Excited to watch history in the making up on Snoqualime Pass, WA. I don’t mean the record breaking BAD snow year we and others have received this past year in the PNW, but the (almost completed ) Washington State Ski & Snowboard Museum. Some of you know how much ski history has been made in Washington state by so many over the years, and now there will soon be a great place to stop and stretch the legs on that next road trip East or West of the I-90 Cascade Crest. Below are a few words from the WSSM website along with a tour of the almost completed museum. BTW, I was given the tour by co-founding director Dave Moffett (who happens to be the son of Webb Moffett, a great man who helped move the ski industry, by leaps and bounds, to where it is today).
The Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum (WSSSM) has been formed and has received IRS approval as a 501(c) 3 non-profit. The Ancient Skiers and the NW Ski Museum & Hall of Fame have both been very supportive of WSSSM and its location on Snoqualmie Pass.
WSSSM will be a “story-telling” museum together with artifact displays to supplement these stories. With advances in electronic technology this is the current trend among museums in Washington and around the country (e.g. Seattle’s MOHAI, EMP and Gates Visitor Center). Attached to this summary is a description of proposed exhibits, with associated videos, artifacts and photographs. Note that a fully secure display will include one of Phil Mahre’s World Cup trophies (on loan), Debbie Armstrong’s Olympic gold medal (on loan), various current items from 2010 and 2014 Olympian, Patrick Deneen, and more! Many artifacts relating to the history of snow sports in Washington State will be on display. Two highly regarded museum vendors have been retained to assist WSSSM: EDX (design) and Turner Exhibits (fabricator). These two exhibit specialists have completed some very high profile projects. Final design for WSSSM is complete and fabrication now underway.
Our Steering Committee is working diligently to provide input to EDX/Turner, procure artifacts, prepare PowerPoint presentations and produce content videos for Museum monitor viewing.