Utah Ski Archives miscellaneous videos, 1932-2003  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Utah Ski Archives
Title
Utah Ski Archives miscellaneous videos
Dates
1932-2003 (inclusive)
Quantity
12 VHS videocassettes and 1 Betacam videocassette
Collection Number
A0323
Summary
The Utah Ski Archives miscellaneous videos (1932-2003) consist of moving images which do not currently fit with in other ski collections. The Utah Ski Archives was established in 1989 to preserve a comprehensive history of skiing in Utah and the Intermountain region.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Even before 1900, miners, mail carriers and other travelers were using skis to traverse Utah's mountain snow, and it was not long before skiing in the state arose as a recreational activity and spectator sport. The Wasatch Mountain Club formed and began leading ski treks in 1912, and, in 1915, the Norwegian Young Folks Society began organizing ski jumping competitions at Ogden's Becker Hill and along the Wasatch Front. By 1936, the resort town of Brighton featured the state's first rope tow and hosted ski races, and it was only a short time after Joe Quinney formed the Salt Lake City Winter Sports Association in 1937 that Utah's first chairlift (only the second in the country) was constructed at the former alpine mining town of Alta in 1938. In the 1940s, Norwegian ski jumper Sverre Engen became Alta's first ski patrolman and the Forest Service's first snow ranger, while his equally accomplished older brother, Alf, took over Alta's ski school. As skiing continued to increase in popularity, organized ski areas sprung up throughout the Wasatch Mountains and in alpine areas across the state, attracting recreational and competitive skiers from local communities and around the world. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 2002.

The Utah Ski Archives was established in 1989 to preserve a comprehensive history of skiing in Utah and the Intermountain region. They are housed at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library in the Special Collections department and consist of photographs, manuscripts and audio-visual material.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Utah Ski Archives miscellaneous videos (1932-2003) consist of various ski-related VHS videocassettes which do not currently fit with any other ski collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
cassette
1 Skiing with Hannes Schneider; Ski Flight; The White Badge; Ski Wonderland; World Ski Techniques

VHS videocassette
Copies of movies transferred from 16mm film:1.) Skiing with Hannes Schneider (1936)Director: Hannes SchneiderSound, B/W (18 minutes)This skiing action film depicts a number of skiers as they cross hills, valleys and ski in various formations. At the end of the film, an inter-title appears on the screen with the following information: "Slo-Motion scenes of the highlights in the preceding picture." This inter-title is followed by a number of slow motion takes of previous scenes.2.) Ski Flight: A Document of Skiing According to the Principles of Hannes Schneider (with OTTO LANG) (1937)Director: Jerome HillNarrator: Ira GenetCommentator: Howard ClaneyMusic: David MendozaEditor: Bert FrankSound, B/W (10 minutes)This instructional ski film features Otto Lang demonstrating Hannes Schneider's "Arlburg Method" of skiing. The separate steps to the method are discussed and are as follows; Schuss, Snowplow, Snowplow turn, Stem turn, Stem Christiania and Parallel Christiania.3.) The White Badge (1962)Sound, ColorDirector: Bob BourdonThis instructional ski film features some of the most prominent ski instructors in the U.S. at the time of its release. The film's featured instructors include Paul Velar (Franconia), Bruce Fen (Lake Placid), Paula Levar (Mittersill), Gary Fisher (Stowe), Rudy Kirsteiner (Snow Ridge), Herbert Schneider (North Conway) and Kurt Sparks (Stowe). As there was no written guide accompanying the VHS tape, the names of featured ski instructors may be spelled incorrectly.4.) Ski Wonderland (1949)Silent, B/W (13 minutes)This silent instructional ski film deals with ski instruction in Switzerland in 1939.5.) World Ski Techniques (1965)Sound, ColorDirector: Robert BourdonThis instructional ski film documents the 7th Interski which took place in Europe in 1965. The film utilizes the talents of professional ski instructors such as Phil Jones, Glen Young, Barry Bryan, Eric Wendish, Toby Vanue, Paul Velar and Willy Shepler. The preceding names were taken from the narration accompanying the film and therefore may be spelled incorrectly.
1936-1965
2 Legends of American Skiing; Skiing with Hannes Schneider; Ski Flight; Ski Wonderland

