Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Weather Faux Pas at Alf Engen Ski Museum
By Jim S
I recently visited the Alf Engen ski museum, which is a great place to take family or out of town guests on a nice summer day. The museum is free, and contains a lot of great photos and nostalgia from the 2002 Winter Olympics, but is also located at the Utah Olympic Park. You can enjoy lunch on the patio while watching aerial ski training, or pry open the wallet for a run on the zip lines or alpine slide.
The museum is quite nice, but I'd like to see an exhibit on Utah's rich backcountry ski history. It makes sense that they emphasize ski jumping as this is how the Engen brothers got Utah skiing started, but there were also people who were touring, especially in the Brighton Basin, long before lifts were erected in the Cottonwoods. This is well documented in Alexis Kelner's book, Skiing in Utah: A History. They could also include something highlighting the accomplishments of Utah's more recent backcountry adventurists.
I did see a few weather faux pas. The lake-effect exhibit is quite sensationalistic with a number of myths and inaccuracies. Beyond that, can you identify the myths or inaccuracies in the photos below (click to enlarge)? In the last one, the error is geographical, not meteorological. The first to answer correctly will go down in Wasatch Weather Weenies lore forever!