Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort photograph collection, 1971-2002  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort photograph collection
1971-2002 (inclusive)
440 photographs  :  Number and types of photographs, 1993 donation: 214 color and black and white contact prints and proof sheets. 2003 addendum: 191 digital scans of color and Black&White prints; 35mm transparencies; contact sheets
Collection Number
The Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort photograph collection contains photographs on contact sheets of skiing activities and color prints of ski runs at Snowbird, Utah.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
Access Restrictions

Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Planning for the ski area that was to become known as Snowbird began operation in 1967. By 1971, developers Ted Johnson and Richard Bass had completed enough to open in December of that year. When it opened, Snowbird consisted of one lodge and three restaurants. Ski runs were reached by the Snowbird Tram, which still takes skiers to the top of 11,000 foot Hidden Peak, and three chairlifts, the Wilbere, Gad I and Gad II, named for Gad Valley. The resort employed 290 people. Since then a number of new lifts have been added, as well as many more condominium lodges, restaurants, and other amenities. From the earliest days, Snowbird was planned to be a summer resort as well, offering tennis courts, hiking and mountain biking, the annual Oktoberfest, the Snowbird Institute, and many other features. The development of the resort has not been without controversy, however; from its initial opening to the present, environmental groups such as Save Our Canyons have protested plans to expand the resort. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2002. Other information on Snowbird can be found in the Western Americana division Vertical and Clipping files; oral history interviews and manuscripts collections in the Manuscripts Division; and in the Utah Ski Archives Guide.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort collection consists of two parts: the original collection, donated in 1993, and an addendum donated in 2003. Both contain color and black and white prints of the early years of operation in the 1970s, contact prints, and 35mm color transparencies. Some of the photographs in the 1993 donation are of poor quality. The images in the 2003 addendum exist in digital form only; the originals were returned to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort shortly after scanning and processing.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Some of the images in the 2003 addendum are copyrighted images; No use of these images is allowed without permission from the copyright holder.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Collection is arranged by topic and contains one addendum.

