DONOR WALL—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.
Ex 1—Washington WOW!
MONITORS—Continuous looping video presentation on four 42 inch monitors (or possibly one 60 inch screen) will highlight special Washington State snow sport stories. The large and eye-catching slide show presentation will cycle through some of our well known mountain skiing images highlighting a variety of ski and snowboarding historical events, places and people. The concept is to provide a “teaser” or snapshot of the images and stories featured in the many museum exhibits. Initial content may feature outstanding backcountry photos, Olympic runs by Washingtonians, a snowboard clip from Mervin Manufacturing and more.
ARTIFACTS—Photographs and text related to the stories
Ex 2—Today’s Washington Snow Sport Venues
KIOSK AND MONITOR—A large interactive monitor will provide current information on Washington Ski and Snowboard areas through the www.skiwashington.org website. This will allow visitors to “drill-down” for detailed information, including current weather conditions.
Ex 3—Outdoors For All
MONITOR—This display will show a video of the history and current activities of Outdoors For All (OFA), a Seattle based non-profit that offers ski (as well as non-ski) programs for people with physical, sensory and developmental disabilities at several western Washington ski areas. Information on the OFA/Wounded Warriors partnership will be provided.
ARTIFACTS—Examples of equipment used by people with disabilities will be displayed. Photos of participants in OFA programs and in the Paralympics will be featured.
Ex 4—Modern Ski Manufacturers & Retailers
EXHIBIT PURPOSE– Visitors will 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 medium sized interactive monitor will show slide and/or film presentations of Washington State’s current manufacturers (K2 Sports, Mervin–Gnu/Lib Tech snowboards, Outdoor Research, etc.) and retailers (Sturtevants, REI, Evo, Zumiez, Eddie Bauer, etc.). Stories will describe current technologies and forecast what the future may hold.
ARTIFACTS—Samples and photographs of products sold by current Washington based manufactures and retailers along with descriptions of changes in product technologies will be displayed.
Ex 5—Washington’s Elite Competitors
MONITOR—A large monitor will show Olympic and Paralympic medal runs along with freeriding and other videos of memorable Washington snow sport personalities. These runs will be displayed on a large screen, hanging from the ceiling and highly visible in the museum.
ARTIFACTS– A highly secure, four sided, transparent- walled cabinet will display 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 35 Washington Olympians (15 of them medalists!) who participated in 16 Winter Olympic Games since 1936.
Ex 6—Snow Sport Enthusiasts
MONITOR—A medium sized interactive monitor (on a table with a stool for viewers) will have 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 will be available for viewing. The display will be organized by interactive category to allow quick access. Categories will include (1) 70 NW Hall of Fame members, (2) 23 National Ski Hall of Fame members and 3 National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame members, (3) 35 Olympians, (4) ski club and PNSA leaders and volunteers, (5) ski area founders/managers, (6) ski instructors, guides, patrollers and 10th Mountain Division members, (7) snow sport promoters, journalists, photographers and illustrators, (8) ski judges and event volunteers, (9) alpine racers, (10) ski jumpers and other Nordic competitors, (11) snowboarders, (12) freestylers, (13) manufacturers and retailers and (14) general industry supporters.
ARTIFACTS—All related to Washington’s snow sport enthusiasts. Original sketches by Bob Cram.
Ex 8—Celebrate the Rope Tow
ARTIFACTS—Visitors will see in real time the way a rope tow works and be intrigued by a moving display of 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 will add realism to this exhibit.
Ex 9—Proud Nordic Skiing Traditions
EXHIBIT PURPOSE—(1) Visitors will be 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 they leaped, the personalities involved and how popular the sport was in Washington in the 1930s and 1940s. (3) Visitors will 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.
MONITORS—A small interactive (touch screen) control monitor controlling a 42 inch mounted “slave” monitor mounted on the back exhibit wall will enable 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—Six to 10 artifacts will be mounted on museum walls and platforms or hung from the ceiling. These will included long jumping skis and early cross-country skis.
Ex 10—Inspiring Ski Mountaineering
EXHIBIT PURPOSE—(1) Visitors will be 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 will 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 will be 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.
MONITORS—Same as Proud Nordic Skiing Traditions plus stories on the beginning of ski mountaineering, avalanches, rebirth of telemarking and free-riding.
ARTIFACTS—6-10 mounted artifacts on walls or hanging; early ski mountaineering gear plus what’s used today.
Ex 11—Equipment and Gear for the Skiing Masses
EXHIBIT PURPOSE—(1) Visitors will be intrigued by looking at vintage ski equipment, amazed at the differences from equipment today, witness artifacts and mounted photos displaying how the first lifts and tows were used, what equipment looked like and what apparel styles were popular. (2) Visitors will see the types of early promotional materials, tow tickets, event programs, patches, advertising and ski accessories that were used in the past.
(3) Visitors will see samples of the variety of ski décor and fashionable gear used in past days of the sport.
MONITORS—No Monitors will be used. The display will consist of one 30” by 5’ graphic panel, accompanied by three 24” by 24” label panels and a mannequin wearing vintage ski clothing.
Ex 12—Unique Washington Snow Sport Highlights
EXHIBIT PURPOSE– Visitors will learn how skiing grew into a major recreational and participatory sport in Washington by several select stories which will rotate in the exhibit on a bi-monthly schedule. The stories will range from (1) the organization of ski schools and ski instruction including the Professional Ski Instructors of America, (2) racing in WA state, (3) the nation’s leading night skiing areas, (4) freestyle skiing, (5) snowboarding growth and its notoriety at Mt. Baker and elsewhere and (6) volunteer ski patrols. Visitors may be intrigued and somewhat amused by how far we have come in the sport of skiing from its beginnings.
MONITOR— A visitor-activated touchscreen monitor will be attached to a decorative Plexiglas barrier, 22 inches in size with sound connected to a “slave” monitor mounted in the Exhibit wall that is 32/42 inches in size. The visitor will be able to choose from video clips and presentations with audio which will average about 3 minutes each.
ARTIFACTS—Six to 8 notable artifacts of varying sizes mounted on walls and a platform.
Ex 13—The Otto Lang Story
EXHIBIT PURPOSE—This exhibit space will feature one topic in depth and will be changed approximately once a year. The opening day exhibit will feature The Otto Lang Story. Visitors will learn that Austrian ski legend Otto Lang 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, which is a fascinating read for skiers and film devotees. From the 1980’s to his death in 2006, Otto lived in West Seattle and was the lead advocate of developing a ski museum in the northwest, as well as a mentor and friend to the entire ski and snowboard industry.
MONITORS– One 42 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 will be set between three 24” by 24” label type panels with space to mount photographs and artifacts from the life of Otto Lang.
Ex 14—Docents and Volunteer Corner; Gift Shop
Merchandise will be in a display case and sold by volunteer supporters (largely from residents of Snoqualmie Pass). A museum t-shirt, sweat shirt and pin will be produced and sold along with merchandise from Washington’s snow sport venues, manufacturers and retailers. On-line sales of gift shop items will be available.
The Museum mezzanine will have a room for private supporter use with a conference table and audio/video equipment communications closet. The mezzanine will house an office and will provide space for a desk/computer and storage for scrap books, valuable artifacts, etc.
Note—Exhibit descriptions above are preliminary based on the Steering Committee’s wish list for content to be included in the museum. Exact opening day exhibits will be determined in the Final Design.