Alf Engen was born in 1909 in *Stenberg, Norway, the first-born son of a famous skiing father, and was subsequently reared to ski. Although a native Norwegian, Engen emigrated to the United States in 1919 and ultimately settled in Utah in 1948. This move proved to be very beneficial to Utah-Engen's reputation as a world-class skier and his numerous contributions to skiing in all areas have added significantly to Utah's renowned ski industry. It is Engen, in fact, who is credited with developing the technique of powder skiing in Utah's Wasatch Mountains.
Engen's success as a skier is beyond compare. He began his impressive professional career by capturing the National Jumping Champion title eight times between the years of 1931 and 1946. Furthermore, at the age of 37 and on borrowed skis, he won the 1946 National Jumping title by leaping 259 feet. He was also the National Classic Champion (cross country and jumping combined) twice during these years in 1939 and 1941. After learning how to downhill ski at the age of 30, Engen became national downhill and slalom champion in 1947. Engen was also the recipient of numerous awards including the All-American Ski Trophy, 1937, Americanism Award in 1940, Helm's Hall of Fame Award in 1954; and Skier's Hall of Fame Award in 1956.