Ted Johnson (1927 - 2018)
As the visionary and founder behind Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Ted Johnson forever altered the recreational landscape of Utah. The one-time beach enthusiast in his native California and later a do-it-all employee at Alta Ski Area, Ted in 1965 put his foresight and fortitude into a dream of establishing a resort with the purchase of the Blackjack mining claims, the catalyst to an 800-acre parcel abutting Wasatch National Forest lands in storied Little Cottonwood Canyon.
After persevering through five years of study and setbacks, heartbreak and breakthroughs, and orchestrating the construction of a canyon-long sewer line, Snowbird welcomed its first skiers in 1971. The resort’s environment-embracing sod-covered roofs, internationally-acclaimed ski runs, hotels and cuisine, and a skier/boarder/tourist conveyance system that includes a 120-passenger tram and a skier tunnel, stand as a legacy to the wily “Silver Fox,” an entrepreneur whose quest was not to be denied.