Snow Basin Ski Resort photograph collection, 1939-1990s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Snow Basin Ski Resort photograph collection
1939-1990s (inclusive)
413 items  :  158 photos of varying size and type; 255 digital scans taken from 35mm slides.
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The Snow Basin Ski Resort photograph collection contains photographs documenting the beginnings of the Snow Basin ski area in northern Utah. THe collection also includes views of the resort itself, as well as of skiing techniques and early equipment.
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.


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Nearly 160 photographs, most donated by the National Forest Service, document the beginnings of this northern Utah ski area. Dates on the photographs begin in the early 1940s, with details of ski technique and early skiing equipment. Ogden City Recreation began Snow Basin Ski Area in the late 1930s. It was operated by the city until the 1950s when it was sold to private interests.

The addendum, comprising of folders eight through eleven, consists mostly of modern images of Snow Basin Ski Resort, including: scenic views, children and instructors participating in ski and snowboard education, and downhill racing. During the early nineteen-nineties Salt Lake placed an unsuccessful bid for the 1998 Winter Olympics; folder nine consists of image from a slide show used during the 1998 Winter Olympic proposal process. The addendum is comprised entirely of digital scans; the originals were retained by Snow Basin.

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Snow Basin, Resorts, Scenic Views, and SkiersReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
Snow Basin
Photograph number 1: Big NeedlesPhotograph number 2: Upper Bowls, Mt. OgdenPhotograph number 3: Skiers relaxingPhotograph number 4: Alf Engen testing early snows in Snow BasinPhotograph number 5: City practice hillPhotograph number 6: Midwinter activities at Forest Service ShelterPhotograph number 7: Skiers viewing Mount Ogden Range in distancePhotograph number 8-11: Racing at Snow Basin
Snow Basin
Photograph number 1-16: Ski Lifts at Snow BasinPhotograph number 17-30: Skiers at public shelterPhotograph number 31: Skiers on slopesPhotograph number 32-33: Upper bowls at Snow Basin; Mt. Ogden and the Needles
Snow Basin
Photograph number 1-16: Aerial photographs of Snow Basin developmentPhotograph number 17-19: Skier, close up and stationary
Snow Basin, Resort Skiers, miscellaneous
Photograph number 1: Upper Snow BasinPhotograph number 1a: Finn, Jackson, Rawlinson and friends skiing at Snow BasinPhotograph number 2: Composite photograph of Snow BasinPhotograph number 3-15: Skiers at Snow Basin areaPhotograph number 16-19: Ski racingPhotograph number 20: JumpingPhotograph number 21-37: Skiers at Snow Basin areaPhotograph number 38: View from base area of Snow Basin, circa 1955
Snow Basin, Backcountry
Photograph number 1-17: Ski tourers and winter campers
Resort Activities, Winter and Summer Scenery
Photograph number 1: Chicken Springs down mountain race coursePhotograph number 2-3: Winter snow vehiclesPhotograph number 4: Skiers and lodgePhotograph number 5: Utah Motor ToursPhotograph number 6: Base of Snow BasinPhotograph number 7: Measuring snow densityPhotograph number 8: Toboggan with cachePhotograph number 9-14: Views of Snow Basin areaPhotograph number 15: Layout of Snow BasinPhotograph number 16-17: Views of Snow Basin areaPhotograph number 18: Vehicles on the roadPhotograph number 19-22: Early summer view of Snow BasinPhotograph number 23: Architectural sketch of Winter Sports ShelterPhotograph number 24-25: Upski at McCall, Idaho, Payette Lakes Winter Sports AreaPhotograph number 26-27: Color print negatives of Snow Basin
Anniversary Ceremonies
Photograph number 1-5: Group photosPhotograph number 6-22: Speakers
29 June 1953
Scenic Views-Addendum
Photograph number 1-7: Scenic views of Snow Basin
Photograph number 1-25: Scenic Views and skiers at Snow Basin
Slide Show for 1998 Olympic Proposal-Addendum
Photograph number 1: Downtown Salt Lake CityPhotograph number 2: General map of Salt Lake CityPhotograph number 3-4: Signs seen on the way to Snow BasinPhotograph number 5: Ski map of Snow BasiPhotograph number 6: Aerial view of Snow BasinPhotograph number 7-23: Snow Basin general, access, Olympic, and ski run informationPhotograph number 24-25: Aerial views of Snow BasinPhotograph number 26-30: Snow Basin general, access, Olympic, and ski run information
Scenic Views and Skiers-Addendum
Photograph number 1-95: Scenic views of Snow BasinPhotograph number 96-115: Ski and snowboard schoolsPhotograph number 116-193: Downhill racing

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Ski resorts--Utah--Photographs
  • Skis and skiing--Utah--History--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Snow Basin (Utah)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints--1939-1953