Alta’s Evelyn Engen, ski pioneer, passes away at 92

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on March 5, 2010 11:47 am

Evelyn Pack Engen, named one of Utah’s “Ten Outstanding Women Ski Pioneers,” has passed away at the age of 92.  Engen was married to the late ski legend Alf Engen, who started the ski school at Alta and helped popularize alpine skiing in Utah and throughout the western United States.  The legacy of the Engen family includes helping to start more than 30 ski areas in the west.

In an article titled “The ‘grand Dame’ of modern Utah skiing dies,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported today:

She often worked the counter at Alta’s ski school (later named after Alf), setting up patrons for their lessons. She handled the ski school books. She managed the Alf Engen Co., which produced ski waxes, and another family business, Western Pharmacal Co.

“I don’t mean any disrespect to Alf, but she was the brains behind the outfit,” said Korologos. “He was the athletic end of the operation. She was the financial end. And you have to have both to be successful.”

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