Current Exhibits


Ski Town USA: The History of Winter Sports in Steamboat Springs

Permanent Exhibit

Tracing the evolution of skiing in Steamboat Springs

Soar into the history of skiing in Steamboat Springs in the “Ski Town USA®” exhibit at Tread of Pionees Museum. The exhibit traces the evolution of skiing in our town from essential winter-time transportation to the wolrd reknown recreational sport of today. See the predecessor of the today's snowboard, a chair from the chairlift that once went to the top of Emerald Mountain above Howelsen Hill, and memorabilia from Steamboat's Olympic athletes. Learn about Norwegian Carl Howelsen's impact on the sports of skiing and ski jumping, and his legendary Winter Carnival. Find out why Steamboat is home to more Olympic athletes than any other town in the nation. 

The Arrival Of Carl Howelsen

Famed Norwegian ski-jumper and circus star Carl Howelsen arrived in 1913 and taught the early residents of Steamboat Springs how to ski and jump. Suddenly, the valley’s ranchers were exploring the surrounding mountains on homemade wooden skis, school kids filled recess with downhill races, and locals became expert jumpers. The first Winter Carnival, held in 1914, pitted the local talent against visiting pros. Armed with the local Winter Sports Club, Howelsen Hill, and eventually the Steamboat ski area, Steamboat-grown athletes made a name for themselves at the Olympic Games and other world stages—a tradition that thrives today. Claiming the most Olympians than any other town in the nation, Steamboat Springs is Ski Town USA®.



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Skier, Buddy Werner

vintage post card of skiers
Barnum and Bailey Poster