Processing Note

Processed by Drew Ross in 1993 and by Roy Webb in 2003.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, 1971-2002Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
Photograph number 1-12: Base lodge, tramPhotograph number 13-24: Views from tramPhotograph number 25-36: Slopes, lodge and liftsPhotograph number 37-48: Lifts, skiers, and mallPhotograph number 49-60: Breakfast NookPhotograph number 61-70: Inside crowded tramPhotograph number 71-82: Tram Room, game roomPhotograph number 83-113: Exterior views of the Cliff LodgePhotograph number 114-148: People on the mallPhotograph number 149-160: Interior and mall viewsPhotograph number 161-193: Skiers on the mall and ski lifts
Snowbird, run improvement plans
Photograph number 1-21: Color views of Snowbird runs
Construction of Snowbird Resort-2003 Addendum
Photograph number 1: Snowbird construction. Photo by Ed Blankman, Snowbird, UtahPhotograph number 2: Tent canvas pullPhotograph number 3: Cliff Lodge remodel, 1986Photograph number 4: Snowbird Center constructionPhotograph number 5: Left-Right: Kent Hoopingarner, Reid Cederlof. Deseret News photo 8 by W. Claudell Johnson, March 30, 1976Photograph number 6: Reid Cederlof. Deseret News photo 8 by W. Claudell Johnson, March 30, 1976.Photograph number 7: Ted Johnson watching bulldozerPhotograph number 8: Cliff Lodge original construction, circa 1974Photograph number 9-44: Top terminal tram construction, 1970Photograph number 45-68: miscellaneous construction photosPhotograph number 69: Tram construction
Dick Bass-2003 ADDENDUM
Photograph number 1: Alta / Snowbird Grand Opening, December 2002. Left-Right: Alan Engen, Dick Bass, Bill Leavitt, Onno Wiernga, Bob Bonar.Photograph number 2-3: Dick BassPhotograph number 4: Left-Right: Ted Johnson, Dick BassPhotograph number 5-6: Dick Bass
People-2003 Addendum
Photograph number 1: Left-Right: Kent Hoopingarner, Junior Bounous, unidentifiedPhotograph number 2: UnidentifiedPhotograph number 3: Ted JohnsonPhotograph number 4: UnidentifiedPhotograph number 5: Snowbird ski patrol. Left-Right: Rick Rogers, Steve Coolige [back to camera], Tom Clixby, Bob BonarPhotograph number 6: Left-Right: Bob Bonar, Marjorie TrulockPhotograph number 7: Left-Right: Marjorie Trulock, Marj McKennyPhotograph number 8: Ted Johnson
Skiers and skiing-2003 Addendum
Photograph number 1-8: Skiers on chair liftPhotograph number 9-10: Skier rounding gate in race, photo by Richard Keith SmithPhotograph number 11: Blind skier and escortPhotograph number 12: Ski class?, March 1976Photograph number 13: Junior [Bounous?], May 6, 1991, photo by Mike ChewPhotograph number 14: Night skiing, February 1982, photo by Greg BrettnacherPhotograph number 15: Snow cats grooming runs, April 1983, photo by James W. KayPhotograph number 16: Skiers, March 1980, photo by Richard HenleyPhotograph number 17-18: Skiers with Snowbird mascot, March 1978, photo by Scott NelsonPhotograph number 19: Paving? crewPhotograph number 20: Snowboarder, 1994Photograph number 21: Junior and Maxine Bounous, April 1977, photo by Scott NelsonPhotograph number 22: Skier in powderPhotograph number 23: Group of skiers, 1984, photo by James W. KayPhotograph number 24: Group of skiers, April 1983, photo by Scott NelsonPhotograph number 25: Two skiers, February 1984, photo by James W. KayPhotograph number 26: Two skiers (one child) on chairlift, January 1985, photo by Ed BlankmanPhotograph number 27: Ski racerPhotograph number 28: Skier looking at Snowbird tram, photo by Frank JensenPhotograph number 29: Skier jumping, photo by Frank JensenPhotograph number 30: Eddie MorrisPhotograph number 31: Group of children in ski class, instructors Left-Right: Pat Vogel, Connie MerendinoPhotograph number 32: Corky FowlerPhotograph number 33: Race from Hidden Peak to Snowbird Center, Gad Valley, photo by Scott NelsonPhotograph number 34: Freestyle race, 1976Photograph number 35: Carrie MillerPhotograph number 36: Left-Right: unidentified, Don Gallagher, photo by Scott NelsonPhotograph number 37: Free guided ski tours-Hosts and hostesses will acquaint first-time Snowbird skiers with the trail and lift layout daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. They will suggest runs best suited to abilities and all that is needed is a lift ticket. To assist travelers and guests, they also greet skiers at the airport and the resort. Photo by Scott NelsonPhotograph number 38: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort's 1970-80 NASTAR (National Standard Race) Program will be featured every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. This season, skiers will have the opportunity to test their racing skills on Snowbird's newly groomed race course and training hill located on lower Wilbere Ridge. Photo by Scott Nelson.Photograph number 39: The Snowbird Ski School, directed by Junior Bounous is considered one of the most reputable in the United States. Forty full time and thirty part-time instructors teach the ATM style of lessons, for skiers of all ability levels.Photograph number 40: Jan Peterson Raio [?]. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is located in the Wasatch Mountain Range of Utah, averaging 500" of snow annually for skiers to delight in. Snowbird enjoys an extended ski season opening in mid-November and remaining open into early May...with Summer Skiing (snow conditions permitting...) continuing on into late June.Photograph number 41: skiers getting off chair lift
Summer events-2003 Addendum
Photograph number 1: Snowbird in summerPhotograph number 2: Couple dancing, photo by Ed BlankmanPhotograph number 3: Unidentified indoor event, September 13, 2000Photograph number 4: Eagle's Nest, February 1984Photograph number 5: Unidentified event, April 1988, photo by Ed BlankmanPhotograph number 6: People picking up trash?Photograph number 7: Chick Splice, October 23, 1992Photograph number 8: Eagle's Nest Lodge Club, February 1984Photograph number 9: Group of hikers, photo by Ed BlankmanPhotograph number 10: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort features indoor and outdoor tennis facilities. Three indoor courts are provided for guests in the winter, and the outdoor courts are flooded for ice skating. During the summer, two outdoor courts and the indoor courts are available to visitors of Snowbird Village. All courts are located adjacent to Iron Blosam Lodge. Rental equipment is available for tennis and ice skating.Photograph number 11: Snowbird mascot, truck entry in parade, downtown Salt Lake CityPhotograph number 12-15: Family outside Snowbird tramPhotograph number 16-24: Man in lederhosen playing accordianPhotograph number 25-27: View of mountains from top of Snowbird tramPhotograph number 28-30: Stage [appears to be same scene as 1:7:16-24, from different angle]Photograph number 31: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort features yearround tennis facilities. Two outdoor and three indoor courts are available for play from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. In the winter, the outdoor courts are flooded to provide ice skating for Village guests. Instruction, as well as equipment rentals, are available for both sports.Photograph number 32: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort brochures
Buildings, miscellaneous-2003 Addendum
Photograph number 1-2: Cliff LodgePhotograph number 3-5: Snowbird tramPhotograph number 6-10: Cliff LodgePhotograph number [no No.11]Photograph number 12: No.10 Springs gully, 1979Photograph number 13: Car destroyed in avalanche, Alta, August 1974 [sic]Photograph number 14: Taco Bell Express stand, photo by Eric SchrammPhotograph number 15: Man shoveling snow off carPhotograph number 16: Creek erosion damage?Photograph number [no No.17]Photograph number 18: Snowbird tramPhotograph number 19-23: Skiers on chairlift; lodge in backgroundPhotograph number 24-37: View of lodge

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ski resorts--Utah--Photographs
  • Skis and skiing--Utah--History--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Snowbird (Utah)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Contact sheets--1970-1979
  • Photographic prints--Color--1970-1979