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Alf: Ski Meister of the 20th Century

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9266

Content Description

Contains a DVD about Alan K. Engen labeled, "ALF: ski meister of the 20th century." 1997. This DVD takes place in Utah and was created by Alf's son Alan in honor of his father.


  • 1997


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Open for public research.

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Alf: Ski Meister of the 20th Century must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Alf Engen (1909–1997) was a professional skier both in the United States and internationally.

Alf Marinius Engen was born on May 15, 1909 in Oslo, Norway to parents Trond Sorli Engen and Martha Maranda Oen. He came to the United States in 1929 from Norway, and already had a skill in ski jumping. In 1931, he won the World Pro Championship in ski jumping, and in 1937 he won the national championship in the U.S. He married Evelyn Pack on December 23, 1937 in Centerville, Utah. In 1940, he made the Olympic team both in jumping and in the downhill-slalom, but never competed because the games were canceled due to World War II. In 1948, he coached the United States Olympic jumpers, and in that same year, he founded the Alf Engen Ski School in Alta and ran it until he retired in 1989.

He set several ski jump records throughout the course of his life, and won over 500 sports trophies. Alf also helped in the design of several ski resorts, including Sun Valley, Idaho; Alta, Utah; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was elected to the Helms Hall of Fame in 1954 and the United States Skiing Hall of Fame in 1959.

He died on July 21, 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

Alan K. Engen (1940-) was a professional skier from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Alan Karl Engen was born in 1940 to Alf Marinius Engen and Evelyn Pack, skiing legends and pioneers in Utah. He began skiing at age two and was a competitor in the sport at age 9. Having won numerous awards and competed in several events all around the world, Alan was named a Utah Ski Legend in 1988 and inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 2004.

Additionally, Alan is also credited for spearheading the building of the Alf Engen Ski Museum. Always interested in preserving the history of the sport, Alan has authored two books on the subject and has served as president of the Alta Historical Society, having spent over 50 years working closely with the Alta Ski Area.


1 videodisc (0.05 linear ft.) : 1 DVD

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Custodial History

Donated to Special Collections; date unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Unknown; Unknown date.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history; (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana); II, B, 5, VI.


Title taken from the material.

Processing Information

Processed; Grace Bithell, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2019.

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2020.

Register of Alf: Ski Meister of the 20th Century
In Progress
Grace Bithell
2019 May 9
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States