Winter film series returns, captures essence of Steamboat’s ski culture

“I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story” is the subject of the Feb. 13 winter film at the Chief Theater hosted by the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
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If you go: What: Winter Film Series: “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis & the North American Indians” When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 16 Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The historic winter film series is back.

The Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Chief Theater are partnering to host the annual Winter Film Series with footage capturing the essence of how this little ski town became what it is today.

Each month through March 13, the free, hour-long showings will start at 6 p.m. at the Chief Theater.

“We are thrilled to host this film series once again at the historic Chief Theater,” said Candice Bannister, Tread of Pioneers Museum executive director. “We value the Chief’s partnership with us to bring these marvelous films to the public free of charge.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the award winning film, “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians,” by Anne Makepeace, will be shown. It features Native American culture in “The North American Indian” project including 10,000 audio recordings, 20 volumes of text, a full-length motion picture and 40,000 photographs.

Then on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the museum will celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics by showing, “I Never Look Back: The Buddy Werner Story,” featuring local Alpine ski racer and Olympian Buddy Werner, who became the first American to break the European’s domination in the sport of skiing. The 1997 biographical film was produced by John and Joe Dee.

To end the series on March 13, the Tread of Pioneers Museum will honor Steamboat Ski Area co-founder Jim Temple in “Stormy: The Story of a Mountain and a Man,” in which Temple recounts the founding of the ski resort, along with rare film footage of the undeveloped mountain, which Bannister said will take viewers back to a time when the ski area was just a dream.

Two Steamboat Ski Resort promotional videos from 1986 and 1994 will also be featured on March 13 — “Skiing Steamboat Style” and “Steamboat: The Place to Ski.”

“If you are a long-time local, you’ll remember these days gone by; if you’re new to town, you’re sure to love the look back,” Bannister said.

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To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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