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Hall of Fame reception

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn PopeMerv Lapin and author Shirley Welch.

Recently, the Colorado Ski Museum hosted a reception for members and offered them a chance to have a book signed by a local author. The Ski Museum and Hall of Fame was established in 1976 to preserve the legacy of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. The collection houses more than 1,500 photographs, artifacts, clothing and equipment, representing more than 130 years of Colorado skiing. Its located on level three of the parking structure in Vail Village.

Shirley Welch was on hand to sign her new book, Eagle River Valley, a historical perspective of the very early days from the late 19th to early 20th century in the Vail Valley. She also has written a novel and a biography of Vails storyteller, Frank Doll, who recently passed away.The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame at Vail is an accessible time capsule for the states great skiing heritage and history. The museum is a 501c(3), non-profit organization funded primarily by memberships and special events, which preserves and interprets the history of Colorados skiing and snowboarding, honors those individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport and informs the public about Colorados rich skiing legacy. They have wonderful items for purchase in their gift shop; however, they do rely upon donations to keep the doors of the museums open and updated, and becoming a member of the museum is easy and rewarding.

For more information on the Colorado Ski Museum, visit their Web site at http://www.skimuseum.net. Make sure you save the date: the 32nd Annual Hall of Fame induction dinner will be Saturday, October 18th at the Denver Marriott City Center. Bill Jensen, who ran Vail Mountain until the past year, will be honored, along with Paul Bailey, Chuck Ferries, Knox Williams and Merrill Hastings. You can make reservations now by calling (970) 476-1876. Click on photo galleries at http://www.vailtrail.com to see more photos from this event.

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