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Alta Ski Area (Utah)


Administrative History

Alta Ski Area (1939) is a ski area in the Western United States, located in Alta, Utah.

Alta Ski Area is one of the oldest ski areas in the United States. In 1935, the U.S. Forest Service had notable skier Alf Engen scout out the upper part of Little Cottonwood Canyon, where the near-abandoned mining community of Alta was located, to determine its potential for a new skiing area. Having found favorable conditions, Alta was started in 1939 with one chairlift.

Since its beginning, the area has grown to include several hundred more acres of skiable land, as well as several chairlifts providing greater access to the slopes. Today, Alta Ski Area is known for its abundant snowfall and for being one of only three ski areas in the country to completely prohibit snowboarding.

Wikipedia, via WWW, July 29, 2019 (Alta Ski Area; located in Alta, UT; U.S. Forest Service use of Alf Engen to scout out the area in 1935; began in 1939 with one chairlift; growth in land acreage and number of chairlifts; one of three to ban snowboarding entirely from its slopes)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Margie of the Wasatch

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239251074]
Identifier: MSS 9301
Content Description

Contains a DVD of "Margie of the Wasatch," a film produced in 1946 on the slopes of the Alta Ski Area near Salt Lake City, Utah. The film features the acting of notable skier Sverre Engen, and was made in part to showcase several of the attractive qualities of the Alta Ski Area.

Dates: 1946

Ski Aces

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239251157]
Identifier: MSS 9316
Scope and Contents

Contains a DVD titled "Ski Aces," a movie produced by Twentieth Century Fox in 1944. Originally a promotional film for Alta Ski Area in Alta, Utah, it contains the acting of skier Sverre Engen and his brothers.

Dates: 1944

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