2018 World Guide to Ski Museums, Collections, and Libraries

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Ski Museums of the World 2018

Updated March, 2021

By E. John B. Allen

Of the 128 nations (up from 110 in 2012) that belong to the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS), 21 have established museums focusing on the history of skiing. Some are entirely devoted to skiing; some are part of a small, local museum; others are simply one section within a broader collection of folk material; and a few private collections are listed. The dozens of ski museums and libraries in this list are not all of a kind—but for skiers and snowboarders interested in the rich heritage of what we now call “snowsports,” any would merit a visit.

Skis were on public view as early as 1655, but the first dedicated ski museum was founded in Norway in 1923 and is now in its 95th year, still remaining in the same area at Holmenkollen, bordering Oslo’s own skiing grounds, the Nordmarka. But the huge majority of museums are post-World War II creations, many initiated by individuals like Theodor Hüttenegger in Mürzzuschlag, Austria, and Gilbert Merlin in Grenoble, France. In the United States, many ski museums were started by individuals but then, in an effort to raise money, transformed into Halls of Fame. American museums are all private ventures, although a few may receive some government funding at the local, regional or national level.

Ski heritage and its preservation rely heavily on specialized libraries, many of them an integral part of a museum. Others are beholden to an institution of learning, such as the library of the Deutsche Sporthochschule, the German Sports University in Cologne. Other leading resources include the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its massive Olympic museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the FIS, which has sponsored a half-dozen conferences on the history of skiing.

From amassing “a bunch of old stuff” in the early days, ski museums have made significant progress in recent years with computerized collection management and archival treatments of wood and cloth, film and photographs, documents and art. The online “digital museum” or “virtual museum” is the latest trend, consisting solely of a Website-based collection of images and information. At the moment, the two most successful online-only collections are the Austrian Olympic Committee’s museum and Luzi Hitz’ and Pierre Schneider’s “Swiss History of Skiing” museum. This sophisticated approach requires major financial support. Europeans have to persuade their municipalities, county and national governments to send Euros in their direction, while Americans try hard to increase membership to finance and improve their museums and libraries.

Over the past 42 years, I have visited many ski-related museums; for an historian, there is nothing like seeing the actual artifacts. Many of the museums have specialized libraries and are invaluable for anyone interested in following the old ski tracks. It was a natural project for me to publish a list for other interested parties. The list, last updated in 2012, had 119 entries; this new one contains 151—the latest addition being the archive of the Ski Club of Great Britain that was added to the Special Collections of De Montfort University in Leicester in February 2018. There are a further half-dozen museums waiting in the wings or in storage.

As ski travelers and students of ski history, I hope you will find it useful. But be warned: Some of the information came from websites or e-mail correspondence, information that can easily change. It is always wise to contact the museum ahead of a visit, and a requirement for anyone working on a research project. —E. John B. Allen



Mount Buller, Victoria

National Alpine Museum of Australia, Inc.

Level 1 Alpine Central, Summit Road, Mt. Buller, Victoria 3723

Curator: Michelle Stevenson


Tel: +61 418 976 338


Open Winter: Saturday 12.00 – 15.00

Open Summer: Saturday 11.00 – 15.00.  Every second Thursday 11.00 – 15.00.

Admission: Free


Thredbo, New South Wales

Thredbo Ski Museum

Thredbo Historical Society, P.O. Box 6, Thredbo, NSW 2625

Contact: Christina Webb

E-mail: via website

Tel: +61 2 9449 7610


Open: 26 December – 26 January (closed Mondays)

            February, March, April, October weekends and public holidays

            July - September daily (closed Mondays)

            Call for hours

 Closed: May, November, December 1 – 25

Admission: Free




Damüls, Vorarlberg

FIS Skimuseum Damüls

Kirchdorf 138, 6884 Damüls

Director/Curator: Christian Lingenhöle


Tel: +43 5510 6200


Open: December—April, and June—September: Tuesday and Friday 15.00—18.00

Closed: May, October, November

Admission: Free

Emphasis on Vorarlberg skiing and ski production and competition. Victor Sohm, Hannes Schneider, Georg Bilgeri featured.


Haus im Ennstal, Steiermark/Styria


Schlossplatz 189, 8967 Haus im Ennstal

Director: Willi Wawra


Tel: +43 3686 2207-17


Open: Tuesdays 10.00 – 12.00 and Wednesdays 16.30 – 20.30 and by appointment

Admission: €2 ($2.50), children: €1 ($1.25)


Hinterstoder, Oberösterreich/Upper Austria

Alpineum Hinterstoder

4573 Hinterstoder

Contact: Sabrina Plursch


Tel: +43 7564 5263 99


Open: Monday—Friday 8.00—12.00 and 14.00—17.00

           Weekends by arrangement

Admission: Adult €4 ($5), Child €2.20 ($2.50), Family €8 ($10)

Exhibits showing change from mountain farm village to summer and winter tourism. Strong on local skiing with downhill simulator and avalanche detector exhibits.


Hirschegg, Vorarlberg

Wintersportmuseum im Walserhaus

Walserhaus, Walserstrasse 64, 6992 Hirschegg


Tel: +43 5517 5114 460


Open: Monday-Saturday 9.00—17.00.  Sundays and holidays 8.00—15.00

Admission: Free


Hochpillberg, Tirol

Schimuseum Hotel Grafenast

Bio-Hotel Grafenast, Pillbergstrasse 205, 6130 Hochpillberg


Tel: +43 5242 63209


Open: By appointment

Admission: Free

Private collection of the Unterlechner family.



Lilienfeld, Nieder Österreich/Lower Austria

Bezirks-Heimatmuseum mit Zdarsky-Skimuseum und Archiv

Babenbergerstrasse 3, 3180 Lilienfeld

Director: Heinz Eppensteiner

E-mail: or

Tel: +43 2762 52478 or +43 2762 52478


Open: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 16.00-18.00

Admission: Adult €5 ($6.25), Student €2.50 ($3)

Best museum for Mathias Zdarsky


Mürzzuschlag, Steiermark/Styria


Wienerstrasse 13, 8680 Mürzzuschlag

Director: Hannes Nothnagl


Tel: +43 3852 3504


NB:  Museum is being reorganized; probable reopening date is January 2019, admission hours and fees will be announced.

Large museum, excellent collections, good library.


Seefeld, Tirol

Olympic and Nostalgia Exhibition (1964, 1976 Winter Olympic Games) in the Rosshütte Panoramic Restaurant above Seefeld


Tel: +43 5212 2416-0


Open: call to find out dates and times

Admission: Free


St. Anton am Arlberg, Tirol

The Museum of St. Anton in the Kandahar Haus

Rudi-Matt-Weg 10, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg


Tel: +43 5446 22690


Open: Winter: 12.00—18.00.  Summer not announced (April 2018)

Admission: Adult €4 ($5), Child €2 ($2.50)

Local history.  Emphasis on Hannes Schneider period.


Werfenweng, Salzburg

Salzburger FIS Landes-Skimuseum

Weng 138, 5453 Weng

Director: Hans Müller


Tel: +43 664 50 000 96


Open: May—October: Monday, Friday, Sunday 13.00-17.00

            November—April: Monday, Friday, Sunday 14.00—18.00

Admission: Adult €5 ($6.25). Senior/Student €3.50 ($4.50), Child €2.50 ($3) Family €10 ($12.50)

Local history with emphasis on Rudolf Lettner’s steel ski edges.




Gröbming, Steiermark/Styria

Heimatmuseum Gröbming

Dr. Franz-Xavier-Mayr Strasse 123, 8962 Gröbming

Contact: Hubert Pleninger


Tel: +43 664 960 5006 or +43 3685 22 573


Open: From 18 June 2018—31 October: Thursday 16.00—19.00 and Sunday 10.00—12.00.     

            Other times by appointment.

Admission: Free

Local museum including small regional ski development.


Jochberg, Tirol

Bergbau- und Heimatmuseum

Schulgasse 3, 6373 Jochberg

Curator: Anneliese Hechenberger


Tel: +43 664 330 6302


Open: Year round: Tuesday 17.00—19.00

            Group arrangements can be made for other times

Admission: Free

Small collection of ski material.


