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Ski & Snowboard News / New exhibits open at the Alf Engen Ski Museum

Dec 07, 2018 11:23AM ● By Harriet Wallis

Young Alf surrounded by some of his trophies / courtesy Alan Engen

For families, the Alf Engen Ski Museum is the best activity. Located in Park City just off I-80 the museum is free to the public, and it's a lot of fun.

Ride a simulated chairlift, try simulated ski jumping (I "crashed" three times), start an avalanche, look up to see ski jumpers flying overhead, and more.

The museum just opened three new showcase exhibits.

Alf Engen's incredible trophies

Alf's trophies in every size and shape / photo: Harriet Wallis

Legendary extreme athlete Alf Engen, known as the greatest all-around skier ever, was a champion soccer player, skier and ski jumper. He set ski jumping world records, and he earned hundreds of trophies in his lifetime. He pioneered deep powder skiing techniques, and he's fondly remembered for his ski school at Alta.

Stein Eriksen memorabilia

Stein, always handsome and suave / photo: Harriet Wallis

Recognized as the "father of freestyle" for inventing flips and spins on long old style skis. He was a gymnast and a skier who went on to become an Olympic Champion, winning gold in giant slalom and silver in slalom at the 1952 Olympics in Oslo. His legend lives on at Deer Valley

Hometown Heroes: Their gear and accomplishments

Their gear and their achievements / photo: Harriet Wallis

Park City athletes starred in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and the display honors them. It includes Paralympic snowboard cross racer Keith Gabel, ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson, alpine skier Ted Ligety, and freeskier Brita Sigourney – all of whom competed in Pyeongchang – plus influential ski jumper Lindsey Van whose long-term efforts helped get women's ski jumping approved as an Olympic event.

The Alf Engen Ski Museum is located inside the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center building. The building is the visitors center at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.

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