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One of the most important annual celebrations of the state's snowsports industry is on tap for Saturday, October 14, as the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort plays host to the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame Induction Gala.
Tickets are on sale for the Hall of Fame Gala, with individual tickets priced at $225, while tables of ten are available, starting at $3,250.  To purchase tickets or for additional information, please contact, visit the Colorado Snowsports Museum website at or call (970) 476-1876.  All proceeds from the Hall of Fame Gala benefit the Colorado Snowsports Museum.

This Memorial Day, the Colorado Snowsports Museum pays a special tribute to all of the soldiers of the fabled 10th Mountain Division.  These courageous mountain troops, who trained in Colorado during World War II, became the cornerstone of the Colorado ski industry and their incredible story will continue to be the centerpiece of the Museum’s ongoing $2.4 million transformation project.


We invite you to show your support of the 10th Mountain Division’s heroic service to their country and their incredible influence on the outdoor sports industry by making a contribution to the Museum’s 10th Mountain Division exhibit.


The new 10th Mountain Exhibit, entitled Climb to Glory, will contain a total of 14 panels and will include the following topics.  When completed, the Museum will feature the most extensive collection of 10th Mountain artifacts in the world.


Minnie Dole—Visionary

How Dole’s vision of ensuring that the U.S. had troops trained and skilled in winter and mountain warfare gave birth to the 10th Mountain Division

Calling All Warriors

                Details the unique recruiting process for the 10th Mountain Division

Welcome to Camp Hale

                The construction of the home of the 10th Mountain and life at Camp Hale

Not Just Men and Machines

                The animals that helped shoulder the load

Training to be the Best

                The rigorous training that produced an elite fighting force that learned to ski

10th Trooper Mannequin

                Complete uniform and gear

Defending the Homeland

                The Alaska Campaign and shipping out to Europe

The Campaign in Italy

                The 10th Mountain Division enters the war

Letters from Home

                A soldier’s account from the front

Doing the Impossible

                Taking Riva Ridge and Mount Belvedere

The Final Battles

                Advancing on Lake Garda

Taking Mussolini’s Villa

                The end of the war

The Legacy of the 10th Mountain Division

                The incredible post-war contributions made by the men of the 10th


Thank you for your consideration and support, and we hope you will visit us in the fall to experience the all new Colorado Snowsports Museum.


The Colorado Snowsports Museum's highly anticipated $2.4 million transformation is officially underway!! The Museum will be closed for the summer for construction, with the anticipated Grand Opening at the start of the 2017-18 ski season.
The demolition team, made up of Museum staff and board member Dean Ericson, have dismantled the majority of all of the exhibits and have prepared our artifacts for transport to the Resource Center.  We hope you'll come visit us in the fall.

