Trollhaugen - Stein Eriksen's Montana Retreat

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Trollhaugen - Stein Eriksen's Montana Retreat

  • Trollhaugen - Stein Eriksen's Montana Retreat

Trollhaugen - Stein Eriksen's Montana Retreat - Recently Sold

Cameron, Montana

Located in the Sundance Bench, a private locked-gate development 40 miles south of Ennis, this 40± acre property enjoys an exclusive end-of-the-road location on a high bench above the rest of the ranch. The land combines extensive timber, open meadows and spectacular views of the jagged peaks of two nearby mountain ranges. Its location gives it private access into national forest for riding and hiking. Sundance owners enjoy exclusive use of a prized wade-fishing-only stretch of the Madison River. A classic 4,298± square foot log home in a unique Norwegian style with extensive decks, an outdoor gazebo with a fire pit, a large garage, a tennis court, plus a comfortable log guest cabin, all with quality finishes, anchor this magnificent and very private Madison Valley estate. 







Trollhaugen is located approximately 40 miles south of Ennis and about the same distance north of West Yellowstone. It lies just off U.S. Highway 287 at the West Fork Cabins turn off, where one crosses the Madison River and proceeds about three miles up a good graveled county road which dead ends at the Sundance Bench security gate.  Good graveled private roads take one to the property entrance about 1.5 miles from the private gate. The ranch gate is located at the base of a canyon where one traverses a steep hill to arrive at a second bench where the buildings are located overlooking the ranch and the river.

This 40± acre tract is arguably the best and most private location in the Sundance development. It is protected by steep canyons to the north and south, and by the Beaverhead National Forest on the west. The property actually extends to the east below the escarpment so one has protection on that side as well.

There is seasonal commercial air service in West Yellowstone and the Ennis Big Sky Airport supports a quality FBO and will accommodate most private jets. It is about a 35-minute drive from Trollhaugen. Bozeman, Montana’s busiest airport, lies just over 1.5 hours to the north. 


Sundance Bench is a sought-after location for fly fisherman from throughout the U.S. Most of the lots are owned by people who are avid anglers and appreciate the mile plus of the Madison River that they share. There are isolated areas of small-tract subdivision in the area that have been occupied by similarly minded anglers who appreciate the incredible diversity of fishing opportunities within 30 miles of this location. There are also large tracts of ranchland that have been protected from subdivision by conservation easements. Ranching remains an important part of this community – particularly in the summer, as this is deep snow country in the winter.

The Madison Valley itself is one of Montana’s two or three most sought-after river valleys. Ennis is its centerpiece and is a truly wonderful small Montana town that exhibits a real sense of civic pride. Its classic main street with its false-fronted buildings and mix of shops, galleries, and eating and drinking establishments is widely admired and enjoyed. The “season” in the Madison Valley brings part-time residents from all over the world. That season is long because it revolves around wildlife and fishing which can begin in May and run through November. Ranches in the valley are generally large and tightly held with many protected by conservation easements which protect the big, open feel of this dramatic valley. Everyone contributes both financially and personally to maintaining the character of this community which has managed to retain a comfortable diversity between the captains of industry who own the big ranches, many anglers and the working Montana families, all of whom call the valley “home.”

General Description: 

The ranch buildings lie at the top of a steep escarpment that forms the expansive Wade Lake Bench. The ranch actually includes some land at the base of this escarpment which offers privacy protection. The access road traverses up the escarpment to the buildings which lie on the bench and against the Beaverhead National Forest boundary. It is only about 1.5 miles across the bench on national forest land to where one can overlook Wade Lake – a recreational jewel within this dramatic landscape. As one reaches the top of the driveway, the buildings are laid out before one with the charming log guest cabin below, and the expansive decks and front entrance of the main lodge above. The setting is perfect but one does not really appreciate it until one walks up to the front door of the lodge and turns around to take in the view to the south. In the foreground one sees miles of the Madison River meandering across the prairie and then the craggy peaks of the Centennial Range dominate the southern skyline and the equally dramatic Madison Range rise to the east. It is a landscape that is difficult to forget and from which one never tires. 


Trollhaugen has 40 deeded acres more or less. 


The main house is estimated to be 3,114 square feet on the main floor with an additional 1,184 square feet in the daylight basement for a total of 4,298±.  Wonderful Norwegian woodcarving is evident throughout the house. It is creative and well executed and gives a certain style to the house. The house is of log construction with hand-peeled logs and lots of stone accents. Another important feature of the house are the extensive wood decks and patios that draw one out in virtually every direction to enjoy the expansive views to the south and east or the intimate woods to the west and north.

