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Margie of the Wasatch

 Collection — Folder: 1
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.


  • 1946


Conditions Governing Access

Open for Public Research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Margie of the Wasatch must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

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.

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.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated to curator, John Murphy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition



Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy II. B. 5. VI.)

Existence and Location of Copies

There is an M-disk of digital material located in the folder.


Collection title taken directly from the DVD, formally titled "Margie of the Wasatch."

Processing Information

Processed; Andy VanDomelen, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2019.

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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