One of the premier events for the Utah Ski industry, the Ski Affair takes place Oct. 16, 2008, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. If you've ever cared about our ski past, this is the party to attend. The annual fundraiser for The Utah Ski Archives, which is a non-profit foundation housed at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, raises money to preserve the history of skiing in the intermountain region (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana) as well as the evolution of the ski industry through photos, manuscripts, oral histories, scrapbooks.

The Archives is also the official repository for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Bid records. Take a walk through the library the next time you visit Salt Lake City. The collection is breathtaking.

When you attend this dinner Oct. 16, you're attending history. You wouldn't believe the roster of ski dignitaries. The Affair draws about 600 people for the cocktail hour, silent auction, buffet dinner, and awards ceremony honoring the University of Utah Ski Team in its 60th year.

Three awards are given out each year:

Ski Archives Historical Achievement Award - Recipients are recognized for the roles they played in the evolution and growth of skiing and winter recreation in Utah and/or the Intermountain West.

Sue Raemer Memorial Award in honor of the late cofounder of the Ski Archives - It recognizes the individual who has made significant and voluntary contributions of time, talents and resources to the Ski Archives with the same enthusiasm, style and commitment that was exemplified by Sue.

S.J. Quinney Award - Recognizes the accomplishments and/or contributions of an individual, firm, or organization to skiing and winter recreation in Utah and/or the Intermountain West. The award is named in honor of the late Joe and J.E. Quinney, co-founders of the Alta Ski Area and major benefactors of the J. Willard Marriott Library's Special Collections Dept., which includes the Ski Archives.