Series: PBS Utah Productions
The Alta Experience
The fast-paced glide down memory’s slope features interviews of those who recall the first chairlift in Utah, which began transporting skiers to powder during the season of 1938-39. The Collins Chair was built using equipment salvaged from the silver mines by a group of investors who formed the Salt Lake Winter Sports Association. These investors, led by S.J. Quinney, would develop the resort to serve local residents through the generations. The program highlights the intrepid personalities who helped create Alta. Viewers meet Norwegian immigrant and ski jump champion Alf Engen, who recommended Alta as an ideal site for a ski resort to the U.S. Forest Service, and George Watson, one of the last remaining silver miners, who helped bring about the development of the resort. The program explores early avalanche control innovations at Alta, features “big air” competitions at the annual Gelande jumps during the 1960s and ‘70s, and explores the motive behind the resort’s unique no-snowboarding policy.