Ski Hall welcomes four new members

Utah Olympic ParkLast week four individuals who made important contributions to winter sports in the Intermountain Region were inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame. Below is an excerpt from an article published at FirstTracksOnline.com:

Four men who made significant contributions to winter sports in the Intermountain Region in very far-reaching and diverse ways will be inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame in Park City tonight.

The 2009 inductees are:

  • Richard D. (Dick) Bass of Dallas, Tex., who was the developer of Utah’s Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in 1971, one of the original investors in Colorado’s Vail Ski Resort and the first to reach the summit of the highest mountains on each of the world’s continents;
  • Siegfried (Sigi) Engl (deceased) of Sun Valley, Idaho, who won major races in Europe and the U.S., was a member of the storied 10th Mountain Division which fought in Italy during World War II and who catapulted the Sun Valley Ski School into international prominence in the 1950s;
  • Alan K. Engen of Salt Lake City, a one-time Nordic and alpine winner on several levels, long-time instructor and Director of Skiing at Alta, an All American for the University of Utah, and founder of the ski museum at Utah Olympic Park that bears the name his father, Alf;
  • Mike C. Korologos of Salt Lake City, a writer whose articles and photographs on tourism and winter sports in the Intermountain Region have appeared in periodicals world-wide and who was named Utah Ski Journalist of the Year by Ski Utah, the industry’s promotional entity.

Induction ceremonies will be held at the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center at the Utah Olympic Park.

The Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame was established in 2002 and this foursome brings of number of inductees to 42. Each honoree will receive a glass plaque bearing their likeness and biographical overview of their accomplishments and achievements that merit hall of fame status. A duplicate plaque will be enshrined in the Will and Jean Pickett Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame, located in the main foyer of the Alf Engen Ski Museum that is housed in the Quinney Center. The hall is named in recognition of the late ski enthusiasts who lived in Salt Lake City.

According to Scott Ulbrich, president of the non-profit Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation that oversees the Hall of Fame, some 160 are expected to attend the ceremonies. Ulbrich informs that the Hall of Fame selections are made annually by knowledgeable winter sports historians from Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. Selection is based on outstanding achievements in the areas of skiing competition, skiing innovations, ski sport development and significant contributions to the overall promotion of winter sports the Intermountain West.

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