30 January 2012
Mention that you’re from Colorado, and one of the first questions you might field is “Do you ski?” The state of Colorado is synonymous with skiing; and Colorado has produced some of the world’s best skiers, coaches, and alpine resorts.
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame in Vail, Colorado, showcases an educational and entertaining look at the history and heritage of the snow sports in the Centennial State. Located in the Vail Village parking structure, the nonprofit museum does not charge admission, but appreciates donations and members. Stop in any day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to gain a historic perspective on the development of the ski industry in Colorado, followed by snowboarding.
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum collection includes charming vintage photographs, early ski outfits, and rustic equipment. You’ll appreciate how much your skis, boots, and poles have developed.
The museum educates visitors about when and how skiing debuted in Colorado, various recreational and practical applications of skiing, and the development of snowboarding.
A tribute to brave veterans, the museum dedicates an area to the 10th Mountain Division, a skiing branch of the U.S. military that played an important role in World War II.
The Hall of Fame spotlights outstanding skiers, riders, and developers.
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum also includes a wonderful gift shop with ski and snowboard related merchandise: ski posters, decorative items, and books. You’ll find copies of my new book, “Laid-Back Skier” for sale in the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, and proceeds from book sales benefit the museum and hall of fame.
And you’ll find much more information on Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum’s cool website.
The museum and the website honor that special something inherent in the human spirit, the spark that inspires us to play in the snow, harness gravity, and rise to the challenges of the mountain.
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame
P. O. Box 1976
231 S. Frontage Rd. East
Vail, CO 81657
Open Daily 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
25 October 2011
Colleen Smith gardens in and writes from a historic neighborhood in central Denver.
Her first novel, "Glass Halo," was a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize.
Please feel free to post a comment here: I'd love to hear from you. ~ Colleen Smith
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27 September 2011
26 September 2011
The old Santa Barbara airport terminal was probably my favorite in the United States. With arched windows, octagonal tower, wrought iron, and a red tile roof, the little old open-air airport charmed me and made me feel I was in another country--especially the baggage claim area--so I was sorry to see the old terminal go.
14 September 2011
Here's a link to a gallery of "Laid-Back Skier" illustrations by Patty Leidy - see her self-portrait at right.
04 September 2011
I'm laboring this Labor Day Weekend. I'd complain - particularly given glorious weather in Denver, Colorado this holiday weekend. I've been holed away in my basement sorting old papers to make way for my new books: "Laid -Back Skier: As In Skiing, So In Life."
02 September 2011
COLORADO COLLEEN ~ ALPINE SKIING demands one to be in the now with pretty much every potentially perilous turn. Part of the appeal of skiing lies in the sport's ability to focus the mind and body, and, in turn, the spirit.