Kitzbühel, Tirol

Museum Kitzbühel

Hinterstadt 32, 6370 Kitzbühel


Tel: +43 5356 67274


Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 14.00—18.00

            Thursday 14.00—20.00 and Saturday 10.00—18.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: €6.50 ($8).  Free for under 18.

Many paintings by Alfons Walde.


Lech, Vorarlberg

Walsermuseum Lech-Tannberg

6764 Lech


Tel: +43 5583 2213 36


Open: Wednesday and Friday 15.00—18.00

Admission: Free

Ski display among many others.



Mariazell, Steiermark/Styria

Mariazell Heimatmuseum

Wienerstrasse 35, 8630 Mariazell


Tel: +43 3882 431 26


Open: Call ahead for days and hours

Admission: Adult €6 ($7.50), Youth €3 ($3.75), Family €12 ($15)

Small section of skis among local history artifacts.


Saalbach, Salzburg

Skimuseum und Heimathaus Saalbach-Hinterglemm

Dorfplatz 36, 5753 Saalbach


Tel: +43 664 4767 807


Open: July-August: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 14.00—18.00

            End of May, June, September: Tuesday, Thursday 14.00—18.00

            Winter: 14.00—18.00

Admission: Adult € 4.50 ($6), Child €2 ($2.50), Family €9 ($11.25)



Österreichisches Olympiamuseum: this is the virtual museum of the Austrian Olympic Committee

E-mail: [the e-mail of the Austrian Olympic Committee]

Tel: +43 1799 5511 [telephone of the Austrian Olympic Committee]



Vordernberg, Steiermark/Styria

Erzbergbahn- und Wintersportmuseum

Hauptstrasse 140, 8794 Vordernberg

Contact: Helma Moitzi


Tel: +43 3849 832 or +43 3849 6246


Open: By appointment

Admission: Adult €2 ($2.50), child €1 ($1.25)

This railway museum also exhibits ski material.



Innsbruck, Tirol

Österreichischer Alpenverein/Austrian Alpine Association

Olympiastrasse 37, 6020 Innsbruck

Contact: Veronika Raich


Tel: +43 512 595 47-19


Closed: while looking for new premises (April 2018). 

Available: Lists of ski material from the Alpine Clubs of Germany, Austria, and the South Tirol can be found at



Schruns, Vorarlberg

Montafon Folk Museum and Montafon Archive

Kirchplatz 15, 6780 Schruns

Director: Michael Kasper


Tel: +43 5556 74723


Open: Museum: 12 June—26 October 2018: Tuesday—Friday and Sunday 14.00—18.00

            Archive: By appointment

Closed: Monday and Saturday

Admission: Adult €5 ($6.25), Youth and Child Free

Regional museum that also contains ski material and much documentation.




Banff, Alberta

Canadian Ski Museum West

Cascade Plaza, 317 Banff Ave., Banff, AB T1L 1C1

Tel: 43 762 8484


Open: When shopping plaza is open

Admission: Free

Variety of a few artifacts hung in shopping mall.


Revelstoke, British Columbia

Revelstoke Ski Museum (part of Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

315 First St. West.  Box 1908, Revelstoke, BC  VOE 250

Curator: Cathy English


Tel: 250 837 3067


Open: Monday—Friday 10.00—17.00, Saturday 11.00—17.00. 

Admissions: Adult $5, Seniors/Teens $4, Family $12

Western Canadian Rocky Mountain skiing.


St. Sauveur, Quebec

Musée du Ski des Laurentides/Laurentian Ski Museum

30 Ave. Fillon, St. Sauveur, Québec JOR 1RO

Curator: Nancy Belhumeur


Tel: 450 227 2564 x 222


Open: Tuesday—Wednesday 10.00—17.00

            Thursday—Monday 10.00—18.00

Admission: Free

Early skiing in the Laurentians, Emile Cochand, ski trains and village-ski growth.


Associated with the Musée du Ski des Laurentides is the Historical Directory of Québec Ski Sites, a virtual museum

Director: Pierre Dumas


Tel: 450 227 2564 x 222


Ca. 700 past and present ski areas, includes 444 alpine areas with lifts and 98 jumps, and ca. 12,500 documents.



Banff, Alberta

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

111 Bear St., P.O. Box 160, Banff AB T1l 1A3

Head archivist and Librarian: Elizabeth Kundert-Cameron


Tel: 403 762 2291 x 332


Open: 10.00—17.00

Admission: Call before any research visit

Library and photographic records.


Calgary, Alberta

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

169 Canada Olympic Way SW, Calgary, AB T3B 6B7

Director: Interim director Janice Smith


Tel: 403 776 1061


Open: September—June: Wednesday—Sunday 10.00-17.00

            July—August: Monday--Sunday 10.00—17.00

Admission:  Adult Canadian $12 ($9.50), Senior $10 ($8), Youth $8 ($6.50), Family (4) $35 ($28)


London, Ontario

The International Centre for Olympic Studies at University of Western Ontario

1151 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 5B9

Director: Michael Heine

E-mail: via website

Tel: 519 661 4113


Open: Essential to inquire

Admission: Free

Olympic research center contains Avery Brundage papers. Publishes annual Olympika and edited papers of biennial symposia on Olympic research.


Rossland, British Columbia

Rossland Museum and Discovery Center

P.O. Box 26, 1100 Hwy 3B, Rossland, BC VOG 1YO

Director: Joelle Hodgins


Tel: 250 362 7722


Open: Mid-May—end June: Tuesday—Sunday 10.00—17.00

            July—August: Monday—Sunday 10.00—18.00

            Rest of year: Wednesday—Saturday 12.00—17.00

Admission: Adult Canadian $10 ($8) Senior/student $8 ($6.50), Youth $5 ($4), Family (4) $24 ($19)

Small display, emphasis on early skiing from 1896 with Olaus Jeldness.



Thunder Bay, Ontario

Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

219 May Street South, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1B5

Exec. Director: Diane Imrie

Curator: Kate Dwyer


Tel: 807 622 2852


Open: Tuesday—Saturday 12.00—17.00

Admission: Canadian $3 ($2.50)


Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler Museum and Archives

433 Main St., Whistler, BC VON 1B4

Director and Curator: Bradley Nichols


Tel: 604 932 2019


Open: 11.00—17.00 with extended hours Thursday

Admission: Free

Local skiing with emphasis on Olympics 2010.





Changchun, Jilin

Vasaloppet museum

Changchun Jingyuetan Park, 5840 Jingyue St., Changchun

Tel: +86 431 8964 5455


Open: The museum is closed and only open on request.  I am told that it is difficult to make connections with the museum.  The website given and phone number are those for the Chinese Vasaloppet race organization.  There are no specific people, website or telephone for the museum.



Harachov, Liberec Region

Ski Museum Harrachov

Nový Svet 378, Harrachov 512 46


Tel: +420 603 470 113

Website: and

Open: January—December: Wednesday—Friday 14.00—17.00 and Saturday 10.00—17.00

Admission: 70 Koruna ($3.50), Senior 50 K ($2.50), Child 20 K ($1), Family 150 K ($7)

Local development of skiing and especially jumping.


Jilemnice, Liberec Region

Krkonosske Muzeum in Jilemnice Castle

Zamek 75, 514 01 Jilemnice

Director: Jan Luštinc


Tel: +420 481 543 041


Open: January—April: 8.00—16.00

            July—August: 8.00—12.00 and 13.00—17.00

            November—December: 8.00—12.00 and 13.00—16.00

 Closed: Monday

Admission: Adult 70 Koruna ($3.50)

Graf Harrach and early skiing in area.


Nové Mesto na Morave, Vysočina Region

Horacké Muzeum

Vratislavovo námĕstí 114, 592 31 Nové Mesto


Tel: +420 566 216


Open: October—April: Tuesday—Saturday 9.00—16.00

            May—June: Tuesday—Sunday 9.00—16.00

             July—August: Tuesday—Sunday 9.00—17.00

             September: Tuesday—Sunday 9.00—16.00

Closed:  Monday

Admission: Adult 40 Koruna ($2), Senior/student 20 Koruna ($1)

Late 19th century skiing in area.



