM.
Spectators are invited to join the fun with an après scene at the base of Stein’s Run that features a pizza oven and refreshment bar.
Both the event and trail are named after legendary alpine skier and Olympian, Stein Eriksen. Eriksen was the Ski School Director at Sugarbush Resort in the 1960’s. It was Eriksen who wanted to cut a trail where Stein’s Run is now, an unorthodox idea at the time given the fall line and pitch of the terrain. During his tenure, Eriksen was known for demonstrating graceful back flips while skiing down the mountain on Sunday afternoons—combining the skills of a gymnast and a world-class skier.
Eriksen passed away at the age of 88 on December 27th, 2015 in his home of Park City, Utah. He is remembered not only for his Olympic Gold in the Giant Slalom in the 1952 Olympics, but more so as the man who combined grace, talent, good looks and marketing savvy to become one of skiing’s first superstars.