Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort photograph collection, 1971-2002

Overview of the Collection

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort photograph collection
1971-2002 (inclusive)
440 photographs
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: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. 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

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

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

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.

Acquisition Information

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 and White prints; 35mm transparencies; contact sheets

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 ResortReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
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  • Photograph number 1-12: Base lodge, tram
  • Photograph number 13-24: Views from tram
  • Photograph number 25-36: Slopes, lodge and lifts
  • Photograph number 37-48: Lifts, skiers, and mall
  • Photograph number 49-60: Breakfast Nook
  • Photograph number 61-70: Inside crowded tram
  • Photograph number 71-82: Tram Room, game room
  • Photograph number 83-113: Exterior views of the Cliff Lodge
  • Photograph number 114-148: People on the mall
  • Photograph number 149-160: Interior and mall views
  • Photograph number 161-193: Skiers on the mall and ski lifts
1 2
Snowbird, run improvement plans
  • Photograph number 1-21: Color views of Snowbird runs
1 3
Construction of Snowbird Resort-2003 Addendum
  • Photograph number 1: Snowbird construction. Photo by Ed Blankman, Snowbird, Utah
  • Photograph number 2: Tent canvas pull
  • Photograph number 3: Cliff Lodge remodel, 1986
  • Photograph number 4: Snowbird Center construction
  • Photograph number 5: Left-Right: Kent Hoopingarner, Reid Cederlof. Deseret News photo 8 by W. Claudell Johnson, March 30, 1976
  • Photograph number 6: Reid Cederlof. Deseret News photo 8 by W. Claudell Johnson, March 30, 1976.
  • Photograph number 7: Ted Johnson watching bulldozer
  • Photograph number 8: Cliff Lodge original construction, circa 1974
  • Photograph number 9-44: Top terminal tram construction, 1970
  • Photograph number 45-68: miscellaneous construction photos
  • Photograph number 69: Tram construction
1 4
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 Bass
  • Photograph number 4: Left-Right: Ted Johnson, Dick Bass
  • Photograph number 5-6: Dick Bass
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People-2003 Addendum
  • Photograph number 1: Left-Right: Kent Hoopingarner, Junior Bounous, unidentified
  • Photograph number 2: Unidentified
  • Photograph number 3: Ted Johnson
  • Photograph number 4: Unidentified
  • Photograph number 5: Snowbird ski patrol. Left-Right: Rick Rogers, Steve Coolige [back to camera], Tom Clixby, Bob Bonar
  • Photograph number 6: Left-Right: Bob Bonar, Marjorie Trulock
  • Photograph number 7: Left-Right: Marjorie Trulock, Marj McKenny
  • Photograph number 8: Ted Johnson
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Skiers and skiing-2003 Addendum
  • Photograph number 1-8: Skiers on chair lift
  • Photograph number 9-10: Skier rounding gate in race, photo by Richard Keith Smith
  • Photograph number 11: Blind skier and escort
  • Photograph number 12: Ski class?, March 1976
  • Photograph number 13: Junior [Bounous?], May 6, 1991, photo by Mike Chew
  • Photograph number 14: Night skiing, February 1982, photo by Greg Brettnacher
  • Photograph number 15: Snow cats grooming runs, April 1983, photo by James W. Kay
  • Photograph number 16: Skiers, March 1980, photo by Richard Henley
  • Photograph number 17-18: Skiers with Snowbird mascot, March 1978, photo by Scott Nelson
  • Photograph number 19: Paving? crew
  • Photograph number 20: Snowboarder, 1994
  • Photograph number 21: Junior and Maxine Bounous, April 1977, photo by Scott Nelson
  • Photograph number 22: Skier in powder
  • Photograph number 23: Group of skiers, 1984, photo by James W. Kay
  • Photograph number 24: Group of skiers, April 1983, photo by Scott Nelson
  • Photograph number 25: Two skiers, February 1984, photo by James W. Kay
  • Photograph number 26: Two skiers (one child) on chairlift, January 1985, photo by Ed Blankman
  • Photograph number 27: Ski racer
  • Photograph number 28: Skier looking at Snowbird tram, photo by Frank Jensen
  • Photograph number 29: Skier jumping, photo by Frank Jensen
  • Photograph number 30: Eddie Morris
  • Photograph number 31: Group of children in ski class, instructors Left-Right: Pat Vogel, Connie Merendino
  • Photograph number 32: Corky Fowler
  • Photograph number 33: Race from Hidden Peak to Snowbird Center, Gad Valley, photo by Scott Nelson
  • Photograph number 34: Freestyle race, 1976
  • Photograph number 35: Carrie Miller
  • Photograph number 36: Left-Right: unidentified, Don Gallagher, photo by Scott Nelson
  • Photograph 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 Nelson
  • Photograph 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
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Summer events-2003 Addendum
  • Photograph number 1: Snowbird in summer
  • Photograph number 2: Couple dancing, photo by Ed Blankman
  • Photograph number 3: Unidentified indoor event, September 13, 2000
  • Photograph number 4: Eagle's Nest, February 1984
  • Photograph number 5: Unidentified event, April 1988, photo by Ed Blankman
  • Photograph number 6: People picking up trash?
  • Photograph number 7: Chick Splice, October 23, 1992
  • Photograph number 8: Eagle's Nest Lodge Club, February 1984
  • Photograph number 9: Group of hikers, photo by Ed Blankman
  • Photograph 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 City
  • Photograph number 12-15: Family outside Snowbird tram
  • Photograph number 16-24: Man in lederhosen playing accordian
  • Photograph number 25-27: View of mountains from top of Snowbird tram
  • Photograph 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
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Buildings, miscellaneous-2003 Addendum
  • Photograph number 1-2: Cliff Lodge
  • Photograph number 3-5: Snowbird tram
  • Photograph number 6-10: Cliff Lodge
  • Photograph number [no No.11]
  • Photograph number 12: No.10 Springs gully, 1979
  • Photograph number 13: Car destroyed in avalanche, Alta, August 1974 [sic]
  • Photograph number 14: Taco Bell Express stand, photo by Eric Schramm
  • Photograph number 15: Man shoveling snow off car
  • Photograph number 16: Creek erosion damage?
  • Photograph number [no No.17]
  • Photograph number 18: Snowbird tram
  • Photograph number 19-23: Skiers on chairlift; lodge in background
  • Photograph 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