The votes have been cast and counted and now the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame will begin preparations to welcome its Class of 2017 as the five new members will be formally inducted later this year.
Heading the list of new Hall of Fame members is Aspen backcountry and ski mountaineering legend Chris Davenport.  He will be joined by SKEA Ltd. owner, president and designer Diane Boyer of Vail; recently retired Steamboat Ski Resort president and author Chris Diamond; and former U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association National Competition Director Walt Evans.
In addition, Aspen ski racing administrator and official Dave Stapleton, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as the 2017 Pioneer selection.
“We are extremely excited about our incoming Hall of Fame Class,” offered Susie Tjossem, Executive Director of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame.  “We have all aspects of snowsports represented, with athletes, sport builders and a true pioneer.”
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be officially enshrined in mid-October during the organization’s annual Induction Gala.
The five Hall of Fame inductees were elected from a field of 15 nominees that also included Johnny Buxman (Vail), Bruce Cranmer (Winter Park), Bob Dart (Winter Park), Jeff Gorsuch (Aspen), Jake Hoeschler (Winter Park), Bob Kunkel (Durango), John Lovett (Vail), Johno McBride (Aspen), Moe Mosley (Golden) and Lonny Vanatta (Steamboat Springs).
Hall of Fame candidates are nominated under the established criteria of Athlete, Sport Builder, Inspirational or Pioneer categories, with the Hall of Fame Nomination Committee evaluating and confirming the nominees to move on to the final ballot.  The 140-member Hall of Fame Voting Panel is comprised of current Hall of Fame members, key ski industry representatives and the Hall’s board of directors.
Diane Boyer is a passionate Colorado skier and outdoor enthusiast, actively promoting skiing for women and families through her company SKEA Ltd., and her involvement in SnowSports Industries America (SIA) and the Colorado Snowsports Museum.  From her home base in Vail, Diane’s Colorado and national industry influence are borne of her tenure on the SIA board of directors (1998 – 2009), including serving as the first female chair of SIA from 2005- 2007.  From 2005 to 2009, as board member and chair of the organization, Diane’s efforts to convince the SIA board of directors and Denver and Colorado constituencies to move the annual January trade show from Las Vegas to Denver were fundamentally important to the decision to make this significant move in 2009. SKEA was founded by the Boyer family in 1972, with Diane at the helm as President of the company since 1992, along with also serving as designer and owner for more than 25 years.  
For the better part of the last decade, Chris Davenport’s primary focus has been on backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, dramatically contributing to the rise and popularity of the current AT backcountry movement.  In 2007, he became the first person to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in one year, adding another 46 13,000-foot peaks to the record in 2015.  As a result, Chris was named National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” for his vision and success on the Colorado-based project.  He has authored two coffee table books that celebrate Colorado’s mountains, “Ski the 14ers” and “Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. Most recently, he was named one of ESPN’s 10 Greatest American Freeskiers of all time and was inducted into the 2015 class of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard hall of Fame.  His accomplishments have brought tremendous visibility to the sport that makes Colorado the desired destination for skiers from all over the world.
Since retiring from his role as President and COO of the Steamboat Ski Resort in 2015, Chris Diamond transitioned from running a major Colorado ski area to writing about it.  His new book, “Ski Inc.”, provides a candid and colorful behind-the-scenes view of what it takes to manage a successful resort in a constantly changing industry.  Chris began his ski industry career in 1972 at Killington, Vermont, serving as the assistant to the president.  He rose through the ranks and moved to Steamboat in 1999 to lead the resort as President and COO.  Since his first day on the job, Diamond has led the resort through challenges and successes, parlaying one of the strongest brands in the destination industry into a new generation of year-round resorts.  He is a past chairman of the National Ski Areas Association, along with a similar role with Colorado Ski Country USA for six years.  Chris was recognized by NSAA for his accomplishments when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
Walt Evans has been involved in Colorado and US ski racing for 46 years until his retirement from the Aspen Valley Ski Club in 2016.  From 1978 to 1983, he served as the first Executive Director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, a position he held until he went to work with the United States Ski Association as Alpine Program Director for the Rocky Mountain Division.  In 1997, he became the USSA National Competition Director, overseeing and rebuilding the organization’s domestic competition program in all U.S. ski and snowboard sports.  During his time with USSA, Walt helped engineer the National Development System, a program which worked with top clubs nationwide to provide elite training opportunities for rising alpine racers. In 2013, The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association honored Walt during its annual Congress in Park City, Utah, with the John J. Clair Jr. Award, recognizing service to the organization where he spent nearly 30 years.
A fifth generation Coloradoan who grew up in Aspen, Dave had a passion for ski sport that evolved from  his time as an athlete, coach and official, punctuating these efforts by focusing on producing premier international competitions at Colorado ski resorts.  One of the numerous legacy markers that Dave established dealt with skier safety and standardization of alpine competition courses.  Along with three other leaders, Dave developed and launched a landmark initiative with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association to the International Ski Federation that mandated specific standards for alpine course design.  Dave’s work in the area of racer safety helped to form many of the practices that are in place today in the ski industry regarding risk management.  Both on and off the hill, Dave could drive his high standards with coaches, officials and athletes because of the level of respect he commanded. 

Sustainability Commitment (January 17, 2017)
Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Sustainability Commitment
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum (CSSM) is committed to sustainability of the Vail Valley and surrounding mountain environment. CSSM values the historical, ecological, economic, and cultural health of all mountain communities. CSSM strives to engage visitors, members and employees in environmental stewardship and sustainability. CSSM also encourages visitors, members, volunteers and staff to participate in local cultural and educational opportunities that enrich our community’s sense of well being. The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum has established a Green Team to oversee sustainability efforts and maintains a Sustainability Action Plan to set goals and guide progress. Our Green Team is responsible for creating an annual sustainability report to document and share yearly sustainability accomplishments.
CSSM Sustainability Goals:
Engage in sustainable workplace practices.
Employee Engagement: Introduce and educate staff on sustainability efforts
Supply Chain Management: Look for eco-friendly alternatives
Minimize Negative Community and Ecosystem Impacts
Educate all Museum users on Sustainable Practices
Responsible Travel Pledge
The Colorado Ski Museum reduces air pollution and vehicle traffic by encouraging our guests, customers, and employees to use group shuttle services and public transportation whenever possible. Our employees are rewarded for using alternative and public transportation to get to work including: carpooling, walking, biking, and using local public transportation. Whenever possible, we choose fuel-efficient vehicles to support our operations.
Giving Back Programs
The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum encourages visitors, members, volunteers and employees to donate to and volunteer for local causes to support the long-term economic and environmental vitality of the Colorado mountain communities, with special emphasis on our home here in the Vail Valley. For local volunteer and donation opportunities, please contact us at 970-476-1876.  We would appreciate hearing from you. Please comment on our sustainability practices and goals by emailing us at

