Axel Andresen is recognized for pioneering the sport of ski jumping in Utah. He immigrated to Salt Lake City from Norway in 1912 and, in 1914, organized a group of ski jumping enthusiasts in the Salt Lake Valley who held the first amateur ski jumping tournament in 1915.
In 1923 Axel was instrumental in forming the Norwegian American Athletic Club, the first ski club west of the Mississippi, which became the Utah Ski Club in the early 1930s. This organization attracted world-class jumpers to competitions in Utah. In ski history, Axel Andresen stands out as a true ski pioneer.