||Wildcat Run, Snow Basin. by Joe Arave In the beginning . . . there was snow in the Rocky Mountains. Then came skiing . . . and ski area pioneers. Andnow... recognition and thanks. The last segment of that evolution will occur Thursday, October 28, during the Marriott Library's Ski Archives' Ski Affair at the Red Lion Hotel, 255 South West Temple, starting with a 7 p.m. reception and followed by an 8 p.m. dinner and awards program. Recognized with special awards and lauded for their contributions to the colorful history of skiing will be the developers (or members of their immediate families) of ski areas that began operation in the late 1930s or early 1940s are located in the intermountain area, and are in operation today. Another criteria is that the individual has not already been honored by the Utah Ski Archives. The areas to be recognized are: * AltaGne of the nation's first and best ski areas, it is world renowned for its powder snow offerings. Romantic Alta! In 1938 a group of Salt Lake City businessmen formed the Salt Lake City Winter Sports Association to develop Alta and provide a place for the citizens of the Salt Lake Valley to ski. The Collins lift began operation in 1939, thus becoming only the second chair lift in the nation. "Alta is for skiers" - the slogan says it all. * Beaver Mountain-This ski area began operation in the late 1930s as a collective effort between the Mt. Logan Ski Club and Logan City. In the early 1940s Harold and Luella Seeholzer purchased the cable tow and entered the ski business. Together with their four children, the Seeholzers built a local area that continues to serve the residents of Cache Valley and the surrounding area. Although Harry Seeholzer died in 1968, the family continues to work together and fulfill Harry's dream - that of making Beaver Mountain a great place to ski. * Brighton-In 1943 Zane Doyle borrowed money to purchased a cable tow at Brighton from K. Smith who was serving in the armed forces in Europe. For decades Zane worked other jobs while he and his family labored to make the Big Cottonwood ski area popular among the locals and known as "the place Salt Lake learned to ski." The operation was sold in 1987, but Zane's sons, Mike and Randy Doyle, continue to operate the ski area as an impressively expanded "local's retreat." * Magic Mountain-Thirty-five miles south of Twin Falls, Idaho, Magic Mountain was built and operated by ski pioneer Claude Jones. Over the years Jones constructed a variety of lifts, including rope tows, a jig-back tow, and a jig-back t-bar. Eventually a Constam t-bar was added, as well as a Poma surface lift and a double chair. The day lodge that still warms chilled skiers is the original built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). Today the Magic Mountain enterprise is owned and operated by Marty and Sheri Jacobs. Archives to Salute Ski Area Pioneers * Snowbasin-Founded by Ogden City as a winter entertainment locale for its citizens, Snowbasin has its roots imbedded in 1939 rope tows on City Hill and Becker Hill. The first chair lift was installed there in 1948. Corey Engen was founding director of the ski school who hired Earl Miller as one of his instructors. Miller served as ski school director for many years until retiring. Snowbasin went into private hands in 1955 when Sam Huntington purchased the area. The area now is owned by the Sun Valley Company and is being touted as an Olympic venue should Utah be named host of the 2002 Winter Games. * Snow King-During the mid-1930s the town hill in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was operated by the local ski club. Its uphill transportation in those days was the same as down - on skis! In 1939 the Jackson Hole Club asked for bids to construct an uphill facility for the hill, and Neil Rafferty, a member of the ski club, submitted the only plan that included a drawing. That so impressed the members of the Club, that he was selected to build the lift that hauled its first skiers during the winter of 1939 - 40. * Sun Valley-World famous, this luxurious winter playground is known as America's first destination ski resort. In the mid-1930s the chairman of Union Pacific Railroad, Averell Harriman, sought a way to boost tourism and passenger travel, so he set out to develop an area on the railroad's western line that would serve up the alluring grandeur and seclusion of a European alpine resort. Sun Valley was born when its Proctor lift began operation in the closing days of the 1936 season. It was the first such chair lift in the country. Seclusion-bent movie stars and author/resident Ernest Hemingway helped make it famous in its early days. * Sundance-In its early days, this Provo Canyon area was known as Timp Haven. On terrain known as Stewart's Flat, Ray and Ava Stewart purchased a rope tow in 1944 for $125 and launched their foray into the ski business. To help keep the tow operating, Ray worked nights at the newly constructed Geneva Steel plant in nearby Orem. During the day Ray, Ava, and their children worked long, hard hours to provide a place for the residents of Utah Valley to ski. The first year of operation required skiers (and the Stewarts) to hike nearly a mile from parking to the rope tow. The rest, as they say, is history.