My wife and I have never put on a pair of skis in our lives. I'd be scared to death to ride on a ski lift, much less barrel downhill on a pair of skis. But if you're in the vicinity of Stowe, Vermont, as we were recently, it's worth the time to visit the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. Located in the Perkins Building at 1 Main Street, the museum was originally established in Brandon in 1988 but was moved to Stowe in 2000 and opened to the public at its current location in 2002. The museum's purpose is to "collect, preserve and celebrate Vermont's skiing and snowboarding history." Today, the museum features a collection of 7,500 items, including skiing and snowboarding equipment, skiing and snowboarding clothing, books, archival materials and mechanical equipment. The Hall of Fame pays tribute to athletes, pioneers and contributors from Andrea Mead Lawrence to Billy Kidd to Suzy Chaffee. The exhibits detail 75 years of lift technology, the history of Vermont's 10th Mountain Division in World War II, the National Ski Patrol and Fashions on Snow from 1930 to 2014.
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