Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ski-themed exhibits open

Learn at Ketchum Sun Valley Ski and Heritage Museum

Express Staff Writer

Historic Forest Service Park in Ketchum is home to much of Sun Valley’s rich history and memorabilia. Express file photo

The Ketchum Sun Valley Ski and Heritage Museum launches 2012 with new exhibits.

From now until April, the museum will host "Warren Miller and the Art of Ski Cinematography." The exhibit is a collection of vintage ski posters, photographs, movies and cartoons created by Warren Miller.

Miller is an American ski and action sports filmmaker responsible for more than 500 sports films, several books and hundreds of published nonfiction stories. His annual films on skiing are renowned for their stunning photography, witty narrative humor and impressive athletes. His films span more than 60 years.

Miller moved to Sun Valley in 1946 with a new 8 mm movie camera. He started his career showing his ski and surfing films at parties. That turned into Warren Miller Films, with a longstanding tradition of producing one feature length ski film per year, showing in 130 cities.

The museum also will present an architectural exhibit focusing on the building of the Sun Valley Lodge and the architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood.

This exhibit includes numerous architectural plans, the drawings of the village, films of different lodges by Underwood, and other photographs of his work.

After opening an office in Los Angeles in 1923, Underwood was recommended to the Utah Parks Co. of the Union Pacific Railroad to design lodge complexes at Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. In addition, he was contracted to design Yosemite National Park's Ahwahnee Hotel, probably his greatest triumph in the rustic style. During this period, and until joining the Federal Architects Project in 1932, Underwood also produced Union Pacific Railroad stations, culminating in the Art Deco-style Omaha station in 1929.

The museum is located in Ketchum's Forest Service Park. For museum hours call 726-8118.

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