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Margie of the Wasatch motion picture, 1940s
- Alta Lodge
- Margie of the Wasatch motion picture
- 1940s (inclusive)19401949
- 1 16mm film
- Collection Number
- The film Margie of the Wasatch (1940s) is an early promotional film for the Utah ski industry. Filmed at Alta Ski Area in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, the movie uses a narrative about two ski instructors competing for the affection of beautiful ski tourist Margie to showcase the Wasatch Mountains and the lessons, facilities, and services available at the resort. Alta began operations in 1939.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
- Access Restrictions
Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
During the decline in silver mining in the town of Alta, Utah in the early twentieth century, the United States Forest Service employed world champion skier Alf Engen to invesigate the area as a winter sports site and, on his recommendation, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planted hunderds of trees to replenish the area's deforested slopes. In 1937 mining deed owners George Watson and William O'Connor eased their tax burden by donating 1600 acres of surface rights to the United States Forest Service for use as a ski area. The ski area opened in 1938, and the Alta Lodge and Collins chairlift began operations in 1939. The 1940s saw the opening of the Rustler (1947) and Peruvian lodges (1948), the origin of the Alta Ski Patrol, the opening of a center for avalanche research, and the training of Company B, 503 Parachute Battalion for service in World War II. Margie of the Wasatch was filmed during this era of early growth.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The film Margie of the Wasatch (1940s) is an early promotional film for the Utah ski industry. Filmed at Alta Ski Area in Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City, the movie uses a narrative about two ski instructors competing for the affection of beautiful ski tourist Margie to showcase the Wasatch Mountains and the lessons, facilities, and services available at the resort. This film has been digitized and is available to view on DVD.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Margie of the Wasatch motion picture must be obtained from the Special Collections Multimedia Archivist.
Initial Citation: Margie of the Wasatch motion picture A0699. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Margie of the Wasatch
Beautiful Margie arrives at Alta Lodge for a ski vacation and attracts the attention of Sverre Engen and other ski instructors who show off their skills in the beautiful alpine terrain. Narrative promotional film. 41 minutes. Okiers of note who appear in the film:
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Ski resorts--Utah
- Engen, Sverre
Form or Genre Terms
- Moving images