The $110 million dollar museum at 12th and Broadway, which used to be known as the Colorado History Museum, will include many high-tech and interactive exhibits to make history fun. One will house a simulator, that visitors can use to get the feeling that they are ski jumping from Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.
The ski jumping hill has been there since 1914 - making it the oldest ski area in the state. It was built by Norwegian skier Carl Howelsen, and has been used for training by more than 70 Olympic ski jumpers, including home town hero Todd Lodwick. Video for the simulator was shot there, by jumpers from the Steamboat Winter Sports Club, who wore cameras on their helmets as they jumped over and over to assure the best video.
Colorado State Historian Bill Convery said the simulator should be lots of fun. "You'll stand up, lean forward, begin to slide down the jump, and at the end you'll jump, fly and land safely - or not. There is a biff mode." All while really never leaving the ground.
The hope is visitors will learn about our state's rich ski heritage, in a fun and unusual way.
For more information, go to http://www.historycolorado.org/museums/history-colorado-center
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