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Snowsports museum schedules encore presentation of 10th Mountain Division doc

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Professional skier Chris Anthony produced the documentary "Untold Post-War Tales of the 10th Mountain Division," which will screen at the Colorado Snowsports Museum on Saturday, Feb. 16.

If you missed it the first time around, you now have a second chance to discover the story of the missing months of the 10th Mountain Division following the end of World War II as the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum has scheduled an encore presentation of Chris Anthony's "Untold Post-War Tales of the 10th Mountain Division" for Saturday.

About Through the Lens

Held in conjunction with Vail's Legacy weekend, the presentation is part of the museum's new Through the Lens lecture series that debuted in December. Through the Lens features presentations by notable scientists, athletes and historians as they share stories and experiences that have helped shape Colorado's rich ski heritage. The presentations are hosted at the museum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on varying dates, with beer, wine and appetizers served.

Tickets for this special encore Through the Lens presentation are priced at $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.snowsports museum.org or by calling 970-476-1876. Seating is limited and advanced tickets are required.

This particular episode of 10th Mountain history took place during May and June of 1945, with events that have not been completely documented, most probably because they took place following Germany's surrender to the Allies in May of 1945.

Spurred on by the receipt of a manuscript forwarded to Anthony by retired Brig. Gen. Janez Kavar, of the Slovenian Mountain Troops, Anthony realized that the 10th soldiers had been deployed to the region to push Yugoslavian communist revolutionary leader Marshal Tito back into what is now Slovenia from Italy. Following this successful mission, the U.S. mountain troops celebrated by organizing the first post-war ski race on Mount Mangart.

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Post-war adventures

Inspired by this chain of events, Anthony set out on a quest to produce a documentary film around the post-war adventures of the 10th Mountain Division. The project will cover the months in question, documenting the 10ths actions and the Mount Mangart race.

In addition to the encore Through the Lens presentation, the museum will also be screening the documentary film "Climb to Glory" on a continuous loop throughout the weekend. The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum features the most comprehensive 10th Mountain Division exhibit in the nation.

Through the Lens will continue on Wednesday, Feb. 20, as Dr. Jon Kedrowski addresses Colorado's winter weather and climate, while renowned Western State University professor Dr. Duane Vandenbusche will discuss the history of skiing in Colorado in March.

For more information on the new program series, visit http://www.snowsportsmuseum.org or call the museum at 970-476-1876.

If you go …

What: “Untold Post-War Tales of the 10th Mountain Division.”

When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail.

Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members; tickets required.

More information: http://www.snowsportsmuseum.org or 970-476-1876.