Names of donors who have made gifts are organized into Founding Double Black Diamond, Founding Black Diamond, Founding Gold, Founding Silver and Founding Bronze levels. Founding gifts of under $1,000 are commemorated below this display by scores of donor season passes and WSSSM inscribed season passes hanging by wickets that are attached to an antique ski pole.
EXHIBIT PURPOSE — Visitors selectively view the alpine ski/snowboard and Nordic venue offerings of Washington State that provide snow sports experiences today. In addition, major backcountry areas and Lost Ski Areas are shown. A large wall-mounted map of the State shows these venues.
MONITOR— A wall mounted interactive monitor allows visitors to select the venue that they want to learn more about. Current information on each venue is provided including photographs and trail maps.
EXHIBIT PURPOSE —Visitors learn of the origins and contributions of one of the world’s earliest and largest recreational and sports training programs for people with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities—Outdoors for All Foundation (OFA). In addition, visitors learn of the athletes, coaches, volunteers and equipment involved in the unique program at OFA that has been so successful in providing skiing opportunities for people with disabilities.
MONITOR — This display shows a video of the history and current activities of OFA, the Seattle based non-profit that offers ski (as well as non-ski) programs for people with disabilities at several western Washington ski areas. Information on the OFA/Wounded Warriors partnership is also provided.
ARTIFACTS — Examples of equipment used by people with disabilities are displayed and photos of participants in OFA programs and in the Paralympics are featured.
EXHIBIT PURPOSE — Visitors see how Washington manufacturers Mervin snowboards/bindings and K2 skis (Alpine, backcountry and boots) have evolved to their pinnacle of success from their first products to today’s equipment.
MONITORS — A floor mounted interactive (touch screen) monitor, linked to a larger wall hung monitor, enables visitors to view slide and video presentations of Washington State’s current manufacturers (K2 Sports, Mervin--Gnu/Lib Tech snowboards, Outdoor Research, etc.). Stories describe current technologies and forecast what the future may hold.
ARTIFACTS — Samples and photographs of historic and current products sold by current Washington based manufactures and retailers along with descriptions of changes in product technologies are displayed.
MONITOR — A large monitor shows runs of Washington's Olympians and Paralympians.
ARTIFACTS — A highly secure, four sided, transparent- walled cabinet displays unique items associated with Washington’s Olympians: Phil Mahre’s World Cup, Debbie Armstrong’s Olympic Gold Medal, Jim Martinson’s Paralympic Gold Medal, Mark Bathum’s Paralympic Silver Medal, memorabilia from Sochi Olympian Patrick Deneen and miscellaneous memorabilia from 39 Washington Olympians (15 of them medalists!) who participated in 16 Winter Olympic Games since 1936.
MONITOR A medium sized interactive monitor (on a table with a stool for viewers) has two options. First, visitors will be able to view cartoons by internationally acclaimed cartoonist Bob Cram. Second, photos and a short biography of the many prominent personalities in Washington snow sports are available for viewing. The display is organized by interactive category to allow quick access. Categories include (1)-- 75 NW Ski Hall of Fame members, (2)--23 National Ski Hall of Fame members, (3)-- 4 National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame members, (4)-- 39 Olympians, (5)-- ski club and Pacific NW Ski Association leaders and volunteers, (6)-- ski area founders/managers, (7)-- ski instructors, guides, patrollers and 10th Mountain Division members, (8)-- snow sport promoters, journalists, photographers and illustrators, (9) --ski judges and event volunteers, (10)-- alpine racers, (11)-- ski jumpers and other Nordic competitors, (12)-- snowboarders, (13)-- freestylers, (14)-- manufacturers and retailers and (15)-- general industry supporters.
ARTIFACTS — An original Bob Cram cartoon is displayed.
ARTIFACTS — Visitors see in real time the way a rope tow works and shows the mechanical ingenuity and utilitarian nature of this early and dominant form of uphill transport used by skiers from 1936 through the early 1970’s. A mannequin in 1930’s ski gear using a rope tow gripper adds realism to this exhibit.
GRAPHIC PANEL — A large display board highlights the initial rope tows in Spokane (1936), and Mt Rainier (Paradise), Snoqualmie Pass, Mt. Baker and Stevens Pass in the 1937-38 season.
EXHIBIT PURPOSE — (1) Visitors are exposed to the exhilaration and ruggedness of ski mountaineering and see examples of early equipment and accessories used for safe and practical travel both up and down mountain slopes; (2) Visitors learn how ski mountaineering was the earliest form of recreational skiing in Washington and that it was through ski mountaineering that most of our developed ski areas were originally founded; (3) Visitors are inspired by the exhilarating scenery of Washington’s great ski mountaineering destinations and learn of the first ski ascents and descents of major peaks in our region.
MONITOR — A floor mounted interactive (touch screen) monitor, linked to a larger wall hung monitor, enable visitors to view stories on the beginning of ski mountaineering, avalanches, rebirth of telemarking and free-riding. Selected photographs of the Cascades throughout the State are viewable.
