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Title Utah Ski Archives Newsletter: 2009 (Autumn), no. 28
Creator Friends of the Utah 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 2009 Ski Affair; Russ Harmer--Snow-Grooming Pioneer to Receive Quinney Award; White, Mandler to Receive History-Maker Awards; 2008 Sue Raemer Memorial Award
Publisher University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives Program
Date 2009-10
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Relation Is part of: Utah Ski Archives
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Newsletter Date Utah Ski Archives Newsletter, Fall 2009, No. 28
Scanning Technician Jason Vancott
Metadata Cataloger Jake Trauscht; Chris Anderson
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Description Russ Harmer Snow-Grooming Pioneer to Receive Quinney Award (Note: The S. Joseph Quinney Award is named after the late ski visionary and founder of Alta, S. Joseph Quinney. It is presented annually by the University of Utah's J Willard Marriott Library's Ski Archives to those who have made significant contributions to the development of skiing in the Intermountain Region.) Russ Harmer 2009 Quinney Recip ient The next time you're carving graceful, effortless turns on a well-manicured ski slope, thank Russ Harmer. He played a pioneering role in the development of the vehicles used in the specialized task of snow-grooming at ski areas. In 1966, with farming operations at his home in Mapleton, Utah, ceased for the winter, Russ ventured into the Alta Ski Area in search of seasonal employment to tide him over until planting season in the spring. Because of his experience with farming equipment, he was put in charge of operating and maintaining Alta's fledgling fleet of three small, lightweight snow cats, one of which did riot have a cab, only a zip-up tarp to shield the operator from the bluster of the mountain storms and freezing temperatures. It was a fortuitous assignment -- one that finds skiers today enjoying safer slope conditions and speaking glowingly of their slope­side snow conditions with hitherto unheard of words related to skiing such as "groomers, velvet and corduroy". Within two years of Russ' sojourn to Alta, the ski area created a department for snow machines and he was put in charge. Foreseeing the evolution of snow grooming as a means of improving skier safety, making the snow last longer and offering skiers idyllic slope conditions, Russ befriended Mike Beeley at Thiokol, Inc., the Logan, Utah based manufacturer of over-the-snow vehicles. Together they were instrumental in designing, testing and producing a new generation of machines specifically designed for snow grooming. With Russ' design and engineering suggestions and on-mountain testing, Thiokol's specialized machines were made larger, wider, stronger and faster than their predecessors. Their newly-designed hydro-static drives enabled them to be operated in much steeper terrain than before and their wide-track profiles and improved belt arrangements gave the vehicles more floatation and control in Utah's exceptionally light snow conditions. Close on the heels (or tracks) of the new vehicles came specialized attachments and tools that would maximize their efficiency. Always seeking continual improvements. Russ was instrumental in the design and development of many such add-ons, including the 12-way articulating blade that rolled snow as well as pushed it, serving to mix old snow with new to produce optimum skiing surfaces. Thus, a new ski industry was born. Bur Russ' contribution to skiing goes beyond snow-grooming. It includes construction, as witnessed by his name appearing prominently on a bronze plaque at Alta's mid-mountain AlE's Restaurant, which was built in 1992. It lists Russ as construction manager of that popular eatery. And for those reasons Russ Harmer is the 2009 recipient, of the S. Joseph Quinney Award for his contributions to skiing in the Intermountain West. --Mike Korologos *---------------------------*
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Newsletter Date AB_Fall 2009, no 28; Page 2
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Date Created 2010-03-15
Date Modified 2010-03-15
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