What They Said: Alf Engen Ski Museum

The following is an excerpt from an article originally posted at SnowSkiing.com:

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.

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Olympic Oval Volunteers Needed


Good Afternoon All – hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday. We are moving forward in this extremely busy Olympic year and looking for additional volunteers for the

FRIDAY, DEC. 11- SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2009

List of days and times volunteers are needed:

Friday, December 11, 2009
8:00am – 2:00pm
1:00pm – 7:00pm (approximately)

8:00am – 2:00pm
1:00pm – 7:00pm (approximately)

8:00am – 1:00pm
Noon – 4:00pm (approximately)

List of areas volunteers are needed:

  • Doping Chaperones: Escort athletes to their drug tests
  • Access Control: Providing access control within the venue
  • Usher: Assist public with seating and questions
  • Check In: Check in volunteers and staff
  • Miscellaneous: Additional help in various capacities

All positions are inside and may require standing on your feet for extended periods of time.


Please contact AMBER CLARK at 801-963-7125 or amber.clark@olyparks.com with the following information:




Utah Athletic Foundation Volunteer Coordinator

Winter Programs: FUNdamentals Ski Program & Wednesday Night Town Challenge

FUNdamentals Ski Program
There is no ski program in North America like the FUNdamentals ski program. This skiing experience will provide kids with a multitude of skiing experiences in one package. Participants in this program will be exposed to all the ski disciplines: Cross country skiing, Nordic ski jumping, Free ride/ Freestyle skiing and Alpine skiing. The goal of the program is to enhance overall ski skills but more importantly provide an environment were youngsters are exposed to all of the ski sports and have FUN.

The program runs from January 5th to March 5th for a total of 16 sessions. Each ski discipline will have 4 sessions for the kids to experience that sport. The cost is $400.00 and that includes a season pass to the Canyons, instruction, cross country equipment and ski passes to White Pine and the UOP. All skiers must have their own helmet and alpine equipment. Skiers must be able to stop and turn easily on green circle terrain, ski in a wedge and or parallel ski.

Wednesday Night Town Challenge 2010
The Utah Olympic Park in conjunction with the Park City Nordic Ski Club and Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery are pleased to join forces to resurrect this unique and fun competition series. Teams of skiers will battle it out on the K20 meter and K40 meter jumps to see who can jump the farthest. Recruit 12 of your best friends to form a team that will have the opportunity to jump six nights during the winter. After each evenings competitions everyone is invited to Maxwell’s to have food, watch a video of the evenings action and win a prize in the weekly raffle.

The cost for each team is $700.00 which includes all instruction, hill and competition fees and a pre season training night. Competitions will take place starting January 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th and 7th. Training and competition are on Wednesday nights 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Find a sponsor as weekly results will be posted in the Park record.

The only prerequisite is a pair of skis, a helmet, a team and the urge to fly!

For more information on these programs go to www.olyparks.com or call 435-658-4208

Wounded warriors will visit Park City

Utah Olympic ParkThe following is an excerpt from an article originally published at ParkRecord.com:

Two soldiers who were wounded in combat will spend five days in December vacationing in Park City.
The trips came through the efforts of Christmas Can Cure and the Wounded Warrior Project. Fountain Green resident Bradley Chidester, Joseph Perez, of Logandale, Nev., and the men’s families were chosen to stay at Silver Star at Park City from Dec. 18-22.

“For these warriors and their families, returning to civilian life and coping with their disabilities has many challenges,” Christmas Can Cure spokesman Andre Carrier said in a prepared statement. “For many, the mental and physical strain only gets worse around the holidays with the added pressure, both emotional and financial, of providing a perfect Christmas for their families.”

Chidester, 27, was hurt in Iraq in October 2004 when shrapnel hit his face, arms and upper torso. Chidester was also shot in the leg as he exchanged gunfire with his attackers near Mosul.

Perez, 43, was injured in a mortar attack during a prison riot in Iraq in 2003. He suffered head, leg and spinal cord injuries.
“They were injured in war but they’re not in wheelchairs,” Christmas Can Cure spokeswoman Nina Lynch said in a telephone interview. “They’re definitely dealing with their wounds and dealing with post traumatic stress disorder.”

