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Originally published September 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM | Page modified September 13, 2014 at 6:29 PM

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Skiing museum expected to open in the spring at Snoqualmie

Dave Moffett of Mercer Island, the former president of Snoqualmie Summit’s four ski areas, has been blazing a trail on the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum (WSSSM) project that is expected to be open by late March or early April.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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Finding a home for Washington’s ski and snowboard history is moving forward with the completion of a permanent museum at Snoqualmie Pass.

Dave Moffett of Mercer Island, the former president of Snoqualmie Summit’s four ski areas, has been blazing a trail on the Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum (WSSSM) project that is expected to be open by late March or early April.

“I am very, very pleased at the progress of making this museum a reality,” said Moffett.

The concept of preserving snow-sport history began with Irv Pratt of Mercer Island, who passed away in 2013. He was known as the curator for the Ancient Skiers collection of ski memorabilia, with items dating to the 1890s.

According to Moffett, Pratt’s vision came about in the 1980s and 1990s when the U.S. Forest Service Building on Snoqualmie Pass had a small museum, which has since closed. The Crystal Mountain Resort has also had some of the displays in its main lodge.

Moffett’s effort finally came to fruition about two years ago when Bryce Phillips, owner of evo Ski & Snowboard Shop in Seattle, along with The Pass, LLC, decided to build a multi-use development on 5.31 acres across the road from The Summit Inn at Snoqualmie Pass.

The museum will occupy a leased space of 1,740 square feet that will reside between a restaurant and microbrewery.

To have the museum at Snoqualmie Pass has its advantages, including being one of the most visited ski areas in the state and a year-round destination stopover for travelers along busy I-90.

“I’m learning to do a museum the right way, and it is quite a process,” said Moffett, whose group has raised more than 80 percent of a financing goal of $600,000. “It’s not just getting a room and putting up some old skis to look at. We’ve gotten help from MOHAI (Museum of History & Industry on South Lake Union in Seattle) and other great consultants.”

Moffett, and Dollie and Hugh Armstrong of Seattle — parents of Olympic gold medal skier Debbie Armstrong — spearheaded the initial work on the museum project.

Museum exhibits include interactive maps of statewide ski venues, a donor wall, video monitors, narrative with slideshow on state’s history of skiing, pre-modern ski and snowboard gear, nordic traditions and ski mountaineering, artifacts from state Olympians and a gift shop.

Washington snow-sports companies will also be part of the display, including K2, Mervin Manufacturing (Gnu/Lib Tech Snowboards), Outdoor Research, Roffe, A&T, Sturtevants and REI.

Monitors will highlight unique accomplishments, such as the evolution of snowboarding at Mount Baker, ski-school history, all-night skiing in the state and the work of Outdoors for All Foundation, a group enabling those with disabilities to experience outdoor activities.

Local award-winning photographers Carl, Gordy and Lowell Skoog, cartoonist Bob Cram and others will have their works on display.

For the WSSSM website, go to www.wsssm.org. More details are also available by calling 206-854-3626 or email drm@davemoffett.com

myuasa@seattletimes.com or 206-464-8780



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