While they didn't invent resorts, they invented after ski partying. There were 40 saloons at Alta alone.
By the 1930's - European immigrants brought their long skis and their courage here to
The skiing capital was at Ecker Hill--- now the Pinebrook housing development near
Jumping was big time and the greatest of them all was a Norwegian immigrant, Alf Engen. He had been jumping since he was 7 years old, so this was old stuff by the time he was in his 20's.
The forest service saw a real future in skiing and asked Alf Engan to ski over from Brighton to Little Cottonwood Canyon and have a look if the declining town of
It changed his life. It became his home and 50 years later he was still king of the hill and still remembered the first sight of Alta. It didn't look good
They put up a ski lift called the Collins lift and it was the second chair lift built in
And skiing took off. Alf Engen showed how the first skiers learned to turn as they started the Alf Engen ski school.
And just like that…