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The Marriott Library’s Fun Ski Affair Jumps Back on the Schedule in 2022

The high-spirited Ski Affair, the J. Willard Marriott Library’s largest fund-raiser of the year, will leapfrog back on to our schedule in the fall of 2022.

Dean of University of Utah Libraries, Alberta Comer, announced the event’s return earlier this year.  It was last staged in 2019, its 30-year run halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ski Archives are now available online through the Digital Library!

The awards banquet and reception, which attract some 500 ski and snowboard enthusiasts, helps launch the annual ski season in the region. The gathering honors individuals and organizations that have played prominent roles in shaping today’s billion dollar ski and snowboard industry.

While plans are in the early stages for the return of the Ski Affair, Dean Comer urged all  skiers and boarders, donors, sponsors, and friends to be on the lookout for details as they unfold in 2022.

Proceeds from the Ski Affair help solicit, collect, catalogue, file and digitize the Utah Ski Archives, which were established in 1989 and have become the largest collection of skiing history in the country.

The collection includes the records of the Olympic/Paralympic Winter Games of 2002 held in Salt Lake City, a massive collection of materials donated by the family of ski pioneer/legend Alf Engen, and more than 300,000 photographs donated by Ski Racing Magazine.

Co-founders of the Utah Ski Archives are Dr. Greg Thompson, associate dean for Special Collections at the library (he retired in August 2021) and the late Sue Raemer, one-time library employee and part-time ski instructor at Alta Ski Area.

While there are still lots of snowflakes to fall before the 2022 Ski Affair, the all-volunteer board of directors of the event, headed by long-time chair, Barbara Yamada, encourages skiers, boarders, sponsors, donors, and friends old and new to plan for it and watch for details as they unfold.
Dean Comer reminds that despite the Ski Affair’s absence, the library continues to accept ski/snowboard related photos, scrapbooks, videos and films, brochures, flyers, news stories and feature articles, race results, manuscripts and personal collections.  Oh, yes, and financial donations, too!

Alan and Alf Engen performing a double jump at Mount Blady, CA, 1960. Photo credit: Marriott Library Special Collections.
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