Oslo, Norway, native Alf Engen served as ski school director at Alta Ski Area for 40 years, starting in 1949. During this tenure he taught thousands the enjoyment of skiing. Because of his skiing prowess in Utah's acclaimed powder snow, he became known as "The Father of the Powder Skiing Technique." Another of his major teaching contributions was serving as director of the popular Deseret News Ski School, which was founded by the newspaper in 1948 and has introduced thousands to the sport.
When the first Intermountain Ski Instructors certification examination was given in 1949, Alf was one of the administrators. Alf's skiing exploits reached well beyond ski instruction:
He was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1959 and was named "Utah's Athlete of the 20th Century" by The Salt Lake Tribune in 2000.