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Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame

#7 in Best Things To Do in Vail

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Before hitting the slopes, consider taking a quick tour of the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame. This small facility in central Vail pays tribute to the region's reputation as a winter wonderland. The museum's exhibits focus on the development of the area ski resorts (and the evolution of the sport in general), as well as other favorite slopes found throughout the state. Visitors also learn about how the U.S. Forest Service  particularly the 10th Mountain Division, the ski troopers of World War II  has worked to ensure the safety of skiers for decades. Afterward, take some time to honor the people that have helped make Colorado a skiing haven at the hall of fame.

According to recent travelers, the Colorado Ski Museum is a must-see for powder hounds and history buffs. Reviewers particularly praised the artifacts on display (specifically the Olympics memorabilia) and the on-site gift shop. Though you'll breeze through the exhibits in less than an hour, visitors say it's worth a stop. 

You'll find the museum located on the third level of the Vail Village parking structure. Parking is free during the warmer months and after 3 p.m. during the ski season. The facility is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. during ski season, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the warmer months. Admission is free, although a $5 donation is suggested. For more information, check out the museum's website. Note: The facility closed for remodeling in April 2017 and plans to reopen at the beginning of the 2017-2018 ski season.

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