ARTIFACTS —Equipment featured include skis, climbing skins, ski poles and boots, backpacks and ice axes. Artifacts are grouped in 3 eras: 1920s—1950s, 1960s--1990s and 2000 and beyond.
EXHIBIT PURPOSE — (1) Visitors learn that skiing started as a mode of transportation in Norway many years ago and later in the European Alps. Early enthusiasts began to teach a more controlled manner of turning which lead to exhilarating down-mountain competitions. Those events started the transition away from what was mostly cross country skiing and jumping into down-mountain, or alpine skiing. With the advent of ski lifts and tows, first in Europe and then in North America in the early 1930’s, skiing grew rapidly. Today over 40 million alpine skiers can journey to any of three hundred major alpine resorts around the mountain ranges of more than forty countries. (2) Visitors learn about the history of alpine skiing in the State of Washington. (3) Visitors view vintage recreational alpine ski equipment that fed the extraordinary growth of alpine skiing in Washington in the 1930s and in the post-war era.ARTIFACTS — Visitors will view artifacts and mounted photos displaying how the first lifts and tows were used, what equipment looked like and what apparel styles were popular. Visitors see the types of early promotional materials, tow tickets, event programs, patches, advertising and ski accessories that were used in the past. Visitors see samples of the variety of ski décor and fashionable gear used in past days of the sport. Included is a mannequin wearing vintage ski clothing.
EXHIBIT PURPOSE — Visitors learn about the history of ski activities at Mt. Rainier, beginning with summer ski jumping contests in 1919. In the 1920’s skiing started changing into more of a participatory sport with the availability of ski gear, snowshoes and toboggans. With the regular plowing of roads leading up to Paradise in the 1930s, skiers starting coming to the area for snow activates, leading to the formation of ski clubs, ski events and carnivals. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer sponsored the first major down the mountain race, the Silver Skis, in 1934. This event led to the staging of the U.S.alpine tryouts for selecting the U.S. team for the 1936 Olympic Games. Beginning with the 1936-37 season, a rope tow was erected attracting more visitors and the area gained national attention with Otto Lang setting up his Arlberg Ski School at Paradise.
MONITOR — A visitor-activated touchscreen monitor will be floor mounted in the front of the exhibit enabling visitors to choose from video clips and presentations with audio.
ARTIFACTS — Notable artifacts of varying sizes are mounted on walls and a platform.
EXHIBIT PURPOSE —(1) Visitors learn how immigrant Norwegians, who learned skiing in their homeland, were the most active early participants in the sport and helped introduce skiing to Washington. (2) Visitors will be enthralled by ski jumping, the distances leaped, the personalities involved and how popular the sport was in Washington in the 1930s and 1940s. (3) Visitors learn how cross - country and jumping were the only form of skiing in early competitions run by the Pacific Northwest Ski Association and its member clubs beginning in 1930.
MONITOR —A floor mounted interactive (touch screen) monitor enables visitors to select stories including: (1) early ski clubs, (2) jumping at Mt Rainier, Cle Elum, Leavenworth, Spokane and Milwaukee Ski Bowl, and (3) the revival of cross country skiing since the 1970’s.
ARTIFACTS —-A number of artifacts are mounted on museum walls and platforms. These include long jumping skis and early cross-country skis.
EXHIBIT PURPOSE — This exhibit space features one topic in depth and will be changed periodically. The opening day exhibit features the Austrian ski legend Otto Lang who came to America in the mid-1930’s and introduced the Arlberg method of ski instruction to Americans at Mt Rainier and Mt Baker. Otto went on to direct three ski movies: Ski Flight (1938), Skifully Yours (1939) and The Basic Principles of Skiing (1941). In the 1940’s he became an important contributor to American filmmaking by producing and directing for Darryl Zanuck of Twentieth Century Fox. Otto’s autobiography, A Bird of Passage, the Story of my Life, is a fascinating read for both skiers and film devotees. From the 1980’s to his death in 2006, Otto lived in West Seattle and was the lead advocate for a ski museum in the northwest, as well as a mentor and friend to the entire ski and snowboard industry.
MONITORS — One 32 inch monitor mounted on the museum’s back wall will be set up for a continuously looping story on Otto.
ARTIFACTS — One 30” by 5’ graphic panel highlight Otto’s life. Cabinets display key artifacts for Otto. Finally, a pair of the first steel ski poles, developed by Otto and manufactured by Seattle based A&T Ski Co, are exhibited.
Merchandise is viewable in a display case and sold by volunteer supporters. A WSSSM pin, note cards, books and ski area trail maps by Ron Bomba are available for sale.
The Museum mezzanine has an area for private supporter use and rental to the public that includes a conference table and audio/video equipment. The mezzanine also provides a secure room for the storage of valuable artifacts and a communications closet.