Winter sports • Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame and Utah Ski Archives thank pioneers.
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Beat von Allmen was an accomplished ski racer but really made his mark on the industry as a resort designer.
Lyle Nelson helped put U.S. biathlon on the map before running that competition at Salt Lake City's 2002 Winter Olympics.
Phil Jones spent 16 years as president of Park City Mountain Resort, overseeing its expansion into an Olympic venue and global destination resort.
Dimitrije Milovich designed one of the first snowboards.
And former Salt Lake Tribune publisher Jack Gallivan helped spearhead Utah's successful Olympic drive as well as shaping the character of downtown Salt Lake City.
Utah's ski establishment recently honored the five for their contributions to the state's $1 billion-a-year ski industry.
Jones, Nelson and von Allmen were inducted into the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame, based at Utah Olympic Park outside of Park City. Karen Budge-Eaton, a ski racer out of Jackson Hole, Wyo., joined them in the 11th group of honorees.
After growing up in Twin Falls, Idaho, Jones became an instructor and then ski-school director at Park City Mountain Resort, eventually capping his 33-year career with 16 as its president and general manager. He was on an elite Professional Ski Instructors of America demonstration team twice and was the organization's chief examiner and certification chairman.
Nelson was a member of four U.S. Olympic biathlon teams (1976-88), winning 13 national and North American titles. He was president of the U.S. Biathlon Association and an Olympic television announcer before joining the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) as director of the Soldier Hollow venue in Midway, site of cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions.
A native of Switzerland, where he raced for the national and Olympic teams, von Allmen emigrated to Utah, where he founded Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort's race team in 1971. But his longest-lasting influence will come from building designs for resorts around the world, including Solitude Mountain Resort. His work on the Big Cottonwood Canyon resort received a top award from the National Ski Areas Association.
Milovich and Gallivan were honored by the Ski Archives at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library.
Gallivan, who died last month, received the Archives' S.J. Quinney Award for his overall contributions to skiing. In 1961, he persuaded President John F. Kennedy to have his administration provide a loan to redevelop the dying mining town of Park City into a ski resort community that became home to Olympic competitions and the Sundance Film Festival. He also helped build Salt Lake City's infrastructure, advocating for the Salt Palace Convention Center, Symphony Hall, the Capitol Theatre, Utah Arts Festival and light rail.
An engineer from Cornell University, Milovich and two partners formed the Winterstick Co. in 1976, producing a snowboard Milovich had designed based on surfboard technology and personal practice in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The Ski Archives gave him its "History-Marker Award," citing his advancement of the understanding of flex, durability and speed control in snowboards, accelerating their acceptance.
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