Main Exhibits

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CLIMB TO GLORY

This exhibit celebrates the famed 10th Mountain Division, the mountain troopers of World War II.  Learn the inspiring story of the 10th and view equipment and gear used by the troopers in both training at Camp Hale and in battle in Italy.

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COLORADO SNOWSPORTS HALL OF FAME

The Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame exhibit pays tribute to the state’s ski and snowboard industry icons that have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.  The exhibit features an interactive touchscreen monitor that allows guests to learn the inspiring stories of the men and women that created and built the Colorado snowsports industry from the ground up.

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VAIL’S DNA & COLORADO'S SKI RESORTS

This informative exhibit is highlighted by the interactive Ski Resorts Table, providing in-depth information on all of the state’s 26 active ski areas, along with 30 of Colorado’s “Lost Resorts”.  The 60-inch screen, able to accommodate up to four users, features current mountain statistics, photos and videos, along with historical content on each resort.  The “Vail’s DNA” component of the exhibit tells the story of the birth and growth of the Vail Valley, from a small mountain village to one of the world’s premier ski and snowboard destinations.

 
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OUT THERE

Out There features the history and evolution of snowboarding, both in Colorado and throughout the nation. One of the most comprehensive collections of snowboarding history, the exhibit is seen through the eyes of some of the individuals who helped transform the dream of snowboarding into reality.  The current explosion in popularity of backcountry skiing and snowboarding is also reflected within this display, with both new and old equipment and essential information.

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COLORADO COMPETITION TIMELINE

This unique display features a 19-foot sliding interactive monitor that chronicles the history of competition, highlighting the Olympic Winter Games and the four Alpine World Ski Championships hosted in Colorado, along with the history of the World Cup and World Pro Skiing circuits.  The wall is divided into 11 decades, from the 1920s to the 2020s.  Opposite the sliding monitor wall, various competition artifacts are on display, highlighted by Anders Haugen’s 1924 Olympic coat, Billy Kidd and Jimmie Heuga’s 1964 Olympic medals, Phil Mahre’s 1981 World Cup Overall crystal globe trophy and Mikaela Shiffrin’s 2018 Olympic uniform.

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ROTATING Collection

100 YEARS OF SKI FASHION AND FUNCTION

Take a step back in time, courtesy of the fashions that accompanied the evolution of Colorado’s ski industry, from the 1910s to the 2000s.  The display highlights the designs of Vail pioneer Ann Bonfoey Taylor, while also showcasing an entertaining and informative short video that transports the viewer from 1915 to 2015 via ski and snowboard fashion.  The exhibit is designed to be a rotating display, with new topics slated on an annual basis.

 

 
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SKIING THROUGH TIME

This exhibit chronicles the history of skiing in Colorado, from the Scandinavian miners of the 1860s to the development of ski lifts and the National Ski Patrol.  The display serves as a visual showcase of the evolution of skis, boots and bindings, with equipment dating from the 1800s to modern day.

 

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