Officers Dave Moffett, President Dollie Armstrong, Vice President Hugh Armstrong, Secretary
Advisors Graham Anderson John Gifford John Hansen Wini Jones Yosh Nakagawa Gus Raaum John Woodward
Steering Committee Nancy Beach Duncan Campbell Evan Day John Forsen Dave Galvin Tracy Gibbons Kirby Gilbert Graham Graham Greg James Wayne Johnson John Kircher Guy Lawrence John Lundin Kathy Moffett McDonald Jake Moe John Naye Kevin Nolan Bryce Phillips Ty Rice Lowell Skoog Markus Virba
The founding of the Ancient Skiers in the mid 1980′s by the late lrv Pratt led to the formation of a 501 (c) 3 in March of 1994 named Northwest Ski Museum and Hall of Fame. Currently Dave Gossard leads the Board of this non-profit organization. To date the activities of the NW Ski Museum and Hall of Fame have focused on the biennial selection of members. Starting in 1987 with four inductees, the Hall of Fame list has now grown to 70.
lrv always had a vision for a museum and in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s the U. S. Forest Service building on Snoqualmie Pass served this purpose. Recently some displays have been staged at Crystal Mountain. The selection of a location and the raising of funds have been major obstacles to the creation of a permanent home for a ski museum.
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 the most heavily travelled east-west freeway in Washington.
Fortunately a new development at the top of Snoqualmie Pass is under development by The Pass, LLC, led by Bryce Phillips of evo and evolution projects. Utilities have been completed in the summer of 2012 for this 5 acre parcel of land directly opposite The Summit Inn. The 1,600 square foot museum space (includes 400 SF mezzanine) would be leased from The Pass, LLC eliminating any large capital costs. The museum space is between and connected to a restaurant and a brew-pub and thus many of the customers of these two facilities will enjoy the museum.
In addition to the restaurant, brew-pub and the museum, the 5 acres will initially have 12 North West modern lofts and a standalone coffee retail building. Commercial construction will be completed by December 2013. Full build-out of the property will include up to 108 residential units and around 15,000 square feet of commercial space.
Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum
Dave Moffett and Dollie & Hugh Armstrong have led the initial work on this exciting project. A new 501 (c) 3 non-profit has been formed—the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum (WSSSM). The Ancient Skiers and the NW Ski Museum and Hall of Fame non-profit have both been very supportive of WSSSM and its location on Snoqualmie Pass.
The financial obligations of WSSSM include a 5 year lease (with two 5 year options) for the 1,740 SF of space. Total annual operating expenses are estimated at $50,000.The financing plan is to raise at least $350,000 with pledges either in cash or spread over up to 5 years. Approximately 60% of this has been raised or committed. Funds exceeding the build-out will be in an endowment fund to help cover future operating costs. The initial funds from the Founding Donors and the annual fund raising events will be key to the long term success of the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum.
The mission statement for the WSSSM is:
The Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum will be a centrally located show case to honor Washington’s ski legends, preserve the state’s ski history,inform guests about this rich sports story and inspire future participation in Washington’s ski and snowboard opportunities by these guests, their families, friends and communities.