Skiing in Sun Valley film, circa 1937  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Skiing in Sun Valley film
circa 1937 (inclusive)
1 reel (10 minutes, 270 feet) : original, silent, color ; 16mm
Collection Number
Skiers in Sun Valley, with scenes of Sun Valley Lodge, and some miscellaneous home movies
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

The original reel is unavailable do to preservation concerns. A viewing copy is available and arrangements can be made to watch the film by contacting Special Collections.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mountaineers Foundation and the Mountain Rescue Council.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

In 1935, Union Pacific Railroad Chairman W. Averell Harriman looked for a way to increase rail passenger traffic to the West. Alpine skiing had gained popularity since the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, so Harriman employed Count Felix Schaffgotsch to search America for the finest spot on which to build a destination ski resort. The Count discovered the area near Ketchum, Idaho, and within days Harriman purchased the 3,888-acre Brass Ranch that would become Sun Valley. The luxurious resort, along with its million-dollar lodge, was opened to the public in the winter of 1936. The world's first chairlifts, designed by a Union Pacific engineer, were installed on the resort's Proctor and Dollar Mountains in the fall of 1936. Sun Valley was also the first resort to offer ski lessons.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Film of skiers in Sun Valley, Idaho, and of the exterior of Sun Valley Lodge, with guests swimming in the lodge's heated pool.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
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VC352 1  Skiing in Sun Valley
Skiers in Sun Valley, Idaho. The exterior of Sun Valley Lodge, with guests swimming in the lodge's heated pool.
Original1 reel (10 minutes, 270 feet) : silent, color; 16mm
circa 1937

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Skiers--Idaho
  • Corporate Names :
  • Sun Valley Lodge (Sun Valley, Idaho)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Sun Valley (Idaho)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Moving Image Collections (University of Washington)
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)