Otepää, Valga County

Talispordimuuseum (Otepää Winter Sports Museum—a branch of the Estonian Sport and Olympic museum, but concentrating on winter sports)

Tehvandi Sports Center, Valga mit 12

Contact: Jana Mae

E-mail: or

Tel: +372 766 3670 or +372 501 6082 (Jana Mae)


Open: Wednesday—Friday 11.00—17.00

            Saturday—Sunday 11.00—16.00

Admission: Adult €2 ($2.50), Senior/student €1.50 ($2), Family (4) €5 ($6.25)

General collection with emphasis on cross-country skiing.



Eesti Spordi-ja Olümpiamuuseum/Estonian Sport and Olympic Museum

15 Rüütli Street, 51005 Tartu

Director: Daimar Lell


Tel: +372 730 0750


Open: Wednesday—Sunday 11.00—18.00

Closed: Monday and Tuesday

Admission: Adult €6 ($7.50), Family (4) €15 ($18.50)

Olympic exhibits.




Suomen Urheilumuseo/Sports Museum of Finland

Olympiastadion, Paavo Nurman tie 1, FI-00250 Helsinki

Director: Pekka Honkanen


Tel: +358 9 434 2250


Closed: For renovations.  Will reopen in 2019. Admission hours and fees will be announced

Displays, library especially strong in Finnish newspapers and periodicals.


Lahti, Päijänne Tavastia Region

Lahti Hiihtomuseo/Lahti Ski Museum

Sports Center (Urheilukeskus), Salpausselänkatu 8, P.O. Box 113, FI 15110 Lahti

Curator: Suvi Kuisma


Tel: +358 50 398 5523 or +358 50 398 5521


Open:  Tuesday—Friday 9.00—17.00

            Saturday—Sunday 11.00—16.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: Adult €10 ($12.50), Senior/student €7 ($8.50)

Impressive displays, good library



Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise (Besse-en-Chandesse), Puy-de-Dôme

Musée du Ski

Maison de la Reine Margot, 11 Rue Boucherie, 63610 Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise

Owner and Curator: Pierre-André Chauvet

Tel: +33 4 7379 5730

Open: During school holidays: 9.00—12.00 and 14.00—18.00

            Other times only by telephone arrangement

Admission: €4.50 ($6)

Large and excellent private collection, small library.


Grenoble, Isère

Musée du Ski is part of the Musée Dauphinois

30 Rue Maurice Gignoux, Cedex 1000, 38100 Grenoble

Director: Olivier Cogne


Tel: +33 45758 8901


Open: 1 September—31 May: 10.00—18.00

           1 June—31 August: 10.00—19.00

Admission: Free

Excellent collection, much from Rossignol, good library.


Les Rousses, Jura

Le Grand Tétras

705 route des Rousses, 39220 Les Rousses, Jura

Owner: Roger Tangueley and Stéphane Tangueley


Tel: +33 3846 05113  


Open: Thursday 17.00—19.00

Closed: April and October to Christmas

Admission: Free but call ahead

Large and excellent private collection, especially material from the Jura.



Albertville, Savoie

Maison des Jeux Olympiques d’Hiver

11, rue Pargoud, 73200 Albertville

Director: Claire Grangé


Tel: +33 44793 77571


Open: Monday—Saturday 10.00—13.00 and 14.00—19.00

           Sunday 14.00—19.00

Admission: Adult: €4 ($5), Senior/student €3 ($3.75), Family (3) €11 ($13.50)

Winter Olympic material from 1992.


Chamonix, Haute Savoie

Musée Alpin

89 Ave. Michel Croz, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

E-mail: via website

Tel: +33 450 539 998 (Tourist office)


Open: 7 April—7 May: 10.00—12.00 and 14.00—18.00.  Closed Tuesday

           8 May—25 May: 14.00—18.00.  Closed Tuesday

           1 July—2 September: daily 10.00—13.00 and 14.00—18.00

            3 September—30 September: 14.00—18.00.  Closed Tuesday

           22 October—4 November: 10.00—12.00 and 14.00—18.00.  Closed Tuesday

           22 December—7 January: 10.00-12.00 and 14.00—18.00.  Closed Tuesday

Closed: See above

Admission: Adult €5.90 ($7). Youth and child free

Local museum, much mountaineering material.  Includes winter sports. Library.


Nice, Alpes-Maritimes

Musée National du Sport (moved from Paris in 2014)

Stade Allianz Riviera, Bd. des Jardiniers, 06203 Nice cedex 3


Tel: +33 4892 24400


Open: May—September: 10.00—18.00

           October—April: 11.00—17.00

Admission: Adult €6 ($8) for permanent or temporary exhibit

                              €8 ($10) for permanent and temporary exhibit

                              Free for youth and free on first Sunday of each month October-April



Club Alpin Français/French Alpine Club

24 avenue Laumière, 75019 Paris

E-mail: via website

Tel: +33 1537 28700


Open: Tuesday—Wednesday 9.00—17.30

           Thursday—Friday 9.00—18.00

           Saturday 9.00—12.00

Admission: Free, but call ahead

Many documents of the CAF.  Other CAF sections hold regional library materials too.




Bernau im Schwarzwald, Baden-Württemberg [Schwarzwald/Black Forest]

Ski-Köpfer-Museum—a digitalized museum with texts

Kaiserhausstrasse 27, 79872 Bernau im Schwarzwald

Contact: Walter Strohmeier


Tel: +49 7675 1600 25 and +49 7675 1088


Information and details: Contact essential


Braunlage, Niedersachsen/Lower Saxony [Oberharz]

Heimat- und Skimuseum

Dr.-Kurt-Schroeder-Promenade 4, 38700 Braunlage

Director: Jürgen Schütz


Tel: +49 5520 1646


Open: Tuesday and Friday 10.00—12.00

Closed: November to mid-December

Admission: Adult €2.50 ($3), Child €1.50 ($2)

Braunlage in late 19th century.


Hinterzarten, Baden-Württemberg [Schwarzwald/Black Forest]

Schwarzwald Skimuseum

Hugenhof, Erlenbruckerstrasse 35, 79856 Hinterzarten

Director: Brigitte von Savigny


Tel: +49 7652 982 192


Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 14.00—17.00

            Saturday, Sunday 12.00—17.00

Closed:  Monday

Admission: Adult €5 ($6.25), Youth €1 ($1.25), Family €8 ($10)

Exhibits on Black Forest, Georg Thoma and Sepp Allgeier.


Kempten, Bayern/Bavaria [Allgäu]


Marstallgebäude, Landwehrstrasse 4, 87439 Kempten

Contact: Christine Müller Horn


Tel: +49 831 2525 740


Open: Tuesday—Sunday 10.00—16.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: Adult €4 ($5), Youth €2 ($2.50), Family €8 ($10). First Sunday in month free

History of the Alps, Alpinism and Skiing. Wilhelm Paulcke, Mathias Zdarsky, Georg Bilgeri featured.  Good library.


Fischen, Bayern/Bavaria [Allgäu]

Skimuseum Fischinger Heimathaus

Geschwenderhaus, Hauptstrasse 3, 87538 Fischen

Contact: Florian Ruppaner


Tel: +49 175 202 1404


Open: Call ahead for hours

Admission: Call ahead

Local heroes and excellent historical ski repair shop.


Nesselwang, Bayern/Bavaria [Allgäu]

Skimuseum Nesselwang

Hauptstrasse 20, 87484 Nesselwang

Contact: Tourist Office


Tel: +49 8361 9230 40


Open:  Call ahead for hours

Admission: Call ahead

Skiing in Allgäu.


Oberwiesenthal, Sachsen/Saxony [Erzgebirge]

Oberwiesenthal Ski Museum

Karlsbaderstrasse 3, 09484 Oberwiesenthal

Contact: Brigitte Roscher


Tel: +49 373 487 521


Open: 1 April—2 December: Monday—Friday 9.30—17.00

                                                 Saturday—Sunday 10.00—13.00

           2 December—31 May: daily 9.30—17.00

Admission: Adult €5 ($6.25), Youth free


Planegg, Bayern/Bavaria

Deutsches Skimuseum

Hubertusstrasse 1, 82152 Planegg

Director: Gerd Falkner


Tel: +49 898 5790 211


Open: Monday—Friday 8.30—16.00 and by appointment

Admission: Free

Excellent displays, good library but no longer holds the Luther Archive.


