Dean Roberts digital photograph collection, 1946-1990s

Overview of the Collection

Roberts, Dean, 1931-2015
Dean Roberts digital photograph collection
1946-1990s (inclusive)
46 items
Collection Number
The Dean Roberts photograph collection consists of digital scans made from color and black and white prints loaned to the Special Collections Department by Dean Roberts for the Utah Ski Archives Ski Affair. Captions listed below were taken directly from the original prints before they were returned.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dean Roberts (1931 - 2015)

As a child, Dean Roberts carried his skis to school so he could “fly” off jumps he built along the way. He held a natural passion for the sport and by the eighth grade, he was a regular at Snowbasin, learning the art of alpine skiing.

At age 17 Dean was a competitive ski jumper and member of both the Weber State and U of U alpine ski teams. In 1959, Dean certified with the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association. Five years later Dean became the owner and director of the ski school at Solitude - the mountain he loved more than any other. In 1994 he became Solitude’s Director of Skiing.

Dean is an Honorary Lifetime member of the PSIA-Intermountain Division, and in 2006 was selected to the PSIA-AASI-Intermountain Ski Instructors Hall of Fame. In 2011 he received his 50-year pin - along with a letter which encapsulates the essence of his remarkable career and echoes the sentiments of a grateful ski industry.

The letter reads: “Thank you for introducing thousands to the wonders of sliding on snow.”

Roberts was inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame in 2017. The above biograpical note is from that event.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Dean Roberts photograph collection consists of digital scans made from color and black and white prints loaned to the Special Collections department by Dean Roberts for the Utah Ski Archives Ski Affair. High-resolution scans were made of the original prints and they were then returned to the donor. Roberts began skiing near his home in Pocatello, Idaho, in the late 1930s. In 1944, his family moved to Ogden, Utah, where he soon began skiing at Snow Basin ski area. After that, he was on the Weber College and University of Utah ski teams, was a ski instructor at Snow Basin ski area from 1957 to 1960; at Brighton ski area from 1960 to 1963, and served as the co-director of the Mt. Empire ski school at Solitude Mountain Resort. He directed the Solitude ski school from 1969 to 1994, and later became the director of skiing at the same resort. He was a lifetime member of the Professional Ski Instructors Association. Mr. Roberts was honored as a History-Maker by the Utah Ski Archives in 2003.

Captions listed below were taken directly from the original prints before they were returned. Captions in brackets were supplied by the processor.

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.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

Processed by Roy Webb in 2003.

Related Materials

This collection forms part of the Utah Ski and Snowboard Archive, which is part of the S.J. Quinney Outdoor Recreation Archive

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1 General images
  • 1: Dean Roberts, age 15. Snow Basin, 1946. (Here you have the latest ski fashion for the year 1946. Please note the tapered trousers fitting snugly into the boot uppers. And the boots, themselves, are a product of the latest technology of the times, with full leather uppers, square hole at the toe that fits securely into the toe irons and the sturdy laces, which when pulled tightly, provides all the ankle support anyone could possibly wish. Just imagine the wonder edge control provided by these boots.
  • Also, please note the striped shirt over which our model wears a plaid shirt-jacket, which not only provides warmth, but allows for necessary freedom of movement. And, of course, you can't overlook the necessary scarf needed for such outings in the snow. All this topped off by a visored ski cap.
  • Our model is also displaying the very latest in ski equipment. Skis by Northland of solid ridge top hickory with "Lettner" steel edges securely screwed to the bottom edges. And of course, they would not be complete without adjustable "Dovre" cables to hold the heel of the boot securely in place.
  • And not to be overlooked is the professional manner that these ski togs are displayed by our model, Mr. Dean Roberts. Very cool the way he hooks his thumb in the pants pocket. Don't you think so?. Author: Kenneth Oscar (Buss) Roberts
  • 2: Dedication of Trond Engen ski jump at Snow Basin 1951. Dean [Roberts] on left won class C, Alf Engen, center, won Class A, and Emmet Parker [right] class B
  • 3: [Left - Right: Darrell Wagstaff [pioneer freestyle skier], Dean Roberts. 1979]
  • 4: [Dean Roberts skiing at Solitude ski area]
  • 5: [Dean Roberts skiing]{scan n07.tif as well}
  • 6: [Dean Roberts skiing at Snowbird]
  • 7: A young Dean Roberts ub Idaho, 1946
  • 8: Dean Roberts at Solitude, late 1970s.
  • 9: Dean Roberts Canooeing in Glacier National Park, 1950s
  • 10: Dean Roberts at Alta, 1951.
  • 11: Dean Roberts with his son Tony at Bear Lake, 1968
  • 12: Dean Roberts with his wife Kay at Brighton, 2011
  • 13: Dean Roberts at with other Solutide SKi instructors, 1982
  • 14: Dean Roberts at Atla, 1951
  • 15: Dean Roberts with his parents, Mamie and Lou, in Pocatello
  • 16: Dean Roberts with Richard Tetzle at Solitude, late 1970s.
  • 17: Dean Roberts at Atla, 1963
  • 18: Dean Roberts at Solitude, mid 1980s
  • 19: Dean Roberts at Solitude at a ski fashion shoot, mid 1980s
  • 20: Dean Roberts with his kids David, Tony, and Mindy
  • 21: newspaper article about PSIA
  • 22-27: Dean Roberts skiing
  • 28: Dean Roberts at an award ceremony
2 1 News
  • 1-5: Dean Roberts, in newspaper articles on water skiing
  • 6: Dean Roberts in a group of 4 water skiers
  • 7: Dean Roberts water skiing, photo by Deseret News 1963
  • 8: Dean Roberts in the Navy, 1940s.
  • 9: Dean Roberts in a summer tennis tournament, 1949
  • 10: Dean Roberts at a sport store with John Wolfer(sp?) and Janet Glassman
  • 11-18: Dean Roberts in news aerticles about Solitude ski resort

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Skiers--Photographs
  • Skis and skiing--Utah--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Roberts, Dean, 1931-2015--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Snowbird (Utah)

Form or Genre Terms

  • digital photographs