Colorado Ski Museum: ‘A connection to Vail’s history and heritage’ |

Colorado Ski Museum: ‘A connection to Vail’s history and heritage’

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyErica Lloyd, the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame's curator of collections and public programming, cares for a piece in the museum's collection. The museum is currently seeking accreditation through the American Association of Museums.

VAIL – Directors at the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame are doing everything they can to make sure the museum remains front and center in Vail.

Executive director Susie Tjossem and curator Erica Lloyd are looking for volunteers to donate three hours per month in order to help kick the museum’s numerous new programs and exhibits into gear.

“The museum is really an opportunity to connect to Vail’s history and heritage,” Tjossem said. “It’s a unique asset in the Vail community, and getting involved with the museum is a way to protect and preserve that heritage.”

The museum, a nonprofit organization, operates on membership dues, donations, program fee proceeds and grants each year to bring skiing and snowboarding history to life.

The museum has added exhibits over the years, and more recently has added various adult and children education programs.

“We started K-12 education programming for the whole valley,” Lloyd said. “We’re trying to encourage schools to use the museum as a field-trip destination.”

Lloyd said Thursday’s overview and coffee gathering will showcase the various programs at the museum. She hopes to gather volunteers out of the event who can commit a small amount of time to helping the museum.

“It’s a commitment to educating and to continuing to foster why we’re all here,” Lloyd said.

Seventy percent of the donations and proceeds coming into the museum go directly to putting on the programming – programming that Tjossem and Lloyd say are enough to get the museum national accreditation.

“We’re becoming a museum that we’re not only proud of here in Vail, but we’re also hoping to get more recognized in Colorado and in the nation,” Lloyd said.

The museum is currently pursuing accreditation through the American Association of Museums.

“For us, pursuing that, it’s a big deal,” Lloyd said.

Tjossem said the new programming and upcoming exhibits are giving the museum new energy and excitement.

“And as we build toward Vail’s 50th anniversary and the 2015 World Championships, we hope to play a critical part in telling the story of Vail,” Tjossem said.

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Become a volunteer or just learn about the museum:

The Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame is hosting a coffee gathering at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The museum directors are looking for volunteers who can commit three hours per month to the museum.

Visit, or call 970-476-1876 for information.

Weekly programming

• Tuesday: Museum guided tours. Suggested donation $5.

• Wednesday: Evening speaker series. Suggested donation $5.

• Thursday: Experience Vail’s history on skis. Suggested donation $10.

• Friday: Firsthand account of life at Camp Hale by 10th Mountain veteran Sandy Treat.

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