2017 Ski Affair
November 7, 2017
Little America Hotel
When the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library opens the book on its 2017 Ski Affair November 7th at the Little America Hotel, two indelible and burgeoning legacies that help make Utah a thriving world-class winter sports and recreation capital will be honored. That's because the University of Utah Ski Team, which won the NCAA championships last March, and Ron Steele, a former U of U All-American, U. S. Olympic Team ski jumper and generous ski industry executive, will be honored at the annual awards banquet.
Some 500 winter sports enthusiasts are expected to attend the November 7th fund-raiser for the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library Ski Archives, which houses the largest collection of ski/snowsport history in the country.
Activities at the Little America Hotel will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and an awards program at 8 p.m., says Barbara Yamada, long-time chair of the 40-member, all-volunteer Ski Affair board.
The Ute team will receive the library's History-Maker Award for skiing its way into the history books last March by winning the U's 11th national collegiate ski title, the most of any athletic team at the U and first since the school became a member of the Pac-12 in 2011.
The team further cemented its place in history last April by opening what is believed to be the first-of-its-kind building dedicated solely to a university ski team. The 5,800 sq. ft., $2.8 million facility is named the Spencer F. Eccles Ski Building in honor of its primary donor, former U All-American skier and prominent local philanthropist.
Steele will share the Ski Affair's honors spotlight when he receives the S. J. (Joe) Quinney Award for his contributions to skiing.
A three-time All-American while skiing for the U from 1974 to 1978 and an Olympic team member in 1972, Steele was a 40-year employee of Group Rossignol North America. He has served as president of the company from 2012. He announced his retirement in September effective next year. Throughout his career, he served on numerous local and national boards and committees, giving generously of his time and talents. Steele and Rossignol are generous supporters of the Ski Affair, the Ski Archives and the Alf Engen Ski Museum in Park City, where he serves on its board of directors and is a member of the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame, which is housed there.
Other highlights of the Ski Affair will be: 1.) an opportunity drawings for two Rossignol ski gear packages (skis, boots, poles, bindings – valued at $5,500 each) that two lucky holders of $20 tickets will receive and, 2.) the presentation of the Sue Raemer Award, given to a Ski Affair board member who exemplifies the volunteer spirit of the Ski Archives' late co-founder. Admission is $75 per person, $1,500 for a reserved table of 10. For reservations, contact Judy Jarrow at the Marriott library at 801-581-3421 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.