Reit im Winkl, Bayern/Bavaria

Skimuseum Alfons Dorner

Contact: Franz Höflinger

E-mail: via website

Tel: +49 8640 800 200


Open: Winter: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 15.00—17.00

           Summer: Tuesday, Thursday 15.00—17.00

Admission: Free with guest card

Excellent displays from c.1880s on.



Hannover, Niedersachsen/Lower Saxony

Niedersächsisches Institut für Sportgeschichte (Lower Saxony Institute for Sport History)

Ferdinand-Wilhelm-Fricke-Weg 10, 30169 Hannover


Tel: +49 511 1268 5060


Open: Essential to call

Admission: Essential to call

Documents relating mostly to Lower Saxony including the Harz.


Köln/Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen/North Rhine Westphalia

Deutsche Sporthochschule/German Sports University

Institut für Sportgeschichte

Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6, 50933 Köln

Director: Stefan Wassong


Tel: +49 221 4982-3740


Open: Essential to call

Admission: Free but essential to call

Best library for ski materials in Germany. Now holds the Luther Archive.


Köln/Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen/North Rhine Westphalia

Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum

Im Zollhafen 1, 50678 Köln

Secretary: Jennifer Guthof


Tel: +49 221 33609-0


Open: Tuesday—Friday 9.00—18.00

           Saturday—Sunday 11.00—19.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: Adult €6 ($7.50), Family (4) €15 ($18.50)

Concentrates on 1936-1972 Olympic Games. Comparatively little on skiing.


Leipzig, Sachsen/Saxony

Leipzig Sportmuseum

Am Sportforum 10, 4105 Leipzig

Director: Gerlinde Rohr


Tel: +49 341 98051 12


Open: Monday—Friday 8.00—16.00

Admission: Inquire

Large general collection with some ski material.


Peiting, Bayern/Bavaria

Museum im Kloesterle

Kapellenstrasse 1, 86971 Peiting


Tel: +49 8861 59961


Open: June—September: Monday—Friday 8.00—12.00

                                          Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 14.00—16.00

                                          Thursday 14.00—18.00

          October—May: Monday—Friday 8.00—12.00

                                     Thursday 14.00—18.00

Admission: Inquire

Skiing is one section of the museum.


Winterberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen/North Rhine Westphalia

Wintersport Museum Neuastenberg (sometimes called the Westdeutsches Wintersport Museum)

Neuastenbergstrasse 17, 59955 Winterberg


Tel: +49 2981 2636


Open: Saturday and Sunday 15.00—17.00 and by appointment

Admission: Adult €3 ($3.75), Child €1.50 ($2)



Montebelluna, Treviso

Museo dello Scarpone/Museum of the Boot

Vicolo Zuccaareda 5, 31044 Montebelluna


Tel: +39 423 303282


Open: Monday—Friday 9.00—12.00, 14.30—17.30

           Saturday 16.00—19.00 and Sunday 15.30—19.00

Admission: free

Largest collection of ski boots (among others) including, for example, those of Alberto Tomba.


Torino/Turin, Piemontese/Piedmont

Museo Nazionale della Montagna ‘Duca degli Abruzzi’/National Museum of the Mountain ‘Duke of the Abruzzi’

Piazzale Monte del Cappuccini 7, 10131 Torino

Director: Aldo Audisio


Tel: +39 116604 104


Open: Tuesday—Sunday 10.00—18.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: Adult €10 ($12.50), Child €7 ($8.50)

Although this is a mountaineering museum, there is much on skiing here, film is specialty.



Temù, Brescia

Museo della Guerra Bianca/Museum of the White War

Via Roma 40, 25050 Temù

Tel: +39 334 648 7127



Open: Essential to email or call for hours

Admission: Adult €7 ($8.50), Child €4 ($5)

Ski material of World War I mountain warfare.



Club Alpino Italiano, Sezione di Torino/Italian Alpine Club, Turin Section

Via Guiseppe Barboux 1, Torino


Tel: +39 11 54 6031


Open: Monday 14.00—18.30

           Tuesday—Friday 10.00—18.30

Admission: Free

Although a mountaineering society, the library has interesting ski material.



Nagano, Nagano Prefecture

Nozawaonsen-mura/Ski Museum (also called Japanese Ski Museum)

9780-4 Toyosato, Nozawaonsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture


Tel: +81 26985 3418


Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9.30—16.00

Closed: Thursday, Sunday

Admission: Adult 300 yen ($3), Student 150 yen ($1.50)

Displays European background and then development of skiing in Japan.


Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture

Sapporo Olympic Museum

1274 Miyanomori, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-0958

Director: Masashi Abe

Tel: +81 11 641 8585


Open: 28 April—4 November: 9.00—18.00

           5 November—26 April: 9.30—17.00

Admission: Adult 600 yen ($6), Senior 450 yen ($4.50), Child free

Many displays, especially of Olympics. Prince Takamatsu and Dr. Seishichi Ohno ski collections.




Geissmann Collection

Rainer Geissmann, Renkwiller, Eschen


Private collection of Swiss Schwendener skis. Essential to E-mail for appointment.



Kongsberg, Buskerud

Ski Museum in Bergverksmuseet/Ski Museum in the Mining Museum

Hyttegata 3, Kongsberg


Tel: +47 9191 3200


Open: 2 January—16 May: Tuesday—Sunday 12.00—16.00

           18 May—26 August: daily 10.00-17.00

           28 August—23 December: Tuesday—Sunday 12.00—16.00

Admission: Adult 90 NOK ($11.50) Senior/Student 70 NOK ($9), Child 50 NOK ($6)

The ski museum is part of the Mining museum.  Especially strong in Kongsberg region and Birger Ruud materials.


Lillehammer, Oppland

Norges Olympiske Museet/Norwegian Olympic Museum

Maihaugveien 1, 2609 Lillehammer


Tel: +47 6128 89000


Open: September—May: Tuesday—Sunday 11.00—16.00

           June—August: daily 10.00-17.00

Admission: Adult 135 NOK ($17), Senior/Student 95 NOK ($12), Child 65 NOK ($8), Family NOK 335 ($43)

Excellent displays on all Olympics but especially those held in Norway in 1952 and 1994, and the Youth Olympic Games in 2016.


Morgedal, Telemark

Norsk skieventyr/ /Norwegian Ski Adventure

3850 Kvitseit, 3848 Morgedal

Director: Kristi Marie Tveit


Tel: +47 3506 9080


Open: 26 January—30 April: Tuesday—Friday 10.00—17.00

                                                Saturday 11.00—17.00

                                                Sunday 11.00--1800

           1 May—14 June: Monday—Friday 10.00—17.00

                                        Saturday 11.00—17.00

                                        Sunday 12.00—17.00

          15 June—15 August: daily 10.00—18.00

           16 August—31 August: Monday—Friday 10.00—17.00

                                                   Saturday 11.00—17.00

                                                   Sunday 11.00—18.00

             1 September—16 December: Tuesday—Friday 10.00—17.00

                                                             Saturday 11.00—17.00

                                                             Sunday 11.00—18.00

Admission: Adult 100 NOK ($13), Senior/Student 80 NOK ($10), Child 50 NOK ($6.50), Family 250 NOK ($32)

Part of the Vest-Telemark museum system, good displays with special attention to Norheim (house available for visit) and Bjaaland.  Good library.



Holmenkollen Skimuseet/Holmenkollen Ski Museum

Kongsveien 5, 0787 Oslo

Director: Åslaug Midtdal


Tel: +47 917 69 758


Open:  October—April: 10.00—16.00

             May—September: 10.00—17.00

             June—August: 9.00—20.00

Admission:  Adult 140 Kroner ($18), Senior/Student 120 Kr ($15), Child 70 Kr (49), Family (4) 350 Kr ($45)

The world’s most comprehensive ski museum.  Call ahead for research purposes.


