From winning races on barrel staves to racing on the U.S. Olympic Team, Dev Jennings’ skiing exploits are exemplary. Carving his first turns on the gully off the first tee at Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Course, Dev used his natural talents and grace on skis to win trophies in the Harriman Cup, Reno’s Silver Belt and national championships. He was a member of the 1947 University of Utah Ski Team, which brought that institution its first national collegiate ski championship.
Dev finished 45th among 102 racers in the downhill competition of the 1948 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland and served as a rifle squad leader and ski and rock climbing instructor for the 10th Mountain Division in the European Theater. His racing talents brought him more accolades while skiing under the banners of the Aspen Ski Team and the Colorado State team. His love of the sport led to forays into ski design and manufacturing, coaching, officiating, marketing and promotion.
Dev was executive director of Ski Utah from 1961-1970 and executive director of Ski New England, a marketing organization promoting 11 of New England’s premier ski resorts from 1975-1995. He was inducted in the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1989 and as a Legend in Ski Competition of the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Ski Archives in 1992.