Friday, July 28, 2017

New Snow Exhibit at the Alf Engen Ski Museum

It was a great honor to work with Executive Director Connie Nelson, extremely creative designers from Unrivaled, and University of Utah graduate student Peter Veals to develop a new exhibit on snow and the Great Salt Lake Effect for the Alf Engen Ski Museum at the Utah Olympic Park.  Although the official grand opening won't be until fall, the exhibit is now up and running and is wonderful addition to the museum.

I visited the museum briefly last night and was able to snap a few photos with my old cell phone (unlike the quality photo above, these are crooked and poorly lit).  The exhibit begins with a nice history of the Greatest Snow on Earth, which with help from Tom and Mike Korologos, was described in my book Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth.

We set the record straight on what makes great powder skiing, with an interactive screen that allows visitors to examine how much water is in snow and what the average water content is in their state or region.

One can dig into snowfall stats for Utah ski areas and virtually experience the largest 7-day dumps from the prior ski season.

A real pride-and-joy is an interactive display that allows visitors to explore how temperature and humidity affect crystal type.  The folks from Unrivaled really did an amazing job bringing this concept to life.

And there's a section exploring the Great Salt Lake Effect.

Much thanks to the donors who made the exhibit possible including the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, a Summit County Recreation Arts and Parks Tax Grant, Alan and Barbara Engen, and the Park City Foundation.  The National Science Foundation also deserves a plug for supporting some of the research that informed the exhibit.