Alf Engen

Competitive Skier
Ski Pioneer
Ski Sport Innovator

Alf has been the Ski School Director at Alta since 1949. Before that, he actively competed in Alpine and Nordic events. He was the U.S. National Jumping Champion 16 times, and is the only person to win the National 4-Way Skiing championship by placing first in each event: Downhill, Slalom, Jumping, and Cross-Country in 1940.

From 1931 to 1935, Alf was the National Professional Jumping champion. He also was the Canadian and North American champion in 1937, and the U.S. Open Slalom and Downhill champion in 1942. He was a coach of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team in 1948.

Alf worked for the U.S. forest Service as a technical advisor, assisting with planning and developing recreation areas in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming, including the development of Snow Basin. He was the first person to receive "Hootspa," the award for outstanding contributions to International recognition of Utah's skiing.

Alf was the Director of the Deseret News Ski School from its beginning in 1948. When the first Intermountain Certification exam was given in December of 1949, Alf was one of the administrators.