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Ski Museums of North America

We can all enjoy viewing major displays of ski artifacts, books and other historical memorabilia at a number of ski museums around the country. Should you have the opportunity to visit any of them, please do so. You will find your visit to be both most enjoyable and educational.

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United States Ski Hall of Fame and Museum

National Hall of Fame

610 Palms Avenue
P.O. Box 191
Ishpeming, MI 49849
Phone: 906-485-6323 
FAX: 906-486-4570 

The U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame & Museum on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula honors those, now more than 300, who have made significant contributions to American skiing as competitors or developers and have been elected by a blue ribbon panel to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame.

Its attendant museum offers a “Walk Through Ski History” with an array of panels and cases displaying items, old and new, telling the story of skiing, not only in the USA, but its early startup in other parts of the world.

The museum also administers the Roland Palmedo Memorial Library which was deeded to it by the Roland Palmedo estate. It has since been greatly expanded. The library is one of the country’s largest.

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Mammoth Ski Museum
Mammoth Ski Musuem
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Phone: 760-934-6592
Email: info@MammothSkiMusuem.org

The Mammoth Ski Museum is the new home of the Beekley International Collection of Skiing Art and Literature. This collection will be on view to the general public for the first time! Visitors may explore the Beekley through exhibitions or the research library.

Pioneer Theater / Gallery: "From Independence to Chair One -- The Illustrated History of Dave McCoy and Early Sierra Skiing."

Museum Hours: daily, noon - 5 PM, Tues - Sun.
Admission: $3/ person, 2 for children, $10 for family, students with ID free.

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Western America SkiSport Museum

Western Am SkiSport Museum

Box 729 Soda Springs, CA 95728
Phone: 916-426-3313
Email: bclark@telis.org
The Western America SkiSport Museum at Boreal Ridge, California is the third fully USSA sanctioned regional ski museum. It covers California’s Sierra Nevada, that section of the USA which was home to the first recorded downhill racing in this country. In LaPorte and other local mining communities in the mid-1800’s, straight downhill racing on fourteen foot boards helped pass the long winter days.

The area was home to Snowshoe Thompson who carried the U.S. Mail from Placerville to Carson Valley in winter, a distance of some 90 miles. Operated by the Auburn Ski Club, which also runs an onsite training center, the museum nicely showcases skiing from past to present.

Founded 7 December 1969 by Bill Berry a sports writer from Reno.

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Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum
Mt. Hood
88900 E. Hwy 26, Business Loop
Government Camp, Oregon 97028
Email: mthood@oregontrail.net
The Mt. Hood Museum is located in Government Camp, Oregon and provides a place where local history can be recognized, interpreted and preserved. The museum consists of six galleries plus a meeting/multipurpose room.

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Alf Engen Ski Museum

Engen Museum

515 East 100 South, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Founded to create a showplace for Intermountain winter sports history and personalities. The museum was named for world class ski jumper Alf Engen, whose life and accomplishments are highlighted by special exhibits.

The exhibits will lead visitors through the historic and current Utah Ski scene, Alf Engen's life and the 2002 Winter Olympics. The theater is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video projection and can seat up to 150 people.

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Colorado Ski Museum

Colorado Ski Museum

Box 1976 Vail, CO 81658
Phone: 970-476-1876
Email: info@skimuseum.net  

The Colorado Ski Museum covers not only Colorado but also the Rocky Mountain area. Located at Vail’s renowned ski resort, it lays out the many stories of the opening of the Rocky Mountains to skiing and the development of some of the world’s most famous skiing.

The footprints of the early gold and silver miners are tracked from the deserted old mining towns to their convergence with the earliest area skiers, particularly at the end of WWII when so many veterans of the 10th Mountain Division returned to open ski resorts or to direct ski schools.

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New England Ski Museum

New England Ski Museum

Box 267 Franconia, NH 03580-0267
Phone: 603-823-7177
FAX: 603-823-9505
The New England Ski Museum, located at the foot of the Cannon Mountain tramway in New Hampshire, is a delight. Founded in 1982, the museum contains a permanent display of classic skis, bindings, adornments, “Minnie” Dole’s Ski Patrol jacket and 10th Mountain Division gear plus other paraphernalia from skiing’s booming adolescent years in New England which are central to its history.

