Skiing History Week: We’re coming to Steamboat!
Steamboat Springs has been a skiing mecca for more than 100 years, and next month some of the titans of the ski world will be in Ski Town U.S.A. to raise a glass of Champagne — and take in some Champagne powder — to celebrate that fact.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction ceremony is coming, and along with it, Skiing History Week, April 6 to 12 in Steamboat Springs.
In this column over the next several weeks, we hope to introduce you to the Hall of Fame, what we’re bringing to town and what fun the Steamboat locals can find at our events.
The festivities will kickoff April 6 at the fabled Howelsen Hill Lodge, celebrating the hill’s centennial.
The week will be filled with highlights. It will feature two Legacy Lectures, which will focus on the life and legacy of Steamboat’s own Buddy Werner, to be held at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
There will also be an Olympic panel discussion, exploring how and why Steamboat Springs became such a hotspot in producing Olympic athletes.
The annual Ishpeming Snow-100 Film Festival will showcase some of the best films in skiing history at Steamboat’s Chief Theater nightly April 8, 9 and 10.
Perhaps the biggest event of the week will be the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction ceremony itself, set for April 11.
The gala event is expected to draw a sell-out crowd of 500 and will be held at the Steamboat Grand. Each inductee will be honored with a medal and given the chance to share stories of their colorful careers. A late night afterburner celebration party will follow on Gondola Square.
You can even catch First Tracks with the Hall of Famers April 12.
This year, we bring in one of the biggest classes in the last decade, with 10 new members. Yes, 10. Count ‘em; two three-time Olympians, a founder of Professional Ski Instructors of America, a ski resort designer, a speed skiing world record holder — 155 miles per hour — a women’s specific ski equipment developer, a ski goggle inventor, a world-renowned extreme skier and a USSA development program initiator — all game changers, boundary breakers and passionate pioneers. Wanna know their names? Check us out at skihall.com.
Don’t miss the chance to attend this once-a-year opportunity to ski with old friends and celebrate our sport in historic Steamboat Springs. To see a full schedule and register for any or all of the week’s festivities, go to http://www.skihall.com and click on Skiing History Week or call 906-485-6324.
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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