Through the Lens Series Returns to Colorado Snowsports Museum in Vail

The Colorado Snowsports Musem kicks off its Through the Lens series on Wednesday with 9News’ Matt Renoux talking about the Beijing Olympics. The museum is home to many Olympic artifacts and even features a glimpse of Spyder’s competition uniforms on display.
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The Colorado Snowsports Museum is bringing back its popular Through the Lens series, which gives you an in-depth look at topics surrounding the snow sports industry. Matt Renoux of 9News will give a talk entitled “Who and what to watch in Beijing” on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum provides a perfect backdrop for an Olympics conference due to its large amount of Olympics artifacts.

“One of the most popular items we have is the 1924 Opening Ceremonies jacket. It’s almost 100 years old,” said Jen Mason, executive director of the Colorado Snowsports Museum.

Renoux will guide participants through the vast array of local and regional athletes as well as known stars on the world stage. Renoux has covered six Olympics in person during his career. “And what I would call the ‘half’ of the Olympics. We went to Tokyo in 2019 to get all kinds of stories about culture and other preview topics, but we couldn’t go once the 2020 Olympics were in 2021 in due to COVID-19,” Renoux said.

Like most media, Renoux will not be able to report on the Olympics in person but will still work around the clock to cover the event.

“Between the time change, working in the morning, in the afternoon and the 9News shows in the evening, it’s going to be as busy as if we were there,” Renoux said.

Local watch parties will be more important than ever since fans and family members cannot attend the Winter Games in Beijing.

“Previously, families were all in the stands at the event, but now we’ll try to cover as many watch parties as possible to share reactions from parents, siblings and friends,” Renoux said.

Renoux spent years covering athletes participating in mountain sports, but also met a number of athletes who trained at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

“We’ll talk about mountain town athletes like Red Gerard, Taylor Gold, Mikaela, of course, as well as figure skaters like Mariah Bell, who at 25 will be the oldest American singles skater since the 1928 Olympics. ,” Renoux said.

Come early Wednesday and brush up on Olympic trivia as you visit the all-digital interactive wall that will immerse you in the history of the Olympics. See Billy Kidd’s helmet, Heidi Kloser’s Opening Ceremonies uniform, and the torch that passed through Vail ahead of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics carried by Vail’s Cindy Nelson.

The Through the Lens series is presented virtually and in person at the Colorado Snowsports Museum, located on the upper level of the Vail Village parking structure. Tickets are $20 for Colorado Snowsports Museum members and $25 for non-members. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at


  • January 26: Beijing Olympics – Who and what to watch in Beijing with Matt Renoux, 9News
  • February 19: Battle of Riva Ridge with Chris Anthony
  • March 2: How it started – Vail Veterans Program with Cheryl Jensen
  • March 16: Alpine Skiing at Bluebird Backcountry with Erik Lambert
  • March 23: Winter sports and wildlife with Rudi Hartmann
  • March 30: Billy Fiske: Air Force in Aspen with Kevin Billings

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