VHS videocassette
Copies of movies transferred from 16mm film:1.) Legends of American Skiing, 1849-1940Sound, Color (75 minutes)Legends of American Skiing presents the history of the development of modern skiing, especially in the U.S. Featured individuals include John "Snowshoe" Thompson, Charlie Proctor, Roger Langley, "Jackrabbit" Johanssen, Alf Engen, Barney Maclean, Georgi Wren, Dick Durrance, Helen Leigh and Billy Fisk.2.) Skiing with Hannes Schneider (1936)Director: Hannes SchneiderSound, B/W (18 minutes)This skiing action film depicts a number of skiers as they cross hills, valleys and ski in various formations. At the end of the film, an inter-title appears on the screen with the following information: "Slo-Motion scenes of the highlights in the preceding picture." This inter-title is followed by a number of slow motion takes of previous scenes.3.) Ski Flight: A Document of Skiing According to the Principles of Hannes Schneider (with OTTO LANG) (1937)Director: Jerome HillNarrator: Ira GenetCommentator: Howard ClaneyMusic: David MendozaEditor: Bert FrankSound, B/W (10 minutes)This instructional ski film features Otto Lang demonstrating Hannes Schneider's "Arlburg Method" of skiing. The separate steps to the method are discussed and are as follows; Schuss, Snowplow, Snowplow turn, Stem turn, Stem Christiania and Parallel Christiania.4.) Ski Wonderland (1949)Silent, B/W (13 minutes)This silent instructional ski film deals with ski instruction in Switzerland in 1939.
1936-circa 1940
3 Skiing 1932; Ruth Hanson at Sun Valley and Alta

VHS videocassette
Copies of movies transferred from 8mm film:1.) Skiing 1932Silent, B/W (10 minutes)This film contains silent footage of skiers, dog sled races, ski jumping, a man playing with a dog, panoramic shots of mountainsides, spectators watching a ski jumping competition and shots of men and women joking around in front of the camera.In previous registers, it is noted that this VHS tape contains footage of a ski jumper's ski-related death at Ecker Hill. However, during the most recent viewing of the tape, the cataloguer was not able to identify such footage2.) Ruth Hanson at Sun Valley and Alta (1947)Silent, ColorThis portion of the videocassette contains self explanatory images of Ruth Hanson and others skiing at Sun Valley and Alta.
1932-1947
4 Skiing 1932

VHS videocassette
Copy of a movie transferred from 8mm film:Silent, B/W (10 minutes)This film contains silent footage of skiers, dog sled races, ski jumping, a man playing with a dog, panoramic shots of mountainsides, spectators watching a ski jumping competition and shots of men and women joking around in front of the camera.In previous registers, it is noted that this VHS tape contains footage of a ski jumper's ski-related death at Ecker Hill. However, during the most recent viewing of the tape, the cataloguer was not able to identify such footage
1932
5 Dr. Quakenbush Skis the Headwall

VHS videocassette
Copy of a movie transferred from 16mm film:Silent, B/WThis fiction film was produced by Sidney Shurcliff in 1942. The musical accompaniment was produced in 1992 by Keystone Productions. The videocassette copy of this film was donated to the Marriott Library by the New England Ski Museum. The film itself is an intentionally humorous, silent fictional piece dealing with the adventures of Dr. Quakenbush, an explorer, and his two nephews as they attempt to take a ski holiday.
1942
6 Geland Freeskiing

VHS videocassette
Copy of a movie transferred from 8mm film:Silent, ColorThis videocassette contains images of freeskiing during the 1940s.
1940s
7 The Fox Chase

VHS videocassette
Copy of a movie transferred from 16mm film:Writer/Director: Hap KimballSilent (with music), Sepia tonedThis humorous fictional film depicts a man on skis being chased by a group of other men on skis. The film has musical accompaniment but has no dialogue, instead relying on a series of inter-titles to tell its story. At the film's start, there is an inter-title that states that the film was awarded 2nd Place in the Utah Amateur Movie Contest of 1938.
1938
8-9 Park City; Ski

