Tales from the Tread: Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs celebrates 2018 Olympics
Steamboat Springs’ Olympic tradition is second to none. Boasting more winter Olympic athletes than any other town in North America, our Olympic heritage runs strong and deep. To honor all of our local Olympians who represent Ski Town USA on the world stage, the Tread of Pioneers Museum creates exhibits and hosts events that celebrate the unmatched Olympic traditions that are the lifeblood of our town. For the upcoming Olympic season, look for these museum events to help you catch the spirit.
Olympian tribute exhibit
Second floor of Thunderhead-upper gondola building
The Tread of Pioneers Museum and Steamboat Ski Area partnered to produce an Olympian tribute display on the second floor of Thunderhead (upper gondola building) at the Steamboat Ski Area. The exhibit celebrates all of our local Olympians and tells the story of the competitive spirit and quest for excellence that began with Norwegian ski jumper Carl Howelsen and continues to this day. (fee to ride the gondola and/or ski)
Ski Town USA exhibit
Tread of Pioneers Museum | 800 Oak St.
This permanent exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum traces the development of skiing from essential winter transportation to the popular recreational sport of today. The exhibit also celebrates the rich Olympic heritage that makes Steamboat a town like no other. During the 2017-18 winter ski season, the exhibit will feature local 2018 Olympic hopefuls and their paths to Olympic excellence.
Facebook Olympic history trivia
As a bonus, the museum will post Olympic history trivia throughout the Olympic season on Facebook with prizes awarded to the first person to provide the correct answer.
Meet an Olympian talks
Steamboat Ski Area, second floor Thunderhead/upper gondola building at Olympian tribute display
Held select Saturdays during the ski season. Meet Steamboat Olympians and hear their stories of triumph and hardship on their road to Olympic dreams. Presented by Steamboat Ski Area in partnership with the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Visit steamboat.com for more information.
Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Olympic Heritage Tours
4 p.m. Wednesdays during February | Howelsen Hill Lodge, 845 Howelsen Hill Parkway
This tour explores Steamboat’s Olympic heritage, the multiple talents of Carl Howelsen and history of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Winter Carnival, Howelsen Hill and ski jumping. Free.
Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Winter Film Series
“I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story”
6 p.m. Feb. 13 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs Alpine ski racer and Olympian Buddy Werner became the first American to break the European’s domination in the sport of skiing. Werner was the first American to win major international skiing awards making him the most accomplished American ski racer in history. Experience Werner’s triumphs, tribulations, and tragic death in this 1997 biographical film by John and Joe Dee. Free.
For a full listing of community-wide events that will celebrate the 2018 Olympics, including the official Olympic Send-off Ceremony at Steamboat Ski Area on Jan. 27, visit treadofpioneers.org.
Candice Bannister is the executive director for Tread of Pioneers Museum.
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