Tromsø, Troms

Polarmuseet, Polar museum

Søndre Tollbodgate 11, 9008 Tromsø

E-mail: via website

Tel: +47 776233 60


Open: 1 January—14 June: 11.00—17.00

           15 June—15 August: 9.00—18.00

           16 August—31 December: 11.00—17.00

Admission: Adult 60 NOK ($8), Senior 30 NOK ($4), Family (4) 120 NOK ($16)

Tickets can be purchased for both the university museum and the polar museum.

Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and also Helmer Hanssen and Hjalmar Johansen with Amundsen to S. Pole.


Tromsø, Troms

Tromsø Universitetsmuseet/Tromsø University Museum

P.O. Box 6050 Langnes, 9037 Tromsø

Contact: Anita Maurstad


Tel: +47 776 450 01


Website for skis:


Open: 1 June—31 August: 9.00—18.00

           1 September—31 May: Monday—Friday 10.00—16.30

                                                  Saturday 12.00—15.00

                                                   Sunday 11.00—16.00

Admission: Adult 60 NOK ($8), Senior/Student/Child 30 NOK ($4), Family 120 NOK ($16)

Tickets can be purchased for both the University Museum and the Polar Museum

General exhibits on northern life, especially Sami culture.  Some ski material including ca. 25 skis.


Trondheim, Trøndelag

Skimuseet Sverresborg, part of the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkmuseet

Sverresborg Allé 13, Postboks 1107, 7020 Trondheim


Tel: +47 7389 0100


Open: Tuesday—Friday 10.00—15.00

           Saturday—Sunday 12.00—16.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: Adult 125 NOK ($16), Senior/Student 110 NOK ($14), Child Free

Ski museum is among a large number of buildings which comprise the Folk Museum of the area


Trysil, Hedmark

Trysil-Knut Ski Museum

Vestsidevegen 4, 2420 Trysil


Tel: +47 918933 77


Open: By appointment only: Tuesday—Sunday 12.00—19.00

Admission: 40 NOK ($5)

Small museum, nice displays.



Alta, Finnmark

World Heritage Rock Art Centre—Alta Museum

Altaveien 19, 9518 Alta

Director: Harriet Hagen


Tel: +47 41756330


Open: 2 January—13 May: Monday—Friday: 9.00—15.00

                                             Saturday—Sunday: 11.00—16.00

           14 May—8 June: daily 8.00—17.00

            9 June—19 August: daily 08.00—20.00

           20 August—14 September: daily 08.00—17.00

           15 September—30 December: Monday—Friday 9.00—15.00

                                                             Saturday—Sunday 11.00—16.00

Admission: Summer/Winter (1 May—30 September/1 October—30 April): Adult 115/75 NOK ($16/10), Senior 105/65 NOK ($13/8), Student 100/55 NOK ($13/7), Child 35/20 NOK ($5/3)

Impressive rock carving. Exhibition jumping and Bjorn Wirkola.


Elverum, Hedmark

Norsk Skogbruksmuseet/Norwegian Forestry Museum

Solørvegen 151, 2407 Elverum

Director: Bjørn Bækkelund


Tel: +47 6240 9000


Open: 24 June—13 August: 10.00—17.00

           Rest of the year: 10.00—16.00

Admission: Adult 110 NOK ($13.50), Senior 80 NOK ($10), Youth/child 60 NOK ($7.50)

Concentrates on forestry, hunting and fishing and few skis on view. To see the 100 skis in storage appointment must be made for Monday-Friday 10.00—15.30 at



Norskfolkemuseum/Norwegian Folk Museum

Museumveien 10, Bygdøy, 0287 Oslo

Conservator: Morten Bing


Tel: +47 2212 3700


Open: 15 May—14 September: daily 10.00—18.00

            15 September—14 May: Monday—Friday 11.00—15.00

                                                     Saturday—Sunday 11.00—16.00

Admission: Adult 130 NOK ($17), Senior/Student 100 NOK ($13), Child 40 NOK ($5), Family 260 NOK ($33)

The ski material is digitalized at




Cieklin, Subcarpathian Voivodeship

Muzeum Narciarstwa w Cieklin: Stanisław Barabasz Ski Museum in Cieklin

38-222 Cieklin

Director: Wiesław Czechowicz

Scientific Director: Leon Rak

E-mail:; and

Tel: +48 791 994 591


Open: Wednesday 9.00—14.00

           Saturday 9.00—11.00

           Other times by arrangement

Admission: Free

Tadeusz Wowkonowicz and Stanisław Barabasz archives, and local ski development.




Muzeum Sportu i Turystyki/Museum of Sport and Tourism

Pope Jan Pawell (John Paul) II Olympic Center, ul. Wybrzeże Gdyńskie 4, 01-531 Warszawa

Director: Tomasz Jagodziński


Tel: +48 225 603 780


Open: Wednesday—Friday 9.00—17.00

           Saturday—Sunday 10.00—17.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: 12 zloty ($3.50).  Saturday: Free

Skiing presented among other sports. Large library, museum publications.


Zakopane, Maloposkie/Province of Lesser Poland

Muzeum Tatrazańskie/ Museum of the Tatra Mountains

ul. Krupówki 10, 34-500 Zakopane

Director: Anna Wende-Surmiak


Tel: +48 182 0152 05


Open: 1 January—30 April: Wednesday—Saturday 9.00—17.00

           1 May—30 September: Tuesday—Saturday 9.00—18.00

           1 October—31 December: Wednesday—Saturday 9.00—17.00

           Year round Sundays: 9.00—15.00

Library open: Tuesday—Friday 8.00—16.00

Archives open: Tuesday—Friday 8.00—15.00

Admission: 7 zloty ($2)

Ski material and excellent photographs among much local history.





State Historical Museum

Red Square 1, Moscow 109012

Tel: +7 495 692 4019

Website: (but there is nothing about skis)

Information about the few bog skis held in this museum comes from Natalia I. Astashova, “Skis from the Archeological Collections of the State Historical Museum,” in Karin Berg et al (Eds.), History of Skiing Conference Holmenkollen, Oslo 16. – 18.9.1998.  Holmenkollen: Skiforeningen, 1998, 89-94.


St. Petersburg

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography

University Embankment 3, 199034 St. Petersburg

Website: (but there is nothing about skis)

Tel: +7 812 328 0812

Information about the few skis held in this museum comes from Tatyana Shrader, “Skis in Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (The Kunstkammer),” in Karin Berg et al (Eds.), History of Skiing Conference Holmenkollen, Oslo 16. – 18.9.1998. Holmenkollen: Skiforeningen, 1998,  13-15.



Begunje, Gorenjska/Upper Carniola

ELAN Alpine Ski Museum

4275 Begunje na Gorenjskem

Director: Tomaž Šlibar


Tel: +386 453 511 09


Open: 15 April—15 September: Tuesday—Thursday 10.00—19.00

                                                    Friday—Saturday 10.00—20.00

            16 September—14 April: Tuesday—Thursday, Sunday 10.00—19.00

Closed: Monday

Note: Groups by appointment outside listed times

Admission: Adult €5 ($6.25), Senior/Student €4 ($5), Child €3 ($3.75)

This is the ELAN factory museum.


Planica, Gorenjska/Upper Carniola

Planiški muzej/Planica Museum in the Nordic Center Planica

Rateče 4283


Tel: +386 316 898 06


Open: July—August: daily 9.00—20.00.  Rest of year: daily 9.00—18.00

Admission: Adult €6 ($7.50)

Excellent displays of jumping and ski flying.




Smučarski Mozej Pohorje/Pohorje Ski Museum

Hočko Pohorje 36b, 2208 Pohorje

Owner and Curator: Prof. Dr. Duško Uršič


Open: By appointment

Admission: Adults €10 ($13), child up to 15: free

Largest private collection in Slovenia.  Opening Summer 2021.


Tržič, Gorenjska/Upper Carniola

Tržiški muzej—Slovenski smučarski muzej, Tržič/Tržič Museum—Slovenian Ski Museum

Muzejska 11, 4290 Tržič

Curator: Boštjan Meglič


Tel: + 386 4592 3810


Open: Tuesday—Sunday 10.00—18.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: Adult €3 ($3.75), Senior/Student, Child €2 ($2.50), Family €5 ($6.25)

Ski materials are only one part of the museum.




