S. Joseph Quinney  (deceased)

Year Inducted: 1975

Born:    1892                              Logan, UT

Died:  November 22, 1993     Salt Lake City, UT

Joe Quinney was known as Mr. Ski Business in Utah, one of the prime ski states in the country.  He is regarded as the father of Utah's ski industry.

A nationally respected authority  on all matters affecting skiing, he promoted ski sport for over 50 years beginning with his chairmanship of the Utah Ski Club from 1935 to 1938.  One of his key efforts was to handle all the legal work concerning the transfer of  George Watson's and others mining claims that opened up the Cottonwood Canyon area outside of Salt Lake City to skiing and enabled the founding of the famous Alta Ski Area. 

He organized and officiated at many ski meets on Ecker Hill and his work is commemorated in the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center at Utah Olympic Park, a site for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.


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