The main floor great room is focused around the kitchen with its extensive high granite counters and the stone fireplace where people gather. The house has a true log cabin feel with a unique lower ceiling over the kitchen and fireplace with high ceilings and windows on the sides.  The kitchen is good sized with two sinks – one in a central island – and as mentioned above is virtually enclosed by a high counter separating it from the living room area. It has an adjacent large pantry which is important when one lives so far from the grocery store and has lots of visitors. This room has French doors which draw one out onto the decks and patios to the north and south. The great room also includes a dining area.

The master bedroom is off the west side of the great room and includes a spacious bathroom with a large tub and separate tile shower, as well as its own entrance off one of the patios.

Appropriately the guest or family wing is off the east/opposite side of the great room. There one finds a bunk room with four beautiful built-in carved wooden bunks. Adjacent to it is a bedroom with full bathroom and a door out to the south deck where one encounters a hot tub. There is a second bathroom with shower for the bunk room dwellers and a sunken family room which will accommodate a small pool table or a seating arrangement.

The basement has a half bathroom, a huge pine-paneled storage closet, a large laundry room, a large room that has two Murphy beds, lots of cabinets, a large space currently devoted to a work-out area, and south-facing windows. The utilities are housed here, and the house is heated by electric heaters and radiant heat.

The 500± square foot log guest cabin has a sod roof and looks like it was out of another century but it is actually completely modern with a sleeping nook, sitting area, a cozy adobe-style fireplace, a bathroom with shower and a small kitchen. It is surrounded on 1-½ sides by good, wide decks.

A two-car garage with a small shop is just off the northeast corner of the main house. The shop is heated with hot and cold running water.

A shuffle-board court is located on the lawn on the east side of the house. It actually has the same durable year-round surface as the tennis court.

The tennis court is elevated above the main house and is beautifully laid out with screens, a high referees chair and full seating built into the hill above it. It has a unique year-round surface that has been very durable and has withstood the elements remarkably well.

The gazebo is just below the tennis court and is almost an extension of the patios on the north side of the house. It is creatively designed with stone pillars supporting log posts that in turn support the roof. Extensive stonework encompasses a fireplace, a barbecue grill and a sink with running water.

A greenhouse is also part of the property and a necessity at this altitude. 


The climate in this area is wonderful from late spring through most of the fall, depending on the year. Snow can come early but generally comfortable days and cool nights are the norm. Winters are marked by deep snow and Sundance Bench is normally closed for that portion of the year. Access is by snowmobile and this is a sought-after area for snowmobile recreation. 

Recreational Considerations: 

Certainly Sundance Bench is all about fly fishing. The stretch passing through Sundance has been described as having the best wild trout on the Madison, with a lot of structure and character that the river below it tends to lose. It also happens to be sitting in the epicenter of an incredible diversity of fishing experiences unequalled anywhere else in the U.S. From the large trout to be had in nearby Cliff, Henry’s, Quake and Hebgen lakes to the spring creek like Henry’s Fork River just south in Idaho to the small intimate trout streams of the nearby Centennial Valley and the plethora of opportunities in easily accessed Yellowstone National Park.

Sundance owners are allowed to have horses so riding is available literally out one’s back door in the Gravelly Mountains and there is easy nearby access to many other trails into the Madison Range. The national forest to the west and north is famously “user friendly” for both horseback and hiking.

For snow lovers, Trollhaugen is an idyllic setting for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Most people access their homes by snowmobile in the winter but there are a number of nearby equipment owners who are prepared to open roads for residents. Stein’s family often came for short periods and drove over to Big Sky – about 1.5 hours – to ski by the day. Winter expeditions into Yellowstone Park by way of West Yellowstone are also easily accessed from the ranch. 


Stein Eriksen and his wife Francoise bought the property and built this house well over 30 years ago. As many are aware, Stein Eriksen was a gold and silver medal winner in the 1952 Olympics and went on to win three world championships two years later. His reverse-shoulder technique was revolutionary in the world of skiing and he was also the first person to complete both a forward and a back flip on skis, which he performed regularly for many years at the Aspen Highlands Ski Resort. He moved to Deer Valley and the Park City area and got introduced to fly fishing the Madison River in the late 70s. He fell in love with the area and he and Francoise bought this property and built the original house in 1981. They later built the tennis court and for 20 years they hosted an annual tennis tournament. Only a few privileged valley players received coveted invitations to this prestigious event.