The museum also rotates new displays annually to depict interesting developments in skiing’s history. The spotlighting of changing instruction techniques, the evolvement of ski clothing design, and colorful early ski posters are indicative examples of this museum’s lively program. Its fine library contains many volumes of early ski publications and is a splendid research source.

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Vermont Ski Museum
Vermont Museum
Vermont Musuem
One South Main Street
Stowe, VT 05672
Email: info@vermontskimuseum.org
The Vermont Ski Museum was originally established in 1988 in Brandon, Vermont. In 2000 the Museum moved to Stowe, convinced that a Stowe location would provide far greater public access to the Museum.

The Museum tells the story of skiing in Vermont in an exciting and interactive way. It intends to  house one of the most complete and interesting collections of skiing memorabilia in the country, with both permanent and changing displays. 

The Museum is building a definitive archive, library, and database of accurate historical information. As an accessible educational resource, the Museum schedules presentations and lectures, works with local schools and colleges, and offers tours. The Museum is establishing partnerships with Nordic and Alpine ski areas, ski clubs, and other industry-specific organizations throughout Vermont.

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The Canadian Ski Museum
Western Am SkiSport Museum

1960 Scott Street
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1Z 818
Phone: 613-722-3584
FAX: 613-722-2914
Email: skimus@magma.ca

Canada's ski heritage is rich, diverse and filled with stories of dynamic characters who have had a profound effect on the sport and this country. The Canadian Ski Museum has an unparalleled collection of artifacts and archival holdings related to Canadian ski heritage.

The Museum was founded by some of Canada's leading skiing figures, determined to save this rich, diverse and dynamic ski heritage. Since 1971, the Museum has rescued and catalogued an amazing collection of thousands of rare artifacts, photographs and archival materials. As with any museum, we are no exception to the rule that only a small portion of the actual collection can be exhibited. As such, the CSM is comprised of not only items on physical display, but also of many rare items that are in storage.

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The Whistler Museum & Archives
Sept through June:
Fri- Sun, 10 AM to 4 PM
Thur, 9 Am - 8 PM
July and August:
Daily, 10 AM to 4 PM
Thur, 9 Am - 8 PM
1122 4329 Main Street, Whistler, BC
Canada V0N 1B0
Phone: 604-932-2019
Fax: 604-932-2077
Email: info@whistlermuseum.org
The Whistler Museum & Archives was founded in 1986 as a non profit organization for the purpose of collecting, cataloguing and conserving artifacts and photographs of the pioneer history of the Whistler Valley. The Museum has since expanded to include a wide selection of photographs, documents and materials that represent the many phases of Whistler’s history and development. They currently have over 5,000 photographic images and over 400 objects in their collection.

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National Ski Hall of Fame

The U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame & Museum exhibits their collection of ski lifts , It includes the world's first chair lift from Sun Valley, ID, 1936; a gondola from Sugarbush Resort, 1955; a skimobile from Mt Cranmore, NH, 1938; and more.

Exhibit Alt Engen

In conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, the Alf Engen Ski Museum puts visitors face-to-face with the tremendous force of avalanches with an exhibit and narrative program on snow safety and avalanche control.

Exhibit Colorado Museum

One of the biggest influences on Colorado skiing history was the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Many of these men were based at the massive Camp Hale These men guided the future of skiing in Colorado. One of these courageous pioneers, for example, is Peter Siebert, one of the founders of Vail, and a member of the US Ski Hall of Fame.

Myrtle Philip

Myrtle Philip, one of the early pioneers of Whistler, ran Rainbow Lodge on the west side of Alta Lake, with her husband Alex until they sold it in 1948. Myrtle continued to live in Whistler until her death in 1986.

Exhibit Vermont Sim Museum

On May 6, 2003 the Vermont Ski Museum unveiled a bronze plaque dedicated to the six Vermonters who lost their lives while fighting in Italy during World War II with the 10th Mountain Division.

Exhibit Mammoth

Mammoth Ski Museum highlights Dave McCoy's journey through the early days of skiing in the Sierra Nevada: 1935-1955.

Suzy Chaffee

On display at the New England Museum: In 1971, Waterville Valley hosted the first National Championship of Exhibition Skiing. A collaboration between freestyle pioneer Doug Pfeiffer and Waterville owner Tom Corcoran, the event was the first freestyle competition to have the backing of a major area and an attractive prize, a Corvette Sting Ray. The event drew a large crowd of spectators, and the Corvette was won by Herman Goellner. Suzy Chaffee, above, was the only woman entered.



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