Sverre Engen (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1971
Born: January 28, 1911 Mjondalen, Norway
Died: April 4, 2001 Salt Lake City, Utah
Sverre Engen was among a group of colorful Norwegian immigrants to the United States who became deeply enshrined in the romantic history of skiing of their adopted country. He is the brother of Alf Engen.
He gained stature as a jumping competitor, instructor, writer, resort operator and consultant, study of avalanche control in ski areas and maker of skiing movies.
He was a top jumping competitor in the U.S. for eight years before entering the resort business and owned or operated several ski areas in the early days of skiing. In WWII he served with the 10th Mountain Division. As a Snow Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, he spent five years helping to pioneer the study of avalanche control, which resulted in a practical technique of control for ski areas in Canada and the U.S.