During their stay the two families will ski at Park City Mountain Resort, sled at Soldier Hollow and watch some of the world’s best freestyle aerialists at Utah Olympic Park.

“We’re very excited to have the Park City community on board,” Greg Lee, a spokesman for Christmas Can Cure, said in a prepared statement. “Not only is it one of the great ski towns, but it’s also home to the National Ability Center, the world’s premier rehabilitation and outreach facility for many men and women living with disabilities.”

The events scheduled for the families during their stay include “simulated” Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations Dec. 19 and 20.

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Utah Sport For Life

Utah Olympic ParkThe Utah Athletic Foundation (UAF) began a major project to re-invigorate its athlete development pipelines. This new approach was undertaken in response to: desires to increase participation at all levels of sport programming at our venues; interest to introduce more of the population to sport opportunities; and improve winter sport clubs since their success is our success. Along the way we further understood the lack of fundamental skills being focused on and the increase in inactivity of our youth. Under the direction of the UAF, sport and community workgroups were given the monumental task of transforming the UAF development pipeline and took an innovative approach to this challenge. Utah Sport for Life committees are established to lead the transformation. The Utah Athletic Foundation’s goals are to:

  • Identify and share perspectives on how to best run youth sport and physical activity programs. We will do this by reaching out and collaborating with a broad set of sports, recreation, and health organizations in Utah.
  • Introduce the concept of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) into our own UAF Sports Programs and share this fundamental sport philosophy with others in Utah.
  • Develop a Utah model for how we engage Utah’s youth in sport and physical fitness programs. This model will be branded “Utah Sport for Life,” and will incorporate a blend of best practices happening around the state as well as Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) concepts that work for our collective communities.
  • Identify specific areas where the Utah Athletic Foundation could fill a unique niche and/or program void. Our role will be defined over time by listening to ideas, sharing stories, inviting feedback, and integrating our efforts.
  • Effectively improve the program quality of youth sport efforts in Utah. The end result of these improvements will result in a population more engaged in physical activity and a better pipeline of athletes seeking their highest potential.
  • Increase coordination, alignment, and effectiveness of Utah’s sport, recreation, and
    health-related organizations.
  • Create physical literacy in all Utah children and improve the health of all Utahns through long-term participation in sports.

The creation of this Utah Sport for Life resource guide (completion December 2009) is one of the first steps accomplished in this effort. The Utah Athletic Foundation along with the sport and community partners will continue to accomplish the goals set for incorporating Utah Sport for Life principles into Utah communities.

Click here for more information about the partnership between Utah Olympic Park and Utah Sport For Life.

U.S. Olympic Committee Names Utah Athletic Foundation as Community Olympic Development Program

Utah Olympic ParkThe following is an excerpt of an article published by the USOC:

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) today announced the Utah Athletic Foundation (UAF) as a new Community Olympic Development Program (CODP). The UAF operates the Utah Olympic Oval (UOO) in Kearns, Utah, and the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) in Park City, Utah, and provides programs in 10 winter sports.

“We are excited to add the Community Olympic Development Program designation to our efforts in developing athletes in our core winter sports,” said Colin Hilton, UAF President and CEO. “In addition to cultivating sport-specific skills among the athletes, the programs also promote responsibility, leadership, teamwork and community involvement. We look forward to increasing the number of athletes participating in our core winter sports and powerfully continuing the Olympic legacy.”

Several programs are already in place at the UAF and carry the CODP designation, including sport development, coaching clinics, athlete seminars and a mentoring program. Among them:

  • F.A.S.T. (Facilitated Athlete Sport Training) is a speedskating program at the UOO that offers individual training alongside world-class athletes.
  • FLY Freestyle is a year-round aerials, moguls and freeride progressive program at the UOP that combines gymnastics with skiing.
  • The UOP Bobsled and Skeleton Development Program provides professional coaching and a sequence of training opportunities for developing athletes, preparing them to maximize individual potential.
  • Free coaching seminars and clinics center around the mission of “Helping Coaches Help Athletes,” and assist in developing world-class coaches to strengthen and expand athlete pipelines.
  • Free seminars and workshops assist athletes with outside information to expand their personal training programs and development, covering topics such as sports psychology, nutrition, motivation strategies and media training.
  • “Champions Creating Champions” is a mentoring program in development dedicated to inspiring and empowering young athletes. Working with local children in the Park City and Salt Lake City communities, young athletes will be partnered with their heroes to inspire and promote passion and courage.

