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Engen, Sverre



  • Existence: 1911 - 2001

Biographical History

Sverre Engen (1911-2001) was a Norwegian-American skier, ski coach, and film maker.

Sverre Engen was born in Mjøndalen, Norway, to famous skier Trond Sorli Engen and thus grew up skiing his whole life. In 1918, his father, Trond, died of the Spanish Flu, causing Sverre and his family to move. When Sverre was 18, he immigrated to the United States, first to Chicago then to Salt Lake City, Utah. There he continued to ski, becoming national ski jump champion, ski resort operator, and a pioneer of ski patrol work. He was the first snow ranger in America.

Because of his extensive work and success coaching ski teams and producing ski-related films, the sport was greatly popularized in Utah and Idaho during his life. For all these contributions, he was inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1971. At the age of 90, in 2001, Sverre died in Sandy, Utah.

Wikipedia, via WWW, July 29, 2019 (Sverre Engen; b. 1911, Mjøndalen, Norway; Trond Sorli Engen, father; 1918, Trond died of Spanish Flu; immigration to U.S., Chicago then SLC, age 18; national ski jump champion, ski resort operator, pioneer of ski patrol work; great success coaching skiing and producing films; popularized skiing in the Western U.S.; inducted, U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, 1971) Deseret News, via WWW, July 29, 2019 (d. 2001, Sandy, UT), via WWW, July 29, 2019 (Sverre was the first "snow ranger" in America)

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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