Utah's Top Athlete of the 20th Century


He was named Utah’s Athlete of the 20th Century. He held the world ski jumping record. As a renowned ski instructor, he taught thousands to ski.  He was known as “the father of the powder skiing technique”. He is a member of the National Ski Hall of Fame.  And a ski museum here bears his name.

                Now, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, the late Alf Engen has a special link on a popular website that that features 50 photos of major events in his legendary 70-year career that have never been made public.  Also new on the site is the “Ask a Question” link where visitors can make an inquiry about the history of skiing in Utah and noted ski historian Alan Engen, Alf’s oldest son, will respond on the museum’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

                The Engen link can be found at www.engenmuseum.org, the website of the Alf Engen Ski Museum that his housed here in the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center. 

Connie Nelson, Executive Director of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation, says, “The slideshow and ski history Q & A segment were complied in honor of Alf’s birthday, May 15, 1909.  The exceptional photos came from Alan Engen’s photo library, the University of Utah Marriott Library Ski Archives and the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation.”

                A closer look at Alf’s storied ski exploits can be experienced by visiting the ski museum, which has an exhibit displaying more than 300 of Alf’s trophies, medals, uniforms, scrapbooks, skis, boots, photos and other collectable.   Alf Engen passed away in the Summer of 1997.  

                Admission to the museum is free.  The Quinney Winter Sports Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years’ Day.  The facility is one of many attractions at the Utah Olympic Park, including guided tours of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games competition sites for ski jumping, luge, bobsled and skeleton racing. The Park also is a year-round training site for elite freestyle, ski jumping, luge, bobsled and skeleton competitors.