K Smith

Ski Pioneer

K Smith started skiing in 1924 in Utah. K owned the Forest Service permits for the Brighton lifts and installed the first T-Bar in 1936. He was President of the Alpine Ski Club in 1940.

K was a member of the famed 10th Mountain Division and was the Battalion Ski Supervisor in the 87th Mountain Infantry. While stationed in Japan, he built the first ski lift in Japan in Sapporo in 1945.

After World War II, he was the area operator at Brighton and started his own ski school in 1946-47. he was responsible for training many Intermountain instructors, many of whom are still active: Keith Lange, Lou Lorenz, Woody Anderson, Bill Lash, and Dean Roberts.

K served on the PSIA-I Board of Directors and was an examiner.

One of his ski programs included free ski busses and instruction for area school children during the 1950s. He supplied many of his instructors with summer jobs on his dude ranch in Wyoming.

K retired in 1972 and was awarded lifetime membership in PSIA-I in 1978.