Movers and Shakers honored.

Twenty years ago, ski enthusiasts and visionaries realized that historic ski photos and manuscripts should be collected to assure they wouldn’t be lost in dusty attics and that old albums wouldn’t be tossed out. The resulting collection is housed on the University of Utah campus in the J. Willard Marriott Library, and it’s called the Ski Archives. It has grown to be the largest cache of skiing and snow sports history in the country, and it’s a prime research collection, and it’s open to the public.

The Silent Auction is part of the annual fundraiser for the collection. Credit: Harriet Wallis
The Silent Auction is part of the annual fundraiser for the collection.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

The Ski Archives is supported by an annual fund raiser and silent auction. During the gala event this Fall, awards were presented to extraordinary individuals. This year’s top honor went to Deer Valley president and CEO Bob Wheaton who earned the S. Joseph Quinney award – named for the ski visionary and founder of Alta Ski Area. Seven medalists in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic earned the History-Maker awards.

Joseph Quinney Award winner

Deer Valley's Bob Wheaton received the prestigous S. Josephy Quinney Award Credit: Harriet Wallis
Deer Valley’s Bob Wheaton received the prestigous S. Joseph Quinney Award
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Bob Wheaton began at Deer Valley in 1980 doing maintenance as the resort was being built, and he worked his way up to become resort president in 1997, a position he continues today. With Wheaton at the helm, Deer Valley has been rated the number one resort in North America seven times by readers of SKI Magazine. He credits his staff for the resort’s success.

History-Maker Award winners:

Josh Christensen, Park City, Utah, gold medalist, slopestyle skiing.

Kaitlyn Farringron, Bellevue, Idaho, gold medalist, slopestyle snowboarding.

Sage Kotsenberg, Park City, gold medalist, snowboarding half pipe.

Ted Ligety, Park City, gold medalist alpine skiing giant slalom.

Danelle and Rob Ulmstead, Park City, Paralympic bronze medalists, alpine super combined.

Keith Gabel, Ogden, Utah, bronze medalist, Paralympics snowboard cross.

In addition, two organizations celebrated milestones. The Utah Nordic Alliance, with emphasis on bringing skiers into cross-country and providing training and race events, was founded 25 years ago. And the U.S. Ski Team celebrates its 40th anniversary in Park City.

SeniorsSkiing.com was a silent auction partner. Credit: Harriet Wallis
SeniorsSkiing.com was a silent auction partner.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

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