Nova vas 4 a, 1385 Nova vas, Bloke

Contact: Matej Pakiž


Tel: +386 1709 8918 or +386 313 261 58

Open: Call ahead

Exhibition is sponsored by the municipality of Bloke (Občina Bloke)

Emphasis on local skis.  Bloke considers itself the founding place of Slovenian skiing.



Muzej Športa/[Slovenian] Sports Museum

Kopitarjeva ulica 4, 1000 Ljubljana

Director: Tomaž Pavlin


Tel: +386 1431 8340


Open: Monday—Friday 9.00—14.00

Closed: Saturday, Sunday

Admission: Free

Most of the ski material has been moved to the complex at Planica. Good library, especially on Olympics.


Maribor, Podravska/Drava

Vojaški muzej slovenske vojske/Military Museum of the Slovenian Armed Forces

Kadetnica, Engelsova 15, 2111 Maribor

Contact: Gregor Kastelic


Tel: +386 2449 5006


Open: January, February, June—September: 10.00—17.00

           March—May, October, November: 10.00—15.00

           Saturday, Sunday during the holidays: 10.00—15.00

Admission: Free but call before visit

The museum is inside the main building of the officers’ military training college and has minor displays on skiing.


Mojstrana, Gorenjska/Upper Carniola

Slovenski planinski muzej/Slovenian Alpine Museum

Triglavska cesta 49, 4281 Mojstrana

Contact: Miro Eržen


Tel: +386 8380 6730


Open: 1 June—14 September: 9.00—19.00

           15 September—31 May: 9.00—17.00

Admission: Adult €6 ($7.50), Senior/Student €3.60 ($4.50), Family €13 ($16)

A  mountain museum with occasional ski-mountaineering material.



Unha, Lleida

Musèu dera Nhèu/The Snow Museum

Santa Eulàlia 17-19, Unha-Naut Aran


Tel: +34 973 644 030


Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10.00—13.00

           Thursday, Friday, Saturday 17.00—20.00      

Closed: Sunday                                                                                                     

Admission: Adult €3 ($3.75), Student €2 ($2.50), Child free

Snow seen from a scientific, ethnological, and sporting point of view. 



Åsarna, Jamtland

Skimuseum Åsarna

Åsarna Ski Center, Olstavägen 45, 840 31 Åsarna


Tel: +46 687 302 30


Open: June—August: 9.00—20.00

           September—May: 9.00—19.00

Admission: 20 SKR ($2.50)


Mora, Dalarna

Vasaloppsmuseet/The Vasalopp Museum

792-32 Mora


Tel: +46 250 392 25


Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8.00—16.30

           Thursday 9.00—15.00

Closed: Monday—Friday 12.00—13.00 and Saturday and Sunday

Admission: Call for prices

Museum of the Vasalopp.  Special exhibits, one on Mora Nisse.


Umeå, Västerbotten

Ski Museum is part of Västerbotten museum complex

Helena Elisabethsväg 3, Box 3183, 903 42 Umeå


Tel: +46 9016 3900                                                                                                       


Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00—17.00

           Wednesday 10.00—20.00

           Saturday, Sunday 11.00—17.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: Free

Open air cultural museum of Västerbotten. Incorporates the best ski museum in Sweden, with excellent library.



Bad Ragaz, Canton St. Gall/St. Gallen

Jürg Hess Collection

Unterrainstrasse 12, 7310 Bad Ragaz

Owner: Jürg Hess


 Tel: +41 79 616 7885

Open: By appointment only

Massive private collection of equipment, especially skis and bindings.


Davos, Canton Graubünden/Grisons

Wintersport-Museum/Winter Sport Museum

Promenade 43, 7270 Davos Platz


Tel: +41 814 132 484


Open:  Winter: Tuesday, Thursday 16.30—18.30

             Summer: (Opening 19 June) 16.30—18.30

             Other times by appointment

Closed: April—18 June

Admission: Free

Excellent displays.


Lausanne, Canton Vaud/Waadt

Musée Olympique/Olympic Museum

Quai d’Ouchy 1, 1006 Lausanne


Tel: +41 216 216 511


Open:1 May—15 October: daily 9.00—18.00

           16 October—30 April: Tuesday—Sunday 10.00—18.00

Closed: Monday 16 October—30 April

Admission: Adult CHF 18 ($18), Senior CHF 16 ($16), Student CHF 12 ($12), Child CHF 10 ($10), Family CHF 40 ($40)

Vast museum, excellent displays, includes winter Olympics.  Olympic library and documentation center. Essential to call for research information.


Les Bois, Canton Jura

Laurent Donzé Collection

Sous les rangs 31, 2336 Les Blois


Tel: +41 794 188 252

Open: By appointment only

Private collection of c.a. 2000 cross-country skis.


Oberwald, Canton Valais/Wallis

Toni Hischier’s Ski Museum

Oberwald 3999

Tel: +41 793 299 400


Open: By appointment only

Private collection of over 1000 skis.


Swiss Ski Lifts, a virtual museum

Contact: Jakob Schuler

E-mail: via website

Tel: +41 79 894 51 01


Comprehensive on-line depiction of ski lifts in Switzerland.


Swiss Ski Museum, a virtual museum

Case Postale 67, 1937 Orsières

Contact: Pierre Schneider


Tel: +41 79 736 6947


The most comprehensive on-line depiction and explanation of skiing development in Switzerland founded by Luzi Hitz (d.) and Pierre Schneider.





Arosa, Canton Graubünden/Grisons

Heimatmuseum und Kulturarchiv Arosa—Schanfigg

Egga-Hus, 7050 Arosa


Tel: +41 796 765 658 and +41 813 771 731


Open: 22 December—13 April: Tuesday, Friday 14.30—16.30

           18 June—19 October: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 14.30—16.30

Closed: 14 April—17 June and 20 October—21 December

Admission: CHF 3 ($3)

Local museum with local archive.  Essential to call ahead.



Alpines Museum der Schweiz/Swiss Alpine Museum

Helvetiaplatz 4, 3005 Bern


Tel: +41 3135 004 40


Open: Tuesday—Sunday: 10.00—17.00

Closed: Monday

Admission: Adult CHF 16 ($16), Student CHF 12 ($12), Child CHF 6 ($6), Family CHF 35 ($35)

Includes winter sports material, also skis of Hermann Hesse. Good library. 



Grindelwald, Canton Bern/Berne

Heimatmuseum Grindelwald

Almisgässli, 3, 3818 Grindelwald

Director: Marco Bomio


Tel: +41 338 5343 02


Open: 1 June—8 October: Tuesday—Friday, Sunday 15.00—18.00

Closed: 1 April—31 May

Admission: Adult CHF 7 ($7), Child CHF 2 ($2)

The winter sport section is on the second floor.


Lauterbrunnen, Canton Bern/Berne

Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen

Ey, 3822 Lauterbrunnen

Contact: Esther Graf


Tel: +41 338 553 586


Open: 3 June—14 October: Tuesday, Thursday—Sunday: 14.00—17.30

Closed: Monday, Wednesday

Closed: 15 October—2 June, but possible entry by arrangement

Admission: Adult 5 CHF ($5)

One of 12 sections is a small display of skis and equipment.


Luzern/Lucerne, Canton Luzern/Lucerne

Verkehrshaus der Schweiz/Swiss Transport Museum

Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern


Tel: +41 413 704 444


Open: Summer: daily 10.00—18.00

           Winter: daily 10.00—17.00

Admission: Adult CHF 32 ($32), Student CHF 22 ($22), Child CHF 12 ($12).  Note these are for museum only.  Other prices apply for various aspects of this large museum

Includes a replica of the Davos-Bolgen ski lift, and much on aerial tramways and their inspection.  Good library.


