William "Bill" Levitt

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Ski Sport Innovator

Bill Levitt (1917 - 2009)

Passion personifies William (Bill) Levitt. In his every dealing, enthusiasm prevailed. When he served as the town of Alta's first mayor from 1972 to 2005, he performed his duties with great fervor and dedication. As a strong advocate for preserving the pristine environs and watershed of Alta, Bill did it with great passion. That was his way as owner/operator of the Alta Lodge, as one of the founding members of the Utah Ski Association, and as a 25-year instructor for the Alf Engen Ski School at his beloved Alta Ski Area.

Bill was a master at combining his zeal with a low-key, engaging manner to make advocates of doubters for many worthy causes in the larger regional community. Bill was a promoter of expanding public transit systems, housing homeless citizens and ensuring efficiency and fairness in the delivery of municipal services.

His commitment and contributions to the promotion of winter sports led to his induction into the Utah Tourism Hall of Fame in 1988. Passion and Bill Levitt. One and the same.