Utahns Jumped at the Chance to Enjoy "The Glory Days"

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Title Utah Ski Archives Newsletter: 1995 (Spring), no. 6
Creator Friends of the Ski Archives
Subject Skis and Skiing--Periodicals; Skiing--Utah--History
Description The Utah Ski and Snowboard Archives is one of the most comprehensive collections in the entire country for research into the history and development of Utah's prospering winter sports industry. The archives document the history of ski competition on local, national, and international levels; the founding of major resorts; snow safety and avalanche control; ski equipment; ski instruction; freestyle skiing; the 10th Mountain Division; back-country skiing; and virtually every facet of winter sports in Utah and the surrounding region. The archives are the repository for the Salt Lake Winter Olympics Games Bid Committee records and the records of the 2002 games themselves.
Table of Contents Utahans Jumped at the Chance to Enjoy 'The Glory Days'; Looking Back at the Archives; Roger Hanson Retires from the Directorship of the Libraries; Journalism Award Goes to Larry Warren; Tales from the Archives; Deja Vu...Utes Ski to 2nd; Tenth Mountain Troops to Receive Archives Salute
Publisher University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program
Contributors Korologos, Mike; Thompson, Gregory C. (Gregory Coyne), 1943-
Date 1995-04
Type Text
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Source Accn 1086
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah Ski Archives
Is Part of Ski Archive
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Source Physical Dimensions 22 cm x 28 cm
Newsletter Date Utah Ski Archives Newsletter, Spring 1995, No. 6
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Karen Edge; Clifton Brooks; Kenning Arlitsch; Chris Anderson
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Date Created 2005-03-16
Date Modified 2015-12-11
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6z31xzb

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Title Utahns Jumped at the Chance to Enjoy "The Glory Days"
Creator Friends of the Ski Archives
Subject University of Utah Libraries --Periodicals; Skis and skiing --Utah--Periodicals.
Description Spring 1995, No. 6 Marriott Library, University of Utah Executive Committee Sue Raemer, Chair Clark Parkinson, Finance Mike Korologos, Communications Carol Lupus, Programs Barbara Amidon, Membership Myrlene Korologos, Special Events Advisory Board Dave Amidon Junior and Maxine Bounous John Bower Leland and Thayre Dennis Alan K. Engen Jim Gaddis John Hoagland Phil Jones Alice and Keith Lange Louis and Betty Lorenz stormy Lupus Marvin Melville Mark Menlove Pat Miller Jan Peterson John Raemer William Shoaf Duane and Jody Shrontz Ron Steele Dan and Connie Steffen Larry Warren Robert Young Utahans JumpedAt The Chance To Enjoy "The Glory Days" That's how many refer to ski jumping when it was at its peak in Utah during the mid 1930s. Those were the days when a short drive to Ecker hill just past the summit in Parleys Canyon allowed enthusiasts to witness some of the best ski jumpers in the world compete for prizes and just enough cash to get the to the next tournament. It was cheap, but exciting entertainment in those days of the Great Depression. At the zenith of the sport, the Utah Ski Club hosted the 1937 America National Championships at Ecker Hill, now the site of an upscale residential area. That was when Alf Engen, now director of skiing at Alta, out-distanced the mark of Norway's national champion by 13 feet. These popular jumping tournaments got their start in Utah soon after the turn of the century when an influx of Norwegian immigrants brought the sport to prominence. Small jumping hills dotted the foothills along the Wasatch Front, where immigrants and their newfound local friends imitated their Norwegian he- roes. Larger jumps rose at Fort Douglas, site of Utah's first jumping meet, and at Creole Hill in Park City. In 1930, ski promoters in Ogden, anxious to become involved in the winter sports craze, developed Becker Hill in Ogden Canyon, near where Pineview Dam now stands. It was touted as a jumping hill where world records would be established. But such hype was never proven due to development of Ecker Hill which allowed skiers to fly higher and further. Named after Salt Lake businessman, ski promoter, and Utah Ski Club President Pete Ecker, the jump facility became one of the most famous in the world, thanks to world records which were set with almost every major competition, to the delight of thousands of spectators who lined its outrun, usually over the February 22 holiday commemorating the birth of George Washington. In addition to the professional flyers, local ski jumpers named Kimball, Walker, Rasmussen, Keyser, Nichols and Quinney also demonstrated their aerial prowess on the Class B and C takeoffs at Ecker Hill. Editor: Mike Korologos Continued on page 2 LOOKZNG BACK AT THE ARCHZVES . . . Ten years ago the concept of the ski archives was little more than Greg Thompson and me dis- cussing early skiing in Utah and the pioneers and legends of the industry. Greg was enthusi- astic about the people and places I described. We discussed the need to collect and document Utah's vast skiing history. Lack of time, how- ever, would continue to thwart the effort. In 1989 we finally took the first step when Roger Hanson, Director of the Libraries, University of Utah, was able to fund a small ini- tial program. In connection with Alta's 50th an- niversary, a small program was planned. Over 200 supporters responded! That first gathering at the Fort Douglas Country Club took place on a snowy win- ter evening. An excuse maybe for some to stay away. But the support for the ski archives was overwhelming. It was a nos- talgic event where skiers renewed old ac- quaintances, some not seen for decades. Jan Peterson was on hand with a display of old skis. Almost everyone had a story brought to memory by some piece of equipment on display. Larry Warren, KUTV newsman, prepared an entertaining presentation of vintage ski films. That evening Alf Engen, the first of many Utah Ski Archives honorees, was recognized for his contributions to the ski