century before my personal history begins, back when early settlers adopted the Norse practice as a way to travel through the mountains in the winter. From those utilitarian beginnings, skiing grew into an American industry that combines tourism and recreation, celebrity and solitude, consumption and a true love of the great outdoors. Annie Gilbert Coleman, who grew up skiing in New Hampshire and now lives in the flatlands of Indiana, where shes a historian at Purdue University, wrote Ski Style, the first cultural history of skiing in the United States. Shell be at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, today to discuss Ski Style: Landscapes and Culture of Colorado Skiing at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for members of the Colorado Historical Society, $8.50 for non-members; to sign up, call 303-866-4686.
And while youre at the museum, dont miss Imagine a Great City: Denver at 150, the exhibit that recaps this towns history and includes a vintage ski suit worn by former First Lady Dottie Lamm. Its all downhill from here!
Tue., March 17, 2009