Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame

A nonprofit organization

$69,404 raised by 174 donors

69% complete

$100,000 Goal

Your support today allows the Colorado Snowsports Museum to continue to preserve our shared snow sports history for generations to come. Will you donate today and directly support our programs that celebrate Colorado's snow sports heritage?

Our mission is to celebrate Colorado snow sports by telling stories that educate and inspire others to seek adventure.


Testimonials from Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame (HOF) Members:

"Skiing in America didn't just get created overnight. Many people contributed to its creation. Who, when, where and what they invented in Colorado can be seen at the Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail."
Warren Miller, HOF member 1995

"...The more that time goes by the more that I recognize the importance of preserving the history of our sport and livelihood. I watched and contributed to the growth of the ski resort industry across North America, and truly appreciate the role of the Colorado Snowsports Museum in collecting, preserving and displaying the critical milestones."
Ted Farwell, HOF member 1992

"The Museum is one of the most respected, fascinating, and complete snow sports museums in the world, documenting and bringing alive its rich history. So much development occurred here in the Rocky Mountains, including the amazing story of the 10th Mountain Division during and after WWII when the skiing war heroes returned to Colorado to develop the sport and create Colorado's greatest ski areas. A visit to the Museum transports you into the colorful past where you can enter the lives of the early pioneers who played such an important role in the advancement of Rocky Mountain ski culture. If snow sports have enriched and changed your life, and if all things seem right with the world when the first snow flies every year, I urge you to become a member of the Colorado Snowsports Museum."
Mark Tache, HOF member 2006

"The development of winter sports in this state is an important part of Colorado history and we as members of the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame have a responsibility to preserve this legacy for future generations."
John McMurtry, HOF member 1995

"The Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame captures the hundred plus years of skiing history that has made Colorado the capital of skiing in North America and one of the world's greatest snow sports destinations. Within that history, the Museum has been able to highlight the incredible stories of sacrifice, innovation and commitment from athletes, resort founders, ski troopers and industry leaders... This is an extraordinary story that focuses on the remarkable people that have dedicated their lives to Colorado snow sports and the Museum is the only place this story is captured for the enlightenment of future generations."
Andy Daly, HOF member 2000

"Being selected for the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame is a great honor, especially when you consider the company that you are placed in. Members of the Hall of Fame are pioneers in every phase of the snow sports industry and are a very special group of people. They have built this industry over the years in a state that presents the greatest image of the sport."
Ian Ferguson, HOF member 1997

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Our mission is to celebrate Colorado snow sports by telling stories that educate and inspire others to seek adventure.

Our priceless artifacts tell the story of the birth, rise, and explosion of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado. The collection defines who we are, and why we are. Celebrating these stories is vital to preserving the legacy of our sport.

Since its opening in 1976, the Museum has been dedicated to honoring and showcasing the spirit and evolution of snow sports and its many contributions to Colorado's history and the state's economic success. We use best museum practices to catalog, protect, and preserve our impressive collection. Our educational programs bring history to life through presentations, guided tours, and dynamic activities.

Background Statement

In 1975, Vail Associates and the Town of Vail jointly envisioned, funded and developed the Museum to support the Town of Vail's bid to be officially selected as a part of Colorado's Centennial/Bicentennial celebration. One of the three requirements for the application was a heritage project. On May 23, 1975, the non-profit educational and historical institution, the Vail Centennial Skiing Museum, was incorporated to fulfill this need. The Museum would commemorate "100 Years of Skiing" and would preserve the historic role that skiing has played in Colorado history.

The Town of Vail donated land and a building, easily accessible from the I-70 exit, for the first Museum and Vail Associates provided initial funding.

In 1992, the Museum relocated to its present facility, which is part of the Vail parking structure and overlooks Vail Mountain. It welcomes approximately 75,000 visitors annually from across Colorado, the United States and from around the globe.

In 2018 the Museum completed a 2.6 million dollar renovation. The exhibits are impressive and the technology extends the collection extensively. The Colorado Snowsports Museum is now the most modern and interactive museum on the western slope.

Organization Data


Organization name

Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame

other names

CSM, Colorado Ski Museum

Tax id (EIN)



Arts, Culture & Humanities, Education, Military & Veterans Organizations, Recreation & Sports

Organization Size

Large Organization


231 S. Frontage Road East
Vail, CO 81657

Service areas

Eagle County, CO, US



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