industry and to the Ski Archives. Alf loaned his scrapbooks to the University Marriott Library for photocopying. Alfs' books became the founding collection of the Utah Ski Archives. The second program came nearly two years later. It was decided that the program would focus on the history of ski instruction. Honored at that program for their contributions to ski in- struction were Bill Lash, Junior Bounous, Earl Miller, and K. Smith. Phil Jones was the MC and made the presentation of awards. It was a great evening of skiing memories. The Utah Ski Archives was not only an effort to preserve ski- ing history; it was now an organization. But or- ganizations need money. Although there were many volunteers, it soon became apparent that an advisory board would be necessary for fund raising and the organizing of future programs. On a snowy April evening an advisory board of enthusiastic volunteers was formed. The board went to work setting up an executive committee, designing a Ski Archives logo, establishing a newsletter, a brochure, and formalizing the annual program and fundraiser as the "Ski Affair." Subsequent Ski Affairs have been held at the Red Lion Hotel with the help of Bill Shorter, a ski archives supporter. A Bavarian theme and buffet have become tradition. At the Ski Affair `92 the Archives honored legends of competition - accepted by Janet Lawson, Beaver Mountain - Luella Seeholzer, Brighton- Zane Doyle, Magic Mountain - Phil Jones, Snowbasin and Sun Valley -Earl Holding, Snow King - Neil Rafferty, and Timp Haven - Ray Stewart. Sverre Engen toured us through some of the early days of some of these areas which narrat- ed film footage. The Marriott Library honored Joe Quinney posthumously for his contributions to the ski in- dustry in Utah. The annual special award is now known as the S. J. and J. E. Quinney Award for the generous founding support the Quinney fan- ily has provided to the Utah Ski Archives. 1993 also saw the addition of a silent auction where bidding was spirited and generous. With Olympic fever on the rise in 1994, the Utah Ski Archives chose to recognize the Olympic movement in Utah and those who have worked toward the Olympic goal since 1966! The honorees recog- nized for their efforts past and present in- Suzy Harris Rytting, Dick Movitz, Corey Engen, Dev Jennings, and Jack Reddish who sadly passed away only days before the event. Sverre Engen was also recognized with a special award from the Marriott Library for his lifetime of work in ski film. The event was a success by any standards. It was a chance to renew friendships, honor some skiing greats, and support the mis- sion of the Utah Ski Archives. The success of the event established a path for future events- over 400 individuals attended. In 1993 the Archives saluted ski area pioneers in the Intermountain area. The areas and indi- viduals honored for their longstanding efforts and dedication to the ski industry included Alta -_---- _-__._-_ --.- ___-_ -- _.___ -. Rampton, John W. (Jack) Gallivan, James R. (Bud) Jack, and Tom Welch. Nick Badami, former owner of Park City Ski Area, was the recipient of the S. J. and J.E. Quinney Award for his outstanding achievement and contributions to the sport of skiing and for his efforts in pro- moting and bringing international compe- tition to Utah. As always, Larry Warren put to- gether an interesting and entertaining video presentation. As the chairman, I now sit in the "easy" chair. I was once told that to be successful one need only to surround oneself with competent people. And I have the very best surrounding me on the Utah Ski Advisory Board. My success has only been as great as their efforts. It pleases me to re- alize that we are accomplishing our dream and are making the Ski Archives a reality with the support of the ski community. My special thanks to all of you for making<descri>Spring 1995, No. 6 Marriott Library, University of Utah Executive Committee Sue Raemer, Chair Clark Parkinson, Finance Mike Korologos, Communications Carol Lupus, Programs Barbara Amidon, Membership Myrlene Korologos, Special Events Advisory Board Dave Amidon Junior and Maxine Bounous John Bower Leland and Thayre Dennis Alan K. Engen Jim Gaddis John Hoagland Phil Jones Alice and Keith Lange Louis and Betty Lorenz stormy Lupus Marvin Melville Mark Menlove Pat Miller Jan Peterson John Raemer William Shoaf Duane and Jody Shrontz Ron Steele Dan and Connie Steffen Larry Warren Robert Young Utahans JumpedAt The Chance To Enjoy "The Glory Days" That's how many refer to ski jumping when it was at its peak in Utah during the mid 1930s. Those were the days when a short drive to Ecker hill just past the summit in Parleys Canyon allowed enthusiasts to witness some of the best ski jumpers in the world compete for prizes and just enough cash to get the to the next tournament. It was cheap, but exciting entertainment in those days of the Great Depression. At the zenith of the sport, the Utah Ski Club hosted the 1937 America National Championships at Ecker Hill, now the site of an upscale residential area. That was when Alf Engen, now director of skiing at Alta, out-distanced the mark of Norway's national champion by 13 feet. These popular jumping tournaments got their start in Utah soon after the turn of the century when an influx of Norwegian immigrants brought the sport to prominence. Small jumping hills dotted the foothills along the Wasatch Front, where immigrants and their newfound local friends imitated their Norwegian he- roes. Larger jumps rose at Fort Douglas, site of Utah's
Publisher University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program
Contributors Korologos, Mike; Thompson, Gregory C. (Gregory Coyne), 1943-
Type Image
Format application/pdf
Identifier arave1.jpg
Source Accn 1086
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah Ski Archives
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Source Physical Dimensions 22 cm x 28 cm
Coverage Temporal Spring, 1995
Newsletter Date Utah Ski Archives Newsletter, Spring 1995, No. 6; Cover
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Karen Edge; Clifton Brooks
Setname uum_usan
Date Created 2002-01-08
Date Modified 2002-01-08
ID 190148
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6z31xzb/190148