In 1983 Irv Pratt founded The Ancient Skiers, an organization dedicated to those who participated in the origins of the ski industry in the Pacific Northwest. In 1987 the Ancient Skiers established The Northwest Ski Hall of Fame with the induction of its five original members. Beginning with that initial class, seventy Northwestern skiers have received the honor of Hall of Fame membership! In 1994 the Ancient Skiers incorporated the non-profit Northwest Ski Museum and Hall of Fame preserving skiing’s legacy in the Northwest. The primary focus of the NSMHF has been the biennial selection of inductees to the Northwest Ski Hall of Fame. But Irv Pratt always envisioned a museum. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the U. S. Forest Service building on Snoqualmie Pass served this purpose and more recently some displays were staged in the lodge at Crystal Mountain. There also has been interest in a ski museum at Leavenworth. Unfortunately various efforts to date have lacked funding and a suitable location to bring the original vision of Irv Pratt and the Ancient Skiers to fruition.
Site on Snoqualmie Pass
Snoqualmie Pass has a number of distinct advantages for the location of a ski museum. The Summit at Snoqualmie is Washington’s most visited ski resort, the location is convenient to reach by the largest population center in the state and I-90 is one of the most heavily traveled east-west freeways in the United States. Fortunately a new development on Snoqualmie Pass is underway by The Pass, LLC, led by Bryce Phillips of Evo and evolution projects. The location is prime — directly opposite the Summit Inn at the top of the Pass. Phase I of the development of this 5 acre parcel is partially completed with the recent occupancy of the initial 12 townhomes. A commercial building adjacent to SR906 is currently under construction (slab poured in early June); occupancy is scheduled for December of 2014. The museum will be housed between a restaurant and a brew-pub—both of which will provide substantial walk-in museum visitors. The 1,200 square feet of museum space plus 400 square feet of mezzanine will be leased from The Pass, LLC eliminating large capital costs. Full build-out of the extended Snoqualmie Pass property will include up to 108 residential units and 15,000 square feet of commercial space.
Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum, P. O. Box 1301, Mercer Island, WA 98040June 17, 2014
Dave Moffett, President, 206 854 3626; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dollie Armstrong, Vice President and Hugh Armstrong, Secretary,
206 329 0815; email@example.com
Kathy Moffett McDonald
The Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum will be a centrally located showcase to honor Washington’s ski and snowboard legends, preserve this state’s ski and snowboard history, educate visitors about this rich sports story and inspire future participation in Washington’s ski and snowboard opportunities by these visitors, their families, their friends and their communities.