For the last 22 years, the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah has hosted the Ski Affair, a benefit for the library's Ski Archives, where members of the ski community to come together and honor those who have made significant contributions to the sport.
This year, the 23rd-annual Ski Affair will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Little America Hotel, located at 500 South Main Street in Salt Lake City.
Featuring prominently into this year's banquet will be two Parkites who have each had outstanding seasons. Men's alpine skier Ted Ligety, winner of three gold medals at the 2013 World Championships and former Olympic gold medalist, and women's ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson, the reigning world champion in her sport, will receive the History-Maker Award, given to individuals who have made an outstanding impact on the sport.
"These are two people who are truly outstanding athletes and are setting huge achievement levels and are from our region," said Greg Thompson, co-founder of the ski archives and associate dean for special collections at the Willard Library. "We decided to honor the two of them this year because of the success both had over the course of the last ski season."
Also receiving an award is Ted Johnson, the founder of Snowbird ski resort. Johnson is receiving the S.J. Quinney Award, honoring his outstanding contributions to the ski industry in the Intermountain region, which Thompson said is made up of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.
"It's kind of an overall award," Thompson said of the Quinney award. "The history-makers are at one level, while the Quinney awards are on a different level. With the Quinney, we tend to acknowledge those who helped develop ski areas or key pieces of equipment that skiers rely on."
The funds raised at the Ski Affair will directly benefit the Ski Archives and help the library maintain its collections of ski history.
"We use the funding that's generated to support our staff in processing and making available photographs, collections, writings and other types of materials like that," Thompson said. "We also conduct a series of oral histories with people who have been involved in skiing."
Tickets to the event are $70 per person. Tables of 10 can be purchased for $1,500. According to the invitation, it is not a black-tie affair. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite ski sweaters.
Thompson said he's hoping to draw 400-500 people to the Little America Hotel for the event. Reservations can be made until Oct. 10. Email email@example.com or call (801) 581-3421 to reserve a spot.
Ski Affair Schedule
6 p.m. Social hour/silent auction/cash bar
7:15 p.m. Buffet dinner
8:15 p.m. Awards program