Dean Roberts (1931 - 2015)
As a child, Dean Roberts carried his skis to school so he could “fly” off jumps he built along the way. He held a natural passion for the sport and by the eighth grade, he was a regular at Snowbasin, learning the art of alpine skiing.
At age 17 Dean was a competitive ski jumper and member of both the Weber State and U of U alpine ski teams. In 1959, Dean certified with the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association. Five years later Dean became the owner and director of the ski school at Solitude - the mountain he loved more than any other. In 1994 he became Solitude’s Director of Skiing.
Dean is an Honorary Lifetime member of the PSIA-Intermountain Division, and in 2006 was selected to the PSIA-AASI-Intermountain Ski Instructors Hall of Fame. In 2011 he received his 50-year pin - along with a letter which encapsulates the essence of his remarkable career and echoes the sentiments of a grateful ski industry.
The letter reads: “Thank you for introducing thousands to the wonders of sliding on snow.”