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Whitefish to open ski museum

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Jul 15 2013 07:35:47 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2013 09:02:35 PM MDT
WHITEFISH, Mont. -

Skiing has been a big part of Whitefish town history since the early 1930s, and now folks are looking to preserve that history with a ski museum in Whitefish.

Skiing is deeply embedded in Whitefish, and the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation wants to preserve its history by opening a ski museum.

"The jungle drums are starting to beat and so we're getting some phone calls and emails,” said Tim Henderson, the group's vice president.

He says talk for a museum isn't new, but it's got new life now.

"It came around again recently when we talked about a ski hall of fame, and we said, well how do you do a hall of fame without a museum."

Henderson grew up in the Flathead. He figures people have memorabilia, and might not even know it.

"All of these old skis and ski clothes and articles in the paper that have been sitting in people's attics and garages  for all this time are going to have a place to come and be on display."

Henderson knows once the word gets out, people around town will jump on the bandwagon.

"I think there are people who are tremendously excited.  There's a whole generation of people who are saying we need to have this we need to do this."

Henderson says that they'll start collecting the information and memorabilia before deciding when they'll open up.  It's just another way for boosters to share the town's rich history.