Woody Anderson papers, 1956-1991  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Anderson, Woody
Woody Anderson papers
1956-1991 (inclusive)
1 linear feet
Collection Number
The Woody Anderson papers (1956-1991) contain news clippings, brochures, travel guides, correspondence, resumes, and a typescript of a two-part interview with Anderson, conducted in 1990 by Joe Arave.
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
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Alexander Woodruff Anderson was born in Salt Lake City on June 7, 1932 and was a 1957 graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biological sciences. He served in the United States Army from 1950 to 1953, being stationed in Germany from 1950 to 1952. Anderson obtained his first position in the ski industry in 1947 for the Deseret News Ski School/Intermountain Area Junior Race Program. In 1952, Anderson helped found the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association and became its president in 1961. From 1956 to 1967, Anderson and his wife, Sandy, owned and operated three ski and sports shops in Park City and Brighton, Utah. In 1962, he was named the National Certification Chairman to the Professional Ski Instructors of America. From 1964 to 1971, Anderson was the director and president of the Park City Ski School, Inc., and from 1968 to 1971 he was the president of the Utah Ski Association. In 1971, he was named the vice president/general manager of Park City Resort. Owning several small ski areas, instead of one large resort, eventully became the Andersons' goal, prompting them to buy Pomerelle Ski Area, near Albion, Idaho, in 1973 and Magic Mountain Ski Area, near Twin Falls, Idaho, in 1977. In the interview conducted by Joe Arave, Anderson claimed that the difficulty of owning and operating two areas at once persuaded them to sell Magic Mountain in 1984.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Woody Anderson papers (1956-1991) contain news clippings, brochures, travel guides, correspondence, resumes, and a typescript of a two-part interview with Anderson, conducted in 1990 by Joe Arave. The news clippings vary in subject from Anderson's earliest employment in Park City, Utah, in the mid 1950s, to his move to Pomerelle Ski Area in Idaho during the fall of 1974. The brochures and travel guides discuss condominiums and vacation ideas in Park City and Sun Valley Ski Area, Idaho. Most of the correspondence to Anderson and his wife, Sondra J. (Sandy) Anderson, is from their friends and concerns the purchase of Pomerelle Ski Area, although there is one letter that notifies Anderson he has been chosen to submit his vote for the "Resort Man of the Year Award." The interview with Anderson covers his ski industry career up to the mid-1980s and his military experiences from 1950 to 1953. At the end of the interview are resumes for both Anderson and his wife.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Woody Anderson papers, Accn 1233, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 1233.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence 1970-1973
1 2 Woody Anderson Interview and Resumes 1990
1 3 Park City Ski Resort News Clippings 1956-1974
1 4 Park City Ski Resort Brochures and Travel Guides 1973-1975
1 5 Pomerelle Ski Area News Clippings 1973-1975
1 6 Colorado Skiing
A news clipping about Friedl Pfeifer, a friend of Anderson, and a Colorado Ski Museum pamphlet.
1979, 1991
1 7 Sun Valley, Idaho
News clippings, brochures, invitations, and a flyer.
1 8-9 "Ski the Rockies"
Information guide and packet.
1 10 Miscellaneous
Business cards, magazine article, and a news clipping.
2 1 Advertisement Poster
A reprinting of an advertisement in Skiing Magazine, the poster describes the amenities available at Park City Resort.
2 2 Park City Ski Patrol "Award of Merit" 1973
2 3 Winterwest Vacation Itinerary 1973
2 4 Correspondence 1976
2 5 "Cap Cities Ink" Employee Publication 1978
1 Park City Ski School Poster Board
An advertisement with photographs of instructors and lesson price information. This folder is located in the Manuscripts Division map case.
circa 1970

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ski resorts--Idaho--History--Sources
  • Ski resorts--Utah--History--Sources
  • Skis and skiing--Idaho--History--Sources
  • Skis and skiing--Utah--History--Sources
  • Personal Names :
  • Anderson, Woody--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Magic Mountain Ski Area (Idaho)
  • Park City Ski Area (Utah)
  • Pomerelle Ski Area (Idaho)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Oral histories