First Tracks: A Century of Skiing in Utah

First Tracks: A Century of Skiing in Utah

by Alan K Engen, Gregory C Thompson
     
 

From old-time flipflop skis to modern-day snowboards, from miners to Olympians, from Park City to Snowbasin—Alan Engen and Gregory Thompson captur the rich legacy of skiing in Utah's indomitable Wasatch Mountain Range.

"Winter sport had reach the masses, and tiny mom-and-pop ski areas sprouted alongside the major resorts of the Wasatch Front. The fervor of

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From old-time flipflop skis to modern-day snowboards, from miners to Olympians, from Park City to Snowbasin—Alan Engen and Gregory Thompson captur the rich legacy of skiing in Utah's indomitable Wasatch Mountain Range.

"Winter sport had reach the masses, and tiny mom-and-pop ski areas sprouted alongside the major resorts of the Wasatch Front. The fervor of the early pioneers—the miners, Alf Engen, the Rasmussen brothers—spread to thousands of Utahns, who began promoting their home as the King of Winter Sports. The craze for skiing had matured into a deep-rooted respect for the canyons, ridgelines, and fields that harbor alpine and cross-country skiers alike, bringing people together in recreation and competition. Why shouldn't the world share sucha magnificent place?

—Mitt Romney

President and CEO

Salt Lake Organizing Committee,

Olympic Winter Games of 2002

Editorial Reviews

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It makes sense that the author of For the Love of Skiing would be the first to produce a history of skiing in the Beehive State, host of the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586850784
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/19/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Introduction

Skiing—a sport enjoyed by scores of people worldwide and a major contributor to Utah's economy. Estimates indicate that over the last decade of the twentieth centruy, skiing contributed approximately $500 million annually in direct revenue to Utah's economy through purchases for lodging, lifts, ski lessons, transportation, foo, clothing, ski equipment, and other ski-related items. According to the "1999-2000 Utah Skier Survey" prepared by Wikstrom Economic & Planning Consultants, "The estimated direct spending during the 1999-2000 ski season reached $740 million, with additional indirect impacs of roughly $436 million in increased earnings." But it has not always been that way.

What People are saying about this

Peter Shelton
There's no more infectious tale in skiing and no one better to tell it than Alan Engen, whose life is skiing.
— (Peter Shelton Columnist, SKI Magazine, author of, The Insider's Guide to the Best Skiing in Utah)
Philip F. Notarianni
What a joy! Alan and Greg have combined incredible photographs with keen historical interpretation on a subject so vitally significant in Utah history. The reader is visually treated to a comprehensive look at skiing in Utah, from the gritty Scandinavian miners who began the sport, to Utah's role as host of the 2002 Winter Olympiad.
— Philip F. Notarianni, Ph.D. Coordinator of Public Programs, Utah State Historical Society Associate Professor Lecturer, Ethnic Studies Program, University of Utah
Pat Miller
Alan and Greg have captured a superb collection of ski history. The images portray some very magical moments in time. This book will always be a treasure.
— Pat Miller, Coach, University of Utah Ski Team

Meet the Author

Alan K. Engen is the author of the award-winning book For the Love of Skiing: A Visual History. He is also the chairman and president of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation, chairman and president of the Alta Historical Society, and board member of the International Skiing History Association. Currently he is the Director of Skiing at Atla, UTah and has been affiliated with the Professional Ski Instructors of America for more than forty years. He lives in Salt Lake City.

Gregory C. Thompson, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director for the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections and an adjunct assistant professor of history. In the 1980's, he cofounded the Marriott Library's Utah Ski Archives Program. He lives in Salt Lake City.

Mitt Romney, President and CEo, Salt Lake Organizing Committee, Olympic Winter Games of 2002

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Epilogue.

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