WHERE Mammoth Ski Museum Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
As much an art museum as a ski museum, this 4,000-square-foot jewel houses a $2.5 million ski-art amassment by collector Mason Beekley. There are more than 10,000 paintings, posters, sculptures, publications, ski pins, stamps and more.
Don't Miss A book printed in 1555, The History of the Goths, Swedes and Vandals, featuring the first known printed image of skiers
Info $3 adults, $2 children; 760-934-6592; mammothskimuseum.org
WHERE New England Ski Museum Franconia Notch, N.H.
Ski scholars beat a path to this comprehensive library of ski books and periodicals at the base of Cannon Mountain, but there's also much to lure the vacationer, including a display on the fabled 10th Mountain Division, plus classic skis (more than 1,000 pairs), bindings, clothing and posters.
Don't Miss This season's featured exhibit on Austrian legend Hannes Schneider, the father of modern ski instruction
Info Free admission; 800-639-4181; skimuseum.org
WHERE Colorado Ski Museum Vail, Colo.
Located in the heart of Vail Village, this museum boasts one of the largest collections of Winter Olympics memorabilia (medals, uniforms, gear) in the United States.
Don't Miss The displays on the region's first skiers—the fabled gold and silver miners who used skis as transportation, not recreation
Info Free admission; 970-476-1876; skimuseum.net
WHERE Vermont Ski MuseumStowe, Vt.
Old and new ski movies play constantly on a giant plasma screen in this recently relocated and refurbished museum. The centerpiece, though, is a giant rotating mobile made from vintage chairlifts.
Don't Miss The lost ski areas exhibit, with photos and stories about forgotten ski hills throughout New England
Info Free admission; 802-253-9911; vermontskimuseum.org