The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame announced that Deer Valley Resort Founder Edgar B. Stern has been elected to the Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Stern’s induction will take place in Aspen, CO, on April 9, 2016, with a special enshrinement ceremony weekend for all 2015 inductees at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum in Ishpeming, MI, the following September.
“Each member of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, including Edgar Stern, was a remarkable leader as an athlete or sport builder,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Chairman Tom Kelly. “So much of what all of us enjoy in our sport today has emanated from the outstanding honored members of the Hall of Fame.”
With the addition of the Class of 2015, Stern will be among 410 honored members. As an extraordinary visionary, Stern revolutionized the ski industry by combining the sport of skiing with the service, food and amenities of a fine hotel. Deer Valley Resort opened December 26, 1981, with the business philosophy that has come to be known throughout the industry as the “Deer Valley Difference.” That business philosophy included such amenities as valet ski service, parking lot shuttles, on-site child care, complimentary ski check, immaculately groomed and uncrowded ski slopes and the finest on-mountain cuisine to be found anywhere.
“Edgar Stern is nothing short of a ski pioneer,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manger of Deer Valley Resort. “His benchmarks have resulted in Deer Valley consistently earning such esteemed titles as United States’ Best Ski Resort and #1 Ski Resort in North America, as well as numerous other accolades.”
Stern is also responsible for luring the U.S. Ski Team to Park City, UT, and his efforts to make Deer Valley one of the premier resorts in the country played a pivotal role in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Deer Valley is regarded as a preeminent venue for the international freestyle community and has played host to international and world competitions for 17 consecutive years, welcoming some of the world’s best ski athletes to its slopes.
Stern passed away in 2008, but his legacy remains the cornerstone of the “Deer Valley Difference.” Numerous worthy organizations have and continue to be the beneficiaries of Stern’s time and resources, including Ballet West, the National Ability Center, Utah Special Olympics, Kimball Art Center, the Salt Lake Symphony and more.
For more information on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Edgar Stern’s induction, please contact resort Senior Communications Manager Emily Summers at 800-424-DEER (3337), 435-645-6522 or view theresort’s website.