Oct 24, 2019 Ski Affair 2019 Awardees Announced
It’s time for the annual fund-raiser for the Ski Archives of the J. Willard Marriott Library at The University of Utah. This year’s Ski Affair will be held at the Little America Hotel on November 5th at 6 PM and tickets are on sale now. The event will include a social hour, silent auction, cash bar, buffet dinner, and an awards program. This year’s award recipients are the Wasatch Mountain Club, who will receive the History-Maker Award, and Alan K. Engen S., who will receive the S.J. Quinney Award.
The Wasatch Mountain Club was founded in May of 1920 with the purpose of “providing an education and activity group for those who enjoyed hiking, ski touring, river running and mountain climbing.” The club currently has a conservation program aimed at canyon and foothill areas to the east of Salt Lake City.
The Marriott Library has several items from the club in special collections including, their constitution, financial records, membership lists, and newsletters all the way back to their founding date. In addition, there is also a map that was published by the University of Utah Press that is stored in the archives.
S.J. Quinney Award
In addition, Engen co-wrote the book, First Tracks: A Century of Skiing in Utah with Gregory C. Thompson, the Associate Dean for the library’s Special Collections. The book aims to “capture the rich legacy of skiing in Utah’s indomitable Wasatch Mountain Range through upbeat informative text and fascinating vintage and recent photographs.”