In 1920, Emmett “Bud” Wright made his livelihood skiing, but not as a ski patrolman or ski racer. As a lineman for the local telephone company, Bud traveled the mountains surrounding Park City on his 10 foot-long hand-made skis repairing telephone lines and equipment. Born in Park City in 1887, Bud found work with the Utah Independent Telephone Company after graduating from Park City High School. Telephone service came to Park City across the mountains from Brighton, and Bud’s job included checking the lines and making repairs. Heavy winter snows, avalanches and fallen trees made his job especially demanding and hazardous.
The technology of the day consisted of long skis for stability, bindings made from leather straps and a a long single pole for balance and control. Bud was forced to use skis of two different lengths after breaking one in a fall. Unlike today, no ski shops existed to purchase a new pair. Otto Carpenter remembered his first pair of skis, made by a local carpenter. “He made them from wood flooring and then he planed the head and drilled holes through it, put it in water, steamed it and bent I up. Screw on a piece of leather and that’s the way we skied — straight down hill.”
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