Magglingen/Macolin, Canton Bern/Berne

Eidgenössische Hochschule für Sport/Swiss Sports University

Federal Office of Sport, Swiss Federal Institute of Sports, 2532 Magglingen

E-mail: via internet at ‘media library’

Tel: +41 323 276 226


Open: Library: Monday—Friday 9.00—12.00 and 13.30—17.00

Closed: Saturday and Sunday

Admission: Free

No ski exhibits but very good library.  Essential to call ahead.


Münchenstein, Canton Basel

Schweizer Sportmuseum/Sport Museum of Switzerland

Reinacherstrasse 1, 442 Münchenstein


Tel: +41 612 611 221


Open: Wednesday, Friday: 14.00—17.00

Admission: CHF 8 ($8)

Much ski material among vast collection of sport artifacts.  Good library.  Essential to call ahead for research.


Näfels, Canton Glarus/Glaris

Museum des Landes Glarus

Freulerpalast, 8752 Näfels

Director: Bettina Giersberg


Tel: +41 556 121 378


Open: 1 April—30 November: Tuesday—Friday 10.00—12.00 and 14.00—17.00

                                                   Saturday—Sunday 10.00—17.00

Closed: 1 December—31 March but will open for groups by appointment

Admission: Adult CHF 10 ($10), Student CHF 5 ($5)

Local museum, skiing being one of seven major exhibits with emphasis on Glarus.


Obervaz, Canton Graubünden/Grisons

Obervaz Museum

Voa da Solis 2, 7082 Vaz/Obervaz

Director: Anna Maria Elmer-Cantieni


Tel: +41 813 842 159


Open:  Call for hours

Admission: Adult CHF 7 ($7), Child CHF 3 ($3)

Local museum displaying importance of tourism and holding late 19th century skis and a display of local Olympic (1976) star, Heine Hemmi.


Pontresina, Canton Graubünden/Grisons

Museum Alpin Pontresina

Chesa Delnon Haus, via Maistra 199, 7504 Pontresina

Contact: Annemarie Brülisauer


Tel: +41 818 427 273


Open: 11 June—20 October: Monday—Saturday 15.30—18.00

Closed: Sunday

Admission: Adult CHF 8 ($8), Youth and Child CHF 2 ($2)

Local museum with some ski material. Exhibit on 50th anniversary of Engadin marathon.


Saas-Fee, Canton Valais/Wallis

Saaser Museum

Dorfstrasse 6, 3906 Saas-Fee

Contact: Damian Bumann


Tel: +41 792 202 853 or +41 279 571 475


Open: 18 June—14 October: Tuesday and Thursday 14.30—17.00 and on request

Admission: Adult CHF 5 ($5), Child CHF 2.50 ($2.50)

Local museum with some ski related material.


Schönenwerd, Canton Solothurn

Bally Schuhmuseum/Bally Shoe Museum

Oltnerstrasse 6, 5012 Schönenwerd


Tel: +41 916 129 111


Open: For individuals only on the last Friday and Saturday of every month.  For groups by arrangement.

Admission: Call ahead

One of the largest collections of boots and shoes with occasional early ski boots.


Tramelin, Canton Bern/Berne

Musée du Ski Geiser

In shop Geiser-Sports, Grand-Rue 39, 2720 Tramelin


Tel: +41 324 874 160


Open: October—April: Monday 13.30—18.30

                                       Tuesday—Friday 9.00—12.00 and 13.30—18.30

                                        Saturday 9.00—12.00

           May: Monday—Friday 14.00—18.00

           September: Wednesday 14.00—18.00

Closed: June—August

Admission: Free

The ski museum is in the shop, various exhibits are available for ski clubs etc.


Zermatt, Canton Valais/Wallis

Matterhorn Museum

Kirchplatz, Zermatt 3920


Tel: +41 279 674 100


Open: 9 April—30 June: daily 14.00—18.00

            1 July—30 September: daily 11.00—18.00

            1 October—31 October: daily 15.00—18.00

            23 November—20 December: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 15.00—18.00

Closed: 1 November—22 November

               23 November—20 December Monday--Thursday

Admission: Adult CHF 10 ($10), Senior/Student CHF 8 ($8), Child CHF 5 ($5)

Mostly on growth of Zermatt from mountain farm community to summer and winter alpine resort with much on Matterhorn climbing.





Leicester, Leicestershire

The Ski Club of Great Britain Archives in Special Collections of De Montfort University

Special Collections Kimberlin Library, Leicester LE1 9BH

Archivist: Katharine Short

E-mail: and

Tel: +44 116 250 6392


Open: Monday—Friday 9.00—17.00.  Essential to call ahead for research

Entire archives of Ski Club of Great Britain is now (April 2018) housed at De Montfort University.




Boise, Idaho

Glory Days Ski Museum

4432 N. Burnside Place, Boise, ID 83702

Owner: Kirk Luba


Tel: 208 629 8329

Open: By appointment.

Private collection of 1960s-1980s skis.

Davis, West Virginia

Snow Sports Museum of West Virginia

466 William Avenue, Davis, WV 26260 (postal P.O. Box 421)

Executive Director: Andy Snyder


Tel: 334-663-1172


Open: 15 April—31 October: Thursday-Monday 11.00-18.00

            2021 until 11 April: Friday-Sunday 11.00-18.00

Admission: Free

Monthly Newsletter on website. Collections 1950—1990


Fort Drum, New York

10th Mountain Deivision & Fort Drum Museum

Building 2509 Col. Reade Road, Fort Drum, NY 13602

Director: to be names Fall 2022

Curator: Kent Bolke


Tel: 315 774 0391

Website: https://history/army/mil/fieldmuseum/fortDrum/index.html

Open: All year, Tuesdays-Saturdays 9 am-5 pm

Closed: Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays

Admission: Free

History of Fort Drum and 10t Mountain Division from beginning to modern deployments.  Military mountaineering and skiing in US army.


Franconia, New Hampshire

New England Ski Museum

135 Tramway Drive, P.O. Box 267, Franconia, NH 03580

Executive Director: Jeffrey R. Leich


Tel: 603 823 7177


Open: 1 December—ca.15 April: 9.00—17.00

           31 May—ca.15 October: 9.00—17.00

Closed: 15 April—30 May and 15 October—1 December

Admission: Free.  Admission during closed periods by appointment

Exhibits highlight New England skiing.  One of the finest libraries in the USA with manuscript archives and films. Journal is published four times a year.


Ishpeming, Michigan

U.S Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

610 Palms Avenue, P.O. Box 191, Ishpeming, MI 49849


Tel: 906 485 6323


Open: Monday—Saturday 10.00—17.00

Closed: Sunday and national holidays

Admission: Free

Many exhibits, Roland Palmedo library.


Kingfield, Maine

Ski Museum of Maine

256 Maine St., P.O. Box 359, Kingfield, ME 04947

Director: Theresa Shanahan


Tel: 207 265 2023


Open: Year round Monday--Friday 10.00—16.00

Admission: Free

Emphasis on Maine skiing, with special reference to Sugarloaf and manufacturers.


North Conway,  New Hampshire

New England Ski Museum: Eastern Slopes Branch

P.O. Box 1673, North Conway, NH 03860-1673

Manager: Brian Fowler


Tel: 603 730 5044


Open: daily 9.00—16.00 until further notice

Admission: Free

Irwin Exhibit Hall displays Eastern skiing with special reference to Harvey Dow Gibson and Hannes Schneider. Library.


Park City, Utah

Alf Engen Ski Museum located in Olympic complex

Joe Quinney Winter Sports Park, Utah Olympic Park, P.O. Box 980187, Park City, UT 84098

Executive Director: Connie Nelson

E-mail: via website

Tel: 435 658 4240


Open: daily 10.00—18.00

Admission: Free

Emphasis on Alf Engen and Utah skiing.  The Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum is also a part of this museum.


Red Wing, Minnesota

The American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum

Inside the St. James Hotel, 406 Main St., Red Wing, MN 55066

Contact: St. James Hotel


Tel: 651 388 2846 (Hotel telephone)


Open: On request only, essential to call hotel ahead

Admission: Free

History of jumping, especially Scandinavian immigrants.  Hall of Fame.


Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Ski and Snowboard Archives

University of Utah Marriot Library Special Collections, 295 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Manager: Judy Jarrow

E-mail: via website

Tel: 801 581 3421


Open: Essential to call ahead

Admission: Free

Documentation on Utah skiing, resort growth and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.


Sandia Peak, New Mexico

New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame and Ski Museum

Base of Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, 10 Tramway Rd. NE, P.O. Box 09937, Albuquerque, NM 87122

Contact: Jay Blackwood


Tel: 505 857 8916


Open: daily 9.00—20.00

Admission: Free

Small museum, local emphasis.


Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

Washington State Ski and Snowboard Museum

At the top of the pass between the Commonwealth Café and Dru Bru Tap Room

P.O. Box 1301, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Contact: Dave Moffett


Tel: 424 434 0827


Open: daily Thursday—Sunday 12.00—17.00 but call to confirm hours

Admission: Free

Washington State ski development and recognized skiers.  Hall of Fame.


Soda Springs, California

Western SkiSport Museum

On Donner Pass.  P.O. Box 829, Soda Springs, CA 95728

Director: Bill Clark


Tel: 530 426 3313 x 101


Open: Ski season: daily 10.00—16.00

            Off season: by appointment

Admission: Free

Displays of Western states skiing and of Squaw Olympics. Strong on Sierra “longboard” skiing of the Gold Rush era. Library and documents.

Note: The Museum of Sierra Ski History and the Olympic Museum are presently (April 2018) fundraising and obtaining land permits.  If all goes as planned, the Olympic artifacts from the Western SkiSport Museum will go to the Olympic Museum, and the other artifacts will go to the Museum of Sierra Ski History.  Eventually, the hope is to combine all three in the Olympic Museum ( planned for Squaw Valley opening in 2023.


Stowe, Vermont

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum

1 South Main St., P.O. Box 1511, The Perkins Building, Stowe, VT 05672

Director: Abby Blackburn


Tel: 802 253 9911


Open: 26 May—15 October: Wednesday—Sunday 12.00—17.00

Closed: Monday and Tuesday and 16 April—25 May

Admission: Free

Vermont exhibits, also 10th Mountain.


Squaw Valley, California

Olympic Museum—See Soda Springs: Western SkiSport Museum note


Tahoe City, California

Museum of Sierra Ski History—See Soda Springs: Western SkiSport Museum note

Currently artifacts are displayed at the Gatekeepers Cabin Museum, 130 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145

Tel: 530 583 1762


Open: daily in Summer.  Rest of the year: Wednesday—Sunday.  Call for hours

Local ski history.



Tannersville, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Ski and Snow Sports Museum

Exhibit at base lodge of Camelback Ski Area, Tannersville, PA 18372

Contact: Paul Prutzman, Goggleworks Suite 506 A, 201 Wahington St., Reading, PA 19601


Tel: 610 334 4378


Open: When ski area is open

Admission: Free

Local ski development.  Hall of Fame.


Vail, Colorado

Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame

231 South Frontage Road East, P.O. Box 1976, Vail, CO 81657

Director: John McMurtry


Tel: 970 476 1876


Open: 5 March 2018 on limited basis due to renovations: daily 10.00—18.00

Admission: Free

Exhibits Colorado material, extensive 10th Mountain collection



Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Historical Society

620 West Bleeker St., Aspen, CO 81611

Curator: Lisa Hancock


Tel: 970 925 3721


Open: Call for opening hours

Admission: Free

Documents relating to Aspen’s skiing history.



Decorah, Iowa

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

520 West Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA 52101

Curator:  Laurann Gilbertson


Tel: 563 382 9681


Open: 1 May—31 October: 9.00—17.00

           1 November—30 April: 10.00—16.00

Admission: Adult $10, Senior $8, Youth $5

Museum of Norwegian immigration in the Midwest with small collection on immigrant skiing.


Denver, Colorado

10th Mountain Division Resource Center in the Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library, 10 W 14the Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204-2731

Archivist: Keli Schmid


Tel: 720 865 1812


 Open: Monday and Tuesday 10.00—20.00

           Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10.00—18.00

           Saturday: 9.00—17.00 and Sunday 13.00—17.00

Admission: Free

Archives of letters, diaries, photos, films with emphasis on World War II.


Government Camp, Oregon

Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum

88900 East Hwy 26, Business Loop, P.O. Box 55, Government Camp, OR 97028

Contact: Lloyd Musser or Cheryl Maki


Tel: 503 272 3301


Open: daily 9.00—17.00

Admission: Free

Local museum with ski documents and artifacts from local clubs on second floor.


Ketchum, Idaho 

Sun Valley Museum of History

180 East 1st St., P.O. Box 2168, Ketchum, ID 83340

Director of Regional History: Mary Tyson


Tel: 208 726 8118 and 208 726 3493 x 103


Open: Monday—Saturday 10.00—18.00

Admission: Free

Local material including much on skiing.


Lake Placid, New York

Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum

Olympic Center, 2634 Main St., Lake Placid, NY 12946

Director: Alison Haas

E-mail: via website

Tel: 518 302 5326


Open: daily 10.00—17.00

Admission: Adult/Youth $7, Senior/Junior $5

Much on skiing but also on the other winter sports.  Exhibitions highlight the Games of 1932 and 1980.


New England Lost Ski Areas Project (NELSAP)

Digitalized list of closed ski areas

Director: Jeremy Davis


Tel: 518 581 8755


Admission: Free

Detailed list on line of closed past ski areas of New England with brochures, photos, tales.


Norco, California

California Ski Library

3321 Aryana Ave., P.O. Box 283, Norco, CA 92860

Owner: Ingrid P. Wicken


Tel: 951 207 9218


Open: By appointment only

Admission: Free

One of the finest ski libraries in the USA.  Documentation on western US skiing.


Park City, Utah

Park City Historical Society and Museum

528 Main St., P.O.Box 555, Park City, UT84060

Director: Morgan Pierce

E-mail: via website

Tel: 435 649 7457


Open: Monday—Saturday 10.00—19.00

            Sunday 12.00—18.00

Admission: Adult $12, Senior/Student $10, Child $5

Much on mining and ski history.


Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Tread of Pioneers Museum

800 Oak St., P.O. Box 772372, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Executive Director: Candice Bannister


Tel: 970 879 2214


Open: Tuesday—Saturday 11.00—17.00

Closed: Sunday and Monday

Admission: Adult $6, Senior $5, Child $2

Local museum with display of skiing personalities and material.


Stratton Mountain, Vermont

Stratton Mountain Foundation

Stratton Foundation, 2D Village Square, P.O. Box 523, Stratton Mountain, VT 05155


Tel: 802 277 2096

Open:  Only by appointment

Stratton Mountain archives of local area and papers of personalities.


Washington, DC

Sir Arnold Lunn Papers, Lauinger Library, Georgetown University

Special Collections, Lauinger Library, 37th & O Streets, Washington DC 20057

Contact: Essential for appointments to see special collections:


Tel: 202 6878 0100


Open: Essential to call for hours special collections are open

21 linear feet of Arnold Lunn’s correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, ephemera from 1896-1978.






Noldi Beck’s collection, once on display in Liechtenstein, is believed to be in Austria.  Once it has been inventoried, there is a hope that it will be exhibited.  The ‘drama’ is best followed in an article by Bernhard Odehnal, “Ein Museum verschwindet” (“A Museum Vanishes”) in the Swiss Tagesanzeiger 28 October 2017.

The Austrian Alpine Association in Innsbruck is closed (April 2018) while they look for new premises.  However, the digitalized lists can be searched, so I have left it as an entry.



Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, as of April 2018, is planned for Mont Tremblant, Quebec.  The Executive Director: Joanne Heward can be reached at 514-715-0245 or at  No opening date yet.



Beekley International Collection of Art and Library in storage in Westminster, Colorado while searching for a new venue.  Open to research by appointment only.  For information: Natale Messina, P.O. Box 426, Plantsville, CT 06479 and/or tel: 860 240 6027 and email:  Or from Kim Carrera email:

Neptune Mountaineering and Ski Museum (Boulder, Colorado) is in storage until further notice.

Olympic Museum (Squaw Valley, California) and Sierra Ski History Museum (Tahoe City, California)—see note at Soda Springs.