VAIL, Colorado— Heading the list of new Hall of Fame members is U.S. Nordic Combined athlete and six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick of Steamboat Springs.  Lodwick will be joined by 10th Mountain Division veteran and Silver Star winner Hugh Evans of Boulder, former Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Executive Director Aldo Radamus and Steamboat Springs’ Olympic and X Games snowboarding medalist Shannon Dunn-Downing.
In addition, the late Bob Craig, renowned alpinist, founder of the Aspen Institute and founder of the Keystone Center; and Charles Smith, a true pioneer in engaging Colorado’s minority ski community, were inducted to the Hall of Fame as 2016 Pioneer selections.
“We are extremely excited about our Hall of Fame Class of 2016,” offered Susie Tjossem, Executive Director of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame.  “We have all aspects of snow sports represented, with athletes, sport builders and a pair of true pioneers.”
Hall of Fame candidates are nominated under the established criteria of the Athlete, Sport Builder, Inspirational or Pioneer categories, with the Hall of Fame Nomination Committee evaluating and confirming the nominees to move on to the final ballot.
Lodwick ranks as one of the most successful Nordic Combined skiers this country has ever produced.  During the course of his international career, initially spanning from 1993 to 2006, he participated in six World Championships, four Winter Olympics and 162 World Cup events, with a total of 28 World Cup podiums, including six wins.
He returned to competition in 2008, winning two gold medals the following winter, at the World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic.  He captured his first Olympic medal with a silver in the Team Event in 2010 at the Vancouver Games and, in recognition of his illustrious career, his teammates selected him to carry the U.S. flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
While many will tout Evans’ war record, and it is notable history, including being awarded the Silver Star for valor, he is also one of the pioneers of Colorado skiing from a time when the purpose of skiing was much greater than recreation.  The development, testing and practical application of equipment and techniques conducted in wartime directly influenced skiing development in peacetime.
His experience, success and drive have allowed Evans to inspire and provide opportunity for others to enjoy the mountains.  By helping to develop and direct the 10th Mountain Division Hut and Trail system, and administer programs and funding through the 10th Mountain Foundation, he and others have opened up the backcountry to all ages and abilities. 
Radamus has been a leader in the ski and snowboard competition arena for more than 30 years, holding key management roles in numerous governing bodies that oversee the sport of ski racing.  As a ski coach, he served five tours in varying capacities with the U.S. Ski Team, most notably as head women’s Slalom and Giant Slalom coach at the 1985 World Championships.
Under his leadership, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail entered into a partnership with Vail Resorts to build and operate the world’s leading early season training venue at Golden Peak, with private funding responsible for the purchase of the state of the art snowmaking system.  Radamus also spearheaded the first dedicated public school snow sports academy in North America in Minturn, Colorado.
Dunn-Downing was an early innovator in snowboarding, both as an athlete and as a sport builder. She started snowboarding at an early age, and went on to dominate the competition with 2 ISF World Halfpipe Championship titles, a FIS World Cup win and X-Games Halfpipe titles, culminating in winning the bronze medal in the first Olympic Halfpipe event in Nagano in 1998.
Dunn-Downing also has the distinction of having helped create the first women’s specific snowboard with Tom Sims, as well as co-creating the first women’s specific clothing brands, Prom and Tuesday. A pioneer in all aspects of women’s snowboarding, Dunn-Downing co-founded the Boarding for Breast Cancer non-profit foundation, educating young women about breast cancer at an early age.
Craig, who passed away in January of 2015, was a modern Renaissance man and renowned mountain climber, blessed with the vision to become the Chief Operating Officer of the Aspen Institute, as well as co-founding the internationally famous Aspen Center for Physics.  Moving to Summit County in the mid-70’s, he was given the opportunity to launch the Keystone Center, while finding a home for the Keystone Symposia after it left UCLA in 1990.
The Keystone Center has gone on to become the premier conflict resolution enterprise and field science school for children in the U.S.  Prior to his retirement from the Center in 1997, Craig was invited to join the board of the Summit Foundation.
A native of Texas, Smith moved to Denver for a summer job and never returned.  He discovered the skiing with a group of friends at Loveland in 1966 and immediately fell in love with the sport, although he noticed very few African Americas at the resorts in the early years.  Then, in 1972, he met Bryce Parks and Floyd Cole, who would go on to organize the Slippers-N-Sliders Ski Club, with a primary objective of promoting skiing in the minority community.
Smith reached out to inner city kids who could not afford the clothing, equipment or ski passes and, through is fundraising activities and generous in-kind contributions from merchants, every child was properly clothed, equipped and funded.  From 1974 to 1999, he served as Program Director for the Ski for Kids program that introduced 1,500 kids to the sport of skiing.

Take a fun and informative trip down memory lane through the past century of ski fashion with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum's new video, 100 Years of Ski Fashion.  From 1915 to 2015, the new video chronicles not only the clothing, but also the types of equipment that were utilized and trendy during each decade.  The video was the creation of the Museum's Resource Center staff, Dana Mathios and Ashton Helmstaedter, and was shot and edited by Massif Studios in Denver.  Video by Massif Media/Massif Studios Models:  Alec Tremaine and Madison Spialek  HMUA:  Ming Min Luftig.  Check out 100 Years of Ski Fashion and remember the good old days.

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