Felix Koziol  (deceased)

Year Inducted: 1974

Born:    1900

Died:  August, 1976                 Bountiful, UT

Felex Kozial spent 42 years with the U.S. Forest Service, half of which were located in Utah.  Much of his work was devoted to surveying and planning many of the ski areas that exist in that state today.  He also played a role in opening up the Tetons near Jackson Hole to skiing in 1942 and 1943.

He contributed significantly to developing an understanding of avalanches supporting research into their control.  He hired and trained the first Snow Rangers in Utah for just that purpose.  He was the co-author of a booklet in 1947, Alta Avalanche Studies.   In 1961 he published Snow Avalanches, which became the "bible" for anyone working in the field.

He found time to be a judge and timer at ski competitions.  He served as the secretary of the Intermountain Ski Association and reported on its activities in The American Ski Annual.  He had a pioneering role in the certification of ski instructors and was involved in the planning for the bid for the 1972 Olympic Games.  For his volunteer work on behalf of skiing he received the Julius Blegen award in 1973.


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