Skiing History Week: Let the fun begin!
Steamboat Springs — We’re here!
I have been working on putting together Ski History Week for more than eight months now. A week full of activities awaits and will include a film festival, three award ceremonies, two legacy lectures (we’ll get to that in a minute), two parties, First Tracks (sold out) and a send-off breakfast. The venues amazingly suit each unique event… ahhhh Steamboat!
We’ve been preparing, and now we’re excited to get the party started!
We start at 5 p.m. at Howelsen Hill tonight in Olympian Hall for the welcome reception and tribute to Howelsen Hill on its 100th anniversary. (Cocktails and food, free champagne donated by Korbel) Carl Howelsen will make an appearance. Gotta see it to believe it. Come!
Right after Howelsen we scoot over to the Chief Theater for the opening of the Ishpeming International “Snow-100” film festival. Five new films will join other world-acclaimed, best ski films of all time.
Thursday will feature a powerful presentation by Loris Werner about his famed brother, golden child of Steamboat Springs, Buddy Werner at, of course, Buddy Werner Memorial Library This event will get underway at 5 p.m. and will also feature cocktails, food and more of that free champagne. Did you read Joel Reichenberger’s spread last week in The Pilot? interest piqued? There is more. Have you been to see Buddy Werner Hall? You should.
Friday is a triple-header. First, we join Olympians, their parents and some noted coaches for a panel discussion about why Steamboat is a mecca for producing, podium-hungry Olympians. Why is Steamboat the place to train and why has Steamboat produced the most Olympians of any one town in the entire universe? We’ll try to find out with the lecture, “It takes a village to raise an Olympian.”
It will include an informal lunch and intimate conversation with Penny Fletcher, Nelson Carmichael, Caroline Lalive, Johnny Spillane and Todd Wilson. Come and hear what they think is in the pudding, what makes the magic in Ski Town USA.
There is more on Friday. The International Skiing History Association recognizes and celebrates the best authors and writers to have mused about skiing throughout the ages and up to the present day. Then, that same night, enter the class of 2014’s Hall of Fame Inductees (10 pioneers – check it. http://www.skihall.com). We descend on the taproom to welcome them to Steamboat at the Butcherknife Brewing Company. Doors open at 8 p.m. Nate Johansing is brewing up a special beer to unveil at the event, “Buddy Werner Brown.” Come and have a first taste with us.
Saturday brings the culminating event … The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 6 p.m. at Steamboat Grand. (Yup one more time, free champagne. Thanks Korbel!)
I am so happy to be here. Arrived safely, cruising down Licoln Avenue, I look up and there’s a banner announcing the event. The city’s transit busses flash “Celebrate Ski History Week.” I’m getting choked up: Will all of this work pay off and the locals will rally to come out and play? Now I swing by Honey Stinger, Big Agnes, Point6 to grab swag for our VIPs, speed through North West Graphics to grab more banners and fly by Strategic Design and Advertising to put in last order for more film festival tickets and some last minute flyers. Finally it’s on to Central Park Liquor to confirm wine pick-up and then, finally. arrive: final destination to host hotel The Steamboat Grand! Mission accomplished.
Now it is your mission to join us, you’ll regret if you don’t. If I forget to tell you, Steamboat, we had a great time.
Stacey Wooley works with event marketing and sponsorships for the United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum. She is writing a series of columns leading up to Skiing History Week and the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony in Steamboat Springs April 6 to 12. She can be reached at Stacey@SkiHall.com
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