Alf Engen Ski Museum

January 4, 2010 by  
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Situated in the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, located at Utah Olympic Park, the Alf Engen Ski Museum is a fantastic experience for the entire family. This highly interactive museum will guide patrons through the past right into the future of winter sports in the area. Visitors can enjoy both self-guided and guided tours of the museum as well as the Olympic competition sites.

At the center of the Alf Engen Ski Museum is the Alf Engen Collection. Consisting of more than 300 medals, trophies, uniforms, skis, equipment, photographs and films, the exhibit honors Utah’s top athlete of the 20th Century.

The Ski History display boasts clips from the films “Ski Aces” and “Margie of the Wasatch”, filmed in the 1940s, as well as “Utah on My Mind”, made in the 1970s. Also of interest is the Ecker Hill display, which will take visitors back to the 1930s when ski jumping records were set and broken. Included in the display is the Ecker Hill Trophy awarded during the FIS International Ski Jumping Competition held at Utah Olympic Park. Rounding off the display is a painting by Anton J. Rasmussen of the Engen brothers and the certificate naming Ecker Hill a Historic Place on the National Register. More history is explored in the display explaining the development of Park City. Also worth seeing is the exhibit about the U.S. Forest Service’s contribution to the development of winter sports, highlighting the start of the Professional Ski Instructors Association.

Throughout the Alf Engen Ski Museum you can learn about the development of skiing and snowboarding. The Alpine Speed experience features interactive race courses, as well as a rotating display of ski equipment dating back to the 1930s. An interactive touch-screen monitor provides insight into popular Intermountain Alpine competitors. At the Board Play display you can view a few early snowboards as well as a video about Dimitrije Milovich. Learn about ski jumping at the “Skiing in the Sky” display, with a video, interactive game, photo slide shows and a display of jumping skis.

Other features of the Alf Engen Ski Museum include a diorama of snow safety rangers, information about avalanches, free style skier videos, the Will and Jean Pickett Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame, the Professional Ski Instructors of America – Intermountain Division Hall of Fame, a presentation about how snow occurs in Utah, a display of photographs by Ray Atkeson, the development of cross country skiing, the Ski Action Theater and a large topographical map of Wasatch.

You are certain to have a wonderful time exploring all the facets of the amazing Alf Engen Ski Museum in Utah.