Norm Burton

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Norm Burton started his lifelong passion for skiing at Snowbasin on a pair of homemade skis when he was just six years old.

He joined the Snowbasin ski school as an instructor after a stint in the Air Force and graduation from college. Earning his certification from the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association (ISIA) and with a full-time career in accounting, Norm remained on the part-time Snowbasin ski school staff for 18 years. Norm joined the Deer Valley ski school as a supervisor during their inaugural year (1981). He then returned to Snowbasin to direct their ski school for the next eight years, before moving back to Deer Valley as a full-time instructor. He completed his distinguished teaching career when he retired in 2003.

Norm was dedicated to ski teaching and achieved many impressive milestones. He served as a member of the Intermountain Ski Instructors Association (ISIA) Board of Directors, Intermountain Certification Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and President. He also served as a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Board of Directors, PSIA Vice President of Operations, and PSIA President. As PSIA President, Norm attended the 1997 International Ski Instructors Congress in Japan and the 1983 Congress in Italy. In 1980, he skied and trained with the Austrian Demonstration Team at the Austrian National Training Center in St. Christoph, Austria.

Norm was awarded National Lifetime Membership with PSIA in 1985 for his outstanding dedication and contribution to the sport of skiing and the ski teaching profession. He received the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library Ski Archives History Maker Award in 2009 and was inducted into the PSIA-I Hall of Fame in 2016.