While the sports of speedskating, freestyle skiing, bobsled and skeleton are currently part of the CODP designation, additional sport programs at the UOO and UOP which may in the future carry the CODP designation are figure skating, hockey, luge, cross-country skiing, ski jumping and nordic combined.

“The UAF has been a critical partner with the USOC, in part by enhancing their world-class facilities for America’s best winter sport athletes at the national and youth level,” said Alicia McConnell, USOC Director, Athlete Services and Programs. “Through the leadership of Colin Hilton, an environment of excellence has been created for both the national team-level athletes who will be heading to Vancouver early next year, as well as for youth development programs. We look forward to more young people in Utah having the opportunity to participate in Olympic winter sports.”

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Good Coffee For A Good Cause

Utah Olympic ParkFor most skiers, blue skies and fresh powder is about as good as it gets. For U.S. mogul skier, Shannon Bahrke, all the blue skies and fresh powder in the world amount to very little without a good cup of coffee to enjoy with friends at day’s end. So, after winning the first Olympic silver medal in U.S. moguls history at the 2002 Games, Bahrke formed the Silver Bean Coffee Co., and in doing so successfully combined two of her great loves: skiing and good coffee.

This is no ordinary coffee company. In addition to six different ski-themed blends with names like “Last Chair Decaf” and “Velvety Groomer,” Silver Bean carries a unique line of “athlete blends,” each one bearing the name and picture of a U.S. Ski Team athlete. As a way to help teammates pay for ever-increasing competition expenses Bahrke’s company gives a portion of each bag sold directly to those athletes, and another portion to a charity of their choice. Talk about a win-win-win! Consumers get good coffee, athletes get financial assistance, and their charities get a nice donation.

The Utah Olympic Park gift shop stocks a variety of the nearly two dozen different athlete blends. Stop by and pick up a bag or two. This may be your only chance to have Lindsey Van, Jeret Peterson, and Julia Mancuso over for coffee in the morning. And don’t forget to watch for Bahrke in Vancouver…She’s hoping to add a “Gold Blend” to the menu.

Deseret News: Gold medal adventures

Utah Olympic ParkThe following is an excerpt from an article published on August 12, 2009 by the Deseret News:

Olympians do it, so why not everyone? Why not … take a long slide, a couple of jumps, a few spins, a flip and put the hands in the air. Then quickly step to the podium for the medal ceremony.

Only in Utah, at all levels, anyway, and only at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.

The Utah Olympic Park is known, obviously, best for the 2002 Olympics. Fourteen Olympic events were held there. Some have carried forward from the Games. Others haven’t.

Those that have carried over have started to attract a range of athletes, from complete beginners to experienced experts. And, they come here from around the world.

Colin Hilton, president/CEO of the Utah Athletic Foundation, overseer of the park, said roughly a third of the daily visitors are from local areas and two-thirds are out-of-state and foreign visitors. They come for a variety of reasons, but most arrive looking for a taste of the Olympics.

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New Video Technology Makes Utah Olympic Park The Premiere Freestyle Training Facility In The World

Utah Olympic ParkThanks to the collective effort of several departments, Utah Olympic Park recently installed the Eye on Performance (EOP) video system at the “Splash Pool.” EOP utilizes several cameras filming simultaneously during training to provide athletes and coaches instant video feedback.

Footage can be viewed right on the pool deck, on one of several 50” plasma TV’s (donated by Panasonic), providing immediate analysis and dissection of the each jump. According to Sport Services Coordinator, Matt Terwillegar, “the installation of EOP at the Park makes it the premiere freestyle training facility in the world. The technology has finally come around to where this kind of training tool is feasible.”

And for all you sliders out there, the Park hopes to have EOP installed on trackside before the winter season. So, polish up those runners and smile for the cameras.

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.