||Nick Badami's Impact W%s Quinney Award Nick Badami Nick Badami is a pragmatist. "I don't worry about yesterday," he says, "because it's history. I can't do anything about it. I worry about the future . . . that I can impact." But all his yesterdays were once tomor- rows and Nick Badami had a great and posi- tive impact on them-especially those deal- ing with skiing in Utah and the West. And he's still at it. The award is named after the late ski vi- sionary and founder of Alta and whose fami- ly was presented the award in 1993. The only For that reason - and more - the University of Utah Marriott Library's Ski Archives Program will present him with its S.J. and J.E. Quinney Award for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions to the Sport of Skiing. The presentation will occur Oct. 27 during the Ski Archives' annual "Ski Affair" at the Red Lion Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. other recipient is Sverre Engen, a ski pioneer in the West and ski movie producer. One of Badami's current "worries" is U.S. Skiing, the three-year old governing body of the sport in America, which came into being when the U.S. Ski Team Foundation and the U.S. Ski Association merged. As chairman of U.S. Skiing since May 1994, Badami has been labeled the country's "godfather of skiing," highly appropriate since his family's roots are founded in Corleon, Italy, hometown of the Godfather of movie fame. U.S. Skiing is the national governing body of the sport in the U.S. and the largest sports orga- nization in the U.S. Olympic family. It is re- sponsible for selecting, funding, fielding, coach- ing and training the U.S. teams that compete in international alpine, cross country, disabled alpine, disabled cross country, freestyle, jump- ing, nordic combined and speed skiing events. His worry-o-meter also includes the U.S. Ski Educational Foundation (he's a trustee) and the U.S. Ski Association (he's a director). He also has chaired the National Ski Areas Association and the American Ski Federation and is a former director of the Avalanche Foundation. The library is honoring the 73-year old ski aficionado primarily for his extensive promo- tion of Utah skiing, particularly on the inter- A native of Manhattan, he grew up in New Jersey and started skiing at age 48. Two years later, in 1970, he purchased his own equip- ment - the eight lifts and 2,000 skiable acres at Alpine Meadows Ski Area near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Three years later he bought the Park City Ski Area. He sold controlling interest in the two ski areas in the spring of 1994 but con- tinues as chairman of the board of the parent company of both resorts. Prior to his foray into the ski business, he was president and chairman of BVD, an umbrella for 16 compa- nies that made and/or sold various men's and women's clothing. national scene. Badami is a member of the Salt Lake City Olympic Bid Committee, which has put the Utah capitol in the favored position in the race to host the 2002 Winter Games. Further, he was very instrumental in having the Park City Ski Area and adjacent Deer Valley Resort des- ignated as venues for slalom and giant slalom races and for free-style events should Salt Lake City stage the Games. In 1974 he was instrumental in having the U.S. Ski Team move its headquarters to Park City, thus embossing Utah's position on America's ski map, and in 1988, he helped lure the U.S. Ski Association (USSA) head- quarters to Park City. His most valuable contribution to Utah is still being played out. In the early 1980s (along with his late son Craig), he convinced demanding pro tour officials that Park City Ski Area could successfully stage professional races. He was right and the pro racing spec- taculars led to bringing the prestigious World Cup events to the town. Now the world's best skiers on two high- profile fronts -the pro circuit and the World Cup circuit - alternate annually unveiling "America's Opening" events on Park City snow during the Thanksgiving weekend. Adding to the glitter of the World Cup open- ers is his presenting the prestigious Nick and Avis Badami Trophy to the combined winner. For nearly a decade these masterfully run events have served as impressive reminders to the International Olympic Committee that Utah is very capable of conducting world- class events. "Craig's dream was to change the `America's Opening' slogan to the `Olympic's Opening,"' muses Badami. "And, you know what? It's going to happen." Then maybe, just maybe, Nick Badami can stop worrying. Continuedfrom page 1 A highly attractive silent auction again will offer numerous items at incredibly low prices. Week-long stays in Hawaiian condos, golf equipment, 3- and 5day ski packages, ski lessons and passes, ski boots, poles, art work and ski photography are among the items you can bid on. Checks are payable to the library. The Archives program and the Marriott Library will honor community volunteers - Cal Rampton, Jack Gallivan, James R. (Bud) Jack and Tom Welch - who have played (and are playing) major roles in Salt Lake City's 30-year effort to host the Winter Olympics. In addition, one of the country's foremost ski aficionados, Nick Badami, will be recognized for his contributions to the sport of skiing. Salt Lake City television news reporter (KUTV) Larry Warren will be the master of ceremonies and present a video showing the history of Salt Lake's Olympic bids. All proceeds from the Ski Affair are used to expand the scope of the Archives' collec- tion of manuscripts, taped histories, scrap- books, video tapes/film, photo collections and dozens of other types of memorabilia and his- torically significant items. They're all docu- mented, referenced, and being made available to researchers and others interested in the col- orful history of skiing in the Intermountain West. The 1994 Ski Affair. It's a good time for a good cause. Don't miss it.