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Salt Lake Diversions (1943)

About an hour's drive from Salt Lake City, Utah is the ski resort of Alta, a former mining town, nestled within the Wasatch Mountains. Skiing and other winter alpine pursuits take place ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
James A. FitzPatrick ... Narrator (voice)
Friedl Pfeifer Friedl Pfeifer ... Himself
Virginia Guernsey Huidekoper Virginia Guernsey Huidekoper ... Herself (as Virginia Guernsey)
George Watson George Watson ... Himself (as Mayor of Alta)
Ab Jenkins Ab Jenkins ... Himself


About an hour's drive from Salt Lake City, Utah is the ski resort of Alta, a former mining town, nestled within the Wasatch Mountains. Skiing and other winter alpine pursuits take place well into mid-spring. The relatively new ski lift is one of the longest in the western US. Some ride the lift not to ski down but to glance at the view from the 1,500 foot summit. Being the end of May, people at nearby Salt Lake are instead enjoying more summerly pursuits, such as boating. Behind only the Dead Sea, it ranks second among all large inland lakes for the saline content at 27%, the buoyancy from which makes it almost impossible to sink in. On shore at Black Rock Beach of the Bonneville Salt Flats is the site of many attempts of land speed records, most records held by Ab Jenkins. Another popular activity in the lake itself is the crystallization of salt around wire forms, the process which requires relatively still water and takes about two hours. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

25 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Alta, Utah, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


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Narrator: In the lofty Wasatch Mountains of Utah, about an hour's drive from Salt Lake City, is the popular resort known as Alta. And its variegated snow fields provide an excellent locale for the invigorating sport of skiing, at an altitude that rises to over ten thousand feet above sea level.
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Narrator FitzPatrick identifies the other credited cast members. See more »


Music by Samuel Francis Smith
Performed by orchestra
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28 August 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Salt Lake Diversions (1943)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another pleasant entry in MGM's TravelTalks series. This time we travel to Utah where we start off at the Alta Ski Resort, which at the time wasn't as big or popular as it is today. We learn that Alta use to be very popular due to mining but once it dried up everyone went away except for the Mayor who stayed on trying to figure out another way to bring people in. We learn that the place is 10,000 feet above sea level and FitzPatrick brags about the ski lift that takes people 1500 feet in only 20-minutes. When then travel to Salt Lake where we learn we can't sink due to the 27-perfect salt level. That's pretty much all this episode offers but the visuals are so beautiful that they alone will keep you entertained. The ski resort certainly had some great shots due in large part to the mountains and the beautiful snow on them. The lake too was pretty to look at the Technicolor really brings this out. Fans of the series will know what to expect and this is yet another winner.

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