VHS videocassette
Copies of movies transferred from 16mm film:1.) Park City (1954)Sound, B/W (18 minutes)This roughly edited, mainly silent film deals with Park City, Utah's failing mining industry in the early 1950s. At points throughout the film, the viewer is shown interviews with Park City citizens, although these interviews seem to be roughly edited or perhaps even unedited (as does the entire film). The film addresses the fact that Park City, once a booming mining town, was quickly becoming a "Ghost Town" due to low metal prices. The second part of the reel contains interviews with various citizens concerning the uneasy future of the city and the result of the stockpiling solution to the mining problem.2.) Ski (circa 1960s)Silent, Color (18 minutes)Ski paints an ironic portrait of Park City, the once ailing mining town. By the time Ski was filmed, Park City had a growing ski industry that has replaced mining as the city=s primary industry. This film shows ski areas with skiers using rope tows and other early lifts. Downhill and slalom competitions are also included.3 copies
1954-circa 1960s
10 Park City; Ski (Betacam copy)

Betacam videocassette
Copies of movies transferred from 16mm film:1.) Park City (1954)Sound, B/W (18 minutes)This roughly edited, mainly silent film deals with Park City, Utah's failing mining industry in the early 1950s. At points throughout the film, the viewer is shown interviews with Park City citizens, although these interviews seem to be roughly edited or perhaps even unedited (as does the entire film). The film addresses the fact that Park City, once a booming mining town, was quickly becoming a "Ghost Town" due to low metal prices. The second part of the reel contains interviews with various citizens concerning the uneasy future of the city and the result of the stockpiling solution to the mining problem.2.) Ski (circa 1960s)Silent, Color (18 minutes)Ski paints an ironic portrait of Park City, the once ailing mining town. By the time Ski was filmed, Park City had a growing ski industry that has replaced mining as the city=s primary industry. This film shows ski areas with skiers using rope tows and other early lifts. Downhill and slalom competitions are also included.
1954-circa 1960s
11 NBC Nightly News: Alf Engen
Short National Broadcasting Company (NBC) news feature concerning Alf Engen's long career as a skier and ski school teacher. After the interview, the tape features an unedited interview with Alf Engen by NBC (National Broadcasting Company) correspondent, Mike Leonard. This raw footage is also available on Betacam videocassette.
undated
12 University of Utah ski team 2003 highlights

VHS videocassette
Head coach: Kevin Sweeney
2003
13 The Greatest Snow on Earth: Utah's Skiing Story

VHS videocassette
A 55 minute documentary directed by Shawn Emery about the history of skiing in Utah from the late 19th century use of skis for transportation to the state's preparations for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
1999
14 Olympic Highlights: The 2002 Olympic Winter Games

VHS videocassette
NBC produced video featuring highlights from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Narrated by Bob Costas. 83 minutes.
2002
disc
15 Salt Lake 2002: Remember the Journey

DVD
Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) produced video featuring hightlights from the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
2002
16 Pipe Dreams preview

DVD
Preview for the motion picture, Pipe Dreams (Enzo Mileti and James Fields 2002). According to High West Pictures, "Pipe Dreams follows the lives of the US National Snowboard Team member Ricky Bower and US National Aerial Team member Joe Pack during the eight months leading up to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Not only does the film capture Ricky and Joe on the mountain during training, free riding, and competition, but it also follows them off the mountain to examine the lives to two world-class athletes. " This DVD contains only a preview, not the entire motion picture.
2002
17 Bud Greenspan's Salt Lake 2002: Stories of Olympic Glory

DVD
From disc jacket: "Award-winning sports chronicler Bud Greenspan delivers a powerful and emotional look at six individual stories in the official film of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Greenspan goes beyond highlight footage to tell the story of how these athletes overcome incredible obstacles to achieve Olympic glory." 2 hours. Featuring:
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Jim Shea, Jr. (skeleton)
  • Janica Kostelic (alpine skiing)
  • Canada vs. USA (men's ice hockey)
  • Stefania Belmondo (cross-country skiing)
  • Alisa Camplin (freestyle aerials)
  • Brian Shimer (bobsled)
  • Closing Ceremony
2003

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Avalanches--Utah
  • Skis and skiing--Utah--History--Sources
  • Winter Olympics
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Moving images