Colorado Gives Day spotlight: Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum
Ryan Summerlin November 27, 2012
The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame is made up of three distinct divisions: a Research and Artifact Collection Facility, the statewide Colorado Ski/Snowboard Hall of Fame and a Ski Museum.
The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum Research and Artifact Collection Facility is located in Golden. It has taken on a more prominent role for the organization because the curator, Erica Garcia, now works full time from this location. The facility contains an extensive library, artifacts and a film and photo collection. The historic film and photo collection are used for various video productions, including the organization’s annual Hall of Fame tributes, the current Warren Miller film “Flow State” and the soon-to-be completed “Climb to Glory – Legacy of the 10th Mountain Ski Troopers” documentary. The organization was recently granted $125,000 by the Institute of Museum Library Sciences to preserve and digitize its film and photo collection.
The statewide Ski/Snowboard Hall of Fame, a virtual organization, is now partially managed from the Collection Facility in Golden. The organization has intentionally given the Hall of Fame its own identity and presence beyond the museum walls. The Hall of Fame has become a year-round enterprise since new nominations are received in January, the election is conducted in March and April, video tribute production is done from June through September and Induction planning and implementation dominates August through October.
The third entity under the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum umbrella is a museum. From its inception, the museum has been located in Vail because the museum founders wanted a central location in Ski Country just off Interstate 70 for easy accessibility. The museum hosts nearly 100,000 visitors each year, many traveling on I-70. The museum has dual roles to serve the state of Colorado but also serve as the community museum for Vail. The museum is a treasure trove of ski history. Its six themed galleries display artifacts, narratives and film documentaries that entertain and educate visitors of all ages. Featured topics include a new Vail 50th anniversary exhibit, Winter Olympics, skiing and snowboard history, ski patrol, Hall of Fame and the famed 10th Mountain Division training for World War II at Camp Hale. Captivating speakers and guided tours are available several days each week.