Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center

Utah Olympic ParkThe three-story Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center is the home of the Alf Engen Ski Museum, Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame, Ecker Cafe, retail gift shop, 2002 Eccles Winter Olympic Museum and a conference/meeting room. Prior to the 2002 Games, the $10 million sports center served as the media center for journalists covering the Olympic events at the Utah Olympic Park.

The namesake is Joe Quinney, often referred to as the “father of Utah’s ski industry,” being the original incorporator of the Salt Lake Winter Sports Association in 1938, which later became the Alta Ski Lifts Company. Quinney was born in Logan, Utah and educated at the Utah Agricultural College, now Utah State University, and then Harvard Law School. Quinney died in 1983 at the age of 90.

The Quinney Center also features the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame which enshrined its inaugural class in September 2002. The Hall of Famers are Junior Bounous, Zane Doyle, the Engen brothers – Alf, Sverre and Karre “Corey” – Gretchen Fraser, W. Averell Harriman and Joseph Quinney.

In the Park’s Olympic Legacy Plaza, two heroic size, eight-foot bronze statutes of Joe Quinney and Alf Engen were unveiled in September 2002. The sculptures were created by Alpine artist Kraig Varner.

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