Ski Town Exhibit
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Famed Norwegian ski-jumper and circus star Carl Howelsen arrived in 1913 and taught the early residents of Steamboat Springs how to ski and jump. Suddenly, the valley’s ranchers were exploring the surrounding mountains on homemade wooden skis, school kids filled recess with downhill races, and locals became expert jumpers. The first Winter Carnival, held in 1914, pitted the local talent against visiting pros. Armed with the local Winter Sports Club, Howelsen Hill, and eventually the Steamboat ski area, Steamboat-grown athletes made a name for themselves at the Olympic Games and other world stages—a tradition that thrives today. Claiming the most Olympians than any other town in the nation, Steamboat Springs is Ski Town USA®.
"With so many elite athletes living, training and coaching here, there is constant inspiration. That is what keeps tradition alive; driving the next generation of skiers to make their own mark on the rich legacy of Ski Town USA.”
Soar into the history of skiing in Steamboat Springs in the newest exhibit at the Tread of Pioneers Museum- “Ski Town USA®”
SOAR into the the history of skiing in Steamboat Springs in our new exhibit! "Ski Town USA" traces the evolution of skiing in our town from essential winter-time transportation to the wolrd reknown recreational sport of today. See the predecessor of the today's snowboard, a chair from the chairlift that once went to the top of Emerald Mountain, and memorabilia from Steamboat's Olympic athletes. Learn about Norwegian Carl Howelsen's impact on the sports of skiing and ski jumping, and his legendary Winter Carnival. Find out why Steamboat is home to more Olympic athletes than any other town in the nation. This important exhibit is sure to entertain all who enter this room.
Watch this video to learn about the history of skiing in Ski Town USA!
Learn more about our Olympic Heritage Tours!
to learn more about Howelsen Hill and Winter Sports Club history on this KUNC/NPR Radio segment.
to learn more about Steamboat's Olympic and Winter Carnival traditions on this ABC television segment
to learn more about the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
How did ski jumping start in Steamboat Springs? Click here
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