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Revamped Colorado Snow Sports Museum reopens

The Colorado Snow Sports Museum in Vail is back open with a lot of new stuff on display after closing for more than a year while a $2.4 million renovation was completed.

VAIL - At the Colorado Snow Sports Museum John Dakin and the staff have unlocked the doors and are open for business after a long closure.

”We were closed for over a year,” said Dakin.

They were shut down for a $2.4 million renovation that along with the history of skiing and snowboarding includes an extended 10th Mountain Division Exhibit.

“These are the pioneers of skiing in Colorado so it’s the first thing you see in the museum,” said Dakin.

Adding a lot of new pieces that haven’t been seen in a long time, like items soldiers found in Mussolini Villa that have been in storage for decades.

”A lot of new things people haven’t seen,” said Dakin.

While the museum is full of old ski technology and history it also has some new technology like the iWall which lets you scroll through decades of pictures and video of some of Colorado’s most interesting people on the snow.

"Added a lot of new interactive technology features that I think people will find fun and interesting,” said Dakin.

The wall covers all the Winter Olympic Games from 11 different decades from the 1920s to the 2000s and lets people explore all the Colorado connections they can find.

It is just one of three new high tech interactive displays that Dakin says put their renovation in the history books so the museum can keep telling Colorado history on the snow.

“Celebrate the great individuals and stories that make skiing and snowboarding such a wonderful sport in Colorado,” said Dakin.

The museum will celebrate its re-opening with a ribbon cutting event this Saturday at 5 p.m