Advancing age and health have caused the Eriksens to offer their home for sale. It comes with many happy memories. 


Real estate taxes are estimated at $1,600 based upon past years. 

Additional Information: 


Sundance Bench is a development of primarily 20-acre tracts, some of which have been divided into 10-acre tracts. The dues run about $500 per 20-acre tract and Trollhaugen consists of two 20-acre tracts. The restrictions include no subdivision, minimum building size of 1,000 square feet, no nuisance, no buildings over 35 feet high, and general sensible restrictions. There is a common area where owners can access the river and the river is available to all owners. The association maintains a coded security gate and maintains the roads and the river access area. We are told that everyone seems to get along well and they keep things simple and inexpensive.

Broker Comments: 

Trollhaugen is a very private seasonal retreat with sensational views, comfortable, well-conceived but not overdone improvements, and private access to both national forest and some of the finest fishing to be found on the Madison River. 

The Facts: 
  • 40 miles south of Ennis and equidistant north of Yellowstone Park
  • Located in Sundance Bench a private gated community
  • 40 deeded acres
  • Adjacent to national forest and at the end of a private road
  • 4800 sq. ft. Norwegian style log home with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms
  • Log guest cottage
  • Large garage and gazebo with outdoor fireplace and barbecue
  • Low maintenance tennis court
  • Access to extraordinary fly fishing on private wade only stretch of the Madison River
  • Exceptional views of the craggy peaks of two nearby mountain ranges
Additional Services: 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission–to represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Berstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally, the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources. Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Bergstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

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Following is a Montana law required disclosure.


Montana law requires that BUYER’s and SELLER’s be advised about the different types of agency relationships available to them (MCA § 37-51-102 & 37-51-321).  A real estate agent is qualified to advise only on real estate matters.  As the client or as the customer, please be advised that you have the option of hiring outside professional services on your own behalf (legal and tax counsel, home or building inspectors, accountant, environmental inspectors, range management or agricultural advisors, etc.) at any time during the course of a transaction to obtain additional information to make an informed decision.  Each and every agent has obligations to each other party to a transaction no matter whom the agent represents.  The various relationships are as follows:

SELLER's Agent:  exclusively represents the SELLER (or landlord).  This agency relationship is created when a listing is signed by a SELLER/owner and a real estate licensee.  The SELLER's agent represents the SELLER only, and works toward securing an offer in the best interest of the SELLER.  The SELLER agent still has obligations to the BUYER as enumerated herein.

BUYER's Agent:  exclusively represents the BUYER (or tenant).  This agency relationship is created when a BUYER signs a written BUYER-broker agreement with a real estate licensee.  The BUYER agent represents the BUYER only, and works towards securing a transaction under the terms and conditions established by the BUYER and in the best interest of the BUYER.  The BUYER agent has obligations to the SELLER as enumerated herein.

Dual Agent:  does not represent the interests of either the BUYER or SELLER exclusively.  This agency relationship is created when an agent is the SELLER's agent (or subagent) and enters into a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER.  This relationship must receive full informed consent by all parties before a "dual-agency" relationship can exist.  The "dual agent" does not work exclusively for the SELLER or the BUYER but works for both parties in securing a conclusion to the transaction.  If you want an agent to represent you exclusively, do not sign the "Dual Agency" Disclosure and Consent" form.

Statutory Broker:  is a licensee who assists one or more of the parties in a transaction, but does not represent any party as an agent.  A licensee is presumed to be acting as a “statutory broker” unless they have entered into a listing agreement with the SELLER, a BUYER-broker agreement with the BUYER, or a dual agency agreement with all parties.

In-House SELLER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the SELLER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the SELLER, but still is obligated to the BUYER as any SELLER's agent would be.

In-House BUYER Agent Designate:   is a licensee designated by the broker- owner/manager (of the real estate brokerage) to be the exclusive agent for the BUYER for a specific transaction in which the brokerage has the property listed and the BUYER is working directly through the same brokerage also.  This agent may not act on behalf of any other member of the transaction and works for the benefit of the BUYER, but still obligated to the SELLER as any BUYER's agent would be.

Subagent:   is an agent of the licensee already acting as an agent for either the SELLER or BUYER.  A "SELLER agent" can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to show the property and solicit offers from BUYER’s.  A "BUYER agent can offer "subagency" to an agent to act on his behalf to locate and secure certain property meeting the BUYER's criteria. 

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NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.